T3, bootstrap and Joomlabamboo


A few weeks ago we announced our move to using the T3 framework for building our Joomla templates. Since then we have had some great feedback and some great questions from users who are curious to get a little more detail.

Since that time we have also released two new templates, Grid3 and Inspire

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Inspire is a versatile responsive Joomla template that combines dark textured / grungey backgrounds with sharp bevelled lines and an array of elegant typography. It is our second Joomla template compatible with Joomla 3 and built on the T3 template framework.

(If you missed the news about our move t

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Missing an update to Joomla 3.0.3?


Update: This issue has now been fixed and so users who have their update status to the long term release cycle should be notified of the available updates.

Last week when the update to Joomla 3.0.3 was announced, I headed straight to the update manager on my sole live instance of Joomla 3 to test out the new update workflow on a live site.

Unfortunately after I purged the cache and checked for new updates there were no updates to install.

I scratched my head for some time wondering what I had done wrong, checked the version of Joomla 3 I was using, and then I remembered that the Joomla release cycle now has two streams - short term and long term.

The update manager is set to notify users of long term release updates by default and so in order to get notified of these small (and very important security updates) you need to have the update manager set to short term support updates.

Differentiating the two release cycles was done in order to help users avoid the terror of updating from one major version of Joomla eg Joomla 3 to another major version of Joomla eg Joomla 4 - before all of their templates or extensions were ready.

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Border radius generator

[For those that aren't using LESS or Sublime to preprocess and vedor prefix border radius.


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As a step towards making the T3 framework a non-club specific Joomla template framework the T3 framework has been moved to it's very own domain.

The T3 Framework site will under go a bit of transformation in the next few months as we start to flesh out new documentation for site builders and developers, and start to share what is possible with this framework.

Moving towards an independent framework.


New name spaces.

The Joomlart team have also been working over time in making T3 a truly independant project and so in the next major release - v1.1 - all previously namespaced markup using the Ja- prefix will be removed.

A new Git Hub repo

All of the code for T3 can be found at the main T3 git repo over at Git Hub. If you spot a bug or have an idea for an improvement feel free to post an issue or if you have a fix submit a pull request. You can grab the latest packages for T3 via the tags page where currently the t3 v1.1 RC is available - replete with the awesome Mega Menu.

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If you are in the mood for a little weekend Joomla listening then this may be the perfect way to get yoour Joomla fix.


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Grid3 - A Joomla 3 template

I'm very happy to announce the availability of our first Joomla 3 Template release.

I've been wanting to do a third and responsive version of our popular Grid and Grid2 templates for soem time now and thought that the release of our first joomla3 template was a good time to do it.

Grid3 is a beautiful bootstrap and T3 powered (read about our recent change here) Joomla template which is the perfect companion for any artist, photographer or image based web site. Iyt has some incredible functionality built in courtesy of T3 and is fast, lightweight and responsive.

I'll be writing more in the coming days about our new workflow with working woth Joomla 3 and bootstrap but for now check out these important links below:

Live Demo Download Features

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Zen to the power of T3


After a lot of in depth analysis, soul searching and reading tea leaves, we have decided to move our Joomla template releases to the T3v3 framework.

This has not been an easy decision to make but we are confident that it is the right decision. A lot of people have been surprised about the change, so let me take you through the reasoning behind the decision.

So, What is the T3 framework?

The T3 framework is a Joomla template toolkit that provides a set of useful tools for creating Joomla templates. It is developed by Joomlart and released as an open source platform that anyone can use.

It is an installable plugin that is installed in addition to your Joomla template but essentially sits in the background providing some of the core functionality and features that ship as a part of the template's feature set.

Why move to the T3 framework?

1. T3 is where I wanted the Zen Grid Framework (ZGF) to be.
When I first looked at T3v3 (around 6 weeks ago) I was blown away by the maturity and functionality of the framework. After speaking to Hung from Joomlart I was further reassured that what I could see in the code and on the page matched the design philosophy that we were also pursuing with ZGF.

T3v3 is a complete rebuild of their framework with an emphasis on performance and responsive / mobile functionality. The templating system and core functionality has been completely stripped back, reworked and revisioned - almost making it a completely new template framework.

2. The same zen philosophy on a new and improved codebase.
One of the big factors for me was the fact that the T3 templating system is very similar to the ZGF layout override functionality. It's actually a lot simpler to use and makes customisation a lot more obvious to the developer minded - I'll be writing a tutorial on how to customise your Joomlabamboo T3 template in the next few days.

The template system is so flexible that we can more or less keep the existing markup from our current framework with the same module positions and naming convention which - with a little luck - will mean that upgrading your ZGF Joomla 1.5 / Joomla 2.5 template will be a relatively easy task.

For all intents and purposes, shifting to the T3 framework for the developers will not be a giant leap and I think the improved flexibility and accessibility will make up for any short fall in understanding the new workflow.

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In the post I was a little cheeky and said that I only had a ticket to give away but as it turns out I have three.

So thanks to all who responded on the blog post and via twitter ( and no an air fare doesn't come with the ticket :)) but we have three winners ...

Drum roll please ...

So a big congratulations to Rowan, Jinx (I'll see if I can find another one for you too) and Gidge.

Please get in touch with me via our contact form and I'll let you know what you need to do to grab the ticket. Looking forward to meeting you all soon.

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As a special offer to all members of the Melbourne Joomla Group (and their friends), the MJUG organising committee have just announced a special discount off the price of tickets for the Melbourne joomladay. Use the coupon code MJUG2013 when you book your conference tickets at http://melbourne.jooml

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The not so end of days coupon

To celebrate this joyous occasion I have just made available our final coupon for 2012.

If you use the coupon maya on our checkout page you can receive 20% off the cost of a subscription. Current and renewing members can add this to the usual 10% and 20% coupons to save even more on your subscription renewals.

This coupon offer is valid until 1st January, 2013.

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