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Just a thought, so putting this here for open conversation.

I want to get people to stop using endless media queries... period.

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Joostrap - Ready for Joomla v3.4.4

As you may be aware, when Joomla releases a new semi-major version - things break!

Not Joostrap...

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Congratulations All Round

We win at the JOSCARS & Joostrap subscribers get awarded

Back for the 6th year at the JandBeyond conference, the Joomla! Open Source Creative and Artistic Recognition Awards (J.O.S.C.A.R.S.) was a highlight of the event again and Joostrap won in the Joomla Template Systems category.

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Dear Joostrap user past and present

I would like to offer my personal apologies for the spam email you received earlier today. As I am sure you will have realised that email was not sent with my knowledge and was as much as a surprise to me as it was to you.

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If you haven't already seen our December Joomla 3 Template updates, then it's now time to have a look ... and get in to renew or purchase before our discount code expires.

So far this month we've had the following Joomla3 Template and Extension updates, all available to members in your downloads area:

  • Our new JooSwatch template at http://jooswatch.joostrap.com/
  • Updated Corporate Template, quickstart and extensions at http://corporate.joostrap.com/
  • New extensions listing for Google Maps
  • New extensions listing for Enhanced Custom HTML Module
  • New extensions listing for Article Carousel
  • New member download of Revolution Slider
  • New extensions listing for Joostrap Adaptive Images package
    ... and we're hoping to have even more available before the New Year comes around ;)
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The easiest way to set up virtual hosts in MAMP is to use the commercial version of MAMP Pro, which automates & simplifies the process through the MAMP Pro console. 

So if you want lovely/memorable URL's for developing locally on your Mac, here's what you have to do.

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Until NOW ... getting image optimisation right for different screen sizes, mobile devices and tablets has been a problem for any web design and development project in Joomla.  For professional Joomla web designers and developers this has been nothing less than painful.  Now there is an easy solution for optimised responsive web design (RWD) images for Joomla - and Joostrap members.

Enter Joostrap's one click install optimised Adaptive-images and pre-configured supporting cache package - free for Joostrap members.

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Joostrap is lucky enough to be the Gold Sponsor for JoomlaDay Sydney 2014 ... supporting the Joomla community in Australia and networking with users at the event on 10-12th of October.  Max will be the local Joostrap representative on-site and is looking forward to catching up with the broader Joomla community.

During the event we will be highlighting some of our cool new Joostrap features as well as optimising your site to perform on search engines and make the site owners money  :)

To celebrate our involvement Joostrap has special discounts available throughout October for template and subscription purchases of 25% and 33% respectively.  Please check you Joostrap newsletter or our facebook and twitter posts for the discount codes :)

Major Feature Updates for Joostrap's Bootstrap3 based RWD Templates

As part of Joostrap's ongoing push to offer the most advanced Bootstrap3 based Joomla templates we've come leaps and bounds over the last few months.

Our Joostrap Backbone code has been further enhanced and standardised to provide a super-stable, extremely-optimised and very easy to customise template base code that is bursting at the seams with stable, highvalue goodies for web-designers, developers and site owners.

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Our latest Template - say hello to 'Portfolio'
A beautiful Photography, Magazine & Multipurpose HTML5 Template

Portfolio is one of the most complete HTML5 Templates for Joomla. It includes minimal bloat (no framework!) and various portfolio options (including a Flickr slideshow) which is suitable for artists, photographers, creative agencies, digital studios, personal freelancers, and any kind of business owner that would like to showcase their portfolio beautifully.

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Anyone remember Grandmaster Flash’s famous song the The Message from 1982? On April 30th 2014 this famous tune came vividly to mind.

Right after Joomla’s 3.3 release, all of my Joomla sites shattered like glass.
[Fortunately there were no “people … on the stairs because they just don’t care”.] 

Only my Joostrap based websites were the stable honourable exception.

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PressMag is the great new Bootstrap3 based responsive Joomla template from Joostrap.

We've also recently re-released the Joostrap Base template with the blazing fast and highly optimised Joostrap Backbone, the New Cleanliness template and the new Google Plus Display module.

What's more, we've even bundled extra new mobile friendly article display modules in the templates ... and there more on the way !!

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Taking bootstrap enabled responsive web design to the next level is nothing new to Joostrap.  Having taken the lead back in 2012, Joostrap once again jumps well ahead of all other Joomla template developers.

With a totally refactored Joostrap backbone code base, enhanced functionality and optimised approach ... Joostrap is proud to announce the Joostrap Base template 3.1.5 release - the first in the next generation of Boostrap 3, mobile friendly, responsive Joomla templates.

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Cleanliness is a slick, clean, minimal, professional mobile friendly Joomla template from Joostrap; built with the latest Bootstrap v3 powerful responsive web design features.

Every awesome mobile friendly Joomla template from Joostrap is developed to provide website developers and designers a flexible, fast and highly configurable base which can be used for a wide range of website builds.

The Cleanliness template does an amazing job of doing this and includes the following features:

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Building a responsive website with Joomla gives you a heap of power under the bonnet ... you can achieve great things. To keep that Joomla power optimised it's a must to ensure you don't load unnecessary non-core and framework bloat.

Just like a high performance motor vehicle, even with a powerful engine, you need to have a lightweight optimised body to ensure you get great mileage and perfromance.  That's why we've built the Joostrap Backbone, which is now available in all Joostrap V3 templates - delivering optimum responsive web design performance for your Joomla website.

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Complexity in our designs is often unavoidable as the client loves all of the wiz, bang & fancy transitioning effects afforded to us by CSS3 and alike. Sometimes, it’s also necessary in the real world. When working for any client there is always going to be a level of complexity that we will try to reduce. But with the introduction of RWD (Responsive Web Design), 'bloat' is the new buzz word and reducing our sites 'bloat' should be paramount if we are wanting our sites to work quicker on smaller mobile devices.

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Today, Joostrap released a brand new backbone code revamp. This brings lot's of improvement, bug fixes and some super sexy enhancements to the users whole experience. Along with lot's of exciting stuff, some of the main items are a new off canvass mobile navigation, infinite colour changes and a brand new carousel module.

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As a romantic at heart I am super happy to see the amazingly responsive love affair between Bootstrap 3 and Joomla develop and become more serious.  I can only hope the same for my kids as they grow and start their own tentative relationships, flirtatious at first and the love affair become more serious.  

What better time for a mobile first Joomla relationship to evolve than in the lead up to Valentines day?

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On Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd March 2014, the Dutch Joomla! Days are taking part.

I will be boarding my flight on the Friday, grabbing a coffee with Brian Teeman at Schiphol airport. We will then be picked to by some of the event organiser's to make our way to the event location/hotel.

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Did you know that not only does our new site look a lot prettier, there's a lot more than just pretty looks and awesome responsive design that's gone into it .... and it is all to benefit you - our friends, members and customers.  And you know what ... I am super-excited with what we've got planned to improve the value that all involved will get from Joostrap, our templates, support and community.

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Bootstrap is the front-end awesomeness that we use in all of our Joostrap templates, which is basically just a bunch of very cool CSS and JavaScript files that helps make your website work on all mobile devices.

So why are we favouring Bootstrap v3 to the old Bootstrap v2 on all of our new templates?

Bootstrap v3 introduced a new “flat” design, which serves two important functional purposes. The new version strips away some of the aesthetic flourishes which makes it easier to customise for your own & clients websites. Secondly, it dramatically improves the 'repaint' time, basically meaning how long it takes the browser to “draw” all the elements on a webpage.

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