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In October 2009 the new Joomla training course - Joomlashack University opened its door to its first class of 100 students. For the last 4 weeks, these students have been learning how to Joomla with our rich video screencasts and tutorials and asking questions and networking in our forums.

Before launching Shack U, we knew we had a great product to offer. We gave leading Joomla figures a sneak look at the content and, as you can read yourself, they loved it.

As well as teaching insider Joomla tips and tricks to our first students, we have been taking feedback and improving the course. We have streamlined the student path through the learning content and added more courses.

After 4 weeks, we are ready to open our doors again.

Joomla Survey

It's early yet, but the early results from the Joomlashack 2009 Joomla User Survey are already sparking conversation about who uses Joomla, and how.

Launched 10 days ago, the Joomla User Survey has already received more than 1,000 responses, yielding a rich pile of data about many important Joomla-related questions, including:

And many more questions. Read on to hear some early results and to comment on the survey!

Haven't taken the survey yet? Want to be entered to win over $1,000 in prizes! Then take the survey!

Over the last couple of years, we have been conducting a survey about the scope and features of the Joomla community. Over 7,000 people have completed the our survey over the last few years, and this year we want to make it the biggest ever.

Complete our survey and you'll be entered to win prizes!

  • Grand prize winner: Our new lifetime Developer club - $399 value
  • First Prize: Three $100 gift certificates to Amazon.com
  • Second Prize: Three Joomlashack University spots
  • Third Prize: Five template giveaways
  • Bonus prize: 3,000 person to take the survey, also a $100 Amazon.com gift certificate

Head to our survey now and tell us about how you use Joomla!

The much anticipated launch of our interactive learning environment for Beginner Joomla, Joomlashack University, did not disappoint last week. In less than 24 hours we sold out all 100 seats in the inaugural Shack U class of October 2009- and then some!

Joomlashack University is our attempt to make learning Joomla online a fun, interactive, affordable, and "at your own pace" experience. Instructors Forest Linden and Barrie North are guiding the first class through the very basics of getting a Joomla website installed, set up, and built with compelling content.

The driving mission of Joomlashack is to provide high quality professional Joomla templates at affordable prices.

Today we are changing the landscape of how template clubs are offered. We are combining the lifetime updates of our regular templates with the unlimited domains of our developer club.

Our Professional Joomla Developer Club now is lifetime access!!

Joomla Day NYC

Start spreading the news Joomlashack is coming to New York for the 3rd annual New York Joomla Day on Monday, October 12!

Joomlashack's Barrie North will present two workshops this year, "Black Belt Joomla" and "Search Engine Marketing Smackdown" along with our friend Steve Burge from Alledia.com.

eBusinessLove our new eBusiness template and want to make some money promoting it?

Then hurry up and join our 10 by October 10 eBusiness bonus opportunity!

Joomlshack has a strong affiliate program built on the idea that our success should be your success. We'll pay you a commission for each sale of eBusiness you generate from your website, blog, tweets, or wherever you can put your affiliate link.

Read all about our affiliate program and sign up for an account. Then come back and learn how to earn from our sweet eBusiness bonus program.

Packt CMS AwardsWe are excited that the Packt Publishing Best Joomla! Theme award includes our own Joomla template Inspirion.

This Award features five finalist Joomla! themes and extensions that have been selected by the Joomla! project representatives.

Help us out and please head on over to Packt and vote!

Follow us on twitterIts been awhile since we have had some Twitter Fun. A couple of months ago we had the The Great Joomlashack Tweetaway using Twitter.

This time, we have made it super simple..

Follow Joomlashack on Twitter and you'll get entered into a drawing for a free copy of our new template!

Last week I blogged about the Fastest Joomla Template in the World. In a related topic, today I wanted to talk about how frameworks and grids are being used in our Joomla templates, and why we have come to adopt the 960 grid system for our future template releases.

At Joomlashack, we focus on clean, deceptively simple templates that are easy to customize, and look great. We've been using our own "framework" in use for a couple of years now, and included such Joomla template innovations such as dynamic width switchers and source ordering.