Joomla! is made up of a community of volunteers. Without the volunteers from around the world, Joomla would not exist. There are many ways to give back to the community and here are some ideas for you to think about.
Local Joomla User Groups (JUGs) are a great way to meet new people, get help with a project or share your own knowledge with other Joomla users. There are many JUGs around Australia—some a little more active than others—full of enthusiastic people willing to share their experience and resource. You do not need any special qualifications to join; JUGs include people who are beginners as well as those who have been using Joomla for years. The Joomla Community website has some useful information regarding Joomla User Groups.
Find out more about upcoming Joomla meet-ups in your area:
- Adelaide: second Tuesday, bi-monthly
- Brisbane: third Tuesday, monthly
- Canberra: see notices
- Melbourne: third Wednesday, monthly
- Perth: 1st Tuesday, monthly
- Sydney: second Tuesday, monthly
If there is no JUG in your area then why not start your own group? You don't need to be a Joomla expert; you just need to be enthusiastic, find a suitable venue and arrange your first get-together. Also, if you are considering starting a group, post about it on our forum and you will be able to connect with other community members who can help you out.
Every year the community gets together and organises its annual Joomla! Australia conference.
If you have experience in organising large events and would like to be involved follow the links to the conference website and contact the current years organises to find out how you can contribute to the project.
If you would like to get your hands dirty with code bug squashing is a great place to start. Go to developer.joomla.org where you can find the resources and information about how you can start getting your hands dirty with the Joomla! code.
The general process around bug squashing involves Reading the issues and bugs that have been submitted by other uses potentially fixing some of these bugs in the code, and then testing these patches that have been created to fix these bugs.
One of the best things in regards to Joomla is being able to make a living from it. Developing an extension whether it's a component, plug-in, module, or even a template will allow you to generate income and contribute back to the community.
There are many user group sessions where experienced extension developers in the Australian Joomla! community will guide you through the process of developing an extension submitting it to the extension directory and various business models around making money from Joomla!
The Joomla! community and the ecosystem is an exciting place to be, we're glad that you have made it to the Australians in the community and looking forward to meeting and engaging with you.
If you are more experienced in writing code then perhaps you could contribute time in regards to developing for the core Joomla! project itself.
There is a process however in regards to signing up as a code contributor, but this also is very easy and straightforward, you can find out all the information at developer.joomla.org.
Joomla! beginners need help and online forums are often the first places they visit. Our forum is where people connect help one another and share their experience; if you need help using the forum, see the help page here.
If you have previously benefited from our forum we'd love you to give back a little of your time and energy by helping new users … after all, we were all beginners at some stage, weren't we?
We haven't got all of Australia covered, if you feel that there is a need for a joomla user group in your area and there are currently isn't one, we recommend contacting the other joomla! organisers and getting one started.
All you need is a venue and a handful of enthusiastic Joomla! Users. Other active Joomla! community members will help you organise your first Joomla! Meetup.
We are always in need of more information, guides and tutorials on how to use Joomla. If you think you have a talent for writing (or you’re better with video presentations) we would love to hear from you. Not only will you be helping others but, by being credited for the tutorials and information that you share to the community, you will also build your profile within the Australian community.
If you’re interested in assisting Joomla! Australia in these activities, please email us at webmasters[at]Joomla.org.au.