Roundup from JUG Corner - March 2014

Written by | 01 April 2014 | Published in 2014 April
With 162 user groups around the world, there is always something exciting and interesting happening in the Joomla! Community! This is a monthly round-up highlighting new Joomla! User Groups, events, and reviews of JUG meetings. If you have anything you would like me to feature from your Joomla User Group please send me an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You must be writing from a registered Joomla! User Group (i.e. listed at

This month I'll be rounding up February and March, as I did not write a round up last month. It's been a busy couple of months, and I've had the great pleasure to meet many more JUG organisers and community members around the world over the past two months.

We have also had word that at least four new JUGs will be formed as a result of Joomla! events over the past two months, which is great news!

If you're interested in starting up a JUG just visit the directory at and see whether there are any nearby. If not, all you need is somebody else to join you in starting the group, and a venue in which to meet. You'll also need some kind of online presence, ideally a website but you can also use or social networks to organise your group while you get a website off the ground.

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 What's happening?

There have been several Joomla events happening around the world over the past two months, including:

There have also been lots of JUG meetings happening all over the world, some of which are featured below:

Joomla User Group Zurich had their first meeting of the year last week in Wetzikon, which was fully booked and well received.  The topic was on 'Tips and tricks for optimising your website'.


Joomla User Group Carioca from Rio de Janiero had their first meeting last month as well, and struggled to get people to leave three hours into the session it was that popular! 

Joomla User Group Melbourne was a great success this month with a 1 hour Q&A session covering the basics from downloading and installing Joomla locally, through to advanced user login management.  This was followed by a two hour session covering mobile first responsive web design in Joomla, and how Bootstrap3 front-end templates can help you optimise your website expereince for user on mobile devices.


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Ruth Cheesley

Ruth Cheesley

Ruth Cheesley is CEO and Co-Founder of Virya Group and has worked with Joomla! since the fork from Mambo.  She specialises in Joomla! - in particular Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) - and is interested in exploring how open source technology can be implemented in business and education.  Virya means a driving force or energy to do good for the benefit of others, which is the central ethos behind the business.

She's also training for ordination in the Triratna Buddhist Order and runs the popular Joomla! User Group Suffolk, as well as the Mautic Meetup Ipswich group.