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Welcome to Joomla! User Group Toronto

About Joomla User Group Toronto

Joomla! User Group Toronto (JUGT) is an informal association of users of the Joomla! open source content management system. It draws its members from Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area.

Since 2009, the group has held regular monthly pub nights, providing an opportunity for members to meet in a casual environment to discuss Joomla and to network. Since then our schedule has expanded to include meetings that feature presentations on specific topics. We hold at least two events per month.

Membership is open to anyone. There are no dues. There is no process for formally joining the group. If you would like to participate, the best way to stay informed is to join our mailing list. Our emails are typically short and to the point. We send out a monthly event list and reminders before the event.

If you are on Facebook, we have both a page and a group there. The group is closed to reduce unwanted posts, so just ask to join and someone will take care of it fairly quickly.


July 2014 Night Out Happenings

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Last week saw our July Night Out event, which almost didn't happen at the Paradise.

It turns out that the Paradise is under new management, and was shutting down the next day for a complete reno.  The only thing they were offering were items from the the bar, so we spent the early part of the evening enjoying the view from the patio, then adjourned to Square Boy down the street for burgers, fries and other delightfully decadent foods.  Joomla! was widely discussed, and it was generally proven (as much as can be allowed after a beer or two) that there is undoubtedly no better CMS.

August is looming all too soon, so come along and join us for the next Night Out - we haven't fixed the date yet, but we'll be back at the Duke of York for August.

We're still debating about it, but interest in a repeat of a "My First Joomla! Website" workshop suggests we'll look at scheduling that soon - not sure yet if that will be August or September.

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Newly formed JUGT Steering Committee

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joomla user group TorontoSince the JUGT's inception, February 25 2008, it has put on regular pub nights and various workshops and seminars. A few weeks ago, 6 of the core active members decided to band together and build a more organized, more robust group. Lately the steering committee has been planning up-coming events, seminars and workshops, a new website and creating a more formal organizational structure. Since October 6, 2012, the JUGT Steering Committee has been meeting weekly, Tuesday nights at 8pm via Our Google+ Hangout.

One of the groups long term goals is to host a Joomla! Day in Toronto, and we have been meeting with the other Joomla! group leaders in USA and Canada to connect with them an learn from them to make our group as good as it can be!

If you haven't already gotten involved, we encourage you to do so in any way you would like to that you feel would be of benefit. You can be a participant, a planner, a helper, committee member or whatever you feel like! If you have a great idea, or would like to get more involved, please email us.

We are currently looking for venues for workshops and Seminars, we are looking to partner with Educational institutions in Toronto, and we are seeking possible Sponsors.

Stay in touch by making sure you are on the mailing list, come out to the events, enjoy each others company and become better web workers! What do you think of a Christmas party? Check out our facebook page, get connected with us professionally through Linkedin, and make sure you check the website once in a while. Great stuff is coming down the pipeline that you don't want to miss!


July 15 2014 Night Out

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"Those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer ..."

We're taking a break with our workshops this month, but you can still come out and talk about Joomla!, socialize, and generally enjoy summer in the big city.

So, sign up on, or if you don't have an account there just come along and join us.

We're trying a new venue this month in the eastern part of the city, Paradise Sports Bar & Billiards, at 940 Danforth Ave.  So if you've been holding back from joining one of events because you don't want to cross the Don Valley, this is the one for you.

Paradise Sports Bar and Billiards


Where: Paradise Sports Bar & Billiards, 940 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J 1L9  (here) - just around the corner from the Donlands Subway Station

When: Tuesday, July 15, 2014, starting at 7:00PM.

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Plans for July 2014

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"Hot Town, Summer in the City, ..."

Summer is here at last, and we're planning what to do for the next month or two.

July is still a little up in the air, but we have our Night Out decided on.

Come join us in a new east end location, Paradise Sports Bar & Billiards at 940 Danforth Ave.  That will be Tuesday July 15th, starting at 7:00PM.  Enjoy yourself before winter returns.

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June 18 2014 Night Out

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JUGT Night Out Yorkville

When: Wednesday, June 18, 2014, starting at 7:00PM

Where: Duke of York, 39 Prince Arthur Ave, Toronto, ON

Summer at last is in full swing - we're almost at the Summer Solstice, so come out and enjoy the company, tallk Joomla! and generally have a good time.

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21 May 2014 SobiPro Event

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North York Civic Centre, Committee Room 1, starting at 7:00PM

North York Civic Centre is located on the back west side of Mel Lastman Square. By Subway: Exit at North York City Centre and walk west. By Car: Paid parking is located on Beecroft Ave. (one street west of Yonge) just across from the Civic Centre.

‘Online Directories’ are one of the most used resources on the web.  Some popular examples are Business Directories, Restaurant Guides, Real Estate Listings, Member Directories and Classified Ads.

By building well-respected, organized and authoritative directories, not only can you provide a valuable service, but you can also make large profits.

Attendees will learn about various types of money making directories.

This presentation will also focus on how to use SobiPro - one of Joomla!’s best ‘purpose-built’ directory extensions - to quickly and effortlessly build state-of-the-art responsive web site directories.

Presenter Bio

Niv Froehlich began his career in online marketing and web development in 2001 after becoming the top graduate of York University’s Web Specialist Program.

Since then, Niv’s professional engagements included providing online marketing consulting services for Fortune 500 companies including Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Allergan.  

In 2010, Niv Froehlich was engaged by Microsoft as part of a team whose focus was to improve the quality of search results for the Bing search engine.

As an avid open-source enthusiast, Niv is now a regular presenter for the Joomla! User Group Toronto, provides freelance marketing and I.T. consulting services to local Toronto businesses and develops robust software solutions for web entrepreneurs.

When not coding or ‘talking shop,’ Niv spends most of his free time sailing, windsurfing and paddle boarding in Toronto or South Florida, depending on the season

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