10 Reasons Why You Should Go to JoomlaDay Minnesota 2015

Written by | 01 May 2015 | Published in 2015 May
Are you, like many others online, having a hard time creating your online presence and building an audience? Are you searching for a new content management system? Are you a seasoned website developer looking to network? Luckily, there's a place that can help with all these situations and more. Free up some time in your schedule Saturday, July 18 and head to Minneapolis for JoomlaDay Minnesota.

So what is Joomla? It's the second most popular content management system in use today. Additionally, it offers those with little or no experience in online business the opportunity to engage on the same playing field as their more experienced colleagues. Joomla is built to be easy to use, easy to understand, and easy to improve. It works on an extension-based system and can expand in virtually any way you need.

Today, more than 3 million people already use Joomla as their professional or personal CMS. Here are a few great reasons why you should add your name to that list and attend this year's JoomlaDay MN:

1. A Friendly Community is There to Help You

A lot of other CMSs with open-source software have friendly communities, but these pale in comparison to what's waiting for you at Joomla. Joomla's community is always focused on improving the platform and helping new users get accustomed to the system. Also, the Joomla community doesn't look down on those who have little technical background or experience.

People from all parts of the world use Joomla, and these users share their experiences, advice, and system updates. You can get great ideas and solve problems without ever leaving the forums. If you want a chance to meet some of these friendly, helpful people in person, then you should absolutely attend JoomlaDay MN this year.

2. You're New to Joomla or Content Management

If you're thinking,"I've never even heard of Joomla or content management before," don't worry. You're not alone. There are plenty of people in the world who are just now realizing what an invaluable resource content management can be. Joomla is definitely your best option if it's your first time designing a website or starting an online business. Joomla makes using other content management systems feel like trying to decode hieroglyphics.

JoomlaDay in Minnesota is a great place to begin your journey with this awesome software. Not only will you have the chance to meet experienced users and other newcomers, you'll also see some one-of-a-kind presentations targeted specifically to first-time users. It will be a learning experience that you won't want to miss.

3. You're an Experienced Marketing Professional

Don't let the simplicity of using Joomla fool you into thinking that it's only for novices. It's designed to be an efficient and handy tool for users of all experience levels. In other words, its advanced functionality can make even the most experienced CMS users happy.

Those with CMS experience probably already know what they like and don't like in a CMS solution. This type of user loves to see how Joomla has avoided the common pitfalls of other systems. In fact, users with experience are some of the people who find ways to improve Joomla every day.

4. You're Already Experienced with Joomla

If you are one of the millions of individuals who already use Joomla, then you should recognize the truth behind everything that's been mentioned here. However, you might be wondering if JoomlaDay MN will be worth your while to attend. Will it give you useful information that makes the trip worthwhile?

Absolutely! There won't just be information for novices at JoomlaDay MN. Presentations will be given throughout the event that are targeted toward experienced Joomla developers, displaying new features and tools, and outlining the plans for future releases. You'll learn a lot about optimizing your site and getting the most from your content. There will also be presentations on methods for utilizing CSS scripts, integrating PHP, and new web security practices.

5. You Want to Learn How to Integrate Other Software with Joomla

Don't make the mistake of thinking that Joomla is a one-size-fits-all solution for your online needs. Joomla is a powerful tool, but it does have its purpose and specific uses. Joomla can only be one piece in the pipeline of efficient workflow. In other words, you must learn how to integrate Joomla with the other elements of your professional life.

This year at JoomlaDay MN, multiple presentations will address this very topic. Some of the speakers include Jessica Dunbar, Randy Carey, and Corey Webb. These experts will address how to use some of Joomla's best features with other programs and platforms in order to optimize workflow.

6. Get a Chance to See What Others are Doing with Joomla

Not everyone at JoomlaDay MN is a professional or a speaker, but they still might have some great things to show you. Many attendees are eager to show off their personal improvements and modifications. In fact, there will be so many people with personal presentations this year that the event will be split into separate sections. Between the core events, you will have enough time to view approximately four presentations from non-key speakers. This is a great way to get new ideas, meet new people, and learn what others have accomplished using the Joomla platform.

7. You're Interested in the Keynote Speakers

This year's JoomlaDay MN is going to be bigger than ever, and that's due in part to the well-known keynote speakers who are scheduled to attend. You don't want to miss these presentations if you want to stay ahead of the technological curve. In the online world, staying ahead of this curve usually means staying ahead of the competition as well.

The president of Open Source Matters, Sarah Watz, is scheduled to say a few important words. A primary presentation will also be given by Steve Fisher, another well-known voice in the world of open sourcing. John Rampton, a journalist who has worked with Forbes, is also scheduled to attend. Of course, these speakers aren't just important because they are well-known: they will provide insights that everyone, even the other speakers, can use to their advantage.

8. Don't Miss a Chance to be Part of Something Great

Did you know that last year JoomlaDay MN completely sold out? This is only the event's second year, and it's expected to be bigger and better than ever. In 2014, all of the tickets were sold out three weeks before the event. They might not last that long this year.

9. You Want to Visit the Mall Of America

The Mall of America, the location of this year's JoomlaDay MN, is another great reason to attend. You'll get to enjoy a wonderful event at a really fun, easily accessible location. In addition, the Mall of America has bus lines or trains leading to many of the surrounding areas and attractions, and nearby hotels will be offering discounts for overnight stays.

10. You Want to Visit the Hard Rock Cafe

Minnesota actually has a lot of great attractions, one of the reasons why JoomlaDay is being held in this location. The Hard Rock Cafe is a great place to start your day with breakfast, and it will also be catering lunch to JoomlaDay MN attendees. If you've never seen this historic restaurant before, now is the perfect time to pencil it into your schedule.

And a BONUS REASON! ...

11. A Chance to Play with LEGOs!

Who doesn't love LEGOs? Robert Rasmussen, the LEGO Serious Play Facilitator, will be giving a keynote address during the event. In a nearby ballroom, the Serious Play team will host a session of LEGO building that is open to the community.

Is that enough to convince you?

As you can see, there are more than enough reasons to start using Joomla and to participate in JoomlaDay MN 2015. Don't wait until the tickets are sold out! Get your ticket now, before it's too late.

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Mike "Demo" Demopoulos

Mike "Demo" Demopoulos is the Digital Creative Services Manager at MVP Marketing + Design. Himself with Ryan Boog started JoomlaDay Minnesota in 2014. He also serves on the Joomla World Conference team as Sponsor Coordinator, Joomla Capital Committee Chair, Joomla Finance Team.