The Women of Joomla!

Dawn Russell of Artisan Web and Print Earns Joomla! Administrator Certification

During the 2016 Joomla! World Conference, Dawn Russell of Artisan Web and Print, passed the certification exam and became a Certified Web Administrator for Joomla. As of November 2016, only seven Americans are certified in the use and implementation of Joomla! for building and managing websites. The testing process consists of a rigorous, 90 minute, completely secure test that ensures all areas of the software are fully comprehended at an advanced level. The Joomla! Certification Program has been created to ensure the competence of Joomla! professionals through documented measurement of skills and knowledge. The program aims to establish a certain standard whilst promoting a qualified workforce. 

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Joomla! World Conference 2016 - Vancouver BC


The Joomla! World Conference returns for the fifth year, bringing together Joomla's global community for a conference of learning, sharing, collaborating, and strategic planning. This annual web development conference brings together leaders in the field to share ideas and pioneer new territories. Artisan Web and Print's Creative Director, Dawn Russell, will present the elements that form the backbone of a successful web based business. Join us at the annual Joomla! World Conference this weekend in Vancouver, BC.


Business is More Than the Sum of Its Parts

In this fast-paced comprehensive presentation Dawn will share the elements that, when joined together, form the essence of a successful web based business. This presentation is fine-tuned for Design Studios, Software Developers, and Maintenance Firms and evolved out of a curiosity around how to grow a web based business in a balanced and sustained way. Due to the lack of information available in our field, Dawn conducted in depth interviews with successful Joomla! based companies like Polished Geek and Hikashop to further enhance the content and its relevance.

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Why use Ark instead of JCE as a Text Editor and Media Manager for Joomla!

Ark Editor DesktopOver the years, I have been approached by developers and clients alike with the question of what editor to use for Joomla. My answer has always been an emphatic appreciation for the ARK editor (formerly Joomlack). As I go through the process of migrating dozens of Joomla 1.5 and 2.5 websites to Joomla 3x, I decided it was time to question my assumptions once more to ensure I was using a software solution that serves to simplify the lives of my clients and my maintenance team. After reviewing both text editors again, I recommend ARK editor in conjunction with their media manager. Here are the reasons why:
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Musings - Blog Launch for Artisan Web and Print

I'm very excited by the launch of my new blog at the prompting of Nancy Madru, a Doula Consultant and owner of  At its minimum, this blog will serve like a remembrance chart outlining my journey through the world of information technology as both a web and graphic designer who supports the marketing needs of local, regional and national brands.  I embrace the idea that a blog can serve as a form of giving back to the community; in this way, I plan to share my revelations, experiences, techniques and solutions in a diary style prose. 

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