JoomlaDay Chicago – yet another amazing Joomla event!

Hello, hello – your conference aficionado reporting again! Our support for open source project events continues and I’m eager to tell you about the last JoomlaDay we sponsored and attended – JoomlaDay Chicago 2012 – August 10-11. We must be very lucky, because just like all the conferences we’ve been attending this year, JoomlaDay Chicago made no exception and was a total blast – amazing talks on Joomla and hosting, passionate community members, friends and lots of beer fun! Read on, to feel the vibe!

To speak or not to speak?

The event kicked off with welcoming speech from the organisers who, by the way, did an amazing job! Kudos to Mike Carson and Philip DeKoker! (and thanks for bearing with me during the whole organisational period, I know I was giving you hard time sometimes). After the first keynote speech, it was Tenko’s session topic was “Squeeze Maximum Performance From Your Joomla Website”. Let me tell you this talk’s story – first of all, it wasn’t meant to be a technical presentation at all and then it wasn’t meant to be given by Tenko. Initially, our COO – Reni was supposed to give the presentation, but it turned out she wouldn’t make it to the conference and we had to think of an alternative plan, which of course was our almighty mastermind. Tenko tends to be a little bit reluctant about public speaking and it took some effort to convince him to make a presentation he hadn’t initially planned. I must tell you though, that this speech was his best one so far – and I’m obviously not telling this just to please my boss. The immediate tweets we’ve got speak for themselves, it seems everyone appreciated the tips and tricks he shared:

Slides are available here

Much more than just customers…

So much for the Friday sessions, I couldn’t attend any others that day. We were swamped at our booth the whole afternoon talking to amazing and inspiring people. The majority of the attendees were mostly developers, site implementers and overall – mostly advanced Joomla users, many of which not only signed up for accounts with us directly at the event, but also were interested in our affiliate program to spread the word about SiteGround.

Seeing the great interest of the people, who haven’t used our services yet is great, but what really makes my day is interacting with existing customers and seeing them sharing their SiteGround experience with other users. And we are not talking just about our official “word of mouth hero” – Megan Valentine, whom we already have a tradition to meet on each event in Chicago we go to!

We were happy to meet in person several other amazing people already using our services, among which one particularly stood out and this was Alin Steglinski. He is a long time SiteGround customer and special to us in many ways – smart, positive, extremely resourceful, and always willing to help. Alin has an inspiring (least to say) story. He has gone through the worst in life and you can read his story here. So what does bring Alin, SiteGround and JoomlaDays in one place? We had one free conference ticket to give away, and when Alin understood we’re coming in his town, he was super excited about meeting us in person. Oh, and so we were! I had no doubts I’m giving away the free ticket to him and luckily enough, despite his parents busy schedule they made it to the conference. It was a great pleasure to meet him in person and I am really glad we have such an amazing customer and now I may dare to say – a friend!

Get ready for Joomla 3.0

Speaking of friends, yet another friend of ours – Brian Teeman who visited us just the week before, was there to give the Saturday keynote on Joomla 3.0. The new Joomla version coming up this September, is definitely the hottest topic in the Joomla community and, as always, Brian presented it in a very attractive and engaging way. He decided to completely ignore the business attire requirement and surprised the audience when he put off his business casual suit and continued the talk in his almighty Joomla PJs. That’s the spirit to get people excited for the new Joomla version which we have already discussed in our post about JAB too.

Beer is on SiteGround!

The beer is on us!As I have always told you, I consider an event successful, if it has been fun, among other things and needless to say, JoomlaDay Chicago was more than fun. What else could it be when the beer for Friday and Saturday nights was on us? I’ll just tell you that the free beer tickets expired at midnight on Saturday night, and since we had around 80 tickets left on the last party night and it was close to midnight already, we asked the bartender to get us all the 80 beers and the rest… is history.

More photos, as usual on our Facebook page.


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VP of Strategic Partnerships until 2017/05

After 10+ years at SiteGround, probably the only thing I haven’t done (yet) here is writing code. Today I help SiteGround grow our client base through events and partnerships. I have the immense pleasure to do it with the help of the best team members which I am also privileged to call friends.

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Alin S

Aug 22, 2012

I was there, as you said TIna. I just wish I made it for more of the conferences. Maybe next year!!! The banquet was loads of fun. the live DJs were awesome. i am totally with you on considering success if it is fun. do you guys do all the joomladays or only chicago? how does your sponsorship work? like TIna said theres more photos on their FB and i also snagged a bunch at the banquet here on my flickr

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Aug 22, 2012

Hey Alin, glad to hear you enjoyed it as much as we did! We sponsor and attend quite a lot of JoomlaDays organized all over the world, currently not all of them though – I wish we could attend all of them, but that will be too much of travel for all of us  Someone has to still stay in the office and work an all the new goodies that we launch for you – our customers! Keep an eye on our Facebook page and the monthly newsletters for upcoming events - this is where we announce them :) Thanks for sharing your pics too! Cheers

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Chad Windnagle

Aug 27, 2012

There was a lot of beer left over! Thanks for the buy, siteground!

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Aug 28, 2012

Had to take a miss for the event and the beer! :( Hope for better luck in the near future to catch you guys.

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John Golembiewski

Oct 28, 2012

For Marina Yordanova Thank you for your email, reagrding my inability to manage my website, which did not include a return email address. My inability to manage the website was brought on by Siteground. As you know Wordpress and Zen Sitebuilder are both open source offerings that are freely available under a "general public license". In laymans terms anyone can use both. There is a significant difference in both as Wordpress is for blogging whereas Zen is a state of the art commerce tool. I am not a blogger. My switch in template formats was at the suggestion of Siteground. If you reach the age of 90 years old and are in a rocking chair you still won't comprehend the responsibilty Siteground has in this instance. The "lawful" thing to do is to turn on my ability to manage the website. If there were a way to have this situation mediated in a court of small claims in the USA I would have done that and gladly accepted the results. I am not frustrated but very motivated to wait until the hosting period ends and use software I have purchased and another hosting provider. You should do the right thing lawfully as well as in the interests of solid customer service and turn on the editing tools. Thanks for your time.

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Marina Siteground Team

Oct 29, 2012

Hello John, I believe there is a serious misunderstanding on your part regarding the software you use. Your website has been built initially with SiteZen site builder which at this time was included for free in our hosting offer. This software was NOT an open source e-commerce application and is completely different from the Zen-Cart ( that I believe you are referring to now. The SiteZen site builder offering was discontinued by us, because SiteZen company started to show disturbing lack of attention to reported possible copyright violations in some of their templates. Now almost one year later the whole SiteZen company seems to be completely out of business: We have offered several different options for SiteZen users at time of discontinuation. And now, in your particular case we have even offered you a personal solution: not just that you would start using WordPress and build your website from scratch on your own, but to have your content as it is currently seen at moved by one of our technicians to WordPress. We believe this will solve your problem as you will have a website with similar functionality as now, but will be also able to update and edit it. However, if this is not what you need we will understand your choice not to take advantage of this offer.


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