While attending WordCamp Sydney, I attended some beginner sessions on WordPress. I was surprised to see that some things that can be simply done in Joomla actually require coding to achieve these minor customisations in WordPress. In one particular example, the speaker demonstrated how to add the web developers contact details into a widget in the backend of WordPress. Here is how you can achieve the same thing in Joomla.

Extensions->module manager

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Change the filter to Adminstrator

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Press New button

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Custom HTML

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Select “Control Panel” as module position, then enter the details you want to display in the title and editor fields.

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That’s it, now your company details are shown, without having to do any coding.

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Yesterday at WordCamp Sydney I introduced them to AWF (Akeeba Web Framework), a new way of creating multiplatform applications that run on WordPress, Joomla and standalone PHP. 

Run by the Sydney Joomla User Group (SJUG), JoomlaDay Sydney 2014 showcases the award winning Joomla CMS (Content Management System) for building open source, responsive internet and intranet websites.
As event co-coordinator Peter Bui explains, "This year we are using the gaming metaphor of 'levelling up', of progressing from one level or stage to the next, to help web designers and developers take their Joomla websites and businesses to the next stage.
All JoomlaDay events are about sharing experience and knowledge and inspiring each other to ‘level up’. This year we have invited local, interstate and overseas speakers to share with fellow enthusiasts and professionals how they have ‘levelled up’ using Joomla."
JoomlaDay Sydney 2014 features a full day conference on Saturday 11 October and half day workshops on Sunday 12, tickets sold separately. The Saturday conference costs $99 and includes pre and post conference social/networking evenings. Sunday workshops start from $110.
Rod Martin, VP of Open Source Matters (OSM), the not-for-profit organisation, that serves the financial and legal interests of the Joomla project, will be giving a keynote speech at the Saturday conference on the current state of play of Joomla, its future direction and will be briefing attendees on exciting new developments such as Joomla.com, the WordPress.com-style service for Joomla that offers free for life hosting accounts.
Full conference and workshop program online: http://sydney.joomladay.org.au
JoomlaDay Sydney 2014 Online
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About Joomla
Joomla is one of the world's most popular software platforms used to build, organise, manage and publish content for websites, blogs, Intranets and mobile applications.
The award-winning Open Source CMS is led by an international community of more than a half million active contributors, helping the most inexperienced user to the seasoned web developer build and maintain websites for a range of organisations, from not-for-profit and government organisations to large scale commercial enterprises.
More information: http://www.joomla.org/about-joomla.html

About Sydney Joomla User Group
The Sydney Joomla User Group (SJUG) is a not-for-profit community of newbies, experts, website designers and managers and anyone wanting to learn more about Joomla. SJUG meets monthly to share experiences and ideas on Joomla and other open source technologies.
More information: http://www.meetup.com/Joomla-User-Group-Sydney/

This year I travelled to Germany to attend J and Beyond Conference, where I did a presentation on Framework on Framework, as well as finally meeting in person many of the people in the Joomla community.

http://jandbeyond.org/program/sessions/introduction-to-building-joomla-components-using-f.html

 Learn how to create components quickly and easily with very little code using Akeeba Framework On Framework (FOF). Since Joomla 3.2, FOF has been included in the core, and it's a game changer with regards to component development. This session will get you started in component development using FOF, and show you some of the power of this new framework.

Click read more to access presentation slides and source code.

Almost every website has a simple contact form, but what if you want to do something a little bit fancier? In this talk, we took a look at how you can make complex forms and applications without any coding, and how you can make these even more powerful with minimal custom code.

By the end of this talk, you will have the knowledge and tools to build mobile responsive applications which will have built in content history, CAPTCHA to prevent spam, email triggers, dynamic reporting, export to PDF or excel, and the ability to show/hide questions based on user input.