Sessions

Presenter: Mike "Demo" Demopoulos

WordPress is better! Drupal is better! Joomla! is better!

Sound familiar? The open source community has the habit only to look inside ourselves and never look what else might be going on in the other communities or projects. As someone who currently serves on leadership for Joomla and also the evangelist of BoldGrid has seen the best of multiple open source communities. I have seen patterns emerge across our communities.

This talk will explore my experience being married to open source. I will also explore the ways the communities support each other through initiatives such as CMS Garden (An initiative to promote all major open source CMS projects). I will also share the top things I learned about myself and the combined future of an open source web.

Presenter: Mike Demopoulos

In 45 minutes we will look at 45 different tips for Joomla!

Presenter: Rodger Fields with Doug Deitel

Admin Tools setup and configuration tip and tricks.

Presenter: Hugh Messenger and Robbie Adair

We’ll explore using Fabrik, a Joomla application builder extension. You’ll learn how to create custom tables directly from the Joomla interface. Add forms for data entry and enable granular access control on sections of data and functionality. Visualize data on maps, charts, and more. We’ll build a small application as part of the presentation and you’ll see how easy it can be.

Presenter: Kate Spencer

This session is about creating a better government website without having huge startup costs and development time. Using Joomla! Travis County developed an architecture that can easily be applied to other government or non-profit sites. This foundation will provide you with a highly extensible CMS that is responsive, flexible, affordable, and user friendly.

In developing our information architecture and researching best practices from award winning government websites, we noticed a lot of uniformity. This allowed us to develop a county architecture that was comprehensive, along with a flexible design template that can provide a consistent user experience.

Learn how easy it is to empower yourself to make government better, how to get buy-in from management, dealing with pitfalls, and what we learned as we rolled out our new website.

Key Takeaways
- Web redesign can be affordable without sacrificing quality.
- Empower yourself to provide better services, own the content, free up resources for better user engagement.
- Good enough is sometimes better than great especially when it is consistent and easy to use.

Presenter: Mike Demopoulos

In 45 minutes we will go over some of the quickest and best things you can do to use Joomla safely and responsibly, and have fun doing it. Welcome to Everything you wanted to know about Joomla but were afraid to ask

Presenter: Danielo Rojas

Danielo will be discussing gamification as a powerful method of creating community engagement and how to bring a few powerful Joomla! CMS components together to bring your audience a fully gamified social media environment. Components discussed: JomSocial, Fabrik, AltaUserPoints

Presenter: Rodger Fields

If you’re new to Joomla, this is the session for you. We’ll cover what Joomla is and become familiar with Joomla’s terminology. You’ll learn what’s required to run Joomla and how to install it. We’ll examine core elements of Joomla (users, content, etc.) and how to manage them. We’ll go step-by-step through templates, menus, articles, and modules. Finally, you’ll learn how to extend Joomla with 3rd party extensions. Bring your curiosity, your enthusiasm, and your questions.

From the Joomla! Certification website:

The Joomla! Administrator Exam is the first available Joomla! certification exam. It covers topics related to the everyday use of building, managing and maintaining Joomla! websites.

The Administrator Exam is part of the Joomla! Certification Program. Its goals are to establish a certain standard and provide a documented measurement of knowledge. This ensures the competence of Joomla! professionals and contributes to the development of a qualified workforce. It will also provide clients an easier way to find a Joomla! Professional.

The Joomla! Administrator Exam is based on a clean Joomla! installation (downloaded from joomla.org) using the default language (en-GB), the default editor (TinyMCE), default template (Protostar) and settings, without any 3rd party extension or customisation.

To study for the exam, you can visit the Learning Guide and also attend the Exam Review.

You will need to register and pay for the exam separately on the Joomla! Exam website. After you establish a login on exam.joomla.org, please use this link to purchase your exam at JoomlaDay Houston - https://exam.joomla.org/houston2017

Presenter: Alan Hartless

Marketing is a must for any business. Most people know about email marketing, social marketing, and inbound marketing but many are not familiar with the concept of marketing automation (MA). MA has been around for years but many businesses are not leveraging it's power for one single reason: it's not cheap. Popular solutions such as Marketo or Hubspot can cost literally thousands of dollars a month to market to as little as 10,000 contacts! The cost alone makes it difficult for freelance, small and mid-size businesses to leverage such marketing tools. But what if I tell you that you can get the same features for free with an open source solution? In this session, we'll be discussing the concept of MA, how it can benefit your business, and introduce Mautic, the first MA open source solution of it's caliber.

Presenter: Robbie Adair

For many Joomla! users there is a lot of confusion around menus. In this session, we will look at a simple quick menu add, then go back step by step taking a deeper look into the options and settings along the way, including covering menu item types and multiple menus. A deeper understanding of menus opens up a world of possibilities in Joomla!