Joomla!@Scale: Taking Joomla! to the Enterprise

  • April 8, 2014 · 6:00 PM
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Main Topic: Joomla!@Scale: Taking Joomla! to the Enterprise with Dante St James

In 2010 we were laughed at when we told others in our industry we wanted to build a digital media business based on an Open Source CMS. In 2014 we are now just over 300 websites, 90% of which are running Joomla! They are now serving 8 million pageviews to nearly 2.5 million unique visitors, generating seven-figure revenues each year. And all this is developed and supported by two people, neither of whom are trained or qualified IT professionals. How did we do it? What did we use? What spectacular failures did we have along the way? And would we do it again given what we know now?

Dante St James is the Operations, Projects & Online Integration Manager at a regional broadcasting, print and digital media company. Since 2010 he's been tasked with a digital media start-up within the company that had no budget for a CMS or development, but has grown to build a very large network of Joomla! websites that service 2.5 million people with 8 million pageviews.

Topic 2: Introduction to No Number ReReplacer component with Matthew Kay.

Mat has been a web developer for nearly 5 years and a Joomla user since 1.6 and will be demonstrating the ReReplacer component for Joomla.

With ReReplacer you can replace whatever you want in your entire site.

It can work on the entire output of your site, so you can also do replacements in things like the meta tags.

Some ideas where you can use ReReplacer for:

• Create your own custom tags ([mytag]some text[/mytag] becomes some text).

• Tweak the output of Joomla! without changing the core joomla or extension files.Filter bad words on your site

• Temporarily hide text from your website, without actually removing it.

• Remove redundant whitespace from your code, making your website load faster.

• Use abbreviations in your content and replace them with the full text (J! becomes Joomla!, COMP becomes My Very Long Company Name®).

• Quickly place whole blocks of text by only typing one word. Like you can use [stats] and replace it with a piece of Google Statistics code. 

• Or [footer] to put a fixed bit of text under articles. You can change the replacement in one place (in ReReplacer) and your whole website is updated! 

Come and see if ReReplacer can be of use on your site.

This meetup is suitable for beginners and advanced users.

Date and Time:

Tuesday 8th April 2014, 6:00pm-8:30pm


6:00-6:15pm - Meet Up / general chat

6:15-6:30pm - Intro round - introduce yourself, tell us who you are and what you do, and you can ask a quick question of the group.

6:30-7:00pm - Taking Joomla! to the Enterprise with Dante St James

7:00-7:30pm - Introduction to No Number ReReplacer component with Matthew Kay

7:30-8:00pm - Refreshments - pizza & beer ($5 / FREE beer)

8:00-8:30pm General Q&A session & discussion - bring your Joomla questions to ask the group

All welcome, beginners-advanced.

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  • Robert

    Learning from Dante's lesson on trying to nut things out on your own, can anyone point me to definitive guidelines on the Page Heading/Title settings that are needed to stop the gawd-danged Menu Title from displaying above the Article Title in an article that does not have its own menu item, that is it's selected from a Category Blog or Latest Articles etc. It worked fine in 1.5, but I can't get it to work in my 3.2 T3 template, nor in a Warp 7 template that I just tested it on. A big THANK YOU in advance :)

    April 9

    • Robert

      ... Ping, a light bulb lit in my head & I realised I could copy the H1 code from the menus that were working as I wanted & paste it into the Category Description for the news blog menu item as HTML code! I hope this all makes (some) sense, because it's taken me a heck of a lot of (unpaid!) time to work out & I'm now feeling a lot better about myself & Joomla & like I really deserve a beer ... though I might have cuppa instead & a beer tonight! (I will post a link to the website when it's live & will happily go over this at the next SJUG Central Meetup if I've totally lost everyone.) :)

      April 10

    • Robert

      PS. Thanks again Richard for providing pointers that helped me nut this out. As Dante said on Tuesday, we're mad if we don't ask & give back to the Joomla community! ;)

      1 · April 10

  • John W.


    April 9

  • James L.

    Some great information from a non developer for a change :)

    1 · April 9

  • Richard P.

    Thanks Dante. Having been a presenter on a small radio station and building their website, I appreciate your challenges. Personally I don't have a thick enough skin to put up with the politics and egos from one station let alone hundreds. Nicely done.

    3 · April 9

  • Craig P.

    Fascinating talk Dante, really enjoyed it.

    2 · April 9

  • Peter B.

    Thanks for everyone that turned up last night. We had way more people that could fit in that room.

    There has also been an annoucement this morning from OSM. A few more new board members and a new director/president for OSM.!msg/open-source-matters-public/4pZh23IvFaA/qUxh2ph0V_AJ

    1 · April 9

  • Yoong Y.

    Great fun! What a night. Thanks guys.

    1 · April 8

  • Robert

    Great presentations by Dante & Matthew, informative & entertaining! Also great to catch up with Joomla buddies & an "old" colleague from my Lotus Domino days! Good luck with the North-West Sydney Meetup at the end of April ;)

    1 · April 8

  • Tim P.

    We will be sharing the venue tonight with another group, so we are going to use the top meeting room (boardroom). Just keep going up the steps till you reach the top.

    April 8

  • Peter B.

    General question for tonight....

    Has anyone got this to work correctly?

    It's doing my head in.

    April 8

    • Craig P.


      April 8

    • Steve

      I understand how it works there are simple ones for example modules and for blog and article you have to copy across the xml as well to make a menu link to the override

      April 8

  • Bradley S.

    I really wish I was in town for this one! I'd love to hear more about Dante's journey with Joomla, especially with that many sites!

    April 2

    • Peter B.

      All of my gear is portable Dante. I can bring something along to record the session.

      April 7

    • Dante St J.

      Hey thanks for the offer Peter - that would be great! Thank you!

      April 7

  • Eden B.

    I am very eager to head down your way and see what the sydney Joomla Meetup has to offer, next time I have business down there I will try and make a meet. We have an exciting new Online Marketing Automation Component coming up soon that I'm very eager to share with the rest of you :)

    2 · April 6

  • Peter B.

    Good description here, definitely for the enterprise level Joomla people or people that want to know where to from here.

    March 26

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