JUG Team Joomla in Action Session JWC16

Written by | 10 December 2016 | Published in 2016 December
I really appreciate the Joomla in Action sessions because we have an opportunity to strengthen the community and get stuff done. So being part of the Joomla! User Group (JUG) Team, when I found that I could go to the Joomla! World Conference in Vancouver, I wanted to foster new JUGs and assist in supporting existing groups.
JWC16 JUG Joomla In Action Session JWC16 JUG Joomla In Action Session Eric Lamy

The Joomla User Group session met in the North Lobby of the hotel and ultimately we had to take chairs from all over the lobby as we had a nice little group; about 10 of us. There were around four from British Columbia, one from South Africa and the rest from the United States – someone correct me if I’m wrong in the comments.

The JUG Vancouver had been unpublished probably due to inactivity or TM violation but had been removed from the directory through the migration from 1.5 to 3.x recently (thank you for migrating CJO, Rowan!!) so I had no way of knowing the real reason. We started from scratch.

It was a great opportunity to take the Organiser for the Vancouver group through the Trademark rules and how to get his listing published, thus also instructing the other users to the process as well. He was running the group mainly by himself prior and during the event two other people stepped up to help him with organising the JUG. It’s hard to run a Joomla! User Group alone so this is really good. The rest of the people in the session benefited from all his questions and the critique of his meetup site and all that needed to be done.

By the end of the conference, the Joomla! User Group Vancouver was reestablished and listed in the Joomla! User Group Directory. Yay!

Two other groups from the US were interested in forming as well. One in Lansing, MI and the other in Greenville, SC (Asheville, NC is close by if those in NC are interested). Greenville has already submitted and will probably be listed on the JUG Directory by the time you read this. Lansing wasn't quite ready to submit the listing but has all the information on how to do so when they are ready. One thing Lansing may need is a second organiser/contact.

If anyone out there is in the Lansing, MI, Greenville, SC or Ashville, NC area that want to be involved in establishing one of these two JUGs, please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. I will get you in contact with the organisers there.

The gentleman from South Africa was connected with the organizer from an existing group there which hasn’t been particularly active. We all hope that a new member might bring things back to life in South Africa.

All in all I’m quite pleased to potentially add three new Joomla! User Groups to the family as a result of just a little time.

Joomla in Action indeed.

Interested in starting a JUG? Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or open a ticket at https://community.joomla.org/helpdesk/user-groups-support/joomla-user-group-registration/tickets/manager.html.

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Jennifer Gress

Jennifer Gress

Jennifer Gress has been working with Joomla! since 2006 with its beginnings in corporate america for employers. Clients began approaching her to build websites for them in January of 2010. Jennifer's skills from corporate life; project management, training and more, combined with her knowledge and experience with Joomla! make her a well rounded web designer and co-leader for the Joomla! Users Group in the Bay Area. Jenn enjoys singing, bird watching, geology and real estate.