Six Good Opportunities to Join the Joomla! Team
The Joomla! team brings together many great Joomla! users and developers, which makes Joomla!, in general, and the Joomla! community, in particular, growing and maturing. Do you feel good about some area about Joomla!, have enthusiasm and especially believe in yourself? Do you want to contribute your ability to the Joomla! team but don't know how to do that? In this article I will reveal six ways for you to do just that. Let's check out what they are.
Join the Joomla! Bug Squad
- Required: Be familiar with using Joomla & willing to learn new skills
The first team on my list is for people who like or want to be involved in technique. It is a team within the production working group called the Joomla! Bug Squad (JBS). Their job is to identify and fix bugs in Joomla. The Bug Squad also plays a support role with testing and quality assurance when a new major, or minor version is developed.
You can choose one of five minor teams: Tracker Team, Coding Team, Testing Team, Automated Testing Team, Migration-Upgrade Team to participate. The purpose of the teams is to make it easier for JBS members to focus their efforts and learn the skills required to successfully contribute to the project.
Currently, the JBS team needs people to help to monitor the Issue Tracker and test proposed bug fixes as well as code bug fixes. They also need people to help test proposed new features for upcoming releases.
It does not require a lot of skill except to be reasonably familiar with using Joomla and willing to learn new skills. This is really a good chance for people who want to learn more about Joomla or programming.
If you are interested in this team, apply now!
Joining the JCM Team
- Required: Depends on the position such as writing, Photoshop, graphic art ability, etc.
The most popular magazine in the Joomla community is the Joomla! Community Magazine (JCM). This magazine publishes resources, reviews, news, and insights with an emphasis on the positive things happening in the Joomla! project and its community.
Do you get a kick out of the JCM Team? Well, I think this team is a perfect choice for people who love to work with words. Here are some of the ways you can get involved:
- Editors: as an editor, you will take on authors and article submissions, promote topics in the community, edit articles submitted for topics and also write new articles. You can apply to be an editor for Editors for Project News topic, Events topic and so on.
- Extension review team: if you are on this team, your job is to evaluate and compare differnt types of Joomla extensions or services which are picked up by Extensions & Services monthly. The team is currently looking for volunteers in positions: Extension Developers, Hosting Provider.
- An author: You write articles related to Joomla, in whatever language you are fluent in. If you are an English author, you can learn more about how to become an author here. If you are a non-English author, you can submit your articles here.
- Artists/Illustrators: anyone who has a passion and aptitude for art and illustration can do this job. You need to create artwork or a cartoon for various article in each monthly issue.
- Promotions/Marketing team: this team focuses on promoting the JCM throughout the Joomla! Community and throughout the web.
- Project News "beat writers": you will submit summaries, updates, and articles about news, highlights in all areas of the project for monthly "Project news" features after searching.
Joining the Site Showcase Team
- Required: recognize a Joomla site
There are numerous Joomla sites in the Site Showcase thanks to many Joomla users who submits their sites to showcase. Futhermore, enthusiastic members of the Site Showcase Team find and collect Joomla sites then put them into this resource. In short, their main task is to maintain the Joomla Site Showcase.
This job is indeed quite simple and easy. You are only required to spend a few hours a month and be able to recognize a Joomla site when you see it on the Internet. Don't worry if you are not sure how to recognize a website that uses Joomla or not. There are several ways to check it. For example, if there is the word "Joomla" in the source code, or Joomla information in the template details (You can see it by adding templates/template_name/templateDetails.xmlafter the website address), that website uses Joomla. Normally, these methods work well.
Joining the Joomla Marketing Team
- Required: nothing required. But it is great if you have experience in marketing, graphics,etc and you want to help promote Joomla
The Marketing and PR team works hard and dynamically in their separate section in Joomla forum with many threads which are marketing plans for Joomla. Therefore, you can easily share ideas on promoting Joomla according to different topics.
As we know, Joomla 3.0 is coming out soon in next few months so the team members are busy with promoting Joomla 3.0 on many sites. It's easy to see hot topics about Joomla 3.0 such as Joomla 3 Marketing Ideas; Discussion for Joomla 3 Blogs, Tutorials, Docs;Discussion for Joomla 3 Videos, and more. You can join and contribute your ideas or make videos, infographics or even suggest an interesting plan for promoting Joomla 3.
Some current members of the Joomla Marketing team are Stephen Burge (alledia), Radek Suski (neo_fox), Jacques Rentzke (jconsultingza).
Are you a marketer? Then what are you waiting for? Join in now!
Joining the official Joomla! eCommerce team!
- Required: e-commerce experience
Yes, we have a Joomla Shop!!
Because there are Joomla users from many places in the world, the Joomla Shop is looking to go international with the aim of having a Joomla Shop in each region, so the shipping and customs charges will be reduced.
The shop sells many kinds of goods; from Joomla Books (with numerous famous books about Joomla by many authors) to Joomla gear (shirts, jackets, caps, laptops, bags, apron, etc.).
If you have e-commerce experience or ideas of what products the international shops should carry, or suggestions of what you would like to see or purchase in a Joomla! Shop, don't hesitate to join this team.
Joining the Joomla Documentation Team
- Required: knowledge and experience of the installation and configuration of MediaWiki, team-work
Are you familiar with the official Joomla wiki? I'm sure that each of us has entered this site at least once.
Joomla wiki is a huge resource containing most of the documentation on Joomla including 10,000 content pages with over 1,500 images. The first time I visited this site I thought that its interface was similar to Wikipedia. It's easy to understand because both of them use the MediaWiki software. The wiki also hosts the official help screens visible in the back-end of every Joomla installation.
Currently, to prepare for the publishing of a non-English wiki, the Joomla Documentation Team needs to find volunteers with the required knowledge and experience of the installation and configuration of MediaWiki. This team will set up non-English wikis in parallel with and cross-reference the English documentation wiki. In JDOC team, you will work in a collaborative work environment which has members who don't use English fluently, however they do have the required Joomla knowledge.
If you believe in yourself you can become an editor, programmer, organizer or marketer. You can also keep track of jobs in the Joomla forum so you don't miss any attractive jobs.
After reading this article, I hope that you can find the most effective way to contribute to the Joomla Core Team. If you apply successfully to one of six teams remember to let me know by leaving comments!