1. Get Connected
Joomla! is so much more than just a CMS or Web Application Platform. It's a living, breathing entity through which a whole community of volunteers dedicates time, efforts and resources. The best way to get connected to that community is to meet and network with those already involved. The best way to do that is through a "Joomladay".
One way in which Joomla! raises awareness for Open Source software and increases their community is through larger annual events called “Joomla! Days.” These Joomla! days are typically a one or two day weekend event focused on Joomla! users, developers, site owners and other interested parties and usually draws a substantial regional audience. In 2012 alone there were over 30 Joomla! Day events around the world. These events are generally very well attended and include focuses on a wide variety of topics including Joomla!, Open Source software, small business growth and development, Web technologies, as well as other business topics.
At a Joomladay, you'll have the best opportunity to meet and network with vendors, developers and other site admins/owners/users. It's also a great opportunity to learn new things and to get an idea of where you want to go in the future.
2. Pitch In
Joomla! is a community of volunteers. Getting involved in the Joomla Project isn't hard.
- One of the best places to start is to bug test. While the development team is always improving Joomla!, there's a call to help out in testing their work to ensure it's bug free. Joining in is really easy. the project is on Github, and help is always welcome! In order to start testing, you need to have a Joomla! CMS install available that you can use to test on. The easiest way to do this is to head over to CloudAccess.net and sign up for a Free Demo. fNext, you will need to download and install the Joomla Patch Tester Extension. This will allow you to test patches directly from your Joomla Installation.
- The second thing you can do to get started would be to head over to the Joomla! Forum, register for an account, ask questions and learn new things, but also you can help out by posting answers to questions that others might have.