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The Joomla University in Chicago

Compass Designs

Saturday, May 17, 2008 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (CDT)

Ticket Information

Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
AM - Creating Joomla Websites   more info Ended $249.00 $0.00
AM - Joomla Server Security   more info Ended $249.00 $0.00
AM - Creating Joomla Extensions   more info Ended $249.00 $0.00
PM - Joomla Template Coding and Design   more info Ended $249.00 $0.00
PM - SEO for your Joomla website   more info Ended $249.00 $0.00
PM - Build a Joomla Site from Scratch   more info Ended $249.00 $0.00

Event Details

Last month we sent out a survey of what YOU wanted from a Joomla training event... we listened.....

  • You wanted multiple sessions
  • You wanted books, extensions and club memberships
  • You wanted expert trainers
  • You wanted to learn about Joomla 1.5
  • You wanted a price you could afford

You didn't want speakers and lectures, you wanted hands-on workshops and training from the best educators in the Joomlaverse. We have taken the feedback of the hundreds of respondents and created a tailored training event, we call it our Joomla University!

What is Joomla University?

It is a flexible one day session-based training where you can pick and choose what workshops you wanted to attend. Each workshop is 3 hours and taught by a world renowned Joomla expert. The Joomla University has multiple sessions so you can pick the ones that meet YOUR needs.

You told us that one-on-one teaching was important.
Each session is limited to just 12 students!

Who Should Go?

We have arranged our sessions to be as flexible as possible. You can pick and choose sessions based on your needs.

Are you a designer building Joomla sites for your clients? Then brush up on your template design and Joomla search engine optimization and add value to your services.

Are you the webmaster of a Joomla site in your organization, or responsible for content? Then learn how to create Joomla website's, from content organization to choosing the right extensions for you. Or understand how to make your site more secure from hackers.

Who Are the Trainers?

We have sought out the best Joomla experts and educators, including 4 Joomla book authors!

  • Barrie North  -
    Author of Building a Successful Joomla! Powered Website and the Joomla Admin Manual, Barrie North has over 15 years of experience with the Internet, as a user, designer and teacher. He is a partner of, one of the highest traffic Joomla! sites online, providing templates, extensions and custom services. He also maintains a blog about all things Joomla! at his own firm, Compass Designs.
  • Tom Canavan –
    Tom Canavan is a 22-year veteran of the computer industry and one of the world's leading Joomla! security specialists. Author of the book Dodging the Bullets - Disaster Recovery For Joomla!-Based Website's, Tom is vitally interested in sharing his years of experience with the listening audience.
  • Brian Teeman -
    Co-Founder of Joomla & OpenSourceMatters Inc, Brian was honoured to receive the 2005 award for best UK contribution to Open Source software for his work. He has been working with faith based and voluntary sector organisations for over 25 years helping them to take advantage of the latest IT trends. (Yes he is older than he looks).
  • Steve Burge –
    Steve Burge is the CEO of Alledia, one of the leading Joomla! development companies in the world, having built over 200 Joomla! websites. He is the author of the Joomla! SEO Book and writes a daily blog about Joomla! and Search Engine Optimization.
  • Joe Leblanc -
    Joe LeBlanc started with computers at a very young age. His independent education gave him the flexibility to experiment and learn computer science. Joe holds a bachelors degree in Management Information Systems from Oral Roberts University. He is currently a freelance Joomla! extension developer and is the author of Learning Joomla! 1.5 Extension Development.
  • Casey Lee -
    Casey is a world renowned Joomla template designer and the design powerhouse behind Joomlashack. Casey is a member of the Joomla! Communications Team, you may have seen some of his recent work at!

What Sessions are Being Offered?

There are six 3 hour sessions being offered in the morning and afternoon.

9:00 am - 12:00pm

Creating Joomla Websites
Barrie North
Learn how to build a Joomla website, from content organization, optimization, working with extensions and basic web marketing

Joomla Security
Tom Canavan
Secure and backup your Joomla website. Work on YOUR site during the session. This class will cover a mix of 1.0.X and 1.5.
Creating Joomla Extensions
Joe LeBlanc
Need a module, component or plugin? Learn the basics of extension coding for 1.0 and 1.5.
1:00 pm - 4:00pm Joomla Template  Design
Casey Lee
Learn to design and build Joomla Templates for your clients from start to Joomla!
SEO for Joomla Websites
Steve Burge
"Build and they will come" isn't true on the web. Learn how to get traffic for your website and how to convert it.
Build a Joomla Site from Scratch
Brian Teeman
Learn how to build a Joomla site from scratch in just 3 hours.

All sessions will have their main focus on Joomla 1.5. Trainers will be referring to the 1.0.X series of Joomla where appropriate.

What Else Do I Get?

We don't just want to bring you a great training event, we want you to leave with your hands full of great Joomla resources.

All students will leave with:

The package is valued at over $400 alone!

When is it?

The first Joomla University will be in Chicago on Saturday May 17th. This is the day after the Joomla EXPO 2008 hosted by the JoomlaChicago Group.

Where is it?

Training will be held in the state of the art technology classrooms right next to the Joomla Chicago EXPO location. In fact, the hotel of the EXPO and the classrooms are literally across a parking lot!


Each three hour session is $249. You can use the Eventbrite booking form to mix and match your sessions to best meet your Joomla training needs.

Don't forget that all attendees will get a goody package valued at over $350!

Additional Information

There are courtesy refreshments available (Caffeine and sugar for your brain) during the day. There are a number of locations available nearby for lunch including the Renaissance Chicago O'Hare Suites Hotel.

Most of the trainers will be socializing in the hotel during Saturday evening. Everyone is welcome to join us to chat in a more informal setting!

Although computers are available, we recommend that all students bring a laptop with a working localhost environment. Further requirements might be given by class teachers as needed.

For questions, contact us at contact[at]

Refund Policy

  • 4 weeks before event = 100% refund
  • 3 weeks before event = 50% refund
  • 2 weeks before event = no refund available 
Have questions about The Joomla University in Chicago? Contact Compass Designs

When & Where

New Horizons Computer Learning Centers
8550 W Bryn Mawr Ave
Chicago, IL 60631

Saturday, May 17, 2008 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (CDT)

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