Probably 50% of the articles and news I read now are on my phone. Morph from Prothemer.com is the first product I’ve seen to produce a really high-quality display of a Joomla site on the iPhone but expect more templates and extensions to follow their lead in 2010.
2) Venture Capital
With the money to be made in Joomla and other CMSs, I’d be shocked if more companies didn’t start accepting and growing with Venture Capital funds. Artisteer is one example of what VC money can do:
I rarely post off-topic but its a quiet day-after-Thanksgiving here and it seems like as a good a time as any.
I’ve been working harder than ever during 2009 and as a music addict, I’ve been sustained by consuming several new albums each week (mainly thanks to the brilliance of EMusic).
I know there’s more of you music addicts out there in the Joomla world from Fotis at Joomlaworks to Jennifer on the Joomla.org team, so here’s the question … what’s the best new music you’ve heard in 2009? If you can, please post a YouTube video in the comments so we can listen along.
Brian Teeman posted earlier this week about Joomla.me which tries to find the most visited Joomla sites. The results were somewhat strange with quite a few minor sites appearing high up. On closer inspection it seems that the major problem was their methodology was using Alexa.com, a notoriously unreliable guide to website traffic numbers.
So I’d like to open this up to community. What do you think are the most heavily trafficed Joomla sites? I’m particularly interested to hear from any of you with traffic numbers for large sites. Using Compete.com and data the sites have published about themselves, here’s my opening guess for the top 10 most popular sites using Joomla:
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.”
Got to be honest, as a Brit in the United States, Thanksgiving has always been a turkey of a holiday.
It always seemed like Christmas-lite a few weeks early. People watch sports, sleep, eat turkey and even listen to Christmas songs. Besides, it also messes up the school semester. Kids work for 12 weeks without a break, have Thanksgiving and then go back for just another 3 weeks. If I ever pull an Arnold Schwarzenegger and run for office, I’ll propose moving Thanksgiving to middle of October.
Anyway, this year I finally saw the point … it’s a few days off work to discover cool new resources. Rather than just get my head down and work, it was nice to just browse the web and try things out. Here’s the best of what I found:
However, sometimes the only solution, short of writing your own, is to use an encoded extension. We’ve faced that problem this week, moving a large and popular site to Joomla. To evaluate whether or not to use encoded work, we came up with a list of criteria that might be useful to some of you:
Back at JoomlaExpo in Chicago, one guy stood up during Barrie North’s presentation and very happily announced he’d found Barrie’s tutorials so useful that he’d sent him a box of juicy steaks.
I didn’t get any food this week, but did get a big box of T-shirts
courtesy of CustomLogoUSA.com who have been SEO Club members for
several months. They’re a very friendly company from Syracuse,
New York who allow you to put your logo on all sorts of items.
For a long time now I’ve recommended sh404SEF for most Joomla sites. Recently however, theres been a long post on the SEO Club Forum with users saying how much they like Artio SEF. Some reasons they gave:
In Artio SEF you can search and filter SEF Urls in
main ways such as by component which is awesome. In sh404sef, you can
In Artio SEF you can edit an existing SEF Urls,
in 404, you can edit the text, but not the link itself.
doesn’t have to have a specific plugin to at least attempt an SEF url
for a component. If you have a link to an unsupported gallery component
and your link is called "Gallery", JoomSEF will at least call that link