Joomla DemoCamp – igniting the flame!

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Last night Rastin, Arash, and myself held a Joomla 1.5 DemoCamp at the Network Hub in Vancouver. Turn out was really good! The feedback that I've received already indicates that this event was a success, with attendees passions ignited, and truly excited about using Joomla 1.5 themselves.

I arrived about 10 minutes early expecting to see a handful of people there, but was very delighted to find the room already full, with people eager to learn about Joomla. Needless to say, the event started right on time!

Rastin (rmdStudio) opened the evening by introducing Joomla 1.5, while Arash (PeerGlobe) and I (as part of our demonstration) populated an empty Joomla site with content. The template for our project was provided by Andy Miller of RocketTheme – thanks Andy!

The objective of the night was to show how easy it is to develop a website with Joomla 1.5 CMS.

We demonstrated how content (items) needed to be organized into Sections and Categories, and that we are then able access the organized content by creating menu items. We added several menu items to the main menu, each with a different layout – blog format, list format, and table format.

Rastin, who is an enthusiastic advocate for Open Source and Social Network Marketing also showed us how to implement free marketing tools into our Joomla site. I am always amazed at the number of free tools out there, and how they add so much value to your website when used properly. We added Flickr, YouTube, Google Calendar, EventBrite, and Joomla Extensions to our demo site to show how to increase its functionality and marketing muscle.

The night wrapped up with me quickly running over Joomla 1.5 Template design. Firstly, I acknowledged Barrie North of CompassDesign for writing and making available to us his Joomla 1.5 Template Tutorial, as my notes were bits and pieces of his original tutorial. Thanks again Barrie!

We lightly touched on the core template files, commands to call Joomla modules, module display styles, and CSS.

As we ran out of time, I indicated that I would post some resources for Joomla 1.5 Template development. Hopefully these will get you on your way to creating your own Joomla 1.5 Templates!

Joomla 1.5 Template Resources

Joomla DemoCamp – 1.5 Template Elements (short notes)


CompassDesign Joomla 1.5 Template Tutorial
CompassDesign - Joomla 1.5 Template Tutorial

RocketTheme Joomla Templates Club
Rocket Theme - Joomla Templates Club

Joomla 1.5 Template Forum
Joomla.org - Joomla 1.5 Template Forum

If you know of any others, feel free to let me know! I'd luv to hear from you!

Thank you!

A huge thank you goes out to everyone who made this event a great success, including Rastin (rmd Studios), Arash (PeerGlobe), Robert (Network Hub), Andy (RocketTheme), Barrie (CompassDesign) and all those who participated – THANK YOU!

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