Sander Potjer

Sander Potjer

The passion for Joomla began for Sander Potjer in 2005 with building a site for his rowing team. He was immediately impressed with Joomla and the community surrounding it. Soon he became personally involved and co-founded JoomlaCommunity.eu and started the Dutch Joomla User Groups together with others.

From this community the Dutch foundation "Stichting Sympathy" emerged, to promote and support Joomla in the Netherlands, which Sander chairs. This foundation also organizes the annual Dutch JoomlaDays. Internationally he volunteer to Joomla as a member of the Community Leadership Team (CLT).

Sander is co-owner of Perfect Web Team where they develop, maintain and support web solutions for complex situations based on Joomla. He is also the creator and developer of ACL Manager, a popular Joomla extension that simplifies the management of access permissions.

Joomla is a very unique Open Source project. Joomla never had a benevolent dictator or a corporate backer. There is no office building and Joomla has no paid staff. Still, Joomla has grown to be one of the most popular CMSs in the world, thanks to volunteers!
Joomla is very flexible and has many possibilities. A disadvantage is that working with Joomla can seem complex because of all of the setting and navigation choices. For a Joomla specialist this is usually not an issue, but for many end users it can be a stumbling block. Adding new articles via the Joomla frontend is often one of the first things end users face. This should be a simple operation, but many experience this as very complex.
Joomla 1.5 is not supported by the Joomla project for quite some time now. You still can continue to use Joomla 1.5, but (security) updates will no longer be released. Furthermore, both Joomla 2 and Joomla 3 have many new features and improvements. Perhaps you recognize it: once you use Joomla 2 or Joomla 3, managing a Joomla 1.5 website really feels old-fashioned and you notice how greatly Joomla actually improved.
Since the release of Joomla 1.6, back in January 2011, Joomla started to use a new development strategy.