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Joomla 3 and RocketTheme

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Joomla 3.0 was released on September 27th and it marks the first of the STS (standard term support) releases that will culminate with Joomla 3.5 LTS (long term support) release in September of 2013. Joomla 3.0, and the next STS version Joomla 3.1, are intended for early adopters and as such they are not recommended for the vast majority of people for developing their production sites.

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eCommerce Icon Pack 2

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This second eCommerce Icon Pack created by RocketTheme is available FREE for all active RocketTheme members. These 18 highly-detailed icons come in 6 standard sizes, each hand-edited to ensure the utmost quality for each size. Each icon comes in 16x16, 32x32, 48x48, 64x64, 128x128, and 256x256 pixels in transparent PNG format.

As members you are free to use these icons in your projects and sites but are not allowed to redistribute or resell them. Please consult the included license for further details on acceptable uses.

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Book Review: WordPress for Education

Book Review: Wordpress For Education : Review

WordPress for Education from Packt Publishing is a comprehensive guide for setting up a WordPress site using multisite and social networking components. The book has a primary focus aimed at educators wishing to create a course based website or manage a network for classroom students.

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Free eCommerce Icon Pack 1

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This gorgeous new eCommerce icon pack by RocketTheme is free for use with personal and commercial projects with attribution and released under the Creative Commons 3.0 license. These highly-detailed icons come in 6 standard sizes, each hand-edited to ensure the utmost quality for each size. Each icon comes in 16x16, 32x32, 48x48, 64x64, 128x128, and 256x256 pixels in transparent PNG format.

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Book Review: Beginners Guide to Joomla 2.5

Book Review: Beginners Guide to Joomla 2.5

The recent release of Joomla 2.5 has added many features and functions that increase it's power and have increased it's popularity as a website platform. However, the power of Joomla comes with many complexities that can present challenges for newcomers. While Joomla is widely regarded as a solution that is easier than building a website from scratch, there is a lot to learn to tap into it's potential as a Content Management System and website tool, especially if you have no website experience at all. If you find yourself in this situation, The Joomla 2.5 Beginners guide is a perfect solution.

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Responsive Design: Part 3 - RocketTheme's Extensions

We covered some of the implementation details of supporting responsive design in Gantry 4 in the previous article, and in this article we're going to explain how responsiveness impacts extensions. A question that has come up several times since we started these articles is, with Gantry 4 will my site be responsive? The short answer is no, but the long answer is that it could be, but it takes more than just the framework to make that happen. Let me explain in more detail...

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Responsive Design: Part 2 - RocketTheme's Solution

As outlined in the previous article, we are hard at work developing Gantry 4 that will be providing all the bits needed to create responsive designs. In this article I wanted to outline exactly how that will work and what features you can expect.

After evaluating all the responsive frameworks and various solutions we have chosen to use the responsive system from the Twitter Bootstrap framework. Bootstrap is a project from the talented folks at Twitter that was designed to provide "simple and flexible HTML, CSS, and JavaScript for popular user interface components and interactions". If you have been using RokSprocket or RokPad in your projects you may not realize that these were built with elements from Bootstrap. New for Bootstrap 2, is an all new responsive design scaffolding that utilizes a grid system with media queries to provide support for various display types.

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Responsive Design: Part 1 - RocketTheme's Plan

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http://css-tricks.com- Example of Responsive Design

Unless you have been living under a rock for the past year you will have noticed a growing trend in web design called "Responsive Design". The premise of responsive design is that with the prolific growth in mobile devices, and their vastly varied display sizes, a web site can be designed to adapt to these platforms utilizing media queries. The previous leading school of thought was that the best approach was to provide a mobile specific view that was independent of the main design. This concept quickly became unmaintainable with the popularity of larger display phones and tablets. While we have up to this point been releasing templates and themes based on the older trend, with next month's release we are moving towards the newer responsive trend. This is the first part in a series of articles that outline RocketTheme's journey down this road.

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RocketTheme T-Shirts

Way back in November we announced a competition on the RocketTheme forums that challenged our members to submit designs for a new RocketTheme t-shirt. We wanted it to be funky, fun and geeky that really symbolized the great community of RocketTheme users. The response was fantastic. We had many replies in our forum and also via email from people that were not even members yet! Picking out a favorite design proved very difficult and so, rather than picking just one, we picked several!

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RocketTheme Ending Support for IE7 Beginning August 1, 2012

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Over the past several months, companies and developers around the world such as Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Drupal and a host of others have been making a concerted effort to end support for Internet Explorer 7 as its marketshare continues to decline each month. As of this month, IE7 usage has dropped to between 2% and 4% worldwide.

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