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In 2008, our sister site, Compass Designs ran a series of successful single day training classes for Joomla across new England. One question we was asked again and again was "when will you be running classes in 2009?"

People had mentioned interest in different types of classes and perhaps different locations. So, we have created a survey for anyone interested in Joomla training to fill out, and from that we'll be determining the most popular combinations of location and class type.

If you are interested in expanding your Joomla knowledge in 2009 make sure you enter in your choices!

You may have noticed that Joomlashack is now running on Joomla 1.5. We did a stealth migration yesterday.

We had one problem we needed to address, and it took a while to figure out, so we thought we would share the solution for others.

Our old site used Joomla 1.0, as I have mentioned before, we wanted to make sure we did a 301 redirect of the Joomla URL's so Google would quickly pick up the new ones and pass the pagerank to the new pages. The problem however was that our 1.0 site used the raw URL:

We rapidly discovered that mod-write unfortunately will basically ignore all the php parameters here. You can't get rewrite to pay any attention to them.

Life Group LA

The Joomlashack community has spoken: The Life Group- LA is the winner of our 2008 Charity Contest!

LGLA narrowly edged out the very worth Global Conservation Assistance for first place. Joomlashack is proud to present a $1,000 USD contribution to the Life Group LA.

Las Vegas Joomla DayWith Joomla so popular now that even Paris Hilton uses (and breaks) it [Editor note: It seems early reports of Ms. Hilton using Joomla are not accurate- see the comments in the original post from Joomla core team representatives], it's no surprise that new Joomla User Groups (JUGs) are popping up all over the map.

The latest is in Wisconsin, where the Milwaukee User Group will hold its first meeting in a couple weeks. A few of us Vermonters call the New England User Group home, which has grown to an impressive number and is now helping spin off another new JUG in the seacoast region of New Hampshire (near Portsmouth.)

And then there are Joomla Days like the upcoming one in Las Vegas. Unfortunately we'll never know what happens there, because what happens in Vegas So you'd better find your own local Joomla User Group and/or Joomla Day to attend!

If you are involved in a JUG or Joomla Day and think we should blog about it here on Joomlashack, let us know!

It's been two months since a new version of Joomla 1.5 hit the streets, and not a moment too late. The new release has the longest change log we've seen in a long time, including some high priority security issues and dozens of bug fixes and changes.

The Joomla proclaims Joomla 1.5.9 is "a security release and users are strongly encouraged to upgrade immediately." So get to it!


NOTE: Voting on this contest closed on 1/4/2009. Want to support our 2009 charitable efforts? Read about our matching program!

Baby New YearSupport these five charities, but vote for just one!

Last month we asked our Joomlashack community to nominate their favorite charity for a $1,000 USD cash prize. Within 10 days, we had nominees from all corners of the globe and doing incredibly diverse work. Our team carefully reviewed every entry and then narrowed our list down to the five nominees below as our favorite five.

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, January 4th at 11:59pm EST

SimplicitySimplicity has been on the shelf at Joomlashack ever since Joomla's release, and no doubt it has been one of your favorites.

This month we've taken the time to go over this template with a fine-toothed comb in an effort to maximize its efficiency for Joomla! 1.5.

Simplicity is still one of the fastest templates in the world, almost 18 months after its release, and it remains one of the few source ordered, hard-core SEO templates around.

Today we'd like to invite you back to the Simplicity demo to have a look at its progression into the Joomla! 1.5 realm.

Check out these excellent new features:

CMS ExpoJoomlashack was in the house for CMS Expo Denver last week, and enjoyed a three days of packed Joomla action.

The Expo brought together for the second time a dogpile of friends and colleagues in the Joomlaverse, including our buddies at (SEO Club), (Makers of JomSocial, MyBlog, JomComment, and other excellent extensions for Joomla), and dozens of other Joomlaheads.

ThanksgivingThe holiday season is here, and Joomlashack wants to join in the season of giving. Take 30% off anything in our shop- offer good until Sunday, November 30th. (Voucher code below.)

Take a look at our excellent Joomla 1.5 templates, including:

  • Optimus - a free Joomla 1.5 template with a Pro version you'll have to have- just $17.50 with Thanksgiving savings!
  • Earthblog- a four color Joomla 1.5 template for just $28 with Thanksgiving savings!
  • Relevant - a Joomla 1.5 template with four colors for just $28 with Thanksgiving savings!

And heck, why not pick up a Developer Club membership for just $280- and get unlimited use of all our templates! That's $120 off our standard price!

Your Thanksgiving discount voucher is: thanksgiving30

Joomla 1.5.8The Joomla Project announced recently the release of the latest version of Joomla 1.5, "Wohnaki."

After two months without and update, Joomla 1.5.8 fixes a couple "moderate" security issues and a long list of other small improvements to our favorite CMS.

The list of changes is long and worth taking a look at.

We recommend upgrading to the most recent version of Joomla 1.5.8- keep your site secure!