Since September 2012, Son Koral has been an organizer and facilitator of the Joomla User Group Detroit, holding Joomla! tutorial-based meetings on a monthly basis. Son has been an administrator and integrator since 2005, working with Joomla versions 1.0, 1.5, 1.7, 2.5 and 3.0. and is a member of the Joomla User Group (JUG) Organizer's team. Son's current projects include sites about Camera Drones, Drone Reviews and Everyday Carry.
I started working in Joomla back in 2005, and at that time, I had never heard of a Joomla User Group. To me, Joomla! was just a peice of software that could create a website. It took me weeks to get used to it, and I struggled along for the next year or two. I had major crashes, errors all over the place and was really a victim of my own limited knowledge. Installation of an extension or theme was easy... the configuration was a doozy, though and lead to many conflicts and late nights.
Fast forward to last year. I was in my second year at the Detroit Zoological Society and was well immersed in Joomla. At that time, it was still just a peice of software, and I still had my fair share of difficulties. It took a corporate sponsored trip to JoomlaDay Chicago on August 9th and 10th, 2012 to open my eyes to see what Joomla really was.
During that time, I learned that it was so much more than just software or even a great CMS. Joomla is all about community. Joomla is also about helping each other out. No longer did I associate the name with "just a peice of software", but now it became for me a living breathing entity that my livelihood was created around.
Like so many others that I had the privilege to meet there, I was hooked.
Coming back to Michigan, I teamed up with Shane Sevo to lead Joomla Detroit with an energy and dedication that I had felt by others at the conference in Chicago. Pouring heart and soul into giving back to the community that has provided a good living for me, Joomla Detroit is now the fastest growing CMS User Group in Michigan, and at the fifth and sixth spot on Google for "Joomla User Group".
Joining a Joomla User Group means that you're not alone. That is a major hurdle here in Michigan as everyone else is either stuck with a blogging platform or a user-alienating developer nightmare. When you join a Joomla User Group, you should instantly feel the sense of community and shared passion for "a peice of software". It is in such a group that you can tap into resources you would not have had otherwise, learn and grow with the community, and give and receive assistance to your colleagues.
A Joomla User Group isn't about taking all the information to better yourself, it's a community growth, and with the community you will also grow.
There is no praying to false deities or genuflexing to sacred orbs, but rather, the reason that Joomla is so attractive is that it can offer a person a sense of belonging. Being a part of something excellent, something unique. It is something that not every platform can offer, or even attempts to provide. Joomla is unique, and for that reason, the software has been downloaded over 400,000 times and those who use it for a living, swear by it.
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Joomla Detroit isn't just a user group, it's a community. We're 300+ members strong, but we just can't do it alone. We'd like to say thank you to the indivduals, business and corporations that have helped us become the fastest growing CMS user group in Michigan! We provide useful, actionable information that Joomla! admins can use right away on their own websites, and many times it's these wonderful people who donate time and resources to make everything possible!
Brian Teeman - For tireless passion, dedication and efforts in the Joomla Community
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User Groups, in general are groups of individual that share a common interest. User groups meet at predefined times and dates to discuss and learn about the subjects that interest them. There are thousands of user groups in the world, and whatever your interests, I would bet that you could find a user group for that somewhere.
Joomla is an open source content manangement system with over 35 million downloads and is the platform for major entities such as eBay, GE, Ikea, Pizza hut and thousands of other sites! A Joomla User Group, or JUG, is a group of people, whether they be users, admins, developers or integrators, all sharing a common passion for the Joomla CMS that meet, discuss and learn about Joomla and related topics.
Joomla User Groups can be found world wide, and a list of registered user groups can be found here, at http://community.joomla.org/user-groups.html. Joining a Joomla User Group can lead to meeting great people who are passionate about Joomla and their websites. It's a venue to learn, share knowledge and connect. The Joomla User Group Detroit is exactly that...
The Joomla User Group Detroit is comprised of over 300 members that hold meetings monthly to share and learn. The group's "meetups" are tutorial based, and quite often, feature well known Joomla icons such as David Hurley, Community Manager for Joomla and Gabe Wahhab of Savvy Panda to present on various topics during the meetups.
Become a member of Joomla Detroit here Membership is free for all.
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