In December we asked our Joomlashack community to vote for one of our five finalists in our annual Joomlashack Charity Contest, with the winner receiving a $1,000 USD cash prize. With only 10 days of voting, and during the major holiday season for many of our customers, we are impressed by both the impressive vote totals and comments posted by the voters.
It seems our winner, the MISS Foundation, did some effective outreach to involve their own members in voting. Their organizing paid off, as they ran away with the contest, taking over 58% of the vote!
The MISS Foundation certainly deserved the prize we sent them on December 31st, but we still would like everyone to check out the four other finalists, each an organization very worthy of your attention, support, and donations.
While the contest and 2007 are over, nothing's stopping you from checking them out now and giving your own charitable contribution. The children and communities these charities support still need your help, regardless of what year it is.
Thanks again to everyone who nominated, commented, voted, or promoted our 2007 charity contest. If you have an comments or suggestions for how we can make this effort even more effective next year, please let us know!
Happy New Year!
Season for Giving: Vote and Support these Five Charities
Last month we asked our Joomlashack community to nominate their favorite charity for a $1,000 USD cash prize. More than 90 excellent nominations poured in from around the globe, including NGOs solving problems on all seven continents and across an incredible range of issues. Each Joomlashacker carefully read every entry and then narrowed our list down to the five nominees below.
An appropriate trend seems to have emerged in a year when Team Joomlashack saw the births of two new babies and new hires whose families raised the collective Team Joomlashack honor roll to nine awesome kids. Here at Joomlashack, it's the year of the kid, and our picks for the five most deserving charities reflect this perfectly.
Please check out and then support each of these excellent and deserving organizations with an online contribution, and then vote for the charity that you think is most deserving of our $1,000 USD cash prize. Voting ends Sunday 12.30.2007 at 11:59PM EST.
May peace on Earth prevail for all men, women, and especially, for children.
Whether you're a new or advanced user, if you're a web developer who is serious about Joomla! you might want to take a moment to consider the Joomlashack Web Developer Club. We'd like to invite you to join us "behind the scenes" to be a part of something great. We believe this will be very beneficial to those who use Joomlashack products and resources on a regular basis.
Last year we asked ourselves, "what can we do to support important organizations that do good work to make the world a better place?"
The answer was our first Joomlashack Charity Contest- an opportunity for 5 charities to be showcased on Joomlashack (and get donations!).
Announcing our 2nd Annual Joomlashack Charity Contest - where our community nominates and chooses a deserving charity to win a 1,000 USD cash donation.
This is just an update of some things to come in the near future at Joomlashack. We've been kind of quiet lately and thought we might share some of the excitement with you before it gets here.
- New Weblogic Joomla Template! This is our first 1.5/1.0 native template with a plethora of features. While we were spending the last 71 days building this template for 1.5, we said to ourselves, "Why not make all these cool user defined parameters available for 1.0 versions as well?" So we did. We've included the same flexibility of the 1.5 template parameters in the 1.0 version. We also decided to make the 1.5 and 1.0 versions as a bundled release. We hope you like it.
- New Flash Rotator coming! We're working on a major overhaul of this module which incorporates a new (customizable) navigation system, some new transitions, SEO features, and more. This module is about to get even better.
- The Joomlashack Developer Club is coming! We have some very loyal customers here - some who have bought one of every template we've ever built. So we're outlining a new system that will grant you access to an awesome community in a private forum, unlimited domains on all templates and to a library of mods and hacks for extending Joomla! and Joomalshack templates to a new level. I'm really looking forward to this. Basically this club will put you on the inside of Joomalshack and allow you to make the most of your Joomla! experience with no limits!
- SlideShowPro Update! Have you heard? SlideShowPro has done it again. A new release of the popular SSP gallery and Director. We're currently updating our module to be fully compatible. On a side note if you like Flash video, The FLV format is leaving! Flash Player 9 beta now supports H.264 and MPEG formats! SlideShowPro and Director already supports video and image management. Think of the possibilities we come into as users and developers around the world. Exciting stuff.
Old friends, come on home: Register again and get $10 off any order!
Back in June, Joomlashack changed its online shop to a new licensing system. Powered by Iono, our new shop does a much better job of managing your licenses and giving you access to your templates and other downloads.
Many of our customers have asked to have their previous purchases brought into the new licensing system, and we're happy to oblige.In fact , we'll give you a $10 voucher to register again!
Any customer who purchased from Joomlashack before June 24th, 2007 is eligible to re-register and get their previously purchased downloads placed in their new shop account.
Simply follow these directions by the end of August and within five days, you'll have your old downloads and $10 toward any order. Vouchers good until September 30, 2007.
Old friends come home, and we'll treat you right.
Back in May we sponsored our first-ever Joomla User Survey and received an incredible reponse. Whether it was the opportunity to participate in a study of Joomla users or the chance to win our awesome prizes (or to get 30% off any Joomlashack order), we'll never know.
We do know that more than 3,500 unique respondents answered the survey and were entered to win. If you haven't checked out the results from the survey yet, you might find them very interesting. How do you compare to other Joomla users? Find out.
So, now that Joomlashack has finally finished the migration of our entire site over to several new systems, with a whole graphic redesign of our own site thrown in for good measure, we can take a deep breath and finally draw the winners of our survey. Drumroll please!
Who is using Joomla? Does our survey tell us?
In April and May of 2007, Joomlashack conducted the first ever major survey of Joomla Users. Over 3,600 people filled out 31 questions ranging from how many Joomla sites they managed to what Joomla tasks they do most often.
The Joomla survey results confirmed many things about this powerful open source CMS, and also had a few surprises. Here are the results with some Joomlashack editorial observations!
Here at Joomlashack its our continual goal to improve our customer experience. We have been taking careful note of suggestions you have all been making in our feedback board. We are please to announce the launch of Shack 2.0!
Better support, more tutorials, a better cart and access to template updates. Let me take you a brief tour of what we have waiting for you.
Just two weeks after its release on Joomlashack.com, more than 2,000 Joomla users have answered our first-ever Joomla Survey.
Joomlashack has many big questions about Joomla users that the survey will help answer, such as:
Is Joomla mostly used by developers?
Nearly half of all respondents have made changes to the code of a Joomla component or the core code of Joomla itself, with 57% claiming PHP programming knowledge.
Is Joomla easy to install?
0ver 80% of those surveyed say that installing Joomla on a server was so easy it took "a few minutes."
What other content managements systems do people use instead of Joomla and why?
32% of respondents say they have used WordPress, while only 11% have used Drupal.
Does Joomla make a good blogging platform?
Over 60% say they use Joomla for a blog site.
Take the Joomla Survey today and win free templates for life or a $100 Amazon gift certificate.