Last Sunday I went to Joomla Day in Melbourne. I have been using Joomla for a while now, even back when it was known as Mambo. My New Zealand property site and Japan Job site both run on Joomla. There were 130 people there packed into a lecture theater at Melbourne University.

I can’t remember ever actually having a conversation about Joomla, so it was great to speak to other people who use it to run their websites. The event was well organized and a bargain at just Au$25 for the day. I learnt more at this than at the World Internet Summit I went to last year.

Some big sites in Australia run on Joomla, including Jetstar and ITwire.

Damian Hickey gave a presentation on his Freeway product – “the most advanced Open Source eCommerce platform and includes an array of features not found in extremely expensive commercial systems.” They are integrating their application into Joomla. It is great to see Australian companies creating innovative technologies.