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Joomla  As the Joomla team creates a better and better CMS, lots of us sit with outdated websites that are not supported anymore, or will not be supported in the near future. Developers normally take two routes to solve this. One is to put up a whole new website in a newer version of Joomla and copy and paste articles over, and the other one is to migrate the data. In some cases, the previous articles are simply forgotten, and a new website is started from scratch with no content at all.

Since migration looks like such a daunting task, most people avoid it. Migration becomes quite tricky if you have used lots of third party extensions, but if you have a website with 10 000 URL's it's much more viable than copy and paste. This talk will look at how to approach a migration properly, and how to complete it successfully, without hurting current Search Engine Rankings and hardly any downtime.

Presenter

Paul van Jaarsveld - Kalemanzi Media Solutions (ZA)

Business/Marketing  Google's offering: Search, Display, YT, G+, Mobile etc. and how to build a comprehensive and successful digital strategy with Google.

Presenter

Declan Hollywood - Google SA

Keynote Joomla  Joomla 3.0 is receiving entirely new markup standards, admin interface, default frontend template, and user interface kit based on Bootstrap by Twitter. For the unacquainted, Bootstrap is an amazing kit of HTML, CSS & Javascript designed for all the most common UI elements and UX interactions.

There will be tons of benefits such as modern standards across all extensions, rapid prototyping, agile development, mobile optimization (responsive web design), and consistent UI. Most importantly, Joomla developers can focus on user experience, flows, and interactions instead of interface and design minutia.

Presenter

Kyle Ledbetter - Pixel Praise (USA) via video link-up

Joomla  Joomla! is well known as a great Content Management System but what if you would like to run a classical online community with it? You need user registrations, discussion forums, classified ads? This session will provide you with some background information on how to run an online community in general and give you some tips on how to use the Joomla! extensions "Discussions" (forums) and "Marketplace" (classified ads) on your website.

Presenter

Achim Fischer (DE) (Codingfish.com)

Development  There's an app for that! Well, at least one is on it's way to Android 4 (ICS) devices. In this presentation I will show you the upcoming Joomla! client "Chimoora" and what it means to bring the experience of a Joomla! powered website to mobile devices in general. The first version of Chimoora will support Joomla! articles, Discussions (forum extension), Marketplace (classified ads) and Private Messages (now part of Discussions). Both sides, the native Android app and the API on the server (Joomla! extension) are covered in this presentation.

Presenter

Achim Fischer (DE) (Codingfish.com)

Development  Joomla is open source software. One of the benefits of open source software is that you can (and are allowed to) read and change the source code.

It's very easy to make small changes in Joomla's core code.

It's even easier to lose your changes by just upgrading!

In this presentation Peter will show you why you should not use core hacks, some methods to change Joomla without using core hacks, and how to fix core hacks (done by other people).

Presenter

Peter Martin (NL) (Joomla.org)

Keynote Joomla  Joomla is open source software backed by a community of volunteers that can only exist because of those volunteers.
In this presentation Peter describes the different areas in the Joomla project and how you can contribute...

Presenter

Peter Martin (NL) (Joomla.org)

Development  The web is changing - fast! Today already more than half of all local internet searches are on a touch phones. Joomla experts Andrew Holden and Robert Porter will discuss the benefits of developing a mobile web app for Joomla using the Weever Apps mobile plug-in tool.
Key Learning Points:

  • Introduction to HTML5
  • Best practices for mobile customer engagement and user experience
  • Building HTML5 Web Apps with Joomla! & Weever Apps – A Guided Tour
  • Why web apps, Joomla! and open-source are critical to web democracy
  • Q&A session

Presenters

Robert Porter and Andrew Holden

Business/Marketing  Google Analytics overview

Presenter

Declan Hollywood - Google SA

Case Study  We will focus on how we implemented 12 sites over a 4 month period, of which 8 are currently live. Where we experienced challenges and also which tools we used to get these sites up and running. This session will highlight how we formed concepts to streamline updating of template code and other elements of the sites.

  • What steps we took to make sure mobile development was as streamlined as possible for the African environment.
  • The selection process of choosing components for the project.
  • The go live process from our local environment to staging to live.
  • Some of the client & content challenges.
  • Advert management and code snippet implementation.
  • Feedback after 4-5 months of being online and how the sites are evolving.

Presenter

Matthew Philogene (ZA) (raramuridesign)

Business/Marketing  LinkedIn is often seen as nothing more than a glorified CV, but is in fact the best professional social network and used by millions of professionals to present their credentials, discuss their industry with their peers, receive news and updates, and connect with other professionals.

There are a multitude of ways for Joomla developers and users to make use of the power of their LinkedIn network, and we will explore some of these. I guarantee that you will walk away from this presentation with clear steps required to make your LinkedIn profile work for you and/or your business!

Presenter

Retha van Staden - solutionetics.co.za (ZA)

Case Study  Working in coffee shops is a growing world-wide phenomenon. The criteria is simple: internet access and GREAT coffee. Cuppa Wi-Fi's mission is to help people find these two magic ingredients via a mobile-ready website directory.

The goal: Implement a minimum viable solution with no budget and minimal effort, that can be
progressively extended and enhanced.

The approach: Lean.

Core technologies: Joomla! CMS and Seblod CCK.

This presentation is a case study of a website build with complex, interrelated content structures,
almost no development and a few tasty surprises.

Presenter

Stephen Tredrea - amibe.net (ZA)

Case Study  Case study on upgrading issues from Joomla 1.5 to Joomla 2.5 and the challenges of responsive design implementation. Why we made the move and how difficult was it to implement? Introducing HTML5, CSS3 and responsive design, was it necessary? We also give insight into the growth and traffic for joomlagov.info over the past year.

Presenter

Dwight Barnard (ZA) (Got2cy)

Joomla  Many Joomla nay sayers claim that Joomla is not SEO friendly. This can not be further from the truth. There are also a large contingent of eager developers and particularly Joomla developers that have no clue about SEO in general. They churn out websites at light speed, but break all the SEO commandments in one go. Search engines go yuck and they can't understand why they rank so badly after a migration.

This talk will shed some light on the basic built in Joomla SEO capabilities, and also look at a couple of other solutions available as well as underline important SEO practices for any website.

Presenter

Paul van Jaarsveld - Kalemanzi Media Solutions (ZA)

Joomla  Joomla 2.5 is a Long Term Support release, and the third in the 1.6/1.7/2.5 series. It includes many improvements over the 1.5 version, and lots of new features. Joomla! 3.0 will be a Short Term Support release (and the 1st of the new series), and is scheduled for release late September 2012. This session will provide you with an overview of what makes 2.5 worth upgrading to, and a look ahead at what 3.0 promises to deliver.

Presenter

Jacques Rentzke (ZA) (New Web Consulting)

Joomla  Joomla 2.5 has a built-in option to use Joomla for multilingual websites. It's an awesome functionality but it can be a hassle to set it up correctly.

The languages are independent of each other, and to manage translations for all different languages, a 3rd party multilingual content manager can be used.

Matt & Peter will show you how to set up a multilingual website with Joomla 2.5, and how you could use the 3rd party multilingual content manager Josetta.

Presenter

Peter Martin (NL) (Joomla.org)

Joomla  Are you confused about all the different Joomla! versions? Anxious about what upgrade path to follow? Unsure if you should remain on a version or upgrade to the next? 

Jacques will help you to make an informed decision on these choices, but giving you and overview of the Joomla versions (1.0, 1.5, 1.6, 1.7, 2.5), discussion Long and Short Term Support releases; Minimum requirements; Upgrade options and tools; What to keep in mind when upgrading, and Looking ahead at Joomla 3.0

Presenter

Jacques Rentzke (ZA) (New Web Consulting)

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