Dylan McTaggart

Butterfly, a digital agency in Melbourne have been building Joomla websites for 10 years, and are one of the largest agencies in Australia who use Joomla. Development Team Leader Dylan McTaggart will be sharing some details about how Butterfly use Joomla to provide solutions to their clients.  

He will be sharing interesting learnings and knowledge from the team's collective experience such as how they use a "skeleton" Joomla install full of extensions and libraries to get up and running quicker, how team collaboration on projects is increased using a front-end SASS framework in Joomla, and much more.

Format: Speaking Session
Speaker: Dylan McTaggart
Business: Butterfly
Website: https://www.butterfly.com.au/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/butterfly.internet

Dante St James

We've all noticed the proliferation of DIY web-building tools like Wix and Squarespace. Where smaller clients previously turned to us for projects under $3K, now they are going DIY for as little as $14 per month. This session shows how to packaging Joomla as a service or JAAS with a set of extensions and services on a monthly subscription model along with tools that allow you to rapidly deploy basic sites without breaking the bank.

Format: Speaking Session
Speaker: Dante St James
Business: Clickstarter
Website: https://www.clickstarter.com.au/
Twitter: @clickstarterau
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/clickstarter

Robert Fairhead & Jet

The Eastern Suburbs Dog Training Club is a volunteer run organisation that has held dog training classes on Sunday mornings in Sydney's Centennial Park since 1962.

We have no club-rooms and everything we need on Sundays, the dog training equipment, administration desks, vetting tables, tea and coffee urn, etc, is towed onto the grounds and set up first thing in the morning, and packed away and towed back off the grounds at the end of training.

Due to the lack of shelter and electricity of club-rooms, and the older demographic of our helpers, for the majority of our 50 plus years of dog training our administration processes, from the handing out of information, to the registration of new members and maintenance of the membership database, have been paper-based or very low tech, eg. a spreadsheet for our membership database .

In 2006 the club entered the digital age with an HTML/CSS based website, which I designed and developed for the club (pro bono). The objective of the website was to provide an overview of the club, our classes, training dates and other general information. It proved successful, we were able to redirect emailed enquiries to a website rather than having to call them the club's mobile phone and we didn't have to hand out information brochures. However, it was very hard to update the less static content, like the training dates, club news and newsletter articles.

About this time a former club member emailed me and asked, "Have you ever used a content management system? Check out Joomla. It's super easy to use ... after the initial WHAT THE!? shock."

This lead to version 2 of the website, using Joomla 1.5 in 2008, and to my becoming involved in the Sydney Joomla User Group and JoomlaDays, both of which were invaluable in helping me get over the WHAT THE!? shock of Joomla!

Version 3 of the club website was produced using a template creator, Artisteer, and introduced funky sidebar menus and images to make the site more friendly. However, we soon discovered more members and potential members were accessing the website via mobile devices than desktop browsers and the website wasn't responsive and looked terrible on a smartphone. This led to a responsive version 4 of the website in early 2014 and later that year we rolled out online membership applications ... which we download into our spreadsheet database!

In this presentation, I will recap the benefits of using the Joomla platform to build and maintain a website for a volunteer run/charity organisation like my dog club, what I consider to be the must-have extensions, and some of the WHAT THEs!? you can avoid with a little preparation.


Format: Speaking Session
Speaker: Robert Fairhead
Bio: Robert has been involved in Joomla since 2008. He has developed a number of Joomla and WordPress websites. He is currently working on Joomla-based online magazine and forum for writers, readers and publishers.
Business: Rocher Communications
Website: www.rocher.com.au
Twitter: @tallandtrue
Facebook: www.facebook.com/robert.fairhead

In this talk, I introduce Joomla admins to the basics of Joomla site security. I also give a short demo on Akeeba Admin Tools and Akeeba Backup.

NOTE: This talk is pitched at beginner to intermediate Joomla admins. It can easily be run as a workshop if you are streaming sessions according to level of ability and experience (ie it could be a bit basic for advanced users in a plenary situation with all present.)

Format: Speaking Session
Speaker: Irene Sutherland
Bio: Rene has been working with Joomla since 2007. She is currently Digital Media & Strategy Manager at the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, a position she has held since 2012. At the ACBC, she oversees over 20 Joomla websites as well as other digital technology. Rene is also moonlights as Principal of Yellow Brick Road Marketing, a boutique web development business specialising in Joomla website development and administrator training and is convenor of Joomla User Group Canberra. In 2014 Rene travelled to Spain with her husband Chris to walk 400km on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, hoping to make a break from the digital world. But she couldn't help but create a blog of her experience at facebook.com/outcamino. They have just returned from their second Camino refreshed and ready to ride the exciting digital media wave again!
Business: Australian Catholic Bishops Conference
Website: https://catholic.org.au
Twitter: @joomlaqueen
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JoomlaUserGroupCanberra/

Trying to get clients or stakeholders to see the need for accessibility is hard, people still see it as alot of extra work with rewards that are hard to provide a ROI. However web spiders/crawlers are our biggest blind user on the web, in essence alot of what works to increase SEO will increase the accessibility of your site. Lets take a look at some site building and development tasks we can perform that provide a tick to SEO and a tick to Accessibility. If we can take this approach we can see that the cost of Accessibility is actually bundled with the cost of SEO and not an additional burden to the project.

This talk looks at the state of accessibility in Joomla and shows how accessibility is intrinsically linked to SEO performance from a development perspective. We will also look at some new tools to help check and test for accessibility throughout the development process, and how we can add these into a CI/CD approach.

Whilst this talk is aimed at all audiences it will be focused on development and management of the development process. With time permitting and depending on the audience questions/experience level there may be some tech demos utilised to help illustrate concepts.

*All accessibility guideline discussions will be based on Australian Government Standards http://www.australia.gov.au/accessibility

Format: Speaking Session
Speaker: Aimee Maree Forsstrom
Bio: An old name now around Content Management Systems, Aimee has been around different CMS codebases and communities for the majority of her career in Technology. Her passion for an accessibility focus within CMS code started with her early frustration of having to teach clients Mambo Navigation System. Spending the past decade doing independent consulting on CMS blue sky builds and refactoring projects and occasionally working in the area of research assistance (Mozilla, Southern Cross University, University of Adelaide). Aimee has a passion for CMS communities, sharing information, supporting Open Source technologies and education.
Website: www.aimeemaree.com
Twitter: @aimee_maree
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