OSTraining's Team Principles

1 People come first.

The business is a tool for us and those around us to build happy, fulfilled lives. If our staff feel that their family are suffering for the company's success, we’re doing something wrong.

2 We go hard Monday to Friday.

We ask for our staff to give their full time and commitment for 5 days each week. Weekends belong to our staff and neither clients nor other staff should interrupt that.

3 We give back.

Our business is inextricably linked to the success of the communities we are part of. Our staff should have the time and willingness to contribute to our communities.

4 We keep moving.

If our company and staff aren’t adapting and improving, we’ll fade away. Be actively prepared to change. Our team members will probably not be doing the same work this time next year.

5 We are pro-active.

We are always pushing. We're in a fast changing industry and we're a distributed company. Both of those facts mean we must be constantly pro-active with our business and communication.

6 We communicate with customers.

Everyone in the company should talk with customers regularly. Customer interaction is our lifeblood. If we don’t talk with customers, we don’t understand them.

7 We communicate with each other.

This is vitally important for us as a distributed company. Successful OSTraining staff can communicate effectively and warmly via email, project management tools, social media and on the phone.

8 We are good stewards.

Profit allows us to keep doing the work we love. If we take care of our finances, we can maintain all of the other principles in this list.

OSTraining Logo and Description

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OSTraining Description

OSTraining teaches people how to build great websites.

Upgrade your skills, anywhere and anytime, with easy-to-follow videos prepared for you by the experts at OSTraining. More than 40,000 students have learned website development via the online classes from OSTraining.

Still think it's too hard for you? Don't worry. OSTraining offers fanatical support for our students. If you have any questions, they will answer them all.

Get your career in gear! Sign up for the practical, career-changing education available right now from OSTraining.

OSTraining focuses on Drupal, WordPress and Joomla software.

The OSTraining team wrote "Drupal 7 Explained", "Joomla Explained" and "Joomla 3 Explained" which are the best-selling books for the software they cover.

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Trainings & Presentations

Here's a sampling of major training and presentations we've given at open source events.


  • DrupalCon Chicago, London, Denver and Portland
  • DrupalCamp Atlanta 2011 and 2012
  • DrupalCamp Florida 2013

Keynote Addresses

  • JandBeyond 2013: Rod Martin
  • Joomla Day North Carolina: Steve Burge


  • Joomla World Conference 2013
  • CMSExpo 2007, 2008 and 2009

The OSTraining Team

We have teachers located across North America. Our staff are based through the United States, Canada, Mexico, Guatemala and Brazil.

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.


Steve Burge
Steve Burge

Steve is the founder of OSTraining. Originally from the U.K., he now lives in Sarasota 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 Martin
Director of Online Training
Rod Martin

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.

Stacey Burge
Director of Operations
Stacey Burge

Stacey is the Director of Operations at OSTraining. She helps organize the live classes and takes care of many of the day-to-day administrative tasks.

Stacey holds a Masters degree in Linguistics and began her career teaching English as a Foreign/Second Language. She has taught in Japan, Australia and the US.
She is happy to be a part of the OSTraining team now and loves the fact that she still plays a part in educating others.

Nick Savov
Director of Support
Nick Savov

Nick is the Director of Support 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.

Bill Tomczak
Director of Code
Bill Tomczak

Bill works as an independent programmer and database designer. He was introduced to Joomla in 2006, and is now focused almost entirely on writing custom extensions for Joomla.

He works with a number of web designers, providing technical and engineering support and custom programming for them and their clients. His primary expertise is in php, javascript and the javascript frameworks mootools and jquery.

Valentín García
Director of Design
Valentín García

Valentín is in charge of Web Design, and you can find him answering forum requests and refreshing the OSTraining website. His fresh and new improvements ultimately offer a better customer experience for our users. Valentin discovered Joomla in 2010, and since then he has considered it as the best CMS. Valentin has been coding extensions and templates for Joomla for many years and truly enjoys helping people build their own websites with Open Source tools.

He lives in San Julián, Jalisco, México.

Anderson Grüdtner Martins
Anderson Grüdtner

Anderson has been a developer since 2002 and focused on the web since 2006. He's a full-stack developer who's worked on every layer of web, mobile and desktop systems. He first met Joomla in 2006 and has been working building custom extensions for clients since then. Anderson was one of the lead devs behind the absurdly flexible ZenTools from JoomlaBamboo.

Anderson was born and lives in Maringá, Paraná, Brazil. He loves to play classical piano, and has a passion for learning new things.

Chief Financial Officer
Eddie Tabush

Eddie is the owner of Meritage Assets, which owns Joomlashack. A serial entrepreneur, during the last 15 years, Eddie's gone from selling computers, to wine and cheese, to rehab services, to this, his most recent acquisition. Eddie is most proud of his work with Habitat for Humanity Guatemala since 1998. He is now serving on the international board of directors for Habitat for Humanity International, in the position of Treasurer, which oversees the program in the whole world. For his social work, Eddie has been awarded a fellowship in the Central American Leadership Initiative, a values-based leadership program of the Aspen Institute. He lives in Guatemala City with his wife, Amanda, and two children, Nina and Jacob.

OSTraining Testimonials

Testimonials OSTraining The OSTraining support team is knowledgeable and friendly. I am a marketer working out of a small shop so having someone like OSTraining to call on and help with Joomla and other technical issues puts me at ease. I have worked with Valentin and Nick, and they are both incredibly patient, professional and just a joy to work with. I honestly feel like I have a technical support team member ready to help any time I need them. The training I have done so far is also top-notch. I can’t wait to complete my Joomla classes and move into WordPress. If you haven’t already contacted OS you should. "

OSTrainingJoe Starr



Testimonials OSTrainingI have been a subscriber to OSTraining Pro Support for a few years. We have not only saved a fortune getting issues resolved but I have learned so much!

The support team doesn't just answer your questions but guides you towards finding your own solutions as well. You end up deepening your knowledge exponentially.

They also provide great easy to follow videos for some of the more common questions like "how do I update the Drupal CORE?".

Well worth the money!!Pays for itself in no time.

OSTrainingBeth Everett
New York Society For Ethical Culture



Testimonials OSTraining Where do you go when you have a question about web development? OSTraining is a fantastic resource for training on Joomla, Drupal and general web development.

But if you want fast chat type support get the premium plan. It is worth every penny, and the turn around is exceptionally fast. A great service with great support at a reasonable cost.

OSTrainingWilliam Slaughter
JDevTech Web Services



Testimonials OSTrainingMy experience with OSTraining has been second to none. Not only do they offer great training at amazing prices they also have a wonderful customer service team. When I recently made an inquiry about my account via email I was helped in a timely manner and was treated like a valued customer not just a number. If you are looking for great training, at affordable prices and awesome customer service look no further than OSTraining! "

OSTrainingHeather Compton
Eminent Graphic Design



Testimonials OSTrainingI love to build my own websites but there are always questions and new things to learn. The teachers and live help at OSTraining have been amazing. I trust them as a reliable source of information and found their training videos very easy to follow. "

OSTrainingJacqueline Jax
Host of AVALiveRadio.com



Testimonials OSTrainingI have been very impressed with this book which is clearly set out in stages, so that one can learn and practise each part before moving onto the next, gradually becoming accustomed to the whole. Clearly written by an experienced trainer. Thank you. "

OSTrainingMike Bowen
Retired Teacher & Journalism Trainer



Testimonials OSTrainingI've been a member of OSTraining since the beginning and have posted hundreds of support requests. Their support is FANTASTIC, saving me from many jams. I'm a one-person web design shop and there is nothing like knowing that I can turn to OSTraining when I need help with a Joomla or Wordpress problem. I recommend them enthusiastically to designers and end users alike. "

OSTrainingHope Kiah
Santa Fe Web Design



Testimonials OSTrainingMy first DrupalCamp was amazing thanks in part to the OSTraining-lead beginner track. Steve was patient, hands-on and had a knack for empowering newbies like myself. I left the sessions with a solid grasp on the drupal fundamentals any beginner would need for basic edits and beginner sites. I also left wanting to learn more which I think is the calling card for any good teacher. "

OSTrainingAmanda Eyer
Digital Marketing Manager



Testimonials OSTrainingOver the past 15 years, we've used more tutorial sites and training videos than we can remember. Often times we never felt like the tutorials gave us complete understanding and that there was more to learn. With OSTraining, we were able to quickly get our interns and new hires up to speed on WordPress, Drupal and Joomla. This allowed them to quickly begin working on real projects in a short amount of time with full confidence in each framework. "

OSTrainingTim Jones
Branding, Web Development & Marketing



Testimonials OSTraining I learned the hard way by throwing myself at Drupal for a year. We recommend OSTraining to all our friends."

Chris ZietlowChris Zietlow



Testimonials OSTraining Learning from Steve was the day I bonded with Drupal. I took the one-day class which accelerated by learning. As a result I became a lifetime member."

Rick EsserRick Esser
Lifetime Member



Testimonials OSTraining I took a class with Steve in 2011 and it launched my career."

Bob GarufallouBob Garufallou



Testimonials OSTraining This is exactly how Drupal should be taught."

Lisa TennantLisa Tennant



Testimonials OSTraining Having been in the training business for some time (in a previous life) let me say that I like the approach and content (of difficult, for me anyway, content has been presented in a way that is welcome and facilitates learning."




Testimonials OSTraining I can't remember how i stumbled upon your website, but the fact of the matter is that this site is so much more in depth of understanding Joomla than joomla.org. That is a huge compliment...and i stand by it, Once again, thank you!"




Testimonials OSTraining The class was incredible. I really feel like it was money well spent."

Donna Becton



Testimonials OSTraining I enjoyed meeting you and attending the training session. I found it valuable and you are a great instructor."

Karen Post



Testimonials OSTraining Thank you for the class. It was a pleasure meeting you and I was very pleased with how the class went."

Sandra Raborn



Testimonials OSTraining Thanks so much for a great training session! I really appreciate your time and patience."

Barbara Smith



Testimonials OSTraining I wanted to let you know that I thought the class and the resources that you provided were EXTREMELY helpful."

Elliott Nguyen



Testimonials OSTraining I just wanted to tell you that I enjoyed today's class very much. You did a very good job of covering a ton of material in a very short time."

Bill Andre



Testimonials OSTraining I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed the class. You explained the features really well and was so patience with everyone! I feel so much more empowered and can't wait to get started on updating my site."

Maureen McEvoy



Testimonials OSTraining I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed your teaching and how you could read the class and present your teaching to every ones level. A lot of the students had way more knowledge about the internet and web designing than I did but I was able to keep up with your teaching."

Eddie Schulz



Testimonials OSTraining Thanks for the training. It was absolutely fantastic. I personally think this should be a class offered in college or even high school for students."

Jerome Tsao



Testimonials OSTraining You are a great teacher. The basic concepts were covered for early learning. Thank you!"

Keith Hwang



Testimonials OSTraining Excellent instruction. Hands-on-learning experience. Well prepared and tailored to our needs. Steve is incredibly knowledgeable and was able to address our most challenging questions."

David Dial



Testimonials OSTraining Many thanks for the training, it was highly productive and a lot of questions were answered."

Jim Gibson



Testimonials OSTraining Thanks for everything. I look forward to trying new things after taking the course. You were great and made the class fun."

Carol Mesa



Testimonials OSTraining I just wanted to express my sincere appreciation for the guidance I've received. I didn't even know Joomla existed 2 months ago. But now, thanks to your help and 'hand holding' my first site is live and I'm thrilled! Thank you so much for your valuable service!"

Nancy Olmstead



Testimonials OSTraining This is exactly what a true beginner to website design needs! The level of comfort and the guiding the mind to the necessary organizational aspect is phenomenal! We were been fumbling with a video here, a video there, and just about every book and written course available for Joomla, and that sense of compassion for the absolute beginner is missing from all of it. This quality of the course and Rod's soothing voice and genuinely friendly, welcoming manner add to this feeling of "I will finally be able to do it."

Tricia Deane



Testimonials OSTraining Open Source Training has been perfect and the value far exceeds the price. When I found them, I was only going to sign up for one period, but when that was up, I decided to stay with them, and I plan on continuing to. Steve is excellent - the answers are prompt and thorough, and I've learned a tremendous amount of information. They've got excellent tutorials that Steve sometimes points me to, and those are short and easily consumable. I love OSTraining. I can do it piecemeal when I have time, and learn what I want to, relevant to what I need. And when I run into a problem - I know exactly where to go for the answer so that I can move forward!"




Testimonials OSTraining Just wanted to share our success. Back in December my coworkers and I went to a training and we had nothing. I even told you that we needed the website up in January, but we did it. :) We have the site up and running beautifully, with 277 articles, 25 sections, 88 categories, and around 40 editors. We did it!"

Paulo Williams



Testimonials OSTraining Thank you! Thank you! Can't thank you enough. I really enjoy listening and watching the videos! You guys have made learning much more fun and found that by your adding those little "goodie clips", it helps relax and remove fear too."




Testimonials OSTraining The quality of the videos are amazing!!! They're much better than Lynda.com. I'm truly impressed! Thank you for putting this together and congratulations. I would highly recommend your site to other designers."

Kris Tung



Testimonials OSTraining I am so thrilled to have found OSTraining. Not only am I learning, but I'm learning immediately. I am not looking to be a tech person - I'm only looking to immediately solve problems or alter things on my site, and learn how to have more control over it on a rather piece by piece issue."




Testimonials OSTraining OSTraining has been more than I expected. Attentive, thorough, responsive, clear in their directions and advice, it's been a hugely wise allotment of $47 - which quite frankly, seems unbelievably inexpensive for what I'm receiving."




Testimonials OSTraining They covered precisely what was given in the course description, and the instructor was extremely knowledgeable. I’ve taken a lot of Learning Tree courses over the last 10-12 years, and I would compare the quality of the OSTraining courses as comparable in quality – but at a fraction of the cost."




Testimonials OSTraining After wading through miles and miles of 'free' training on the internet and getting more and more frustrated, I finally found Open Source Training. For a minimal investment, I was able to learn what I needed to get our site, The Mind Aware, online within one day! Their training is easy to understand, even for a BRAND newbie like me and their support team is tops, bar none. Best investment I've made online."




Testimonials OSTraining OSTraining is what put the exclamation mark after Joomla!"

Luis Savinon



Testimonials OSTraining Just wanted to say thanks to the staff here. Many of my pages are started to come up on the first pages of google, bing and yahoo. I still have a lot of work to do, but it is definitely making a difference."




Testimonials OSTraining Done :-) My first Joomla site is online .... Thanks a million...Your support was more than perfect..."




Testimonials OSTraining You guys are the best. I don't know what I would do w/ out you!!!"




Testimonials OSTraining You guys are worth your weight in gold! I'm sure you have saved a few computers from being thrown out the window :)"




Testimonials OSTraining OSTraining is amazing. I feel that always help is guaranteed and simply like your service. Please convey this to your team. Your team is experienced in quickly diagnozing problems and letting us fix it quickly."





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