Ulti Joomla just released it's brand new extension: Ulti RPX. This extension allows your users to log in to your site by using their social media account. They do not have to register, RPX will take care of that for them by using their facebook, google, twitter, ... account. You can find more information on the RPX website. Of course your users have still the option to register and login with the normal procedure also.
Here's another great but not so well known feature of Joomla 1.5. There is an easy way to view only your component on your joomla site, without any modules or css styles from your template? Just take a look at the url in the address bar of your browser. If there is already a question mark in your url, add '&tmpl=component', otherwise you can add '?tmpl=component'. If you try it on this site, you will still see some styling, because the css-files of the component are loaded, only these of the template are skipped.
Joomla is a fantastic piece of software and once you know how to use it, it's very user friendly. Certainly Joomla 1.5 has taken a huge step forward in usability. But for someone new, certainly for someone who never used a CMS before, it can be quit overwhelming in the beginning. We all had the same feeling the first time we installed Joomla: where do I start? Well a good start of course is to learn the basics. So if you are already familiar with Joomla, you can stop reading now (really!). In this article I'll explain the difference between the 3 types of extensions for Joomla: components, modules and plugins.
Joomla is great, almost everything you want to have on your website already exists. There are 1000's of extensions existing and sometimes the biggest problem is just to find right one. Today I've been once more struggling to find the best suited extension to create a form on a new website and of course, damn you Murphy, it was the last one I've tried that was the one I was looking for. So I thought: "hey, let's put this on my site, so other's don't have to spent the same effort I did". So here's is my idea on The Best Extension To Create Forms For Joomla 1.5