The US Joomlaverse expanding in 2009

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!

3rd Annual Joomlashack Charity Contest- Vote Now

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

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Simplicity: A Powerful but Light Joomla 1.5 Template

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:

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Joomlashack Thanksgiving Sale - 30% off

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

Joomlashack's 3rd Annual Charity Contest Opens!

Nominations extended to December 8th!

Joomlashack's 3rd Annual Charity Contest Opens!Has there ever been a time when non-profits needed our support more?

 The world's many problems- dirty water, hungry children, oppressed people, forgotten animals- are often only solved by the dedicated volunteers and staff of our non-profits and NGOs. In a time of darkness, these organizations make the world brighter.

Announcing our 3rd Annual Charity Contest- where our community nominates and chooses a deserving charity to win a 1,000 USD cash donation.

Discuss the charity contest in our forum!

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Announcing Optimus, the latest free Joomla 1.5 template from Joomlashack

Looking for a Professional Grade Free Joomla! 1.5 Template? Announcing Optimus, the latest free Joomla 1.5 template from Joomlashack

Our latest free Joomla! template features 800/1024/Fluid layout options, custom column widths, and is loaded with beautiful typography and other convenient options.

If you like how Optimus performs, you can easily upgrade this great template with the pro expansion pack - includes suckerfish menus, graphic source files, and 5 color packs!

Check out Optimus!

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The Optimus template comes in a free and pro version. If you'd like to check out the free Joomla template - Optimus, fill out the form below and we'll send you the template and some useful information about how to use it, and a bunch of great discount coupons for our products and other Joomla extensions.

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