At our first ever North-Western Sydney Joomla User Group meeting we took at closer look at the upcoming release of Joomla. With a 10% performance improvement, and better SEO with build in Microdata, Joomla 3.3 is looking to be the best Joomla version ever. The message is simple: everyone should upgrade to Joomla 3.3 now.


Every website should have a regular backup that has been tested to proove that it is working, so when something goes wrong you can simply restore the files or data.

One of the most popular Joomla extensions is Akeeba Backup, which I personally use on every Joomla website I create. This software not only does an excellent job at backing up your Joomla site, but it also has the ability to automate this backup, so you really have no excuse for not backing up your site. Both the free version and the professional version have the ability to schedule a regular front end backup using a cron job, which is what I'm going to demonstrate in this blog.

Back in October at JoomlaDay Sydney, I caught up with Peter Bui from Joomla Beat Podcast where we did a quick interview. It turned out to be a great chat, where we dicussed briefly about JoomlaDay Sydney, then got on to how I got involved with Joomla and about the process I went through writing the book Learning Joomla! 3 Extension Development. You can listen to the chat on episode #44.

Presented at JoomlaDay Sydney 2013 (Oct 19th) by Tim Plummer, this video introduces developers to the RAD (rapid application development) framework recently added to the Joomla 3.2 core called FOF (framework on framework). Using a simple example, Tim demonstrates how using FOF can significantly reduce the code required to create a Joomla component.

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Earlier this year I took on the challenge of writing a book called Learning Joomla! 3 extension Development which was published by Packt Publishing in July 2013. Back in March I was approached by Packt Publishing to write the book, for which they had a title and an idea of the target market this book should be for. They had contacted me based on a presentation How to create a Joomla component from scratch that I had posted on slideshare after presenting it at the Sydney, Newcastle and Canberra Joomla User Groups in late 2012. I had also turned this into 3 hour workshop which I presented at JoomlaDay Sydney 2012 and JoomlaDay Melbourne 2013. I had also turned this workshop into a 12 part video tutorial. I think Slideshare is a really underrated site that was once described to me as the youtube for business, and I really encourage you to all post any presentation you do on the site as you never know what it may lead to.