Lorna Jane Mitchell joins me on the podcast this week from an interview that I did with her back at J and Beyond 2014. Admittedly I may have misplaced some of these files and had finally found them to get this podcast up, so I must first apologies to Lorna Jane for not getting the podcast up sooner than expected and as promised.

Lorna Jane is a PHP expert with years of experience working in the gaming industry, to databases and now finding her place as a PHP developer and consultant to many companies. She talks about her experiences, how she got into web and PHP as well as what she provides and gives back to the open source community in regards to teaching from her blog and written material in the books that she has written.

Show Notes

Joomla 3.4.3 Release

Joomla released another update after stumbling across some unknown issues in the last release that caused a few issues after updating. It is recommended that you update to 3.4.3 as soon as possible.

Read the full Joomla 3.4.3 release notes at Joomla.org

Listener Question

Elanore asked about cheap reliable hosting as well as where she can get a good Joomla! template from.

Our preference for cheap and reliable hosting is from SiteGround. They are by far the best when it comes to affordable shared environment hosting and have been my top pick over Bluehost, HostGator and many others for a long time.

As for template providers, this is a little harder but there are a few things to look out for.

Look for how long they have been around for. I have found that the template providers that have been around for a long time have better support and better experience in supporting Joomla customers. This I think is my number one criteria when selecting a particular template provider.

A short list of my top picks that I always go to are:

  • JoomlaBamboo
  • Joomlart
  • Rockettheme
  • YooTheme
  • GavikPro

There are many more template providers, but these are the ones that I have used before and the ones that I trust.

Interview Lorna Jane Mitchell

Lorna gives us a little more about her background as to where she started and experiences.

She's currently on a mission to try and push everyone on to the latest version of PHP. You can gain a lot more security, performance and functionality in terms of features of you just upgrade to the latest version. It is the same code base but just better every version so it is worth upgrading. Joomla has even tried to force upgrades by making the minimum PHP environment be PHP 5.3.10+.

Lorna Jane has also written a few books as well as hundreds of blog entries and articles around the web in regards to web development.

You can find them all at lornajane.net. You can also follower her on Twitter @lornajane

You can also find a copy of the PHP Web Services book that she wrote on Amazon.

Seblod Training Course

James joins me to chat about the first part of the Seblod Training Course where he guides us through the installation and initial setup of Seblod.

Make sure you sign up to be sent the course material and video to get started and learning all about what Seblod is and how you can take advantage of it. Sign up at http://joomlabe.at/seblod

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