Back in December we asked the Joomlashack community to nominate their favorite charity for our contest. In eight days you sent us over 110 nominations from worthy organizations from around the world. After a fascinating, fun, and difficult evaluation process, Team Joomlashack picked these five charities as our finalists.
And the runaway winner of the contest were the children of Casa do Caminho Orphanage, with almost 50% of the vote.
We need your help to give a deserving charity $1000 USD
Ready to vote for one of our five finalists? *Sorry voting is now closed
Back in December we asked you to nominate your favorite charity for our "Charity Starts with a Joomla Home(page)" Contest.
Now it's time for you to vote for the charity you believe is most deserving of a donation of either a free website design or $1000USD. We wish all five could win, but now you, our community, will decide.
Alleida are doing a series of interviews on various people from the Joomla world. I was flattered that Steve asked if I would take a shot. I did and discussed some of my thoughts about Joomla template design and Joomla SEO. Here is an excerpt from the interview...
Last month Joomlashack announced it's first-ever Charity Starts at a Joomla Homepage Contest - where our community chooses a deserving charity to win a free Joomlashack Custom Website or a 1,000 USD cash donation.
NOMINATIONS ARE CLOSED. Please check out our five finalists and vote for the most-deserving charity today.
Released December 22, 2006:
During this season of giving and goodwill toward our neighbors,
Joomlashack's team asked ourselves, "what can we do to support
important organizations that do good work to make the world a better
Announcing Joomashack's Charity Starts at a Joomla Homepage contest - where our community nominates and chooses a deserving charity to win a
free Custom Website or a 1,000 USD cash donation.
The second Dutch Joomla! Days will be held on December 8th & 9th 2006, in Den Bosch, The Netherlands. Day one will focus on Joomla! in business. The second day will be the Joomla! Community day. Several key Joomla! community members will attend the conference - among them six core team members and a surprise guest.
Our own Barrie North will be at the event, presenting a brief outline of some of the new features of template design in 1.5. If you are in the area, drop by and say hi!
Greetings and Happy New Year to all!
This purpose of this letter is just to fill you in on some changes
to come in 2006 and to recap our first year with the Joomla! community.
A lot of us have a new sense of freshness, especially since the
Joomla/Mambo rebranding and Id like to personally thank the entire community
for such a great success on the behalf of Joomlashack. There are so
many success stories I can't even begin to list them individually. Because of you, in just the past 3 months we were
able to move our data do a dedicated server, create 8 free templates
for the community, 20 variations of commercial templates and assorted
modules as well as helping to launch over 60 Joomla powered sites,
assist in the development of 3 community sites and donate over
$1,000 in donations to victims of hurricane Katrina. Again, thank
you! This would have never been possible without such a dedicated
community and excellent camaraderie among other Joomla! developers..
I just read an interesting post at Molly.com about a conversation Molly had with Bill Gates over web standards and Internet Explorer. The most interesting (or blind to reality) quote of the entire article (in my opinion) came from Mr. Gates, when he said "Who has done more implementation of Web standards than Microsoft?" Granted, Microsoft has been a great innovator in its history, even in terms of web browsers and standards, but that's just it. It's all history. Most of the standards-related initiatives he mentioned were achieved back in the early-to-mid 90's. It's 2007. Things have changed. Things have evolved. Things have improved. Who has done more implementation of Web standards than Microsoft? In recent years, everyone. I believe IE7 is a step in the right direction, but they still have a long way to go to catch up with Firefox.
You can read the transcript of the conversation here.
I was reading a design site called Web Design From Scratch today, and I found confirmation to something I've known all along... Joomlashack is getting it right! In the site's "Web 2.0 how-to design style guide" under the "Strong colours" section, the first site listed as an example of a site that gets it right is TreoMobile.com, a Joomla!-powered site that uses Joomlashack's Element template.
From the site:
Bright, strong colours draw the eye. Use them to divide the page into clear sections, and to highlight important elements.
When you have a simple, stripped-out design, you can use a bit of intense colour to help differentiate areas of real-estate and to draw attention to items you want the visitor to notice.
The Treo Mobile site uses 3 areas of strong colour to mark out and advertise 3 main areas of the site.
The background colour makes it clear that this isn't main content, and large, bold title text helps you see quickly what's in each one, so you can decide whether it interests you.
Before I joined the Joomlashack team, I was a long-time admirer of the work produced here. Now I have even further confirmation that Joomlashack gets it right! Way to go, guys!
Well, another successful week in the Joomla! universe.
In case you didn't hear this week in London Joomla! had bestowed upon it for the second year in succession the Best Linux / Open Source Project award by LinuxUser and Developer Magazine
The event itself was a rip roaring success literally hundreds of (if not a few thousand) people turned up at the booth eager to learn about Joomla! in general and Joomla! 1.5b in particular. The first public unveiling of Joomla! 1.5b had tongues wagging and imaginations soaring, the heartening thing was that people just simply "got it". Day one was spent on our feet, I got to London early afternoon and headed straight to the Exhibition centre suitcase in hand to be met by fellow Joomla! community member Mitchell Annable (Nottingham UK) and Joomla! core developer Johan Janssens (Diest Belgium). I was there five minutes before Johan turned to me and said "Man the booth I need to go hire a tux for tonight" - So in at the deep end for me! From minute one it was non stop I didn't get a breather, not even a drink of water, until late afternoon. By this time Johan's fellow core team members Peter Russell (Leeds, UK) and my buddy Louis Landry (New Orleans, USA) had also returned to the booth, although we didn't get a chance to even say "hello" to each other for at least two hours. Day two was a little quieter (but not much) and it was fun to see Johan holding an impromptu conference over at the Drupal booth sharing ideas and answering questions while Peter and Louis went and did some PR "work" with the LinuxUser and Developer magazine booth babes - check out the pics over at Joomla.org
From a Joomlashack perspective it was great to meet a some of the UK based Joomlashack community that popped by to say hello, it's always nice to meet people in person and hear that we're doing a great job - so a big thanks goes out to those that I met