As many of us around the world wind down for the holidays, Joomla! User Groups around the world are busy making plans for 2014 – how about making a resolution to join or form a User Group in your town next year?
If you're interested in starting up a JUG just visit the directory at community.joomla.org/user-groups.html 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 Meetup.com or social networks to organise your group while you get a website off the ground.
Here are some of the JUG registrations which have been approved this month:
- Joomla! User Group Szczecin, Poland
- Joomla! User Group Amman, Jordan
- Joomla! User Group Dalls/Fort Worth, Texas
- Joomla! User Group Ahmedabad, India
There was also a JoomlaDay event in Lagos, Nigeria, the seventh event of its kind with four keynote speakers, which was well attended. For more information please visit http://www.joomlang.com/and check out the photo gallery here.
I've had some great feedback from JUGs around the world this month, it's been a busy Joomla month! Here are a few reviews from various JUGs from around the world:
Joomla User Group Bay Area
Jennifer Gress writes that the annual 'Extension Pot Luck' event was well received, with each volunteer given 10-15 minutes to present an extension for Joomla 2.5 or 3. Of course, lots of food and drink were also shared! For a round-up of all the extensions covered, visit their website.
Joomla! User Group Enschede
Marijke Stuivenberg writes from the Netherlands that Sander Potjer was invited to speak at Joomla User Group Enschede about how to get started with Bootstrap and the latest features in Joomla 3.2 which was well received – see below for photos.
Joomla User Group Utrecht
Anja De Crom writes from Utrecht in the Netherlands that Peter Martin was invited to speak at their recent JUG meeting on the topic of the 10 most common Joomla problems, and some tips and tricks with JCE which was well attended. The slides are available on Slidesharewith a full review here.
Joomla! User Group Sevilla
Isidro Baquero writes that the JUG in Sevilla had their December meeting and have done some updates to their site, including the addition shortly of a forum to facilitate further engagement and interaction between JUG members.
Joomla! User Group Suffolk
At Joomla Suffolk we covered two extensions which many of our members use but haven't explored fully – Admin Tools and Akeeba Backup. The meeting was well attended with lots of new faces, and revived enthusiasm for the 2014 programme. Slides are available on Slideshare.