Joomlashack's annual holiday charitable campaign is back with a new twist: We'll match your donations!
For the fourth year, Joomlashack is rallying our community to support a worthy charity during the holiday season.
This year we're supporting the important humanitarian efforts of Doctors without Borders (aka Médecins Sans Frontières, or MSF.)
For every dollar contributed by our community, Joomlashack will match up to a total of $1,000. Other partners may match even more!
What is Médecins Sans Frontières?
What Joomla-powered sites have the highest Google PageRank? (Hint: Joomlashack's PageRank is 9. Think we made the top tier?)
How many Joomla-powered websites in the world are there? And how many of them are highly trafficked, really successful sites?
A group of Joomlaheads led by Alex Red has set out to answers these any many other questions about the size, depth, and characteristics of the Joomlaverse. Their site is www.joomla.me
Joomla.me is a directory of Joomla-powered websites. The team analyzes and makes some interesting claims using data from the directory, including:
Imagine yourself updating over 1,000 websites with the latest version of Joomla 1.5.
A nightmarish struggle against the clock that would take so long that 1.5.13 would be out before you had half of the sites updated, right?
Not for Simplweb.com, the hosted "Joomla on Demand" service from our sister company.Total time to update? Under 20 minutes!
The Joomlaverse was abuzz a few weeks ago about the launch of the Joomla Resource Directory, the Joomla community's official directory of designers, developers, and Joomla-related service providers. The directory, replete with listings for Joomlashack, our hosted and supported Joomla-on-demand service Simplweb, and Compass Designs, can be found at http://resources.joomla.org
But here's the big question: Is the JRD driving traffic to Joomla providers?
Recently I wrote an article that proved to be immensely popular. I then thought it would be good to reach out to a favorite Joomla! blog of mine: Compass Designs. Here is a companion piece to my original post on promoting your Joomla content, Five (more) tips to promoting your content.
Just got back from a great two days at the 2009 Chicago CMS Expo, the 3rd CMS Expo in the US since inception in 2007. It was great to see dev's from Drupal and Plone rubbing shoulders with the Joomla regulars. As were the previous two , the event was another successful, well orchestrated event. We even had Joomla and Drupal songs!
There seemed to be interest in my session on Socializing Your Joomla Site and I was able to give away some pre-release copies of the Joomla! 1.5: A User's Guide (2nd Edition) and Fundamentals of Joomla! (Video Training).
Of particular note was the one of the key notes by Wilco Jansen, the Joomla Development Coordinator and an OSM board member talked about the importance of engaging the community. He also answered questions about 1.6 on the experts panel, and talked a little about the GPL in his SDRnews interview.
You can also check out the CMS Expo 2009 Wrapup from John and Linda Coonen, also on SDRnews.
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.
I can't wait to attend another!
Read More about Joomla Day Las Vegas.
View Photos of the event here.
HURRY TO VOTE BEFORE MONDAY, OCTOBER 20th!
It's time for the third annual Open Source Content Management System Awards.
Last year, over 18,000 voters and a panel of judges named Joomla the best PHP open source CMS. Joomla lost to Drupal for best overall open source CMS. But that was before the release of Joomla 1.5.
Voting has begun for the 2008Open Source CMS Awards. Joomla has again been nominated in two categories:
Overall Open Source CMS Award
Best PHP Open Source CMS
To vote for Joomla in either of these categories, click on the links above and then click on the links for Joomla. The "vote now" button is at the bottom of the description.
At stake are bragging rights and $7,000 in prize money for the Joomla Project. So go vote!
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."
Hey everybody- that's you! Massive strength!