Before we discuss the big change in the structure of Joomla! that is in the release of Joomla! 1.7, let's first understand the release cycle of Joomla!.

Versions of Joomla!
Joomla! has begun a process of short term and long term release cycles. Short term releases have a lifespan of 6 months where long term releases will last a total of 18 months. Joomla! 1.6 was a short term release and so is the latest Joomla! 1.7 (released July 2011). In January of 2012 another long term version (Joomla! 1.8) will be released.

An Idea 6 Years in the Making
Joomla 1.7 introduces a concept that began shortly after Joomla! 1.0 was released, back in 2005, and took this long to implement. The core package of Joomla! has now been split into two separate parts:

1. The Joomla! platform
2. The Joomla! content managment system

Why is this better?
For the first time, you can apply a completely different CMS from Joomla! on top of the core Joomla! platform. A revolutionary idea that has never been done before. The core Joomla! CMS will still be provided by Joomla! but now a whole new world is opened to developers. The separation will also make it faster and easier for developers to contribute and features.

Q. I have an older version of Joomla, should I upgrade to this new version?
A. Yes, you should start planning on having your site upgraded within the next three to six months. If you're on Joomla! 1.5, you have until April 2012 to feel somewhat secure with your website. Since Joomla! 1.8 (the next long term version) will start in January 2012, you will have a window of 3 months starting in January to upgrade your website. No support for 1.5 beginning in April 2012 means that if security holes are discovered there won't be any bug fixes ever're on your own... flying solo. It's important to note that your site may be fine for quite some time, but inevitably something will pop-up down the road when you least expect it that might send you scrambling to upgrade your version. Please contact us to discuss upgrading your website to Joomla 1.7.

Winner of Design For Good challenge to receive a website development package worth $5,000! design4good

Peterborough, NH – InHaus Media’s Design for Good challenge is now open to New Hampshire nonprofit organizations in need of a new or redesigned website. The Design for Good challenge helps local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations by providing website design and development services, valued at $5,000. Past recipients of the Design for Good challenge include: The Harrisville Children’s Center in Harrisville, NH; Miracles in Motion in Keene, NH; and China Adoption with Love in Brookline, MA.

“We started our Design for Good challenge in 2007 to help nonprofits in need of a new or updated website. We know they are an integral part of our local economy and we understand their challenges raising awareness and support. In this economic climate, it’s more important than ever for businesses to have a professional online image and this is where we can help.” said Bill Smith, President and eMedia Director for InHaus Media. “Every year we look forward to our Design for Good challenge because it’s a great opportunity to give something to those who give to so many.”

“The website InHaus Media designed for our child care center is not only beautiful, but offers so many more options for us than our previous website. We were hoping that our new website would increase our enrollment...and it has.” said The Harrisville Children’s Center Director, Linda MacGillvary. The Harrisville Children’s Center is a Monadnock United Way agency and was InHaus Media’s 2010 Design for Good challenge recipient.

To enter InHaus Media’s 2011 Design for Good challenge, New Hampshire 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations can send a short essay or video to InHaus Media describing what their organization does, who it helps, and why a new website would help them succeed. The winner will be announced on InHaus Media’s website on or about September 30, 2011. Complete contest details are available at

New Website Showcases Growing Portfolio of Companies and Real Estate Development ProjectsPRbanner

Peterborough, NH – InHaus Media is pleased to announce the launch of the newly redesigned R.J. Finlay & Co. website,

The website was designed to highlight R.J. Finlay & Co.’s large portfolio of real estate, construction and building materials companies, as well as showcase its extensive portfolio of real estate development projects. The redesigned site embodies the company’s forward-thinking vision and commitment to excellence by using clean and  sophisticated design elements, a robust content management system, a filterable catalog of real estate projects, streamlined project search and intuitive navigation. marks the fifth website InHaus Media has designed for the R.J.Finlay & Co. family of companies in the past year. The previous four R.J. Finlay & Co. websites include ConcentricRE (, A.B. Lloyd Construction (, American Housing Initiatives ( and the June 2011 launch of TCAM’s new website (
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InHaus Media designed a website for our friend and movie star, William Sanderson, a while back ( If you're not familiar with William Sanderson by name, you'll surely recognize him in the many movie and television roles he's played over the years, from Larry (my brother Darryl, my other brother Darryl) to Blade Runner, HBO's True Blood & Deadwood, and most recently the groundbreaking Bar Karma.

Recently I was rummaging through some pics on my computer and came across a picture of myself with William Sanderson and Kris Kristofferson on location in Vermont during the filming of "Disappearances". My stream-of-consciousness mind lead me to Google William on and see if our site pops up. To my surprise we made the "32 Gorgeous Celebrity Websites" list. Okay so it was from 2009, but hey it was still a fun discovery.

InHaus Media is proud to announce two new clients - RSI of Kansas City, MO and TCAM Asset Management of Boston, MA. Projects include redesigning their existing websites, development of new CMS (Content Management System) websites - and redeveloping existing site content for one client to make it more SEO friendly. We're very excited about these new clients - projects are underway so check back soon to see the new and improved websites.

Even though we're a New Hampshire Web Design company, we're always very excited to get new clients from all across the nation!

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