General News

Joomla! Wins 'Best CMS Award' Again!

best-open-source-php-cms.gif Packt Publishing today announced Joomla! as the winner of "Best PHP Open Source Content Management System" for 2007.

The award marks the second time Joomla! has won a prestigious Packt prize. Runners up were Drupal, followed by e107.

The judges indicated that Joomla! is 'possibly one of the biggest success stories in open source of late'. "Its first release came in only September 2005 and since then has grown to be one of the most downloaded Content Management Systems on the web.

The judges also noted a number of factors that helped Joomla! secure the Award. "Most notably its good front-end for administrators and end-users, which gives users a simple and traditional company website straight out of the box. Once again, judges commented on the size and responsiveness of the community, which translates to potential problems being dealt with quickly."

Joomla! Project Manager Johan Janssens said adding this latest award to Joomla's steadily growing collection of prizes was recognition of the project as a whole.

"While I can't pretend to read judges minds, I'm sure Joomla's wealth of community and focus on creating the foundations of a next generation framework, demonstrated the true strengths of the project," he said.

 
"I'd also like to thank Packt for its continued support through its publications and awards. Packt understands open source spirit, that's for sure."


NEWSFLASH: Packt confirmed that Joomla! 1.5 (despite still being in Release Candidate) was basis for their decision.   Great news for anyone still sitting on the fence, wondering just how good the new generation framework is!

Joomla! at Ontario Linux Fest Conference, October 12 & 13, 2007

 Joomla! will have a presence at the upcoming Ontario Linux Fest Conference.

 

The Fest begins with a Welcome Party Friday evening October 12th. On Saturday, October 13th will be all day conferences and presentations as well as the corporate & dot org exhibitors. Saturday evening will be the Reception as well as the draw for door prizes. Joomla! will be represented by Jason Kendall, Alan Langford and Joe Sonne.

The Fest is held at the Toronto Congress Centre, 650 Dixon Road, Etobicoke, Ontario Canada. Drop by and visit Joomla!'s booth. There will also have a Hands on Demo session (10:30am) and a Birds of a Feather session (8:30am).

You need to register for the event online at www.onlinux.ca . Admission is $40, $20 for students.

The Joomla! Team is looking forward to meeting as many local & out of town Joomla! fans as possible, so plan to attend!

This event is promising to be a great time!

Joomla! in The Big Apple

joomla_day_east.jpg Joomla! will be presented for the first time in Joomla!Day format for Joomla!Day USA (East) in New York, next month.  So if you're a Joomla! devotee, this is an event not to be missed.  Inspired by the incredible success of J!Days East Coast and Central, New York looks set to be even more successful.

The event is open to anyone, and will be taking place in the heart of New York City, at Google's East Coast headquarters on Saturday, October 13, 2007 — 9.30am-5pm ET.    If you don't know Joomla! then this event is for you.   If you do know Joomla! it's for you too!  If you want to learn how to launch a website in minutes for a business or other endeavor, this event will provide you with the foundations of how to manage the world's most popular open source content management system.  If you want to write code for Joomla! you will also be able to meet fellow coders and meet some of the people responsible for creating Joomla! 1.5.  Joomla!Days are for anyone who wants to learn, create and improve their skills.

Confirmed speakers for the event include:  Joomla! lead developer Louis Landry,  Software Freedom Law Center lawyer James Vasile and Open Source Matters board member Ryan Ozimek.  Other speakers are likely to be added as the event date gets closer.

The format of the Big Apple J!Day includes a cross between structured conference and audience-generated topics.  Morning sessions will be structured and afternoon breakouts will be user-generated.  By attending you will get the chance to network with fellow Joomla! professionals and users.

Some other attractions being organised for the Day include:
  • a 'hack' room we'll set up
  • learning how to use Joomla! in non-profits
  • how to market your Joomla! site, how the GPL is used in Joomla!
  • see Joomla! 1.5 'under the hood'
Register at http://www.joomladayusa.org