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Success: First Ever Mautic Meetup

Detroit Mautic Meetup

When Mautic hit the scene, just months ago, it took the Internet Marketing Automation space by storm. Not only was it a new alternative to Mailchimp, Aweber, Hubspot and the other tools internet marketers use, but it is also 100% free. Mautic also compiles applications like LeadPages with your lead cultivation tools for a single complete package.

Joomla Detroit, along with many others identified the power and potential that Mautic held for just about every website. As such, Son Koral, Organizer of the Joomla User Group reached out to good friend and Joomla confidant, David Hurley, founder of Mautic, Joomla Community Manager and Open Souce Evangalist to partner up for the first ever organized Mautic Meetup.

The meetup was held at Space360, LLC in Royal Oak, MI and David presented via Google Plus hangout. After quickly recapping the Introduction to Mautic presentation from the January 28th Webinar, David quickly dove into the administration section of Mautic, featuring highlights of the application, including CRM and Social Media integrations. He also demo'ed email lead lists, campaigns, forms and landing pages.

The presentation was recieved by bloggers, small business owners, integrators and developers that used not just Joomla!, but Wordpress, Drupal and other content management systems. Each attendee received free goodies from Mautic and were personally welcomed by the JUG Detroit organizer as they arrived.

The benefits of using Mautic were clear, and the interest level was high. Attendees were excited to try Mautic for their own sites and saw how invaluable it was to running a successful online business.

Mautic is the first ever open source marketing automation platform which gives every business the ability to create powerful marketing strategies, manage lead nurturing, and monitor site visitors. Perhaps most importantly, Mautic is available at no cost. A completely free marketing automation platform!

Don't worry if you missed this meetup because David and Son are planning to continue the Mautic meetups as a separate meetup group, to be announced in March, 2015.

Joomla 3.3 Beta Released

Joomla 3.3
Hello All!
Just wanted to let you know that yesterday Joomla! 3.3 Beta was released! Everyone in the Joomla community is really excited about this new release and here's why:

  • Raised security levels with Bcrypt password hashing
  • 2 factor authentication with Google or Yubikey
  • A better "remember me" functionality
  • More jQuery use with over 25 elements rewritten
  • Imporved Router performance and OOP based router classes

One of the biggest features in Joomla 3.3 is the rollout of Microdata integration right into the CMS! Joomla is the first CMS that includes Microdata out of the box!

Test drive the beta here:

Keep in mind that this is only a Beta. It is not for use on or as a production website. There is no upgrade path for this build, so if you want to try it out, keep in mind that it's for testing purposes only.

Read the full Release on Joomla 3.3 here.

Production release is scheduled to be released on April 22.

Why You Should Host Your Joomla Site on CloudAccess.net

CloudAccess.netAs many of you know, CloudAccess.net is the exclusive Joomla Hosting Provider for the Joomla User Group Detroit, but we've never really gone into detail why they are. In this blog article, we'll take a closer look at CloudAccess.net and why serious Joomla! site owners should seriously consider moving their site to Cloud Access.

CloudAccess.net is a Michigan Web Hosting Company

Joomla Detroit supports Michigan Business. Period. We strive to do business with local companies as much as possible. Frankly, we had a choice of going with two Michigan based companies, however, the other company was not specifically centered around Joomla, nor had the excellent reputation in the Joomla Community (which is not to say that the other company was bad, in any way). We wanted to partner up with a company that was well respected, well known, and most of all, knew Joomla in and out. For this reason, CloudAccess.net was the natural choice of hosting providers that we could partner with.

There are other Web Hosting Providers that have built their business around Joomla, but many of them have slowly slid away into building their hosting around other web applications. We don't think any less of them, just we really do like having a company that is exclusively Joomla driven.

CloudAccess.net has consisently supported Joomla Detroit

In anything we have done, Cloud Access has supported our endevours, both as a user group as well as branching out into the community to bring Joomla! to the masses of Gotham City... er... Detroit. :D They are just as committed to the success of Joomla as we are, if not even more. For them, Joomla! provides a way of life and income for the employee's families.

Support for User groups and Workshops

When I was looking for a partner to join me in doing the "Introduction to Joomla" Workshop series, CloudAccess.net not only stepped up to the plate, they provided real answers to some of the issues I was having in getting the workshops off the ground. By providing me access to their exclusive "Joomla in the Classrooms" program, I am able to have enough Joomla installations to teach any number of attendees!

Looking towards the future with CloudAccess.net

CloudAccess.net has already expressed excitement about being involved with the upcoming Joomla Day Detroit event in 2014. They have already committed themselves as the Platinum hosting sponsor, and will be involved with planning.

Cloud Access in the Community

One excellent indicator of a company is what their level of community involvement is. CloudAccess.net has a program called "Joomla! in the Classroom" where teachers are given Joomla! websites for every member of the class to teach and learn about the CMS.

What about the hosting?

400x290First of all, I've moved all the JUG related Joomla sites over to CloudAccess.net with no issues in the migration. Restoring the sites using Akeeba backup was swift, clean and I didnt even have to add a php.ini line, change the .htaccess or mess with the configuration.php file.

It just worked.

Ever since the migration, I've had 100% uptime. Pingdom has NEVER seen any outages which is huge! When I run Joomla! updates, I never have run into issues with the hosting either. It is really worth mentioning too that with their standard service package, you never have to worry about server updates or security. You hosting account is on a CloudAccess.net Managed server, meaning they take care of all the maintenance on the server side. As expected, you're responsible as site admin for the Joomla core updates and any extensions you install.

Sites have never been hacked

Not a single site that Joomla Detroit has on Cloud Access has been hacked. EVER. While a few websites I've admin'ed on other hosts have been attacked and some comprimised to the point of no return, the sites I admin on CloudAccess.net are 100% clean.

Getting Started with CloudAccess.net

One of the best services that they offer to new customers is that they will migrate your exisiting site over for you. This is huge as it saves you the time and you can keep focused on what really matters, building your website and adding content.

Free Staging URLs
Launch a website on a free subdomain - This has got to be the coolest feature Cloud Access offers. You can basically build your site on a temporary domain (http://freenamehere.cloudaccess.net). When you're ready to go live with your own domain you can purchase that domain through CloudAccess.net or, if you already own a domain name, you can point that domain to your new site hosted with CloudAccess.net

Cloud Access Pricing

First of all, Cloudaccess.net offers you something unheard of in the webhosting industry -- You can start building your website right now absolutely free. You have 30 days to work on it during the start up period. If you happen to fudge it up or something's just not right, you can pitch it and start all over.

Once you are building the site you really want, just add your payment info (Credit Card or Paypal) and you have a full primary account. Now, if you develop more sites later on, you can always add them to your exisiting account, but what's nice is that you can do that at any time.

Please check the CloudAccess.net website for current pricing.

What's included in my hosting plan with Cloud Access?

Joomla! SAAS - What's unique about CloudAccess.net is that the Joomla CMS is wrapped up with hosting support in an all in one package. This is Joomla! Software as a Service, and you have a real benefit of having actual Joomla! support by a living, breathing human being who thoroughly knows Joomla, Hosting, and everything related. These guys are the "Pros". Every staff member is cross trained, and has superior abilities in supporting you and your Joomla sites!

Template and Extension Installs - Once you are a primary account holder, the CloudAccess.net team will actually help you out by installing templates and extensions for you. Be sure to read their restrictions first if you want to take advantage of this offer.

See the full list of the CloudAccess.net Primary Account Holder benefits for more information.

From CloudAccess.net on their services:

Joomla! is a powerful tool to help you build your web presence. By using the CloudAccess.net platform to create a Joomla! site, you don't have to worry about installing and configuring Joomla! All you need is an internet connection and a web browser. Joomla! is a revolutionary content management system (CMS) and application framework that allows you to create a website with point and click. Use core Joomla! features or experience Joomla's extensibility by installing 3rd party applications or templates. CloudAccess.net can assist you with every step as you create a dynamic and powerful website for your business. We provide free & live training webinars where you can speak directly with the instructor. We also have a complete Joomla! knowledgebase full of hundreds of how-to documents and videos. You can watch a recorded version of our webinars to learn at your own pace, or you can submit a support ticket or call our team to speak directly with one of our Joomla! engineers. We guarantee that you can build a site just like you see in our webinars.

Joomla 3.1 Released!

Joomla 3.1 released

The Long Awaited Joomla 3.1 Update with Tags Now Out!

It's been much anticipated, and talked about heavily. Joomla 3.1 Stable has just been released just moments ago! With the introduction of "Tagging", you can now group articles and blog posts, and in turn, append to menu items. It creates a really good way to organize your content while maintaining your existing category and article structure.

The tags are built in to major core components and the tags are shared between extensions that impliment tagging. Also, it's worth noting that Tags can be nested!

Read up more on Joomla 3.1 here!

Michigan Joomla User Groups name CloudAccess.net as Platinum Web Hosting Sponsor

CloudAccess.net Partners with Joomla Detroit and Joomla Michigan; Offers 75% Off Hosting to Our Joomla Detroit Members!

April 19, 2013 - Detroit, MI - CloudAccess.net, Michigan based Joomla Web Host has just become the platinum hosting sponsor for both Joomla Detroit and Joomla Michigan. In addition to both User Group sites, CloudAccess.net will be the proud host for Michigan's first Joomla Day event, Joomla Day Detroit.

CloudAccess.net CEO, Gary Jay Brooks“We’re very excited to be a part of Joomla Day Detroit. There is a strong Joomla presence here in Michigan and in the midwest in general. We want to use our connections in the Joomla community to attract a variety of quality speakers who’ll discuss highly relevant and engaging topics for all levels of attendees. CloudAccess.net is willing to assist in any way we can."
~ Gary Jay Brooks, CEO of CloudAccess.net

CloudAccess.net was founded by Gary Jay Brooks in May, 2008 under the name MichiganMedia.net In 2009, then MichiganMedia.net was introduced to Joomla! through Mr. Brooks, and on April 5, 2010, became the Joomla Demo site hosting company (http://demo.joomla.org). Since then, CloudAccess.net has enjoyed tremendous success, serving approximately 25,000 new accounts every month!

Joomla User Group Detroit Organizer, Son Koral"We are greatly pleased to be bringing CloudAccess.net aboard as our platinum hosting sponsor" says Son Koral, Organizer of both Joomla Detroit and Joomla Michigan groups and lead organizer for Joomla Day Detroit. "Mr. Brooks and all the folks at CloudAccess.net have been extremely supportive in our efforts to spread the word about this fantastic open source software called Joomla."

Joomla! is an open source application framework CMS with over 35 million downloads that runs sites such as blogs, small business and non-profit websites but can also be used as a robust application platform. For more information, please visit http://joomla.org.

CloudAccess.net support knows Joomla! Many of them work with it both on and off the job. You can be assured that if you need help, you're getting someone who absolutely knows Joomla! and can quickly assess the issues you might be having. Official CloudAccess.net Joomla! support information can be found here.

Joomla! Professional Services can also be retained from expert Joomla Developers through the CloudAccess.net Custom Joomla Development Staff. Please check with Cloud Access for more details.

Finally, CloudAccess.net provides both written and video Joomla tutorials in their training section. You can also sign up for daily instructional Joomla webinars here (Of which I co-hosted one). 

 Joomla Detroit thanks CloudAccess.net for their exceptional support, both in hosting the JUG websites and the tremendous level of help they have given to the Joomla Day Detroit planning effort! A warm thank you from our group to yours!The CloudAccess.net Team

Ohanah Partners to Become the Official Event Registration Extension

Joomla Detroit to bring Meetup Registration Back In House Thanks to Ohanah!

ohanah appThe Ohanah app briefly, is a powerful and flexible Joomla extension that allows users and administrators to easily manage events. Ohanah is fully compatible with Joomla 1.5, 1.6, 1.7, 2.5 and 3.0., and 'automagically' adapts to most templates. (And we LOVE their website graphics!)

Joomla Detroit has been keeping a keen eye out for a registration extension that really will fit our needs, and I'm happy to announce that with Ohanah App's support to our JUG, we are finally able to bring meetup registration back in house. We've been watching this extension for quite a while, and now feel that it is the right choice to include on our user group site, and to endorse for all Joomla Detroit member's websites.

Ohanah App's Special Joomla Detroit Member Discount

Ohanah Event Registration Extension prices range from 29 € for the "Light" version to 249 € for the full "Developer" version. Right now, Ohanah Apps are showing their support for Joomla Detroit by giving a generous 20% Off purchase prices! Use coupon code JDETROIT when checking out!

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Ohanah is a Swiss based company that really knows how to create an exceptional extension!  You'll be able to manage events from not just the administration side, but also your site's frontend! Ohanah has a very slick, easy to learn interface (UX/UI) and the events, categories and venues are all interconnected. If your users create events, they'll be able to manage their own events from the front end as well, with administration access not necessary!

Ohanah is SEO ready. Adding the SEO essentials such as metadata, keywords and description to each event individually was a huge reason why Joomla Detroit chose Ohanah. It also uses event information at the markup level using microdata according to schema.org (event/venue).

Joomla Detroit is pleased and excited to have such a wonderful extension to showcase. We'd like to thak all at Ohanah and Beyounic for their support and assistance!


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