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Event Gallery 4.0 is available. Between version 3.12.10 and the latest version, more than 50 tickets made it into the gallery component. Most of the changes are around the Joomla 4 support. Thanks to some engaged users, I was able to tackle many details to optimize your user experience, especially in the back end. Thanks a lot and keep reporting! The release notes you can find here: Release Notes

One mayor change you noticed: there is version 4.0 now! For about 8 years, I kept the 3 in front of the version number. But this makes it hard for you to notice how severe the changes between different versions are. Now we're back to a common version schema. Changes in the first number indicate that you need to carefully test your site with the new version. There will be no problem if you don't use any template overrides or custom CSS adjustments. If you do, check that your modifications are still working. I'll be careful with breaking changes, but they will happen. 

With Joomla 4, the place where you need to enter the download id for Event Gallery Extended changed. If you encounter any update issues, please update the download ID. This page will show your download ID and the process to add it: How to add a Download ID

Today you might have seen emails from Google telling you details about your Google App which handles your Google Photos credentials. 

First, don't worry! But you might need to do something. 
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Coding, blogging, reviewing, photographing, RC-racing, full-time-jobbing. That takes a lot of time. Time which is missing for writing new articles and let this site look alive. So, I want to give you a quick update on how Event Gallery is doing. If you ask yourself: "WTF is Event Gallery"? Simple! It is a gallery component for Joomla. Display images from Google Photos, Flickr, Amazon S3 or your local webspace on your Joomla site. Modules, plugins, it is all there. On top, you can sell your images with a tiny e-commerce shop. But enough advertising. Event Gallery is around for 7 years not. At least as a public available version. I started developing it for Joomla 1.5! For Joomla 2.5 you had the opportunity using it too. We're now in the Joomla 3-age, but hopefully, this ends soon. Joomla 4 is around the corner (this time for real ;) and there are many changes necessary to adapt Joomla components to work with the new system. 

Nearly two years back I started with the first tiny steps to support Joomla 4 Alpha. Tiny in terms of spending weeks removing jQuery from the backend and implementing things with Vue instead. I thought great, that was easy. During the last few weeks I adapted my workflow to Joomla 4, migrated all the automated tests. The result: a huge pile of things I overlooked! The good news now: they are fixed and I can proudly say, that Event Gallery is ready for Joomla 4 and you can welcome it with open arms!

Canon EF 1.4L II vs Canon RF 1.8 IS Lately, I decided that I need a 35mm lens. This article is about my thought on the available options.
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There is fantastic news about Google Photos. With Event Gallery 3.10 they'll work even after January 2019. The process of getting Google Photos is slightly more complicated, but I made a tutorial video to get you started. Check the article for limitations and implementation details.

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A couple of years ago Google started Picasa Web Albums. A great place to upload your photos and make them available on the internet. By providing an API, getting data directly from the Google servers has been possible. The API was pretty straightforward, and it was more or less comfortable to show Picasa Albums on any website. Then they introduced Google+ and Google Photos. But the Picasa Web API remained working.

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While I provide support, I see a lot of Joomla sites. Most of them can improve their security by some simple steps. Here are my favorite tips to secure a Joomla site.

Don't use the admin user. If the username is known, it is much easier to guess the password. There are a lot of brute force requests to the login form which are usually undetected. You could see that in your server log files, but I guess you don't know where they are located, or you don't check them. So create new superuser accounts and delete the admin account.

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We all know that we need to take care about data privacy stuff until 25th of May. That is right for my website, too. But I also need to make sure Event Gallery is covered and help you to get compliant.

The next release will add a new chapter in the manual which describes, how Event Gallery collects data.

Also, there will be some changes codewise. Right now there are a couple of external scripts loaded. Even if this is in the backend, I remove them to avoid that somebody has to deal with that.

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Using just the main component of Event Gallery might get boring. So what should you do? Why not using Event Gallery as your personal image server? Just add images to your articles. It is as easy as this. Just have a look at the video below.

Event Gallery is more than just a gallery component. Besides the fact that you can sell images, you can use it to manage your image content. Upload your image and insert them into an article. Event Gallery will take care of scaling the images to the right format and offers the lightbox out of the box. Adding simple thumbnails is one thing you can do. Having a full gallery in an article is possible as well. If you need just a bunch of images to tease your stuff and want to show the rest of the photos in a lightbox: that is possible! With the content plugin of Event Gallery you can do a lot of magic stuff.