Thus it came to be
Yireo was originally founded through a Dutch company in 2008, but main developer Jisse Reitsma left this company in 2011 and started Yireo as an independent company. Since then, the official company size of Yireo has remained small - as in 1 person :) - but various freelancers now make up the Yireo team as well.
Extensions for Joomla and Magento
While Yireo started as a tutorial-club in concept, its focus moved to extension-development after releasing a first draft of MageBridge in 2009. Since then, numerous other Joomla and Magento extensions have been released. Since late 2012, the Yireo portfolio has also been expanded with custom services to aid webdesigners and webdevelopers in their work.
A book and training
In 2014, the move was made to focus on training and education, starting with a book Programming Joomla Plugins written by founder Jisse Reitsma. Together with the book, we decided to focus more and more on trainings: The year 2015 was filled with Joomla development trainings and Magento 1 development trainings. Early 2016, Yireo organized a succesful Magento 2 Seminar with 220 attendees, and since then we have been focusing on Magento 2 development trainings as well.
In 2017, Joomla was dropped and Magento became the sole focus. Slowly, also Magento 1 was faded out in favor of Magento 2. Since 2018, React and Vue have been added to that portfolio.
COVID and online training
At the start of the COVID crisis, all trainings were turned into online versions. And since early 2021, Yireo is also offering On-Demand training - just like the original plan was - but not just with videos, but complete courses (with videos, extensive student notes and teacher guidance). We are on track.
In 2020, we also dived into Shopware 6, being a healthy competitor to Magento 2: Jisse created a free video series to help developers get started with Shopware, we also wrote together with Shopware itself their official developer training curriculum and we have partnered up closely with them from that moment.