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Joomla TrainingNeed Joomla training in 2009? Live in the U.S. or U.K.? You're in business!

Announcing the most complete tour of Joomla trainings ever- 25 sessions in 21 cities all spring and summer.

There are six sessions in New England with Joomlashack's own Barrie North (ok, five in New England and one in New York state), and a whopping 19 sessions all over the rest of the U.S. with our friends at

Most of the sessions are for beginners and intermediates, but there are some more advanced classes as well, in Joomla Template design and Joomla coding.

We're stoked for Joomlashack's master handyman and Joomla evangelist TJ Baker to teach two of the trainings in California, one in Los Angeles and one in San Francisco.

Need Joomla Training? Get going this spring and summer! More dates will be added, to keep coming back. It's a great time to invest in yourself and your Joomla skills.

In 2008, our sister site, Compass Designs ran a series of successful single day training classes for Joomla across new England. One question we was asked again and again was "when will you be running classes in 2009?"

People had mentioned interest in different types of classes and perhaps different locations. So, we have created a survey for anyone interested in Joomla training to fill out, and from that we'll be determining the most popular combinations of location and class type.

If you are interested in expanding your Joomla knowledge in 2009 make sure you enter in your choices!

You may have noticed that Joomlashack is now running on Joomla 1.5. We did a stealth migration yesterday.

We had one problem we needed to address, and it took a while to figure out, so we thought we would share the solution for others.

Our old site used Joomla 1.0, as I have mentioned before, we wanted to make sure we did a 301 redirect of the Joomla URL's so Google would quickly pick up the new ones and pass the pagerank to the new pages. The problem however was that our 1.0 site used the raw URL:

We rapidly discovered that mod-write unfortunately will basically ignore all the php parameters here. You can't get rewrite to pay any attention to them.

Our own Barrie North is running Joomla Training and education across New England. If you want:

  • Expert instructors with teacher certification AND deep Joomla expertise
  • One-on-one hands-on time to implement what you learn
  • Optional ongoing education and support to create a successful Joomla website
  • Small class sizes so you can ask questions one-on-one
  • An included copy of the best selling "Joomla - A User's Guide"

. then you need to attend this training.

Its been a long time coming, but we are very excited to be able to announce our first Joomla training event in the US. Its going to be the day after the Joomla EXPO 2008 in Chicago.

The EXPO is on Friday 16th of May, and the training is on Saturday the 17th. The classrooms are right next to the hotel where the EXPO is being held!




After over a year in development, the have-to-have book about Joomla 1.5 is finally hitting shelves and shipping from the publishers and

The stable version of Joomla 1.5 is weeks away, and we are very pleased to announce the availability of Barrie North's book to go along with this momentous occasion.

Joomlashack has updated its popular template tutorial to 1.5!

This huge guide has been updated to the latest version, Joomla 1.5, Release Candidate 2. This guide takes you through making 4 incremental templates and includes the following topics:

ITIdiotsIf you are curious about the new version of Joomla (1.5), then you should nip over to and check out the training video they've just published. It walks you through some basic steps in getting a site up and running. It's informative and even a little funny.

You may have noticed some new features here at the shack. We have gone bloggy!

As well as working on some information all about the Shack Team, each of us, Barrie, Casey, Waseem, Dean, Cory and TJ will be blogging about different things that interest them in the world wide Joomla web. We have added easy links to each blog in a menu on the left, along with the most recent blog posts.

 We look forward to seeing you exploring the new blogs, as ever, our goal is to provide quality Joomla inofrmation and Services.

The Joomlashack Team

Rochen HostingIf you're a frequent user here at joomlashack you may have noticed our server was performing rather slowly and sometimes not at all for the past few days. Those days are over now. Thanks to Brad Baker and Chris Adams of Rochen, we are back on track with a lighting fast system in a brand new home right next door to Joomla!
Rochen Engineered Hosting is the same great company that houses the websites at and we're proud to support them. Thanks for bearing with us while we migrated over. We hope this didn't set anyone back. You can now browse this site with better speed and reliability.

Written by Paola Gómez