What the Joomla

I got suddenly introduced into Joomla just recently. Whereas I used to think Wordpress is the best platform for the web, I now have a healthy respect for one other platform – Joomla.

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Thursday

I got myself plunged wet with Joomla today when one of the higher ups in the office decided at the spur of the moment to send me as one of the participants to a web workshop whose trainors believe Joomlas is the best platform in the world wide web.

So, I became the most unprepared participant in that I, having not been notified in advance, was the only one who did not bring a laptop. Add to that the fact that I do not have an inkling about Joomla. Not that I’m complaining. I love workshop seminars because of the chance to learn something new. And most of all, because of the free coffee, free snacks and free lunch.

It was thus a whirlwind of informationi overload, with the trainor bulldozing through the topics like we were just doing a Joomla refresher course.

At this point, I’ve discovered that Joomla’s learning curve is just a little more steep than that of wordpress. And, depending on what I’ll learn in the next day’s lecture, and in the succeeding weeks (should I become very interested and pursue the subject on my own), I just might soon believe the trainor’s claim that it is indeed more powerful than wordpress.

Tomorrow, we are supposed to do some exercises in installing Joomla and creating a site on live webspace. That I suppose should be one cool challenge in that I’m seeing very little similarities so far between Joomla and wordpress. Having learned only some wordpress, I feel like it’s my first time venturing into site creation.

I hope the folks in our office would not soon put me under any pressure of creating some advanced website with a tight deadline. Perhaps it’s just my usual skepticism, but bosses just seem to think that you could send someone into a 2-day Joomla seminar and expect him to come back an expert.

We already have an official website – one whose development was outsourced. Thing is, the powers that be are now unhappy about it and wants a revamp of the site design. Thus, it looks like I’m gonna be in that lucky team tasked for the re-work soon. I just hope it won’t be a one-man team. πŸ™‚

Friday

I was able to successfully install a new Joomla site on a sub-domain given to us by the trainors, thanks to a little cramming I did last night. Thank you Google. Thank you YouTube. πŸ™‚

After learning the basics and putting it into practice, I think the seminar should have lasted more than a couple of days. Topics like these should be a week long affair.

I still have a lot of questions like how to change themes (I think they don’t call it ‘theme’ in Joomla), how to move the position of the side bar elements (I also noticed the absence of the word ‘sidebar’ in the Joomla Help file, or joomla tutorials), the footer, etc.

I guess I’ll have to throw all these questions to Google then. One other thing I’ve discovered is that the tutorials and tips in the web are sometimes not very helpful or not what I expected. There are a lot of differences between Joomla 1.5 and Joomla 2.5.x. Some of the things that worked in the earlier version do not necessarily work now.

Well, Fridays about to end and I’m looking forward to a fun weekend. Every one does I suppose. I think I’ll see Joomla next week. πŸ™‚

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4 thoughts on “What the Joomla”

    1. If you want ease and convenience, you’d want wordpress. I think, if you want expandability and more flexibility, joomla should do it. Takes more learning time though.

  1. I love WordPress and have been “hacking” it to pieces for about 2 years now. Joomla on the other hand is, unlike wordpress, supposed to be a “total” CMS. In the context of things though, I think it’s down to user preference more than anything else as WP can be modded just as “easily” (note I say that in the loosest possible sense) in that the sytlesheet can be mashed up, as can the use of everything from the tags (create a tag page and put in a custom description) to categories (mod the page template and include if statements for relevant category ids so that a custom description is included) to modding the actual php to show certain things on the post depending on the creation date, category, post title etc.
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    1. I would agree with the ‘user preference’ thingy. I myself would probably settle for WP as it serves most of my purposes quite adequately. If you are a developer, you may have to learn Joomla though inasmuch as you’ll have no other option when the client specifically wants joomla to be the platform for his site.

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