Happy New Year 2017

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Hi Folks,

All the team at JoomlaBamboo would like to wish you a happy and prosperous 2017.

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JoomlaDay Florida 2017

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JoomlaBamboo is passionate about Joomla and Open Source so we have decided to sponsor our first JoomlaDay event – woohoooo!

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Introduction of New Team

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As you may have read on Anthony's previous blog post, JoomlaBamboo is going through major changes and a lot of work is happening behind the scenes. The changing of ownership of JoomlaBamboo will not happen overnight and Anthony and I are working very hard to make the process as smooth as possible.

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Thankyou

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I have some pretty big news to share with you today. This change has been brewing for some months now and there has been a lot of work happening behind the scenes to make this happen ... so without further ado ... I would like to announce ...

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A few days ago the Joomla team released the latest major version of Joomla - Joomla 3.5. There are a ton of new features in this release but one in particular that stands out as a major boon for all website owners - support for PHP7.

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PHP7 - A serious speed improvement

PHP7 was released in November 2015 and promises to be at least twice as fast as php5. Which is an incredible promise if you consider how important speed is when it comes to SERP ranking and that we can sometimes spend an inordinate amount of time shaving milliseconds of our website's page speed.

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This year marks ten years since I first registered the Joomlabamboo domain name. It's incredible to think it's been a decade. At the time I had no idea that Joomlabamboo would become the lifeblood of my work and that the Joomla CMS would figure so greatly in my life for the better part of a decade.

I first learnt how to code a template when I built the first website for my Acupuncture practice. I still work as an acupuncturist but web design and development consumes a far greater part of my time and focus.

My initial inspiration for starting Joomlabamboo was to be able to build simple, minimal and creative Joomla templates. When I look back through the catalogue I think we have more or less stayed true to that course (with a few significant deviations).

This post is designed to serve as an update for Joomlabamboo, the future of our templates and to provide some insight into the workings of a small template club in an ever growing, ever changing and ever expanding theming landscape.

TL;DR;

The gist of this post can be summarised as follows:

  • We are still here and aren't going anywhere
  • All current club members just had an extra month added to their subscription
  • We will be changing our subscription structure and release schedule in the near future
  • We have some new offerings on the way that will simplify and bring greater focus to our catalogue
  • Our Zen Grid Framework is days away from being compatible with Wordpress and our first Wordpress theme will be released next week.
  • We have a new free Joomla template and Wordpress theme called Blank.ly almost ready for release
  • We have an all in one builder template called Build.r that will be released next week.
  • We truly appreciate the support that our members have shown over the last ten years.

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The knowledgebase for the Zen Grid Framework v4 just received a big update.

A big change in the CMS eco system over the past few years has been the increase in popularity of so called flat file content management systems.

A flat file CMS is usually a database-less content management system that stores the content in files in markdown or other formats. The CMS essentially parses the content in these files through it's template in order to render the page. Depending on the size and type of website you are using, flat file websites are generally faster and easier to maintain, although they also tend to require a slightly more technically minded user to be operate them.

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Zentools2 is coming

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It's been a busy month here at Bamboo HQ. I had hoped to be announcing the release of Zentools2 as our May offering, however despite our best efforts it's not quite ready. So rather than rushing the release I've decided to put the release on hold until next week so that we can run it through further testing, finalise the documentation and generally bed the whole release down.

This means that there will be no release for May, Zentools2 will be released as our June offering and all of our members will receive an extra month free to compensate for this missed release. We are really sorry for any inconvenience caused by this but truly believe that it's better to release a stable product than release a rushed and unfinished product

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On Friday we announced Xero - our first theme to be released on the Zen Grid Framework v4 - and with it I mentioned our Black Friday coupon - cyberbamboo.

Well it's still monday in some parts of the world and so I wanted to remind you that the coupon is still available for a few more hours.

Sign up or renew now

Use the coupon cyberbamboo on our checkout page and take 30% off your next template subscription. Existing and previous members can use the 30% coupon with our existing renewal coupons (jbrenewal and jbrenewal2) to take a further 20 or 10% off.

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Last week we announced the new exclusive deals for our members which can be found on our club members profile page. Yesterday I added a very special coupon for some products that I'm sure you know very well - Akeeba Backup.

Akeeba Backup create quite a number of extensions but there are two that I consider to be must haves for any serious Joomla site - Akeeba Backup and Admin Tools. If you don't know what these extensions do head over to the Akeeba site and take a look. I guarantee you wont be able to live with out them after seeing what they do.

To get access to the coupon code just log into your account and open the panel entitled "Exclusive deals for our members". You will see the long list of coupons that you can use on our favourite Joomla providers including Akeeba Backup, Anything Digital, OS Training, Stack Ideas, Jomsocial and more.

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Ive just released our new all in one download page which is designed to make it a lot easier to get access to our themes.

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A new way to preview our themes

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As a part of our redesign last month. I added a new way to preview our responsive Joomla templates.

The responsive preview button when clicked will load the template's demo site in an iframe and display some icons that allow you to change the size of the demo site.

So you can quickly see how the design changes as the screen size changes.

The neat thing about this is that we lazyloaded the iframe via the use of data attributes so that we weren't loading the demo site on each and every page load and only if the visitor wants to see it.

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