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Let’s vote for Joomla as best free CMS at the CMS critic awards

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It's that time of the year again when you vote for your favorite CMS at the CMS Critic Awards! A regular at the awards, Joomla has once again made it and is nominated under the "Best Free CMS" category. Joomla has been voted as best free CMS at the CMS critic awards for the past 3 years. Let’s show our love and make Joomla a winner again this year!

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Joomla Camp Chicago is going to take place on 22 September 2018 in Chicago

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Almost every month, a Joomla event take place somewhere in the world. While the ‘Joomla Day’ events usually have speakers who conduct the sessions, a Joomla Camp event totally differs from the Joomla day events. This is what makes Joomla Camp interesting. Joomla Camp is a completely hands-on event where anyone can learn how to use Joomla.

Joomla Camp Chicago takes place on 22 September 2018 in Chicago at the DePaul Club. Participants are free to choose a topic of their interest. The workshops that are to be conducted are then determined accordingly. Participants would be divided into small groups and every group would have a mentor to lead the team and provide instructions for the workshop.

Joomla Camp Chicago is a great opportunity to enhance your Joomla knowledge with the guidance of mentors who have been associated with Joomla for several years.

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13 years ago a CMS was Born. Today it powers an entire industry. Happy Birthday Joomla !

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13 years ago on this day, the core Mambo development team in a letter to the community announced its intention to fork away from the Mambo project. This letter was the seed that led to Joomla becoming a reality. However the name Joomla was not announced till the 1st of September 2005. It was a time of change. Head to these early posts on the Joomla forums to be transported back to 2005 ! So there could be some controversy on when is Joomla's birthday really ? 17th August or 1st September ? I'll let you decide :)

Since 2005 Joomla has come a long way. Today it powers an entire Industry and provides thousands of jobs to people world wide. It has truly been a change maker on a massive scale. 

Personally for us, it has been central to our growth and strategy over the years. When Joomla was born, I was still in college using Mambo for some Non profit work with my partner Ashwin. When we started our first company in 2006 Joomla ! Was our CMS of choice. Joomla literally has been central to our story since the very inception and it remains one of our core offerings to this date. We had published Our Joomla Story back in 2010 when Joomla completed 5 years. 

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Joomla Day Brazil is going to take place from 10 August 2018 to 12 August 2018 in São Paulo

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Joomla Day Brazil will take place from 10 August 2018 to 12 August 2018 in São Paulo at the Eniac College in Guarulhos, Brazil. Guarulhos is the main financial, corporate and commercial center of South America. Joomla Day Brazil will host the first ever Joomla Certification in the Americas. This is going to be one of the biggest Joomla events that provide a great platform for knowledge sharing for developers, entrepreneurs, and technology students.

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JUG Wallonie - An opportunity to get Joomla certified

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Along with many Joomla related events like JWC and Joomla Days, Joomla User Groups (JUGs) and their meetings are an integral part of the Joomla world. Get ready for JUG Wallonie, the first ever JUG organized by a French-speaking Joomla team. The event is set to take place on 16th June 2018 at Rue Du Web (Mont-Saint-Guibert), Belgium. The organizers for this event are Marc Dechèvre and Christophe Avonture.

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Some great memories from J and Beyond 2018

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Have you ever been to a Joomla Event?  Till recently they came in 3 main flavors.

  1. The Joomla Days - which tend to be super local and get a good mix of integrators, developers and business people
  2. JandBeyond (JAB) - which is an EU event but attracts a global audience and focuses on content that’s not just Joomla but also beyond. JAB tends to be more developer focussed.
  3. Finally the Joomla World Conference - the first few editions of which happened in the US and since it has traveled the world and been to Mexico, India, Canada & Italy. This event was retired after the Rome edition in 2017 with funds being diverted by OSM to making more local events happen.

The Events Page on the Joomla Community site is the best place to stay on top of events happening worldwide. So if you have not been to an event yet, plan your outing today!

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Techjoomla is a Bronze Sponsor for J and Beyond 2018

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Techjoomla is proud to support J and Beyond - possibly one of the most unique tech conferences in the world as a Bronze Sponsor this year! We have been attending this conference for a while now. In fact, our first introduction to this amazing event was due to a partial scholarship by the conference back in 2012 when we first got introduced to the international Joomla community in person! Since then we have been hooked and have attended almost every JAB then on.

Techjoomla co-founders Parth & Ashwin will be attending the event. Parth will be a key speaker at the event where he will do a session on 'The Spirit of Open Source'. This is a must-attend session to learn how you can use open source to accelerate value addition for our clients and your own business! Do look us up at the talk or at our sponsor area to know more about our products and offerings.

Read on for more details.

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Joomla Day Texas is going to take place on 28th April 2018 in Houston, Texas

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Joomla Day Texas will take place on 28th April 2018 in Houston, Texas at the Norris Conference Center - Westchase. If you are completely new to the Joomla world, Rod Martin will guide you to build your business website from scratch. He has been associated with Joomla for more than 6 years and has authored plenty of tutorials at Joomla.org and OSTraining.com.  

In case you are an advanced Joomla user, the sessions will focus on more advanced technologies as well as emerging technologies that would be of interest to Joomlers attending the event. Joomla Day Texas is thus a great platform for both Joomla beginners and advanced users.

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Joomla Day Netherlands is going to take place on 13th and 14th April, 2018 in Eindhoven

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Joomla Day Netherlands will take place for two days from Friday, April 13th to Saturday, April 14th, 2018 in Eindhoven at the world renowned High Tech Campus! It is the 13th edition of the Dutch Joomla day. Joomla Day Netherlands is an interactive event for both Joomla beginners and advanced users. It is a great platform for knowledge sharing and to meet other Joomla users across the world. On Friday, a number of workshops are going to be conducted to show an in-depth analysis of some of the things one can do with Joomla along with providing information on tools we use with Joomla. Some of the speakers for the event like Paul Delbar and Sander Potjer have been associated with Joomla for a long time. Also for all the foodies, an amazing Italian buffet awaits you at the event. There will also be a separate presentation for Joomla newcomers and Joomla beginners. Saturday’s session will highlight the amazing things going on in the world of Joomla. All the social events would take place in the evening after the sessions are completed.

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Techjoomla is sponsoring CMS Africa Summit 2018

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CMS Africa has become one of the premier technology events in Africa that brings together people across the globe including web developers, online marketers, software engineers, online retailers, web administrators, online banking admins and company owners. Initially, it all started with a small event called Joomladay Kenya - an event about Joomla!-the CMS. But then people in the tech-world weren’t  just using Joomla, they were also using other CMS’s like WordPress, Drupal among others. This idea eventually led to first CMS Africa Summit that was held at Strathmore Univerisity, Nairobi in 2014.

CMS Africa Summit 2018 is going to be held at the Kigali Marriott Hotel in Kigali, Rwanda on 16th-17th March, 2018. The event will feature hackathons and sessions by key speakers from people across the CMS world along with interactions and knowledge sharing between the event attendees on a variety of topics. 

Read on for more details and some amazing news for event attendees.

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Techjoomla is sponsoring Joomla World Conference 3 years in a row!

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The Joomla World Conference is a key annual event for all Joomlers/people associated with Joomla in way or another.

Techjoomla has been working in the in the Joomla space since the days of Mambo and we are all extremely passionate about working with and contributing to this fantastic project.

We are delighted to be a sponsor for the Joomla World Conference 2017, back to back for 3 years now !

Joomla World Conference 2017 is going to be held in Sheraton Roma Hotel & Conference Center, Rome, Italy, on 17-19 November, 2017.  Parth, our CEO shall be attending the event and talking about Rapid development with Horizontal / infrastructure extensions in Joomla. If you are planning to attend the event, do say hi !  

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Joomla! is participating in the SEO contest Siebtlingsgeburt 2017 !

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When it comes to CMS comparisons between the popular content management systems, 'Out of the box SEO Capabilities' are always a very important factor. Now for those who have used Joomla! know that Joomla's SEO capabilities have steadily improved over the years and the new router in Joomla 3.8 takes it up several levels. 

To prove Joomla's mettle in this areas, the Joomla Optimisation team has decided to enter the SEO Contest 'Siebtlingsgeburt' by SEO-Day in Germany (Cologne). It involves an imaginary keyword 'siebtlingsgeburt' which means seven births. We thank the enthusiastic and talented bunch of designers, coders, storytellers, translators who are working to make this happen ! They recently reached out to us and asked us for a little help in their mission to 'Help Captain Joomla save the 7 cute puppies from being killed by “Glatzkröte” (bald toad)' . To make this happen, we are reaching out to you, our community. We need to get as many people as we can linking and visiting the below link. I'd suggest you go there right away, it is a very interesting read ! 

In a nutshell, here is how you can help. 

Visit the Siebtlingsgeburt link and tell your friends to do so too !Write a blog post telling your audience about this contest and ask them to spread the word. You need to add the link title as  "siebtlingsgeburt" (https://www.joomla.org/3/de/siebtlingsgeburt" title="siebtlingsgeburt">siebtlingsgeburt)Share the post on Facebook and other social media
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JooStock-First Joomla Unconference to be held in the Netherlands

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Joostock is the first Joomla unconference to be held in the Netherlands at Eindhoven on the 7th and 8th October, 2017. As a Joomler, you might have plenty of new ideas along with vast knowledge that you are eager to share. Apart from knowledge and ideas, you also have your own share of problems with Joomla that you tackle everyday.

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Joomla World Conference 2017 is coming to the eternal city of Rome, are you coming?

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Joomla World Conference(JWC), the mecca for Joomla users worldwide is going to be held for the very first time in Europe in the eternal city of Rome. This year’s theme for JWC is “Il ponte Italiano” a.k.a The Italian Bridge. Joomla World Conference, 2017 is going to be held from 17th November, 2017 to 19th November, 2017.

The 3 themed days for the event are as follows

17th November-Business Day18th November-Community Day19th November-Learning Day

The Joomla World Conference, 2017 as always is going to be a blend of learning, fun, work, interactions and a platform for knowledge sharing.

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Joomla World Conference is going to Vancouver! Are you ?

Joomla World Conference is going to Vancouver! Are you ?

Over the years, 2 conferences have become the mecca for Joomla users worldwide. The J&Beyond Conference that happens around the middle of the year in Europe and the Joomla World conference which happens in November and since the last 2 years has been travelling the world with the latest editions being held in India last year.

This year the World conference is going to Vancouver, Canada ! Starting on the 11th of November the conference promises to turn the weekend into a marathon of fun, learning, contributions and networking. The speaker line up

As with last year, Techjoomla is a proud sponsor to the event. As one of the benefits, we get a super discount to share with our followers. So if you have not got a ticket yet, use the following discount code to get a full 100$ off on the ticket price !

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Lets vote for Joomla at the CMS Critic Awards!

Lets vote for Joomla at the CMS Critic Awards!

Its that time of the year again when you vote for your favorite CMS at the CMS Critic Awards! A regular at the Awards Joomla has made it once again and has been nominated under the "Best Free CMS" category. Lets show our love and make Joomla a winner again this year!

Head over to the Awards Page and cast your vote today!

 Vote Now !

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Joomla Day Bangalore 2016 a smashing success !

Joomla Day Bangalore 2016 a smashing success !

It gives us immense pleasure to report that Joomla Day Bangalore has been received really well by the community there. Techjoomla was a sponsor at the Event and Parth Lawate our CEO presented the opening Keynote on ‘The Spirit of Open Source’. Here is a blog from him with updates from the Event. 

JUG Bangalore was one of the Joomla user groups that was initiated as part of the outreach campaign before the Joomla World conference that happened there in November 2015 and I was lucky to have helped initiate the same with Puneet Kala & Saurabh Shah early last year. 

I remember the kick off meeting where it was the 3 of us who attended the meeting ! Today their meetup group is 450+ people and the core group meets regularly. The speed with which they have grown & matured in the last 9 months is really amazing. If you are in Bangalore and want to be part of this awesome group, here is their Facebook page & Official User group page.

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The Joomla Speak! In Conversation with Peter Bui

The Joomla Speak! In Conversation with Peter Bui

We are going to talk to Peter Bui, Managing Director of PB Web Development in this The Joomla Speak interview. I met him at the Joomla World Conference 2015, Bangalore, India. A fun loving person who is also a Joomla Enthusiast and Contributor. Let’s get to know his thoughts on Joomla!

What's your Joomla story? How did you get introduced?

In 2004 and 2005 I experimented with a lot of different platforms from WordPress to Moveable Type and Mambo. Playing around with all of them working out what was best for the projects that I was building at that time lead me to choose Mambo as my solution. Shortly after it split and forked with Joomla! The rest is history.

There’s lots of businesses built around Joomla - Extensions, Templates, Consulting, Services. How would you like these businesses to give back to Joomla? What's the best way in your opinion?

I believe the most important thing is the adoption of Joomla. Showing, educating and spreading Joomla is the most important thing.

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The Joomla Speak! In Conversation with Sander Potjer

The Joomla Speak! In Conversation with Sander Potjer

With another interview in The Joomla Speak! series, we will be talking to Sander Potjer. I met him at the Joomla World conference 2015 in Bangalore. He is very easy to talk to and is keen to know about different cultures. we had a great chat about Open Source in general and the Community part of Joomla.

Let’s see what he has to say about Joomla!What's your Joomla story? How did you get introduced?

My Joomla story started back in the summer of 2005. After finishing my high school I had a longer summer with plenty of time before my study Architecture started. During this summer I came across Mambo, which seems a very nice way to build websites. I used it to rebuild the Frontpage website for my rowing team, which was a very simple website and mainly my play-garden as I enjoyed experimenting with websites. At the time the website was finished, Mambo was forked into Joomla. I had no clue about forks, community and open source at that time, but simply followed the majority and converted the website into Joomla.

Slowly I started creating more websites, and became impressed by Joomla, the community, and the open source spirit. It was great to notice that people are helping out each other on the forums and that so many people from different countries and cultures are contributing their time, skills and knowledge to work all together on Joomla, used for millions of websites. Something that still amazes me every day again.

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The Joomla Speak! In Conversation with Apirat Jangjit

The Joomla Speak! In Conversation with Apirat Jangjit

We’re back with yet another exciting interview form The Joomla Speak series of a Joomla enthusiast Apirat Jangjit aka Sai. She is The General Manager of CMSPlugin and today will be sharing her thoughts on Joomla and how her exciting journey with it has been so far!

Let’s talk!What's your Joomla story? How did you get introduced?

I was working as Executive Assistant and my ex-boss wanted me to update something on the company website immediately. Of course, the only program I used the most was Microsoft Office. I've asked my programmer, but he couldn't explain it to me in the easiest way possible.

So the end of the day, my curiosity was still there and didn't really go away. I decided to take the Joomla class during my vacation leave to learn how to build a website. And I found it was so simple and I could do it myself. Now, my curiosity paid off.

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