What is Joomla?

One of my local competitors is using Joomla for all of their website work. I’ve heard of this application.

What are the pros and cons of Joomla over something like Freeway Pro or even Dreamweaver?

Why would a design company choose to use Joomla over other website development apps?

Thanks!


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Take a look at this link: http://www.joomla.org/about-joomla.html
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Joomla is a CMS or content management system and it acts as a shell that sits over your web site and uses a database of information to place content within templates you create.

Most people use Joomla because it’s free, that’s just the flat out reason, but I think there are much better systems out there including ExpressionEngine, MojoMotor, and WebYep.


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I know web yep - but do the others combine with freeway also?

On Jul 3, 2011, at 12:21 PM, Dan J wrote:

Joomla is a CMS or content management system and it acts as a shell that sits over your web site and uses a database of information to place content within templates you create.

Most people use Joomla because it’s free, that’s just the flat out reason, but I think there are much better systems out there including ExpressionEngine, MojoMotor, and WebYep.


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Can you build a website from scratch with Joomla or do you have to use templates?


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One thing that concerns me is that some of the links on the main Joomla (Demo) page are dead.

Here’s one dead link:

http://demo16.cloudaccess.net/administrator/index.php?autologin=1&username=demo&password=demo


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You could start from scratch but I think it’s safe to say most people
probably (heavily) modify existing templates because it’s a time-saver
and because with some CMS building templates can be quite the technical
undertaking unless you’re very familiar with the inner workings.

Todd

Can you build a website from scratch with Joomla or do you have to use templates?


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Does it have a big learning curve?


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There some Joomla Freeway actions here…

http://www.actionsworld.com/Actions/joomla/index.php

David

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Joomla is a CMS or content management system and it acts as a shell that sits over your web site and uses a database of information to place content within templates you create.

Most people use Joomla because it’s free, that’s just the flat out reason, but I think there are much better systems out there including ExpressionEngine, MojoMotor, and WebYep.


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The Joomla application or building templates from scratch?

If you have little to no experience with a CMS, much less a
full-featured one like Joomla, then yes, I think it’s safe to say the
learning curve would be steep. But a lot also depends on your technical
comfort level (and the client).

Todd

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Does it have a big learning curve?


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Depends on what you’re trying to do, and what your current position is
on the geek learning curve. It’s a PHP application, and anything to do
with modifying a template or plug-in assumes at least journeyman-level
skill with that programming language, along with a good understanding
of HTML and a sense of how templates fit together with application
servers.

First thing to realize – you will NEVER see a complete HTML page
(everything from to ) anywhere in the entire thing. All
you will see are fragments. The final page is assembled on the fly by
the application server, depending on the current state of the database
and the URL.

If all you know (well) is CSS, and you have an off-the-shelf template
that is close-enough, you can do some amazing things with it using
nothing but a CSS editor and a browser.

Walter

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Does it have a big learning curve?


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Joomla is a full featured cms system that’s free. I’ve been using it
for 3 years I think it’s great. Freeway is a web design tool that
can be used to build joomla templates.
Together they make for a really powerful web development team.
Many of the free joomla extensions are just as good as the paid
extensions. The learning curve on joomla is fairly quick and there
are many free tutorials available. In my experience the joomla
community is every bit as supportive as freeway’s.

On Jul 3, 2011, at 2:49 AM, Kelly Crossley wrote:

One of my local competitors is using Joomla for all of their
website work. I’ve heard of this application.

What are the pros and cons of Joomla over something like Freeway
Pro or even Dreamweaver?

Why would a design company choose to use Joomla over other website
development apps?

Thanks!


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Ginjg, thanks for your response. So what motivated you to switch to using Joomla instead of just using Freeway Pro? Can you post a few links to some of the Joomla websites you created?


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joomla comes with 3 basic templates and there are hundreds of free
templates available as well as thousands of commercial ones.

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Can you build a website from scratch with Joomla or do you have to
use templates?


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Is there anything you can do with Joomla that you can’t do with Freeway Pro?

I’m a former GoLive user, who was professionally trained. I tried using Dreamweaver, but found that Freeway Pro was a lot more intuitive. At this point, my interest in Joomla is strictly academic.

I’m becoming really comfortable with Freeway Pro, but I have to admit that all of the Joomla websites I’ve seen are pretty cool, albeit very similar looking.


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Also, one thing I really like about a lot of the Joomla sites I’ve seen are the rounded corner drop down menus. Is there anyway to recreate that in FWP?


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On Jul 3, 2011, at 3:01 PM, Kelly Crossley wrote:

Ginjg, thanks for your response. So what motivated you to switch to
using Joomla instead of just using Freeway Pro? Can you post a few
links to some of the Joomla websites you created?


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And the drop down menu shadowing effects.


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use css - applicable to any site, but finicky - or couple with a menu
background image with rounded corners. I’ve not used either so I
have no hints

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Also, one thing I really like about a lot of the Joomla sites I’ve
seen are the rounded corner drop down menus. Is there anyway to
recreate that in FWP?


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