Brian Clark and Jon Morrow over at Copyblogger just released an interesting free 31 page report about outsourcing for web entrepreneurs. I think there has definitely been a growth in the perception that outsourcing is the secret to being successful these days:
All the "get rich quick" gurus seem to have outsourcing as a key part of their business model
Overseas "rent-a-coder" type sites that offer cheap labor are becoming more and more prevalent
Quite a few Joomla-based shops even have outsourcing as a key aspect of running their company business
Even design is getting outsourced, as evident by all the PSD to HTML sites that have sprung up
Brian and Jon make the argument that outsourcing is not all that its cracked up to be, especially for those who 'they" say its best for... new people with a new idea they are trying to launch.
Over the past weekend I had the privilege of attending the Las Vegas Joomla! Day and the previous day's Joomla training.
Attendees were treated to an "un-conference" facilitated by the great Allen 'Gunner' Gunn, including sessions from a packed house of knowledgeable Joomla individuals. From Joomla Core Team members, Working Group members and professionals who work with Joomla on a daily basis, the talent gathered in the room was immense.
For those who've never had the chance to attend a Joomla! Day, I highly recommend looking for one near you. The events are a great opportunity to gather and learn, to share input, and to give back to the project.
Major props go to Toni Marie who organized the event, and all who attended and helped to make the event such a great success.
Shack blog readers know all about the Packt CMS awards. If you voted for Joomla in either of the categories in which it was nominated this year, you'll be happy to see that Joomla did win Best Open Source PHP CMS.
According to the Packt announcement, contest judges liked Joomla's "good front-end for administrators and end-users, which gives users a simple and traditional company website straight out of the box." The also commented on the "size and responsiveness of the community as a massive strength."
Some Joomlashack friends might have stumbled upon the fact that while our small & lean team is spread all around the U.S. (Alabama, California, Pennyslvania, and Texas), the company's "official headquarters" is here in Vermont. (By headquarters I mean two of us in the same office at the same time occasionally, a wireless network named "Joomlashack," and a P.O. Box for our mail. Our real HQ is a persistent skype chat.)
Needless to say, previous Joomla Days in the U.S. were not anywhere near Vermont, a tiny state 4,000 miles from Silicon Valley and closer to Montreal than any major American city. So when the the first East Coast Joomla Day scheduled just 300 miles away in New York, we jumped at the chance to drive to the Big Apple.
Cast your vote today, if you can find the "vote" button on the Packt site. (It's on the bottom right-hand corner of the pages linked to above, below a short marketing survey. You do not need to do the survey to vote.)
Packt is even giving away Apple Nano Ipods to three lucky voters. If last year's vote count is any indication, your odds of winning are better than 067%!
Joomlashack is currently researching which hosts people use, have used, or will never use again to host Joomla websites. We want to know the good, the bad, and the ugly to get a better grasp on the popular hosts, the good hosts, and the bad hosts.
For those of you who would like to take the time to give an honest and informative assessment of hosts that you have used, Joomlashack will give you a 20% discount voucher toward any order in our shop.
Post a reply in our community forum detailing your web host experiences, and we'll send you an email with that 20% discount voucher code.
Brad Baker, the man behind the curtain at the joomla.org forums made his first dev blog post a few days ago. He talked about some of the traffic that joomla.org gets. What was most interesting is that joomla.org just broke an Alexa rank of 500. That means it is now one of the 500 most visited site on the web.
He also noted that the forums are one of the 30th biggest on the web.
Rob Schley just posted some interesting news at the main Joomla dev blog:
"During what is called the ìDeface Realtime Compoî Competition up to 150 Security Specialists, hackers, and crackers bomarded the CMS with attacks for 2 days straight without success. Both Joomla! and PHP-Nuke were evaluated during the competition and both systems received positive evaluations. Along with the positive evaluation, we received a certification from the WebSecure Group, declaring that Joomla! was reliable and recommended for use."
Its good to know that 150 hackers can't break into Joomla after two straight days. You can read more about it and the associated forum post on the Joomla dev blog.