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Last week we published the article titled “Content is Certainly NOT King”, making the point that in today’s world the “king” would be the platform to put your content out there - - e.g. social networks, email campaigns, mobile marketing among others. So, unless you have a platform geared towards presenting your content for others to talk about, it will be very hard to have a competitive edge.

However, the old axiom: “Content is King” is still valid, and always will be. Why? Simply put, if your content is not worthy, followers won’t talk about it. You need to have BOTH, great content on your website AND a solid platform.

Written by Roxana Kawas

World's Longest Invoice

You know what’s great about being a freelance developer building Joomla websites? The convenience technology can provide, such as Joomla templates.

You know what’s NOT great about being a freelance developer building Joomla websites? Getting stiffed by a customer. In fact, freelancers everywhere are getting stiffed by their customers (just check out the World's Longest Invoice). You didn’t become a web developer to be in the business of collections. If only there was an equivalent to Joomla templates for getting paid! Although there is no official template, there are in fact specific steps you can take to secure your chances of receiving money when owed.

Here are 7 ways to help you get paid faster:

1) Be Picky

Hall of Heroes

Incredible Updates, and Incredible Offers!

We're excited to announce that Admincredible's beta has undergone a major update to the component. This new update lays the foundation for many great new features to be added in the coming weeks, and we'd like to invite you to take advantage of a special opportunity to join The Hall of Heroes, our Founder's Club, and start taking advantage of our great new features! With this new update, we have made some major improvements to the code which will allow:

Written by Eddie Tabush

JWC 2012 | A worldwide event for Joomla!®                              developers,designers and end-users - 16th - 18th November 2012, San Jose, CA,                              USA

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A Valuable Conference

Join us for three days of information, discussion and new ideas. We have presentations, workshops and a lot of fun. This is not a one-way presenter to attendee conference. You will be involved in sessions and discussions, and have the opportunity to give your own presentation. Joomla!'s awesomeness lies in its great community, we are working all together towards a bright future of the CMS we all love.

Written by Eddie Tabush

child_bullhornEvery month it seems I end up in a conversation with a new friend or acquaintance that has a website built on Joomla, and when they find out that I train people how to use Joomla, I invariably find myself telling them a handful of things that I feel are essential things to get in order if you have a Joomla powered site.

The list of things I mention is most often the same, so I thought I’d share it in hopes that it might help you with your own Joomla powered site.

Without a doubt, the first thing I suggest to people is to get their site moved to a webhost that is known to work well with Joomla and that has taken great steps in creating a secure server environment.

My top choice, and the host I always recommend, is Rochen. I’ve been using them for years, we host the Joomlashack sites there, the main Joomla websites are hosted there, and I’ve never had any major problems with any sites hosted at Rochen.

Here's a 12 minute sample of one of our latest video tutorials at Joomlashack University called "Automating daily site backups with Akeeba Backup Pro."

Akeeba Backup is one of the most popular and most helpful extensions for Joomla that there is.

With Akeeba Backup Pro, the paid version, you can make it even more useful by setting it up to automatically make daily backups of your site and have those backup files sent to a server of your choice, such as an Amazon S3 or Rackspace Cloudfiles account.

In this video lesson, you'll see how to set up a Cloudfile account and how to configure Akeeba Backup Pro to automatically send it's daily backup files to the Cloudfile account.

Wordpress for JoomlaWe recently released a very informative, in-depth training lesson in our Joomlashack University on how to set up and use the Wordpress for Joomla! extension by corePHP. Wordpress for Joomla! is a powerful new Joomla extension that allows you to use Wordpress blogging software inside your Joomla website. With Wordpress for Joomla, you can enjoy the best blogging platform integrated with the best content management system available. You can even use Wordpress plugins and Joomla modules all at the same time, on the same blog. It's amazing.

In this new Quickshot preview of Wordpress for Joomla, JSU instructor Forest Linden gives you a very brief overview of just a few of the many cool features that Wordpress for Joomla! has to offer.

We've got a great deal for you this week at JoomlaShack University:

Buy a 1 month subscription for only $42, or, get it for $35 when you also buy a Joomlashack professional template at the same time.

Joomlashack University is your #1 online source for Joomla training and it's simply the fastest, easiest way to learn how to build successful Joomla websites. Period. All the tips, tricks & techniques of Joomla website development--from beginner to advanced concepts--are taught at Joomlashack University by top Joomla experts.

And now, for a limited time, you can save almost 40% and get instant access to a growing library of Joomlashack University lessons, like "An in-depth tour of Joomla 1.6", "Customizing Joomla templates", "learning K2", "mastering Jomsocial" and much more. New lessons are added every few weeks!

Joining JoomlaShack University has never been easier. But please hurry! This special introductory offer of 1-month for $42 ($35 with the purchase of a pro template) won't last forever, so check out all the details and learn more here.

YouTubeJoomlashack University is a Joomla video tutorial motherload. And now two of our video lessons are free on our YouTube channel!

With more than eight hours of professionally produced instructional videos, Joomlashack University provides a wide range of online lessons and courses to teach you Joomla inside out.

To give you a sense of the quality and depth of our more than eight hours of video lessons available in our online training course, we've uploaded two that you can now view for free below.

Ready to grow your Joomla business in 2012? Join our Joomla Training class at Joomlashack University, the premiere online Joomla learning center, and let us show you how! You'll enjoy our comprehensive array of learning content including Joomla lessons, Joomla tutorials, Joomla video tutorials, and full Joomla courses.

In October we launched as a "Joomla for Beginners" Joomla Training course, but with plans to become so much more. The incredible response (over 400 students in under 80 days) provided us with excellent feedback about ShackU and where we should take it.

What do our students want next? More learning! More Joomla lessons, more Joomla videos and Joomla tutorials, more information about how to grow their Joomla business in 2010. We've already doubled our Joomla training content in just 3 months!

Now we are pleased to launch our latest course, Intermediate Joomla Training, included as a part of your ShackU membership!

You're no Joomla beginner. What can ShackU teach you?