The August issue of the Joomla magazine has been published, with features including a write-up on what happened at the Joomla summit in San Jose and a look forward to Joomla! 2.5 (or 1.8 as it was previously known).
The summit seems to have been a good mix of fun and decision making, and run in a very collaborative way. Paul Orwig, in his feature ‘What I learned at the Community Leadership Summit’, says that the entire two day conference schedule was conducted in an "unconference" format, meaning that the conference participants themselves were responsible for both coming up with the ideas for each of the sessions as well as leading all of the sessions.
Alice Grevet, in her article about the summit, describes the use of a human spectrogram where people can show how much they agree or disagree with an idea depending on where they stand on a line. The actual summit report is available in the leadership blog.
Elsewhere in the magazine, Sandra Ordonez looks at how Search Engine Optimization and Public Relations are being used in tandem, with the emergence of what Sandra describes as a new breed of PR practitioner that is 1/3 web producer, 1/3 journalist, and 1/3 community manager. In another article Phehello Mofokeng’s look at the way Joomla is being used by the South African government shows mixed results, with slow uptake due to the perception that CMS systems are too difficult for normal mortals.
On August 9th Joomla the name for the next release of Joomla! changed its name from 1.8 to 2.5. If you are wondering about the odd naming convention - the question that springs to mind is "where is 2.0?" - Ron Severdia tries to clarify it this video clip.
The release schedule for Jooma is fairly complicated and to try to help explain it Sander Potjer has produced the following infographic summarizing the Joomla CMS Development Strategy, which can be found in full in an article on the Joomla! Developer Network.
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One of the most useful articles in this issue is where Jen Kramer looks at nine questions you’ll need to think about when preparing clients for Joomla 2.5. Yes, even though Joomla 1.7 has only just appeared, 2.5 is already a major consideration, particularly as will be a long-term release and is due for release in January 2012. As Jen Kramer points out, since Joomla 1.5 will reach its end of life in April 2012, it makes sense to move Joomla 1.5 sites directly to Joomla 2.5.