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Barrie M North

Barrie North first tasted the internet in 1988 and has been an avid user ever since. A former teacher then IT education consultant, he became steadily more involved in web technology, teaching web design to students and technology integration to teachers.


A serial entrepreneur, in 2005, he cofounded Joomlashack.com which grew to become one of the world's biggest providers of templates and online training for Joomla. In 2008, he founded Simplweb.com which provides fully managed Joomla-powered websites and training to those who want a Joomla website but don't have the time to manage the code. He also maintains a blog at compassdesigns.net for all things web and Joomla.


A prolific writer of free tutorials on Joomla and a frequent speaker at Joomla events, his combination of Joomla expertise, educational skills, real-world application experience, and engaging writing has produced books accessible to everyone.