JoomlaDay Florida 2018 – Building Community

March 7, 2018 in Community

Wait just a minute. A Joomla! event recap on a WordPress blog? Why? The better question is why not? At SiteLock, we’re big fans of all Open Source software and the amazing communities built around them. The Joomla! CMS is no exception. That’s why we sponsored and spoke at JoomlaDayFL this past weekend. It was an amazing event filled with informative sessions and a heavy focus on communicating the benefits and use cases of the software, and the larger community that surrounds it.

The Event

JoomlaDayFL Volunteers. This was a well-organized and well-attended event with approximately 200 people descending on Tampa, Florida. Some from as far away as the Dominican Republic and the U.K.

Robert Jacobi, outgoing Open Source Matters President, welcoming the crowd.

Open Source Matters (OSM) is a not-for-profit organization, incorporated in the United States, created to serve the financial and legal interests of the Joomla! project. Robert Jacobi took to the stage to welcome attendees to JoomlaDayFL and let us know what to expect.

He also gave us a history of the project and shared some stats about the platform including:

  • There have been 90 million downloads from, not including one-click installs from web hosts.
  • Joomla! has been translated into 70 languages.
  • Joomla! has an 8.5% market share in the CMS market and powers 3% of all websites.
  • There are 150 Joomla! user groups (JUGs) worldwide.

Robert also announced that Open Source Matters was welcoming a new President, Rowan Hoskyns Abrahall, from London, England.

Sponsoring and Speaking

SiteLock is an avid supporter of Open Source communities and recently became the official security sponsor of In addition, we also sponsored the charging station at JoomlaDayFL, which turned out to be very convenient for several attendees and fostered in-depth conversation about security best practices.

Me at our changing station sponsor table.

I also presented a session named Making Security Make Sense to Users/Clients where I discussed the importance of educating your clients about the need for security and how to communicate that easily and effectively. I also shared how security education makes the internet a safer place and has the potential to increase your monthly income as a freelancer or agency.

Joomla! Usage

Mike Demopoulos, the treasurer of Open Source Matters and also an avid WordPress community member, ran a Joomla! workshop for beginners. During that workshop, he discussed an interesting fact – Joomla! is in use by over 3,000 governments. In fact, Joomla! usage is actually mandated by law in several government agencies in Brazil.

Becoming (More) Familiar with Joomla!

I started exploring Open Source CMS and blogging platforms in late 2005. I tried DotNetNuke (DNN), Joomla! and of course, WordPress. I settled on WordPress at the time because I was more interested in blogging than anything else, and that was the main focus of that platform.

However, I had a fondness for Joomla! that never subsided, and participating in Mike’s workshop was both a great way to refamiliarize myself with the platform and also learn new things about it. As a “technical guy” I also had the pleasure of helping a couple of my fellow classmates navigate the admin area of Joomla! At the end of the session, we had all created complete websites built with Joomla!

Learning Joomla! together.

A Focus on Learning and Contributing

JoomlaDay Florida 2018 was focused on learning more about what the platform can do and also communicating the benefits of contributing to the project. Just like with WordPress (and any other open source platform), you don’t have to be a developer in order to contribute to the software or the community. And also just like in WordPress, actively sharing your knowledge helps to make the software better. For everyone.

If you’d like to learn more about how to communicate the benefits of security or how to secure your own sites or those of your clients, SiteLock can help.

We offer a suite of comprehensive and affordable website security solutions to ensure that websites stay free of malware. For more information about how SiteLock can help protect your websites from vulnerabilities and malware, contact us at 855.378.6200. We are available 24/7/365 to help!

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