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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.


23 April 2014 Workshop

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Joomla! Workshop Farrago

April 23, 2014 is our ‘Joomla! Workshop Farrago’ - a yummy mixture of Joomla!-ey goodness!

We're going to give a series of mini-presentations on 4 topics that should help keep you up-to-date and inform you of some useful extensions to your Joomla! sites.

1. New feature highlights in Joomla! 3.3

April started off with the release of the beta of version 3.3, with the official release of 3.3 scheduled for the day before our workshop.

Doug Pickett will cover some of the things you need to know about and and discuss some of the new features in Joomla! 3.3.

2. Connect your Joomla! web site to the Twitterverse

Alan Langford will showcase extensions that connect your Joomla! website to the Twitterverse.

3. Include multimedia in your website the easy way

Multimedia is more and more a part of websites and that includes ties to Youtube and Vimeo.

Sheldon Seale will show you how to put them on your page easily with the tag. He’ll relate his recent experience on how to do this to a non-Joomla! website (now, why would anyone not use Joomla!, you might ask ...), and he assures us it was easy. Fair warning, some knowledge of HTML is required.

Sheldon will also show you how to quickly use a Custom HTML Module and a Wrapper Module to do the same thing in a Joomla! environment.

4. Connect your social media networks to your Joomla! site

Vic Garbutt will round out the evening by discussing the ways in which to connect your social media networks to your Joomla! site.

The JED has a staggering number of extensions with over 800 in the "social web" category - some are free and some are paid. See how to use plugins to display social networks info on your site, share and like buttons, as well as full integration.


RSVP through Meet Up or just show up..

We’d like you to RSVP through Meet Up so that we know how many people are attending, but please attend in any case.

Our Presenters:

Doug Pickett is the owner of Vogg Technology Limited and brings 30+ years of experience in Web development, Unix/Linux environments, LAN/WAN infrastructure, and VOIP Telephony to his clients.

Alan Langford has been building websites since 1995. Alan is the founder of, a provider of high quality web hosting, websites, and extensions.

Sheldon Seale’s entire career has been in Information Technology for some of the biggest names in the industry. Now semi-retired, he builds Joomla websites for a select list of clients.

Vic Garbutt has been building Joomla websites since Joomla 1.0 somewhere around 2009, (OMG), and building HTML sites since 1998.


Where it's happening:

Date: April 23, 2014
Time: 7:00pm to 8:45pm

Location and Directions:
North York Civic Centre, Committee Room 1
5100 Yonge St.

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) on the west side of Mel Lastman Square and just south of Park Home.

Google Map Link/Directions:

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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!


March 19, 2014 Night Out

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March Pub Night at The FrogMarch Night Out at The Frog

It's the ultimate day of Winter (by the calendar), so come celebrate the impending Vernal Equinox, or continue your celebration of Saint Patrick's Day (almost guaranteed that any snakes will just be in your mind).

We'll be talking Joomla!, maybe a bit about our upcoming workshops, and even a bit of conversation about Joomla!Day Toronto.  Didn't know we're planning one?  Find out all about it!

Our social "Nights Out" travel around the city, north, central, and west.

The Frog & Firkin Pub is located at 4854 Yonge St, Toronto

When: Wednesday, March 19, 2013 ~ 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Where: The Frog & Firkin Pub located at 4854 Yonge St., Toronto - just ask for the reservation for "Joomla"

The Frog is located one block and a bit north of Sheppard on Yonge St.
By Subway:  Exit at Sheppard-Yonge Station and walk north.
By Car: Paid Parking is located behind the Frog, between Elmhurst and Harlandale (enter via the Harlandale end), as well as street parking on Elmhurst, Harlandale and Beecroft.

Click here for Google Map

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April 10 2014 Night Out

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April Night Out at The Duke of York

At last we seem to be leaving winter behind.

Come on along to The Duke of York on Thursday, 10 April 2014 at 7:00PM to celebrate the arrival of Spring, and the imminent arrival of Joomla! 3.3.

See you there.

Our social "Nights Out" travel around the city, north, central, and west.  This month at the central location.

When: Thursday, April 10, 2014, 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Where: The Duke of York is at 39 Prince Arthur Ave, Toronto - just ask for the reservation for "Joomla"

The Duke is located one block west of Avenue Road, one block north of Bloor St., on Prince Arthur.
By Subway:  Exit at Saint George Station via the Bedford exit.
By Car: on-street and off-street parking is available in the neighbourhood, as well as a Green P lot off Bedford Rd. between Bloor and Prince Arthur.

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March 11, 2014 Workshop

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Blogging for Business with EasyBlog

Blogging for Business with EasyBlog

with Vic Garbutt & Niv Froehlich

Vic and Niv will also outline recommended steps that you can use to develop and implement a strategy for your business blogging success.
The presentation will also include a review of EasyBlog from StackIdeas, a popular Joomla! blogging extension, and how you can incorporate EasyBlog into your company’s Joomla! web site.

In this presentation, Vic and Niv will discuss effective ways in which businesses incorporate blogging into their overall business marketing strategy.
So what value can blogs offer for businesses?

With the prevalence of modern ‘low-cost, easy-to-use, turn-key’ blogging platforms it is now easier than ever to reach and engage world-wide audiences.

MeetUp has been down and we have been unable to post this event on the MeetUp web site - please accept our apologies for any inconvenience. Please come along to the meeting and we look forward to seeing you.

When: Tuesday, March 11th, 2014, 7:00PM sharp

Where: North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge St., Committee Room 2, North York.

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 (on street west of Yonge) on the west side of Mel Lastman Square and just south of Park Home.

Click here for Google Map

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February 18, 2014 Workshop

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Image Sliders

Our February workshop is all about image sliders, and how to use them to incorporate graphics into your websites - after all, this is the Web, and not Gopher.

So come on out and find out about image sliders - we're talking about Frontpage SlideShow, Nivo Slider, and DJ Image Slider and maybe one or two more.  We'll try to give you some tips on using them, as well as preparing your images.

You can sign up for the meeting at, but everyone is welcome even if you don't.

The meeting starts at 7:00PM sharp this Tuesday, February 18, 2014, in Committee Room 4 at the North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge St, North York.  Accessible via subway at the North York Centre stop, and plenty of nearby parking.

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