Joomla 1.6

New Years Resolution Challenge (with thanks to Mos Def)

“Listen.. people be askin me all the time,
Yo Mos, what’s gettin ready to happen with Hip-Hop?”
(Where do you think Hip-Hop is goin?)
I tell em, “You know what’s gonna happen with Hip-Hop?
Whatever’s happening with us”
If we smoked out, Hip-Hop is gonna be smoked out
If we doin alright, Hip-Hop is gonna be doin alright
People talk about Hip-Hop like it’s some giant livin in the hillside
comin down to visit the townspeople
We (are) Hip-Hop
Me, you, everybody, we are Hip-Hop
So Hip-Hop is goin where we goin
So the next time you ask yourself where Hip-Hop is goin
ask yourself.. where am I goin? How am I doin?”

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Joomla 1.6 Usability Improvements

Joomla Menus

I had time to take a good look at the Alpha version of Joomla 1.6 this weekend. The Art of Joomla is doing a great job of explaining new features. I’ll also blog later about the new SEO features … they’ve taken on board of a lot our recommendations including the ability to control the metadata for each page!

However, today thought I’d hightlight some nice usability improvements. Several common frustrations that beginners had with 1.5 seem to have been resolved:

1) The “Menu Manager” Has a Purpose

In 1.5 beginners always expect the Menu Manager to do much more … such as actually manage something. In 1.6 the Menu Manager is much more closely integrated with the display of menu links. Oh, and you no longer get those four confusing boxes when making a new menu:

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What’s going on with Joomla 1.6?

Joomla 1.6 Content Categories
  • Student: “What’s going on with Joomla 1.6?”
  • Steve: “User management is going to get more sophisticated, you won’t be restricted to sections and categories for articles any more.”
  • Student: “OK, but these guys are volunteers, right? How much have they got done? When can I see what it’ll look like?”
  • Steve: “Errrrrr ….. ummmm …… when I get back I’ll take some screenshots of the current Alpha version and write a blog about it.”

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