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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.


September 2014 Workshop

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My First Hosted Joomla! Website


Whether you've got LAMP set up on your personal computer, or you've got a Linux system, sooner or later you'll want to take your Joomla! website that you've developed and make it available to the world.

This month, we're going to look at some of the considerations of how to do that.

Do you want your own domain name, just what is this whole DNS thing anyways?

How do I get email for my own domain instead of just Gmail/Yahoo/Outlook?

When I choose a hosting company, what do all those numbers they're quoting really mean to me?

Can I get a "free" web site, and what are the limitations?

How quickly can I get a web site for my company or organization up and running if I've got nothing?

What's the meaning of life?

For answers to most of these questions come join us at the North York Civic Centre on Tuesday, 23 September, 2014 starting at 7:00PM.

Who's this for:

Especially if you're just starting out with Joomla!, this is a good presentation for you.  We're not going to get too technical, unless you need us to.  After the evening, you should be able to create a simple brochure style website, and get it out there with a hosting company.  Just remember the hardest part of any web site is usually creating the content - Joomla! makes all the rest easy.


Tuesday, 23 September, 2014 starting at 7:00PM


North York Civic Centre, Committee Room 1
5100 Yonge St.
Toronto, ON
M2N 5W4

North York Civic Centre is located on the west side of Mel Lastman Square.  Please note: this is the former North York City Hall, which is the building next to the North York Central Library.
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) on the west side of Mel Lastman Square and just south of Park Home.

Google Map Link/Directions:



As for the meaning of life?  42, of course.

Craig Deakin used under Creative Commons Attribution licence

(Image is by Craig Deakin used under a Creative Commons Attribution license)

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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!


August 2014 Night Out

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August Night Out

Come out and join the conversation, Tuesday August 19th, 2014, starting at 7:00PM.

We'll be back at the Duke of York on Prince Arthur this month.

As usual, I'll make a reservation in the name of Joomla! so that you can find us - and keep an eye out the for JUGT sign on the table.

And, of course, don't forget to help us celebrate Vinalia Rustica.

Grape Harvest mosaic

So whether you want to talk about Joomla!, need some help on solving an application issue, or just want to raise a glass or two in celebration of the start of the grape harvest, see you there.

Please sign up on Meetup so we know you're attending.


Tuesday, August 19, 2014 (Vinalia Rustica, as if you didn't already have that in your calendar).
starting at 7:00PM


Duke of York Pub, 39 Prince Arthur Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M5R 1B2
telephone: 416-964-2441416-964-2441

Conveniently located just around the corner from the Bedford exit of the St. George subway station.
Parking nearby too.

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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.

Come join the conversations...

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September 2014 Night Out

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September Night Out


Tuesday, September 16, 2014, starting at 7:00PM


The Frog (Yonge and Sheppard), 4854 Yonge Street - just around the corner from the Sheppard-Yonge Subway Station, parking nearby too.


Shouldn't you be there?


It's the end of summer! Don't let it pass unnoticed. Come out and talk about Joomla!, including the recent announcements about extended trial hosting and negotiations for free hosting.

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