Today marks the 10 year anniversary of the release of Joomla 1.0. The now immensely popular CMS was forked from Mambo, and has since come far in terms of the technology.

However, what is most brilliant about Joomla is the community. Personally, I've met so many people that I would never have met otherwise. People from far and near, people from completely different cultures and with totally different backgrounds and interests than myself. What we share is that we enjoy using Joomla and being a part of this inspiring community.

Being a part of the Joomla community has brought me to Stockholm, to Germany and the Netherlands for J and Beyond, and to Spain to speak at a Joomla event. Being part of the community has enriched my life with new friends. And it has challenged me in personal and technical ways I otherwise would not have knows.

How has being a part of the Joomla community impacted you and your life?

Share in the comments below - I'd love to hear your stories!

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The "Handboek Joomla!" is a 148 page magazine dedicated to Joomla that is just about ready to go to print. The Dutch Joomla community has worked together with some international community members on the issue. Over 40 people contributed in some way to this magazine, which is made made by the Dutch Webdesigner magazine.

The Joomla® project has just launched a new service: Users worldwide can now create and build Joomla websites and have them hosted for free. The service is offered in corporation with web hosting company SiteGround, who’s built the server infrastructure for the service.

Free hosting of Joomla sites has not been available in this form before. By introducing the service, Joomla takes a big step in terms of spreading the use of the CMS. Users will be able to set up a fully working Joomla website, hosted for free for an unlimited time. The site will run on a type subdomain, not unlike the service found at

Here are some interesting Joomla blog posts I found during week 26, 2014 

  • 5 Tips to Speed Up Your Joomla 3.x Website
  • 5 Popular Web Designs You Should Know
  • How to Choose the Best Joomla Template for Your Website?

On August 14th and 15th, OSTraining hosted an event called Joomla3 Day. During the event, several people from the  community did presentations on various aspects of using Joomla.

One of the presentations was an hour-long presentation on the new version of K2 which is now in beta stage. The stable version of K2 v.3 is set for release late September / early October 2014.

In the presentation, Fotis Evangelou, main developer of K2, goes through K2 in general and then goes into detailed explanation of K2 version 3.

Here are some interesting Joomla blog posts I found during week 25, 2014 

  • Maps2 Update Adds Panoramio Image Layer, Map Resize Triggers and Bug Fixes
  • 5 Tips to Improve Your Inbound Marketing Plan for Joomla Websites
  • 5 Joomla Web Design Trends in 2015
  • JoomlaShine Showcase: JSN Boot and JSN Kido – An Easy Way to Create A Gorgeous Look for Your Websites

Here are some interesting Joomla blog posts I found during week 24, 2014 

  • Hey Presto - A new way to create galleries in Joomla
  • 6 Awesome Joomla Extensions to Help You Manage Your Website Easier
  • Joomla Tips And Tricks You Should Know
  • Free Joomla Templates with The Best Quality that You Can't Miss

The organizer have just announced that the 6th J and Beyond conference will take place from the 29-31 May 2015 in Prague, Czech Republic.

The motto for 2015 is "Golden Times ahead". The early bird ticket price will be only 199 Euro for the three day conference.

Here are some interesting Joomla blog posts I found during week 23, 2014 

  • Five Tips to Help You Get Started with Joomla
  • 3 Types of Portfolio Templates That Get You Freelance Jobs
  • 5 Must-Visit Websites for Joomla Templates

Here are some interesting Joomla blog posts I found during week 22, 2014

  • How to Fix T3 Mega Menu Hover Not Working after Updating to T3 v2.3.0
  • JoomlaShine Showcase: Postgraduate Program Website With One-page Template - JSN YoYo
  • JSN PowerAdmin: The promise to make Jooma easy and fun to use
  • 6 Highlight Features of Joomla 3.3
  • JSN One - An Outstanding eCommerce Template Released. Chance To Get 50% OFF For The Next Purchase

Here are some interesting Joomla blog posts I found during week 21, 2014

  • 3 Features Make You Use Joomla Rather Than WordPress
  • When You Know Joomla, You Will Love It
  • Creating your Online Shopping Websites Easily and Quickly With Joomla Templates It
  • First beta of K2 version 3 is here
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