JoomlaDay Sydney is the annual 2 day conference and workshops event, run by the Sydney Joomla User Group (SJUG), showcasing the award winning Joomla CMS (Content Management System) and associated open source and responsive internet and intranet design technology.

“The catchphrase for JoomlaDay Sydney 2013 is ‘The Responsive Event’,” says Tim Plummer, SJUG convenor and event organiser. “The theme for our presentations and workshops this year is Responsive Design, Responsive SEO and Responsive Joomla. The event will be of interest to designers, developers, administrators and users of websites for smart phones, tablets and other portable devices, as well as for traditional PCs and laptops.”
JoomlaDay Sydney 2013 features a full day conference on Saturday 19 October, with technical and business stream topics to suit different audiences, and half day workshops on Sunday 20. Tickets for the conference and workshops are sold
separately. Tickets for the Saturday conference cost $99 and for the Sunday workshops range from $88 to $198.

Did you know that Joomla can be run on a virtual appliance? Nope, well neither did I, until I was asked the question last week and looked into it. So you are probably asking yourself, what is a virtual appliance? Basically it's a preconfigured server that you can load up as a virtual machine, and it dramatically simplifies configuration and system administration. So when we are talking about virtual appliances for Joomla, there are two options. Firstly there is TurnKey Linux, which is a free open source virtual appliance that contains all the stuff you need for Joomla, including Apache, PHP, MySQL, phpMyAdmin etc. A more commercial alternative is JumpBox, but this starts from $60 per month. I've decided to stick with the free option, so this blog will be all about how to set up TurnKey Linux Virtual Appliance for Joomla 3.

I was recently asked by a photographer friend how to insert a Flickr gallery into his Joomla website. Actually it's quite easy to do thanks to an extension called myFlickr.

Note that I've blurred out some of the identifying info in the screenshots.

Yesterday I was asked to implement something interesting on a Joomla Intranet, a one time popup poll. The requirement was to show a few questions in a modal popup window, so some feedback could be obtained from the users. This modal window needed to be launched immediately when the user visits a particular page on the Intranet, and not have to rely on a user clicking a link. We also only wanted each user to fill out the poll once.

Last month I wrote a blog about a simple plugin I created to turn the author link on a Joomla article into an author link to your Google+ profile, which will help with SEO. I got some great feedback suggesting that the author link should be tied in with the user profile, so each user can have their own individual author link. So now I have written a user profile plugin that adds an author field to the user's profile, and packaged it up to work with the original plugin.

Download the plugin at the end of this article, then install it on your Joomla 3 or Joomla 2.5 site.