This is a special Google Hangout edition of the podcast with my special panel of guests on the show talking about the open source business model and the pros and cons of various open source platforms including WordPress, Drupal and of course Joomla.
We talk about how to sell yourself, get into the professional services business in regards to Joomla and much more.
It turned into a little bit more of a controversial episode that I thought it would be but it was a fantastic debate and conversation between us all.
At the end is also an open question and answer session as well.
SiteGround Give Away
To help celebrate the 50th episode of the podcast, SiteGround have offered up a GoGeek hosting package for one lucky winner.
They will get a GoGeek hosting package with all the bells and whistles of one of the best shared hosting environments available for Joomla. Comes with internal Git and staging environments for better web development practises all in a shared environment.
To enter the competition and be in the winning, simply just comment in the show notes below and you're in the draw to win the hosting package. SiteGround will draw the winner at the end of February.
Watch the Google Hangout Session
If listening to the episode isn't your cup of tea and you'd prefer to watch the session instead.
This week for the first time I have a four people on the podcast, five including myself talking about the Joomla eco system in general and how people make businesses with Joomla.
Ryan Boog is founder and president of Happy Dog Web Productions, the always loyal, mobile-ready, web development and search engine optimization experts.
Ryan founded Happy Dog Web Productions in 2010. Previously, Ryan worked as a freelance web designer/developer. Ryan began his venture working in his home office with his infant son at his side (okay, in a bouncy seat) and loyal yellow labrador retriever, Alphie. Business quickly picked up and before he could blink, he was moving into a small office building in White Bear Lake. With sales doubling, this did not last very long. Happy Dog Web Productions was on the move again--this time it was only a floor up but with space to move around!
Ryan's passion is helping clients succeed. Client success equals success for Happy Dog Web Productions.
James Westley Foreman is a sub-contractor and co-founder of Flockworx, a Technology and Marketing Organization, and has a creative body of work rare among web professionals. His success began in the early days of the Internet while founding his first startup in 1998. James has evolved into a multi-skilled designer and technician, coupled with years of Internet marketing and advance SEO skills. In recent years James has been a highly sought Joomla developer, presenter and consultant for companies throughout the world.
Owner and director of Sana Solutions in Sydney, Australia.
Hardy has been building websites and solutions for clients in the Sydney for many years.
He excels in support services and extension development for his clients using Joomla.
OSTraining is a training company that focuses on Open Source Content Management Systems (WordPress, Joomla and Drupal). Rod is a minority owner and currently the Director of Live Training. He spends 2-3 weeks a month travelling and doing both public and corporate training. Rod has also produced over 300 online tutorials and all of the marketing videos.