This month at Joomla User Group Sydney we took a look at how to build your own custom Joomla template.



Here is the video

Custom fields have been in Joomla for quite some time, but how often do you actually use them? In this talk, I'll demonstrate how I've taken advantage of custom fields recently. We'll then have the usual Q&A session where you can bring along all your questions.



Here is the facebook live video

At our October Joomla User Group Sydney we took a look at the upcoming Joomla 3.9 release. Besides the Privacy Tool Suite, there are some other new and notable features which may be of interest. Interestingly some members weren't aware of the version control feature of Joomla 3 that's been there for quite some time.


Robert and I attended the WordCamp Sydney conference, and I put together a summary of all the industry news, hints and tips that I picked up. There is a lot we can learn from peeking over the fence at other platforms, and many things are relevant to Joomla users too. We saw some great talks on topics including SEO, digital nomad experiences, debugging, monitoring, developing a website brief, facebook groups, working from home, getting content from your clients, deploying websites on Azure and many more. Come along and we will share our experiences.


Reading the JED meeting minutes, I discovered that there will be a new requirement as of 10th January 2017 that all extensions listed on the JED must use the Joomla Updater. While I support the idea, it struck me that there just isn't any documentation targeted to commercial extension developers. There is some documentation on Deploying an Update Server, and I wrote about Setting up an update server in Chapter 9 of Learning Joomla 3 Extension Development, however this only helps those that are wanting to give away their extension for free.

So the purpose of this article is to explain to commercial extension developers how they can leverage the Joomla Updater in their components, but still limit updates only to customers who have a current subscription.

Since writing this, @ot2sen has brought to my attention an alternative approach which allows you to redirect users with a nice message if they don't enter their download ID in their config.