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RSJoomla has a major release of one of our favorite extensions - RSFormsPro! 2.0. I'm excited to check out the new features. If you've been following us for awhile or attended our Joomla User Group Chicago North (JUGCN) Favorite Extensions session, you know that RSFormsPro makes the list regularly for adding forms to Joomla! websites.
Check out their blog post on the changes. We will be trying it out soon. If you've tried it, let us know your thoughts.
At the 2017 JoomlaDay Chicago event during the welcome address, I shared with the attendees a bit about the interns we’ve had the pleasure of working with. I also mentioned that I would like to do more, perhaps at the community college level. I wanted to help others understand the power of a CMS, especially one like Joomla.
Well, since then an amazing opportunity fell into my lap, the chance to be an adjunct faculty member at DePaul University in the Chicago Loop. The subject is Content Management Systems. While all the students will walk away with a strong sense of how much I love working with Joomla, they will also walk away (hopefully) with knowledge of how to evaluate and select the right tool for the right job - in this case the right CMS for the content that will be presented.
You may have heard that on December 15th, the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) voted to repeal Net Neutrality. If you are unclear what Net Neutrality and what it means to you, this Fortune Magazine article, Net Neutrality Explained: What It Means (and Why It Matters) is a great place to start.
As someone who depends on the internet for my livelihood, I'm watching these events very closely. Having been was once affected by throttling, prior to the 2015 changes, I worry that I will be affected once again, probably worse than before.
Wednesday, November 8th is the Extensions We're Thankful For meeting at Joomla User Group Chicago North or JUGCN. This is one of my favorite meetings. It's a chance for everyone to chime in on the extensions that have made their site development easier. There are of course some that are included year after year such as AkeebaBackup and RSForms, but it is also a chance to discover new extensions. With nearly 8,000 (7,948 the last time I looked at extensions.joomla.org) there is bound to be an undiscovered gem of a favorite.
Check out the 2016 Favorite Extensions, share yours and join us Wednesday, November 8th at 11 am online or in-person (we provide lunch and great conversation) to go over this year's 2017 Joomla Extensions We're Thankful For.
The latest release of Joomla is available today. it is bug fix release 3.8.1. Click here to view the announcement and details on the bug fixes.
At least twice a week I'm posed the question "Why use Joomla!?" Ok, really that's the follow up question to "Do you develop WordPress sites?" While the correct answer is that I use the technology most appropriate to the task, it is true that more times than not, I use Joomla!.
You've hired a graphic designer to create the new look-and-feel of your website. They've come back with a great design that you absolutely love. You give it to your web developer and they tell you the fonts the designer has chosen are not in Google Fonts or other means but can be purchased for a somewhat high fee.
Willie Nelson’s “Always On My Mind” was the Billboard number one country album of the year in 1982 earning two Grammy Awards. Selling records is not very different from SEO (search engine optimization), let us explain.
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The saying is New Year, New You. What about New Year, New Joomla! Site? Dec 31st not only marked the end of 2014 but also marked the end of support for Joomla! 2.5. For those keeping up with updates, there was a reminder in the administrator panel so you would not forget. While unpleasant flashbacks of the experience migrating from 1.5 to 2.5 gripped some. Others were in denial and disbelieve that a migration is needed. I, however, looked at it with cautious optimism. While my experience from 1.5 to 2.5 was far from a piece of cake, I’d been following the development and thought perhaps things would be different for the migration to 3.x and you know what? I was right.
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This year, I had the privilege of working with the volunteers for the JoomlaDay Chicago event held August 9th at the Microsoft Technology Center in the AON Center building in downtown Chicago. It was also my first time attending. Going into the event I didn’t know what to expect and I have to admit I was a little awestruck. I have been using Joomla for many years and a lot of the speakers and guests were names I’ve seen over and over on whitepapers, articles, extensions, etc. To see them in-person was a little surreal.
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If you want to know why Joomla! is a favorite Content Management System (CMS) attend JoomlaDay Chicago hosted at the Microsoft Technology Center, located in the Aon Building at the north end of Grant Park in downtown Chicago. JoomlaDay Chicago is Saturday, August 9th, a full day of Joomla! discussion, panels and presentations from top Joomla experts and community leaders.
It is a great why to get acquainted with what Joomla! can do and meet a great bunch of people, local and beyond. This event is brought together by a group of passionate volunteers and brings together all levels from newbies to experts.
Fun Fact Friday - Joomla! is the only non-corporate backed community driven CMS
Yup, it’s true! Joomla! is the only non-corporate backed community driven content management system (CMS). This and other fun facts about the popular CMS were shared at this month’s JoomlaChicago North User Group meeting held at Durty Nellie’s in Palatine, IL on Wednesday, July 9th. This group of Joomla! enthusiasts, newbies, users, and experts meets on the second Wednesday of each month to share and connect with all things in and around Joomla! The topics vary by month and are listed on the JoomlaChicago website. Sign-up is available to join the nearly 600 subscribers who receive meeting information not only for the JoomlaChicago North group but the sister group in the Loop as well in the email newsletter. If you have any questions, I’d be happy to answer them, as I have recently undertaken the privilege of coordinating the monthly meetings for the JoomlaChicago North User Group, with lunch generously sponsored by Aluent Group.
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Today, there is no shortage of ways to create a website, it's almost like getting fries with your sandwich at your favorite restaurant it just comes on the plate. Everywhere you look there is a free website attached. The problem with that is, what you do with it once you get it. A client said to me once that they built their own site but was stuck on the content. Looking around the web I've seen where a site is made up of several social media widgets with very little original content.
It's like the site owner knew they needed a web presence but didn't know what to do with it or underestimated the time it takes to maintain it. Having a web presence is great but having a good web presence is even better.