Have you ever considered expanding your Joomla Business, but don't know where to start? Are you worried that employees are too expensive? Maybe you're thinking you don't have time to manage someone else. Well this presentation is for you. Presented at Sydney Joomla User Group on 20th October 2015.


If so, you should check out my friend Richard's competition where you can Win an EasyBlog5 license. To enter, all you need to do is leave a comment on Richard's site telling him in 200 words or less how using EasyBlog would make your life, well, easier. You have until midnight (AEST) Friday 28th Aug 2015, so don't miss out. At the time of writing this, there are only 7 entries so far, so that's pretty good odds on winning. Good luck!

Happy Birthday Joomla! Hasn't 10 years gone fast. By the way, the picture of the cake is one I've just made for the Sydney Joomla User Group to mark this occassion, if you want to taste it, we will be eating it at the meeting on Tuesday 18th August 2015.

It all began on August 17th 2005, when the Core Development Team of Mambo responded to Miro's creation of the Mambo Foundation by wishing them well, but deciding to exercise the rights of the GNU GPL and continue to develop and improve the software in their own project. Of course they had to remove the Mambo logos and the Mambo name. At that point in time, the new project had no name, the Joomla name and first release was on September 15th 2005, which is the other date often celebrated for Joomla's birthday (and also my Nephew's birthday).

In Australia, Google is the King of search engines handling approximately 92.82% of Australian online searches. Back in 2004, SEO was simple, you just had to have lots of keywords on your site, and lots of sites linking to you. Since then, Google has made their search algorithms so much more sophisitcated, so in 2015 you have to consider many more factors to get your site to rank well.

Below is my presentation at the Sydney Joomla User Group which covers some recommendations on how you can optimise your site for Google and some of the factors they are now taking into consideration when ranking sites. It also gives a number of tips for Joomla users on how you can improve the SEO on your site, and some free tools to use to help with organic SEO.


Last year I wrote about using JMapMyLDAP v1 to integrate Joomla 3 with Active Directory, however more recently I've been using JMapMyLDAP version 2.

The basics are still the same, essentially we want to improve the user experience of Joomla and allow the windows username and password to be automatically passed to the browser, and the user is automatically logged in.

The active directory integration is achieved with a free extensions provided by JMapMyLDAP. You can download the plugins from their website.
The documentation is located at: