Joomla 3 Explained Book by Steve Burge
We released Joomla! Explained almost exactly three years ago. That guide to Joomla 2.5 became the best-selling and best-reviewed Joomla book.

Now, we're delighted to announce a new edition of the book: Joomla 3 Explained. The book has been almost completely re-written to deal with Joomla 3. Joomla 3 Explained will be available at the beginning of August.

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Karla Santi becomes CEO at South Dakota's Blend InteractiveKarla Santi moves up from Creative Director to CEO at South Dakota's Blend Interactive

The team at Blend Interactive announced the recent appointment of Karla Santi as their CEO. Blend is an 18-person interactive agency, based in one of my all-time favorite parts of the country, Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Ms. Santi had been a Partner and Creative Director with Blend since the company's founding in 2005. 

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Ars Logica Compass Guide - Magnolia 5.0

Magnolia CMS is on a new trajectory of late, with their recent 5.0 release. Check out the Ars Logica Compass Guide for a 3rd party evaluation of 5.0 from both a marketer's and technologist's perspective.


Alfresco Partner Award Winners

Alfresco comes alive with our partner solutions – our partner ecosystem continues to grow with more partners building Alfresco based solutions.

Last month we celebrated top partners in the Americas at a Partner Training event held at our US Headquarters in San Mateo.  It’s always great to get partners together with our Executive, Engineering and Sales teams – the result is always more focus around solutions that can deliver greater value to our customers.

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Eat Right Missouri website uses Joomla CMS

CMS Site: Missouri Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics
URL: www.EatRightMissouri.org
Developer / Integrator: CNP Integrations
Powered by: Joomla! CMS


Are you falling farther behind with legacy technology

Six years ago, I was at a leading Enterprise CMS vendor’s technology conference and the keynote presentation from the CTO was pretty straightforward: "CMS is boring."  That’s all he said.  Dutifully, we all laughed.

It was intended to be amusing and to a certain degree it was.  But it was also, perhaps, more honest than the vendor realized.

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This just in from Arc Technology Group:

The internet is rapidly becoming dominated by mobile usage. When we speak about Mobile First, we emphasize that applications and websites should be first and foremost developed from the perspective of mobile phones, then tablets, and finally laptops/desktops.

Key information and results that are critical for your business, need to be front and center. Websites and applications need to account for slower bandwidth through optimizing code, media, and database access. An information architecture around optimized performance and content needs to be thought out to be successful. Using architecture and tools that maximize mobile potential: responsive design, Twitter Bootstrap, Joomla CMS will help you succeed.

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Moving to Acquia

As posted on his personal blog and his business site, starting October 6, Jeff Geerling will be working for Acquia as a Technical Architect in their Professional Services group. As Jeff points out, Hosted Apache Solr, and Server Check.in, his current projects won't change much,"they will continue on, likely at the same pace of development they've been for the past year or so (I'll work on them when I get an odd hour or two...). I am still working on completing Ansible for DevOps, and will actually be accelerating my writing schedule prior to starting the new job, since I'll have a little wedge of free time..." Congratulations go out to Jeff on the move.

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Chris Justice - Magnolia Head of Marketing

Chris Justice recently made the move from a creative digital agency he founded in Austin, Texas, called Sparksight, to Basel, Switzerland's Magnolia CMS. He is now their Head of Marketing.

driesA few days ago, I sat down with Quentin Hardy of The New York Times to talk Open Source. We spoke mostly about the Drupal ecosystem and how Acquia makes money. As someone who spent almost his entire career in Open Source, I'm a firm believer in the fact that you can build a high-growth, high-margin business and help the community flourish. It's not an either-or proposition, and Acquia and Drupal are proof of that.

Rather than an utopian alternate reality as Quentin outlines, I believe Open Source is both a better way to build software, and a good foundation for an ecosystem of for-profit companies. Open Source software itself is very successful, and is capable of running some of the most complex enterprise systems. But failure to commercialize Open Source doesn't necessarily make it bad.

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Telerik®, today announced the latest release of its content management system, Sitefinity®, providing users greater information governance capabilities, along with new productivity improvements.

With the current release of Telerik Sitefinity, we are aiding our customers in their quest to properly govern important customer data. Coupled with an array of productivity advancements, Telerik Sitefinity CMS is even more aligned with better business practices. These are not only practical in implementation, but also critical to business success.

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On The Move: Jeff Brown, VP at CITYTECH

Congratulations go out to Chicago-based CITYTECH (an ICF Interactive Company) on recently naming Jeff Brown to the position of Vice President. Jeff Brown is a seasoned IT professional with over 20 years of experience  consulting across various industries and technologies. Jeff is responsible for the delivery of consulting engagements in North America and the JAPAC region. 

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Kevin Cochrane - On the Move from OpenText to Mindjet

This just in: Kevin Cochrane is on the move from CMO of OpenText to become CMO of Mindjet, an enterprise-serving idea development, collaboration and concept-through-completion management platform. Mindjet is based in San Francisco, California.

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Let's be honest, I spend a lot of time at conferences. Over the past 2 years or so I've averaged more than one speaking engagement at a conference per month, including a half-dozen keynotes. I've also helped organize several conferences, mostly DrupalCamps and DrupalCons. I'd estimate conferences make up more than a third of my professional activity. (Incidentally, if someone can tell me how the hell that happened I'd love to hear it; I'm still confused by it.)

As a result I've gotten to see a wide variety of conference setups, plans, crazy ideas, and crazy wonderful ideas. There are many wonderful things that conference organizers do, or do differently, and of course plenty of things that they screw up.

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The memories started flooding back, causing me to reflect on both the last and the next decade of MODX.


We wanted to build sites that could be styled just with CSS. We worked for non-technical clients that wanted to own their day-to-day content management tasks, even for content protected behind a login. We didn’t want alpha-engineers forcing us to compromise to their ideal way of how the web should work; we wanted to control how sites were built, and to have the ability to easily adapt to the future on our schedule.

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