No JUGCN meeting this month


Hey JUGCNers,
We aren't meeting this month, however we are feverishly working on upcoming sessions!  The next session will be on April 14th with guest presenter, Chicagoan Dave Crabill. The details are coming together and will be sent out shortly. 

Despite our not meeting this month, the week of March 15th is a popular week for other JUG groups have some great sessions coming up. We will do our best to share the details with you about them. 

Read on for what we know so far...

Improve Your Search Ranking by Adding Metadata to Your Template 

Monday, March 15th 7 pm CST 
(Tuesday, March 16th 00:00 UTC)

Bruce Moore will show how to choose a Joomla template and modify it to improve your search ranking--quickly. Google uses metadata to help parse a site, but some Joomla templates don't do a good job of putting adding these metadata tags to your pages and as a result don't rank well quickly.

Bruce ran for a local office in 2020 and had to build a website that would rank first quickly without costly search words--instead of a prominent person in the same town with the same name who Google initially ranked for all of page one. By paying close attention to metadata and SEO, Bruce's page ranked first within about 30 days, and stayed there through the election.

This session will show you how to evaluate templates for metadata use, and how to modify an existing template to improve metadata use and SEO.

Register at to get the Zoom link for the meeting.

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JoomlaShack Conference Dec 9th and 10th


The last meeting of the year has been canceled.

Instead, I encourage you to attend the JoomlaShack Conference happening online (of course) on Dec 9th and 10th.  There are 2 days of talks. The first day starts at 9 AM Central European Time and the second day starts at 9 AM Eastern Standard Time.  

The JoomlaShack Conference site has all the details, links to sign up, and links to check when the session(s) are running in your timezone.  The talks are free but do require sign-up.  

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JoomlaDay Chicago February 2020 Update


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JoomlaDay is all about information sharing. We want you to be apart of it. Click the link below and tell us what YOU would like to share with our community. If you're unsure, that's ok, we can help. Our past sessions have included: Women in codeChoosing the right CCKJoomla! OverridesJoomla! Template DesignLESSJoomla! and SEOJoomla! TipsBuilding a J...

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JoomlaDay Chicago joins experts, global thought leaders, technologists and enthusiasts for a one-day conference at DePaul University - Loop Campus.Sessions are planned for beginners to experts, featuring top industry speakers and presentations capturing all aspects of Joomla capabilities. This is an exciting opportunity for you to associate your br...

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Join us for Pizza, Bugs and Fun Oct 19th


Pizza, Bugs and Fun (PBF) is worldwide event that brings together the Joomla! community to document and test future versions of our favorite content management system (CMS). You may be thinking that this event is not for you because you're not a hard core developer, but WAIT! This event is for EVERYONE - newbies, implementers, designers, devel...

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JoomlaDay Chicago Sip'n Social Announced


We invited you to stick around after JoomlaDay Chicago and join us at our Sip'n Social.  It is a great way to get to know the presenters and fellow attendees.  The Sip'n Social will be from 4:30pm to 6:30pm at Exchequer Restaurant and Pub (226 S. Wabash Avenue Chicago, IL 60604), steps away from DePaul University's Loop Campus.We will be ...

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JoomlaDay Chicago 2019 August Update


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Important Information Regarding JWC 2019


 After a year without a JWC in 2018, the board were eager to bring together the Joomla! Community with a World Conference in 2019. London was chosen as a venue and the dates were announced for November 2019. Planning for this event was at an advanced stage and tickets were being sold. Then the deadline for Brexit was extended to 31st October 2...

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JoomlaDay Chicago 4th of July Sale


In honor of the 4th of July holiday, we're offering a chance for you to purchase JoomlaDay Chicago tickets for $40 for 4 days, July 4th thru July 7th. Bring your team or clients for more savings. Don't delay! There is limited space for sessions, exam and networking. The event is located in the heart of Chicago, The Loop. Get your tickets now. Prici...

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JoomlaDay Chicago Oct 12 2019


The 2019 JoomlaDay Chicago event will be here before you know it. The event will include great sessions by knowledgeable speakers and the JoomlaDay exam. As you may have seen in our We Have a Venue post, we will be at DePaul University, this time in the Chicago Loop. Information on the venue is on our site to help you find a place to stay as well a...

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Joomla World Conference Nov 8-10, 2019 in London, England


 Joomla World Conference (JWC) will be held in London, UK, from November 8th to 10th, 2019. The Conference will bring the brightest Joomla minds together to share their experiences, connect with others, and learn more about Joomla and its community. ​What is JWC? "Joomla! World Conference (JWC) is an annual user conference aimed at users ...

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