Joomla Journal

Joomla Journal Log: 9/26/09

I decided to start out with two personal Joomla! sites. The road was rather smooth at the beginning. Step 1: I downloaded the Joomla! software, created the appropriate database and did the install. Step 2: I went on line and located two appropriate templates which are XHTML compatible (very important). No problemo right? I made a few customization alterations and voila I started to share it with my friends.

Enter drama: As I began adding content I noticed that one of the sites was not coming up on IE, which was due to a component I added at “some point” and I didn’t know which component was causing the issue so I decided to focus on the other site.

Now Joomla has categories which have to connect to sections and sections which need to connect to the appropriate menu. Alrighty then I’m clear. As I began the content adding process and went to preview my site after a few changes, here’s the result….. O NO!

Now a great feature of Joomla! is the template manager which allowed me to instantly change templates until I’ve identified the issue and made the necessary adjustments, so here’s the temporary page (no it’s not about frogs….lol)


What is Joomla?

Joomla is an award-winning content management system (CMS), which enables you to build Web sites and powerful online applications. Many aspects, including its ease-of-use and extensibility, have made Joomla the most popular Web site software available. Best of all, Joomla is an open source solution that is freely available to everyone.

 What’s a content management system (CMS)?
A content management system is software that keeps track of every piece of content on your Web site, much like your local public library keeps track of books and stores them. Content can be simple text, photos, music, video, documents, or just about anything you can think of. A major advantage of using a CMS is that it requires almost no technical skill or knowledge to manage. Since the CMS manages all your content, you don’t have to.

 What are some real world examples of what Joomla! can do?
Joomla is used all over the world to power Web sites of all shapes and sizes. For example:

•Corporate Web sites or portals
•Corporate intranets and extranets
•Online magazines, newspapers, and publications
•E-commerce and online reservations
•Government applications
•Small business Web sites
•Non-profit and organizational Web sites
•Community-based portals
•School and church Web sites
•Personal or family homepages

Source: Joomla

Journey to Joomla! bliss

Attended my first Atlanta Joomla! Open Source Meetup lastnight at Manuels Tavern, the meeting was led by Nick Villaume of  Villaume , topic of the workshop was on the migrating Joomla 1.0.X sites to 1.5 and beyond. Now, that’s clearly vital information but, I understand that  Joomla 1.6 is in the works to be released so my question is will I need to go through the training for the 1.6 migration and how soon?

Nick and the other two participants were however gracious to be patient in answering quesions, giving resources and tips for using Joomla!

I’m very excited about learning this Content Management System (CMS) and anticipate any changes coming down the pike. I came across this video from The Joomla Podcast site and felt it would be a nice place to start on my “Journey to Joomla!”, wish me luck…it seems I’m going to need some.

Joomla! Templates

2 Responses

  1. thanks
    i am serching for this long time that what is joomla and how to create CMS by joomla .

    • Andy Joomla! is an incredible content management tool. Joomla! ability to take a website to the next level is an awesome benefit for web developers. I’ve lacked sharing my knowledge as I’m learning Joomla!, but as another develper shared with me “Joomla! is like a wild horse that needs to be tamed” and it has been quite a ride.

      I’ll start posting more often on this topic now that I know there’s interest.

      Thanks for sharing your comment.

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