CDMUG April 2013 "Drupal vs Joomla!"

  • April 17, 2013 · 6:00 PM
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"What's the difference between Drupal and Joomla!?" is one of the most popular questions discussed at our meetups, and our April meetup plans to provide answers. For our featured presentation we reached out to the Joomla community and connected with Justin Kerr who will present "Drupal vs Joomla!" based on his experience of working with both systems. To start, Fredric Mitchell of Orbit Media Studios will be discussing how to compare solutions with so many CMS options available.  To finish, we'll wrap up with questions answered by a panel of experts in both Drupal and Joomla!

Still interested in comparing more content management systems? The CMS Association will be in attendance for a sneak preview of CMS Expo happening May 14th-16th. CMS Expo offers 3+ days of learning, discovery and innovation for its participants. This annual conference brings together business people and technicians, marketers and academics, creatives and administrators, to learn - collaboratively, like in "real life," all under one roof - what's new, relevant and actionable in the fast-changing content managment community. More info @

Duo Consulting opens their doors at 6:00pm for attendees to arrive, socialize, and hang out before meetups.  We try for presentations to officially start by 7:00pm. Comment your RSVP with your full name and bring photo ID to gain authorized access to Duo's office downtown.


  • Comparing CMS Solution Options by Fredric Mitchell
  • Drupal vs Joomla! by Justin Kerr

Fredric Mitchell - is the Web Development Manager at Orbit Media Studios (, a community of award-winning creative and friendly professionals for all things web. He has many years of experience in the IT field, including as a consultant in healthcare IT, an Interaction Designer, and a hardcore Drupal developer.

Justin Kerr -  is head of business development for Aluent Group (, a leading provider of content management system solutions, and is a platform-agnostic service provider that uses both Drupal and Joomla in the solutions it provides for its clients. Justin Kerr serves on the JoomlaChicago users group team and has been working with Joomla since 2005 plus Drupal since 2012.

Estimated Agenda:
18:00 - Doors Open
18:30 - Arrival and Socialize
19:00 - Meetup Starts, Welcome, and CMS Expo Preview
19:15 - Presentation: Fredric Mitchell - Comparing CMS Solution Options
19:45 - Break with Questions and Answers
20:00 - Presentation: Justin Kerr - Drupal vs Joomla
20:45 - Questions, Answers, Closing/Wrap Up
21:00 - Beer @Dick's Last Resort (315 N Dearborn St)

The Chicago Drupal Meet Up Group is proud to present at least two featured presentations about the hottest Drupal topics each month. We have room for 75 people and all skill levels are welcomed.

Fredric Mitchell will be presenting....Comparing CMS Solution Options....many questions popup when choosing a CMS solution. Fredric will explore the most important of those and compare varying solutions across projects such as Joomla, Wordpress, Plone, Drupal (of course) as well as the advantages of maybe using a framework like Laravel or Slim.

Justin Kerr will be presenting....Drupal vs Joomla!...Drupal and Joomla are two of the most popular open source solutions for powering dynamic web sites. However, despite their many similarities, the two CMSs differ in fundamental ways that impact project planning, cost, development and deployment. This presentation will not only demonstrate Joomla's interfaces and general project methodology, it will also compare Joomla and Drupal in light of web site capability requirements and key phases of CMS Web projects.

Almost every CDMUG presentation is recorded and now available online @  If you're not able to physically attend, join us virtually in our #cdmug IRC chat room on freenode. Members hang out in the chat room on a daily basis even when meetups are not happening. If you're unfamiliar with IRC, view or feel free to utilize our web based chat client @

All meetups will be in traditional CDMUG fashion. No dress code, relaxed attitudes, open ideas, laptop encouraged, remember business cards, and we will go for a beer afterward.

Contact us if you're interested in presenting, have ideas for the group, have any type of feedback - or follow us on twitter @

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  • Matt E.

    I really enjoyed hearing more about Drupal 8

    April 18, 2013

  • Justin K.

    I really enjoyed giving the presentation and meeting lots of Drupal folks. I look forward to expanding my knowledge of Drupal!

    April 18, 2013

  • Leo Robert K.

    Nice guy. I was waiting for him to finish with, 'And for all those reasons, I'm moving over to Drupal.'

    2 · April 17, 2013

  • Spyro S.

    Rained Out

    April 17, 2013

  • Tom O.

    Tom O'Connell

    April 17, 2013

  • hank a.

    Henry Adams

    April 17, 2013

  • Matthew L.

    Reminder about our meetup tonight "Drupal vs Joomla!". RSVP closes at 4:00pm and we have a few extra spots available. Plus we're excited to announce Red Circle Inc will be sponsoring with free beer. Meet Red Circle in person to learn about awesome job opportunities -

    April 17, 2013

  • brianbrarian

    Brian Smith

    April 16, 2013

  • Collin

    Sorry, pressing matters wont let me go, but free up another spot.

    April 16, 2013

  • Ross C.

    A side-by-side example of building a custom content type/view with the Joomla equivalent would be very interesting to me.

    April 15, 2013

  • Matt M.

    This is a question that has been on the top of my mind lately as we are porting over our website from Limelight to another CMS

    April 12, 2013

  • John C.

    Linda and I will be there! Looking forward to seeing everyone!

    April 6, 2013

  • Justin K.

    I'm looking forward to this presentation and meeting all you Chicago Drupal folks! If you have any specific topics you'd like to see covered, post them here or email me at [masked]. Thanks!

    April 3, 2013

  • Christie P.

    Christine Pettitt-Schieber

    March 31, 2013

  • Steven S.

    Oops... wife's birthday.

    March 30, 2013

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