One of the most exciting contests in Joomla history came to a close this past week. The Joomla upgrade contest hosted by Savvy Panda, boasted of offering one lucky Joomla user the chance of a lifetime, to win a free Joomla 2.5 Upgrade, mobile site, SEO and more. After months of anticipation, the Joomla 2.5 Contest winner can be finally announced here.
With over 300 entries pouring in over a one month period, the Joomla 2.5 Upgrade contest was a complete success. As nice as it would be to help out all the people who entered, in the end, there can only be one winner.
(drum roll please)
The winner of the Joomla 2.5 Upgrade contest is:
The Nevada Arts Council (NAC) is a government based agency dedicated to fostering the arts in the state of Nevada. The Nevada Art Council's mission is, "to enrich the cultural life of the sate through leadership that preserves, supports, strengthens and makes accessible excellence in the arts for all Nevadans." The organization works hard to stimulate artistic, cultural and economic activity within Nevada, enrich the communities, promote learning in the arts and encourage both public and private support of the arts.
Originally launched a number of years ago, the current Joomla website for the NAC is extremely outdated causing hours of time each month simply to fixing errors and formatting. The NAC Joomla website is in such need of an update that they literally cannot even install extensions.
"We are extremely excited and honored to be selected to win this great prize. The Administrative Assistant of the Nevada Arts Council submitted a compelling request and we are delighted to have been chosen" commented Linda Ficklin, the Administrative Services Officer. We are excited to be working with such great Joomla companies and are excited to bring this updated website to the Nevada Arts Council."
The NAC has won an amazing prize package including a free upgrade to the Joomla 2.5 platform, a Joomla mobile website, on-site SEO, Joomla 2.5 training and a website showcase . The contest and the prizes are being provided by a joint effort of some of the Joomla community's top level companies including:
- Savvy Panda - Joomla Web Design, Inbound Marketing & SEO
- Anything Digital – Joomla Extensions and add-on's
- Mobile Joomla! – Makes Joomla! websites mobile
- JoomlaBlogger – Joomla News, Tips and Tricks
- OSTraining – Joomla, wordpress and Drupal training
With all major security updates ending for Joomla 1.5 ending in the next 3 months, it's critical to start planning your upgrade now. For those who entered the contest, but were not selected, there is still opportunity for you to improve your website and upgrade to Joomla 2.5. You can download the free checklist "Joomla 2.5 Upgrade Critical Steps Checklist".
Additionally, Savvy Panda is offering free consultations to sit down with one of their Joomla experts and formulate a successful strategy for upgrading your Joomla website. You can schedule a time to chat with a Joomla expert here.