The best part of open source content management system is their development pool. Due to Joomla’s open source demeanour, the developers of this widely acclaimed content management system are spread around the world bringing in the best of the best brains for Joomla’s development.
So how does this community develop and how you as a user or developer can contribute to Joomla’s development? Let us look at some of the ways to be connected to Joomla’s community.
Answer questions in Joomla forums
Forums are the best platforms for sharing information, asking questions and getting in touch with millions of users. If you want to contribute to Joomla community, take some time out and answer a question or a two through the forum. Answering questions will always help you to enhance your subject matter expertise as well as will also give you the pleasure of sharing the knowledge possessed by you to someone in need.
Write or translate a tutorials or documentation
You can refer to Joomla documentation Wikipedia and write or translate a tutorial. You can also help for creating walkthroughs and other resources. You are a part of the community so; it is very easy to understand what resources other community members might require. If you are wondering where to start from, there is a fantastic resource called Wiki Cookie Jar through which you can see what you can develop and how you can help the community.
People conversing with all the languages use Joomla. If you do not find resources on the community in your language, try translating it into your language and help people.
Development of extension or templates
There is a great resource available at Joomla extension directory. You can just view the types of extension the developers are writing. You can accordingly take an extension and update it to the latest version. You can fix bugs, enhance or create a new version of the extension. You can get started easily if you are a seasoned developer.
The extensibility of Joomla is one of the most important and deeply appreciated aspects. You can help the community contributing to the extension. You can also design the templates even if you are not a programmer.
Testing and adding comments to issues
Issues are an integral part of software. Joomla is looking for people who can test patches, find and test the bugs. You can also clarify the issue reports.
There is one more way to contribute to the Joomla community by taking part in Joomla working groups. You can work on various projects having specific goals and be a member of a working group.
These groups are meant to bring developers under the same roof of development and to enable them for the development of Joomla. There are Permanent and Current working groups through which the community members actually work together to bring in the synergy required for the development. All the collaboration occurs through Production Leadership Team (PLT). As a team member, you can suggest any kind of groups for working on Joomla. The proposal for the same should be sent to PLT and if they approve you can see your group listed on the community web page.
There are many teams, which are working on Joomla as permanent teams. These teams include:
- Bug Squad: Specifically meant for bugs this team has specific task related to bugs found in Joomla.
- Documentation Working Group: Joomla documentation working group is aimed at improving the documentation of the software. It includes user and developer documentation.
- Framework Working Group: This group primarily maintains Joomla framework
- Joomla Security Strike Team: Testing and fixing the security issues is the major responsibility of the team members of this team, which would specifically include senior developers.
- RAD (Rapid Application Development) Working Group: This team looks after Joomla’s rapid application development layer.
- Translation Working Group: Team working on translating the tutorials and other resources to various languages
- User Experience Working Group: Focussed on Joomla’s user experience this group includes the Joomla admin user interface, sample data, templates and other related aspects.
- Unit Test Working Group: Improving on the unit test coverage of Joomla’s codebase is the focus of Unit test working group. They also assist with framework as well.
Apart from this, the Joomla community also has Development strategy workgroup, which is also called as release cycle working group. Distributions working group, search working group are some of the current working groups under Joomla community.
The efforts, which are taken for making this software the way it is by the community, are huge and it shows up. The best part of Joomla community is its structure, which gives good results when it comes to extensibility of the software. GreenGeeks offers Joomla web hosting services for as low as $3.96 per month and features auto-installers and more.