Welcome to the Joomla!® User Group of Northern Virginia!

JoomlaDayThe Northern Virginia Joomla! Users Group has been meeting regularly since May, 2009.  In 2010, we produced our first JoomlaDay in the Washington, DC Metro Area (featured in the photo on this page).

Our group consists of website and code developers, some of whom have been using Joomla! for years and others who are just getting starting with it. So we cover the gamut of topics at our meetings; everything from getting your first Joomla! site up and running to serious topics such as security and customization.  We have a really helpful, diverse group of Joomla! devotees, so come out and meet us!

Joomla! is a fabulous productivity tool for creating websites that are easy for users to keep up to date. There is a wealth of available extensions that will very likely accomplish what you are looking for without too much difficulty, and a very supportive community that will help you. 

Membership is NOT RESTRICTED to the Northern Virginia and DC areas. We nearly always have a virtual connection so that you can participate even if you are not local.

We also use Meetup.com to announce our meetings, and have a Google Group to help get you answers to your questions. 

We hope to see you soon!

The current officers:

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  • Gene Crawford
  • Brian "Sully" Sullivan
  • Bruce Scherzinger

Joomla! 3.7.3 Released

Joomla! 3.7.3 is now available. This is a security release for the 3.x series of Joomla! which includes security vulnerabilities and over 230 bug fixes and improvements. We strongly recommend that you update your sites immediately.
What's in 3.7.3?

Joomla! 3.7.3 is released to address security issues as well as several bugs.
Security Issues Fixed

Core - Information Disclosure (affecting Joomla 1.7.3-3.7.2) 
Core - XSS Vulnerability (affecting Joomla 1.7.3-3.7.2) 
Core - XSS Vulnerability (affecting Joomla 1.5.0-3.6.5) 

Visit the Security Center for More information

Joomla! is the 2015 Winner for Best Free CMS

best free cms.300x0 isOn January 12, 2016, CMS Critic announced the 2015 Winner for the Best Free CMS.  Amid strong competition, the Winner was named:  Joomla!

The strong community is one of the reasons that it is one of the top three most popular content management systems in the world.  Read the article at: http://www.cmscritic.com/announcing-the-2015-winner-for-best-free-cms/

March 17, 2016: Building Custom Applications Using Fabrik - Tessa Mero

So you need to build a small custom application and want to use a simple way to build it? Well, Fabrik is a custom application building component for Joomla! that does the job!

Tessa Mero, Developer Advocate for Joomla! and member of a Joomla! project leadership team, will introduce the important areas of the Fabrik component and will show you how to prepare to build a system with relational data, including a database design example.

This will be a good presentation to attend if you want to expand your Joomla! development skills and want to build custom applications for clients using the Joomla! CMS.  Having basic MySQL and PHP knowledge will be helpful but not required.

Tessa is a college instructor, teaching web application development. She is the organizer of the Seattle Joomla! Meetup, and the organizer for the Seattle PHP Meetup and a PHP Conference. She is also a snowboarder and enjoys traveling, speaking, and playing video games with her children. She has an addiction to learning new things.

We will not be at the Kings Park Library, so the meeting will be fully virtual. We will instructions closer to the date of the meeting. Please register on Meetup.

Please RSVP on Meetup

Welcome to the Nova Joomla! User Group Website

Welcome to the new Nova Joomla! Website. We hope to learn more about you and your interests and capabilities, so that we can better help each other!

New or Returning Members: 

  1. On the main menu, go to the JUG Members tab and look up yourself and/or other members.
  2. Go to the Login tab and login or register and login.
  3. Go to the JUG Members tab and edit your profile to fill fill out your custom Joomla! related information.  (Note: you may need to validate your e-mail address or wait for approval.) If you were on the old website, your login should still work.
  4. On your profile, identify the kinds of things you are looking for as well as the skill sets and services you or your business offers.  We want to know if you are expert in Fabrik or Community Builder or SobiPro or other extensions, or particular application domains such as e-Commerce or membership sites, or whether you build fantastic templates or custom applications!
  5. Let us know if you have suggestions for expansion of the site; we are evolving it based on your input. If you want to help, please let us know!


  1. Check out the Events listed on the site.  Use Meetup to  register for events.  We nearly always provide a link so that you can participate remotely, but attend in person if you can!
  2. Sign up for our Google Group, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., for discussion in between meetings.
  3. Check out Joomla! News, and the Joomla! Magazine and Joomla! Security feeds on the site.  
  4. Check out the JUG Member Blog entries as well, either at the bottom of individual profiles on on the consolidated blog lists under JUG Blogs!  

Joomla! Aficionados:

  1. Contact us with meetup suggestions and website suggestions, either via the Google Group email, or at a meeting!
  2. Volunteer to speak or help with the website.
  3. Write us some blog posts about what you're doing with Joomla! or what you would like to collaborate on!

Go for it, and the JUG will be better for it!


Dorothy Firsching




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