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First I want to make clear that I really love the Joomla Extensions Directory. There are currently over 4000 extensions available. Almost anything you can imagine is there and in a lot of cases for free. Joomla is a great CMS and the overwhelming amount of extensions that are available makes it just fantastic. Still there are 3 things that I really don't like about the JED.

Earlier this week, Joomla 1.5.8 was released and it received the codename Wohnaiki. Ever wondered what these codenames mean? Well, it simply means "eight" in a Native American Language called Yaqui. It started with 1.5.0 which was named after an ancient Egyptian god called Khepri. After this, the joomla team started counting in the Yaqui language: from Seenu (one) to the new Wohnaiki. I wonder what the release 1.5.9 will be named. I'd put my money on vatani (yes that means "nine").

We've been getting a lot of questions on how to a edit a joomla template, so here's an explanation on how to do this. This article will be in 2 parts. This first part will explain how to edit a Joomla template. It's the theoretical part of the explanation. The second part will show an example where you will see how you can change the look of a template completely within minutes.

The Netherlands Patent Office has launched it's new website which was created with the Joomla CMS. The site was launched by Frank Heemskerk, minister of Foreign Affairs. This is the first Dutch government organisation who uses Open Source Software for it's website. It is the first step of an action plan called 'Nederland Open in Connection', a plan to switch a large part of the government ICT systems to Open Source Software. Not only their website will be Open Source, but by the end of 2009, their entire office environment will be based on open source software.

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.

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