Robert and I attended the WordCamp Sydney conference, and I put together a summary of all the industry news, hints and tips that I picked up. There is a lot we can learn from peeking over the fence at other platforms, and many things are relevant to Joomla users too. We saw some great talks on topics including SEO, digital nomad experiences, debugging, monitoring, developing a website brief, facebook groups, working from home, getting content from your clients, deploying websites on Azure and many more. Come along and we will share our experiences.


Reading the JED meeting minutes, I discovered that there will be a new requirement as of 10th January 2017 that all extensions listed on the JED must use the Joomla Updater. While I support the idea, it struck me that there just isn't any documentation targeted to commercial extension developers. There is some documentation on Deploying an Update Server, and I wrote about Setting up an update server in Chapter 9 of Learning Joomla 3 Extension Development, however this only helps those that are wanting to give away their extension for free.

So the purpose of this article is to explain to commercial extension developers how they can leverage the Joomla Updater in their components, but still limit updates only to customers who have a current subscription.

Since writing this, @ot2sen has brought to my attention an alternative approach which allows you to redirect users with a nice message if they don't enter their download ID in their config.

At our July Joomla User Group Sydney meeting we took a look at how you can customise Joomla without hacking core code. We looked at the various types of overrides and ways to apply customizations that wont break when you update.

Specifically we looked at:
  • Template overrides
  • Alternative Layouts
  • Language overrides
  • Media overrides
  • plugins

While many people are already familiar with template overrides, how many actually have used layout overrides? They are a hidden secret powerful feature of Joomla that not many people are aware of.

At our April Joomla User Group Sydney meeting we took a look at some of the new features of Joomla 3.5, and also a sneak peak at what might be coming up in future Joomla versions.

Once you've build a Joomla website, do you just hand it over to the client and run for the hills? Probably not. In this presentation we take a look all those things you to do keep a website running. We'll look at tools you can use to make things easier, as well as disaster recovery planning, and other ongoing tasks. We'll also look at how you can charge a client for this ongoing work, but at the same time make the client feel they are getting value for money and not just getting shafted.