What Does OSTraining Do?
We teach people how to build great websites. We focus on open software and specialize in WordPress, Joomla and Drupal.
We provide onsite training for some of the largest organizations in the world to teach open source to their staff.
We provide classroom training and have taught more than 100 classes every year since 2008.
We wrote Joomla Explained, the best-selling Joomla book, and will publish Drupal 7 Explained, WordPress Explained and Joomla 3 Explained in 2013.
We're headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.
We have teachers located across North America and England: from California to London and from Vancouver to Miami.
The company is led by Steve Burge, who has wide experience in the open source world. He has written a best-selling Joomla book, taught at several DrupalCons and presented at JoomlaDays, DrupalCamps and WordCamps.
We take great pride in our teaching staff. All our staff members are both webdesigners and teachers. We have worked as professional webdesigners but also have college or K-12 teaching experience.
Who is OSTraining?
Steve is the founder of OSTraining. Originally from the U.K., he now lives in Atlanta in the U.S.A.. He was a teacher for many years before starting Alledia.com, a web development firm. After several years of full-time web work, he found the desire to teach coming back again and started Open Source Training.
He now travels widely teaching people how to use Joomla, WordPress and Drupal. He has been heavily involved in various Open Source projects, writing books, starting user groups and serving as a board member.
Rod holds two masters degrees and has been training people how to do "things" for over 25 years. Originally from Australia, he grew up in Canada and now resides just outside Cincinnati, Ohio. He has worked in both the non-profit and for-profit worlds, in small companies and large corporations.
Rod's extensive open source experience includes WordPress, Joomla, Drupal and Moodle and he really knows how to help you get the most out of the system you chose. Rod plays ice hockey a couple of times a week and rides his Goldwing motorbike pretty much everywhere he can.
Nick is the Director of Sites at OSTraining and you can find him in almost every area of the site, from answering support requests and account questions to creating tutorials and software. He loves working at OSTraining and helping students to learn and to create great websites. His favorite CMS of the "Big Three" is Joomla! and can talk for hours and hours about it.
Ed has been creating and managing web development projects for 15 years and teaching continuing education classes to real estate agents for the last 20 years. He developed the web marketing curriculum for the Washington Realtor’s Association and Seattle King County Association of Realtors. He was an approved instructor for Top Producer Software and taught their sponsored classes and seminars. He specializes in Joomla, WordPress and Drupal.
Peter Konstantakos is the President/CEO of KDM Design and Marketing, a Tampa Bay area company that specializes in Joomla web development. Peter has been working with Jooma for over 5 years and is well versed in developing Joomla sites that vary in complexity across a wide range of industries. Peter has a BS in Education from the University of Massachusetts. Peter is originally from New Bedford, Massachusetts but has lived in the Tampa Bay area since 2001 with his wife Kristine and two sons Nicholas and Michael.
Cory Webb is the founder and owner of Cory Webb Media, LLC, a company specializing in building custom Joomla!-powered websites for companies all over the world. Cory has been building websites with Joomla! since 2003, and he wrote a book, "Beginning Joomla! Web Site Development", that was published by Wrox in March 2009. He also founded and runs a popular Joomla! tutorial site, HowToJoomla.net, where he shares tips and tricks from his extensive experience working with Joomla!
Location: New York
Laura Gordon has been in the IT industry for over 15 years. Laura's IT background is in Training, Consulting and Databases, including MySql, Oracle and Sybase. She trained with Chubb Computer Services in web development and databases for their Corporate, Top Gun, and Institute Training Classes. For the past several years she has been building Joomla! websites and always includes detailed training sessions for all of her clients.
Rick is the part-owner and president of Expression in Design, LLC, a web design and development firm based in Jupiter, Florida. He also is the editor of the popular beautyindesign.com (BiD), a training and tutorial resource for the Joomla community.
Robbie, CEO of Media A-team since 2002, specializes in marketing and media products for clients and provides training, one-on-one or in groups, to clients. In 2005, she began migrating Mambo clients to the breakaway, Joomla. She has been training people in computer software since starting as a corporate trainer for Moore Business Forms in 1994, training new composers on a proprietary UNIX application, and now has four years of Joomla training experience. She not only is comfortable in front of a classroom, but loves it!
Steven is the one of the Principals of Intown Web Design in Atlanta, Georgia. Intown Web Design creates Joomla sites for medium to large businesses, including companies traded on the NYSE and internationally based business. Steven graduated Georgia Tech in Chemical Engineering, traveled the world, then found himself managing corporate networks. In 2002 Steven began developing review based web sites and has turned it into a full time business. Steven currently lives off the income from his highly ranked websites.
Gabe is owner of Connexion Technologies, Wisconsin's leading Joomla web design firm. Educating clients plays a big role in Connexion's overall strategy so it was natural for him to join the ostraining.com team. He is also co-founder of the Milwaukee Joomla Users Group, an avid combat sports fan and competitor and a dachshund fanatic.
Jen is a senior faculty member at the Marlboro College Graduate Center, teaching courses and workshops in web site design and management, including Joomla. She has also previously taught at Champlain College, the Community College of Vermont, and the Center for Digital Imaging Arts at Boston University. Jen is a Lynda.com author for the titles "Joomla! Creating and Editing Custom Templates", "Joomla! Advanced CSS" and more. Her first book, “Joomla! Start to Finish” was published by Wrox Press/Wiley in January 2010.
Rob is owner of Kowal Concepts, a sole proprietorship inspired after discovering the Joomla! CMS in 2007, now overlooking dozens of J! projects and scenarios, providing training, consulting, and template customizing. With a passion for teaching, he has developed a style that demonstrates patience through the progressions necessary to reach a learning goal. Also founded the Joomla! Users Group Greater Seattle in 2008 as well as a volunteer with the King County Library System teaching various computer classes..
TJ has been using Joomla since its beginning days and currently works for Joomlashack LLC, where he's worked for over two years. Offering services and consulting through Joomlashack, he helps people on a daily basis with their Joomla questions. From setting up a Joomla powered website, to customizing a template, to troubleshooting issues, TJ enjoys helping people learn how to use one of the most powerful and versatile Content Management Systems available.
Location: British Columbia
Aaron is a Joomla developer specializing in search engine marketing and optimization. He has been using Joomla since it began as an offshoot of Mambo in 2005. He has built hundreds of Joomla sites. Aaron has 2.5 years experience teaching Joomla and enjoys empowering people to take control and maximize their return on investment on their website.
Sam has been designing websites since 1996, and in 2004 it was love at first site when he discovered content management systems like WordPress. He lives near Portland, Oregon where he is a part of the team at Marah Creative, a full-service marketing & creative agency. He's passionate about design work, not stopping at W3C compliance when coding but raising the bar a notch with best practices and code optimization. Before going into web design, Sam spent his time working for a non-profit group as a full-time lecturer and trainer.
Bo's background ranges from Chief Technology Officer and music production to IT training and consulting in both the private and government sectors. Bo has been involved with designing content management systems since 1989 and was delighted to see the Open Source community take off. He has been involved with Joomla since its early days. He is a partner in Collaborative Fusion Group, a Los Angeles based Joomla engineering firm which offers customized Joomla based websites and intranets. Bo is also organizer and assistant organizer of two Joomla meetups in the Los Angeles area.
Joe, aka JoeJoomla, has been involved in web based services and multi media since 1991 and with Joomla! since 2006. He has built many Joomla! websites for businesses and non profit organizations. Currently the president of Joe Sonne Marketing which specializes in integrated marketing strategies and tactics. Joe is the cofounder of two Ontario based Joomla! User Groups. He is an accomplished public speaker and enjoys teaching and training people how to build and use Joomla websites.
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