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How To Freelance

Going off on your own is scary. Freelance work might seem daunting, especially when it comes to working with your own clients! Questions such as "What do I do?", "What Should I Say?" and "How much should I charge?" probably are big questions that come to mind first.

A little over two years ago, I started going freelance. I was totally green, and made a few mistakes along the way. Fast forward to now, and I have a small but profitable business, the Detroit Web Developers. This success obviously didn't happen overnight, and took countless hours of smart work and trial and errors.



How To Create a Joomla Site for Your Next Event


Promote Your Next Event With Joomla!

Where: Detroit Zoo, Ford Education Center - First floor conference room
When: July 23, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
Who: Son Koral, Organizer


At one point or another, when people hear that you setup a website, they'll undoubtedly ask you to do one for them. Many of the requests that I've received over the years were to build one for an upcoming event. Some of the types of event websites that people requested were:

  • Weddings
  • Family Reunions
  • Business Conferences
  • Meetup Groups
  • Baby Showers
  • Birthday Parties

Successful Event websites have to be informative, yet in many cases, also must "sell the sizzle" -- especially if you're hoping people will pay hard earned money to come to the event. We will also take a look at a few Joomla scheduling and event extensions for handling registration and also evaluate external third party event solutions (Meetup.com & Eventbrite.com). 

You will take away:

  • Understanding the components to an event website
  • Joomla site structure for an Event website
  • Joomla Event extensions
  • Extenal Event Booking sites and the Joomla extensions to connect them
  • How to create Speaker Tracks (for conferences and conventions)
  • Building a successful RSVP page

Run Joomla on Raspberry Pi | June 28, 2014


This month is going to be a fun one, boys and girls! We're going to be setting up a Raspberry Pi as a small web server! We'll be loading the latest version of Joomla! on to the Raspberry so that it can be used either at home, at work or out on the internet.

What: How To Run Joomla on a Raspberry Pi (Type B)
When: Wednesday, June 25th, 2014 at 7pm
Where: Detroit Zoo, Ford Education Center Studios (second floor)


Running Joomla! On A Raspberry Pi

Last month, we looked at how you could use Joomla at home for family or home business use, but who wants to leave a laptop or computer at home and on all the time? Using a Raspberry Pi is a much more cost effective way to run a small, light duty webserver from your house. In this meetup, we'll start with a brand spankin' new Raspberry Pi and an 8GB SD Card. We'll load the operating system, install LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP) and then finally, install Joomla!

We'll also show you how to setup your networking in order to access the Joomla site at home and also from work. 

In order to do this, We've purchased the following items at Microcenter:

You DO NOT have to go out and purchase this kit in order to attend the meetup. We will show you what's possible and if you're interested in it and feel up to the task, then absolutely, go out and purchase one!

Running Joomla from a Raspberry Pi is cost effective and also frees up a computer so that you don't have to allocate it to running the site at home.

More information about the Raspberry Pi can be found on RaspberryPi.org

Joomla at Home

Create a Family Home Intranet with Joomla!

Joomla is well established as a robust platform for business sites. We've focused on using it primarily for small to medium business, blogging and some ecommerce, but what about using it at home?

Joomla! can also be used as an intranet

Where: Detroit Zoo, Ford Education Studios (second floor)
When: May 13, 2014 @ 7pm
Details: This meetup is FREE to all. As this is an afterhours private event, entrance into the Zoo will also be free. Directions will be sent out on Monday, May 12 by noon.


During this meetup, We will setup a Joomla site designed to be used at home by all your family members as a central location for communications, important documents and tasks. The way we will set this up will also allow you to use this as a home-based business intranet as well. Here's the complete list that we'll be going over:

  • Setting up a spare computer to run Joomla! (or one that stays on all the time)
  • Set up the network for internal only access (on your home network only)
  • Alternately setting up the network for external access as well (away from your home network)
  • Installing Joomla for family use
  • Configuring Joomla as a family / home business intranet
  • Extensions you might want to have to make things work even better

I have a Joomla intranet at home, and to give you an idea of how one might be setup, I have a spare 15" laptop that was just collecting dust. It is a Dell 700M that sports a 2gHz Pentium M Processor and 2GB of RAM (I upgraded it from 1GB) from 2004 that is currently tasked with the intranet.

The Joomla site serves both a family purpose as well as business related. For the family, my Wife and post important dates, things to remember and such, and since it is not accessible outside the network, we also use it to put important infomation concerning bills and account information.

When I log into the site, I also get an added menu that only I see that is for business. It has my contacts, projects, tasks and so on. My wife has access to a category I created for billing as she takes care of the financials, but since she doesn't need (or want) to know what I have to do for each project, she doesn't see those menu items.

If you need a place to keep all your family info, but is safe from the internet, come to this meetup!


Donations and Gifts

Donations that go to keeping the Meetup 100% Free are welcome!