dobbin 12:23 23 Oct 2008

My web designer has proposed redesigning my web site utilising something call Joomla so that I can fiddle around with it myself.

Does anyone have any experience of this and what are the pros and cons that I should be aware of before I agree to him using this?

  Kemistri 15:12 23 Oct 2008

What is the nature of the content that you wish to contribute? And what sort of website is it going to be uploaded to?

When I want a fairly simple off-the-shelf CMS (content management system for those at the back not paying attention!) I provide Joomla. It's open source, secure, easy to use from both parties' viewpoints, and usually up to the job. I have used a custom CMS (from a specialist developer) for a very complex project, but Joomla can do a lot for you.

It will help you if you read about it first before deciding. click here The most obvious pro is a reduction in ongoing costs for regularly updated sites. Then there is flexibility of self-reliance and quicker timescales. Get your developer to show you Joomla at work from the client's perspective: if it works for you and for your project, take it up.

  dobbin 15:45 23 Oct 2008

Thanks Kemistri. I used to do my own web site using frontpage but it was widely condemned by members of this forum, and as I did not have the time to learn new tricks reluctantly got someone else to do it. click here. However I feel very frustrated because I cannot change it regularly and it tends to loose spontaneity when briefing someone else to do it and as a result does not get done. So this may be the answer.

  peabody 17:30 26 Oct 2008

I agree with Kemistri. Once you get into Joomla! it will provide all the building blocks you need to create a very attractive and functional content editable site.

If you already have experience of web design you could save a bundle of money by developing it yourself. Without 'the knowledge' you will still rely on your webmaster to build, configure and administer the site, although you will be able to add/edit content.

The Joomla! community provides forum help and support. I recommend a small investment in a book called 'Building websites with Joomla!' by Hagen Graf (ISBN 1-904811-94-9) to get you started and refer to as you go along.

What does a Joomla! site look like? Here's one I prepared earlier click here

  peabody 21:29 26 Oct 2008

With respect, Fourm member, you've latched on to a negative aspect of Joomla! that is entirely surmountable. A Joomla! site looks as good as the template that's used - and you have a choice of hundreds (free) to choose from, adapt or you can build your own.

Looking at some positives, if you want a CMS you have it - complete with a hierarchical administrative system (Authors, Publishers, Managers, Administrators, Superadministrators); you have a user community for help; you have a huge selection of components to add (forums, polls, e-commerce, events-calendars etc etc); it's straightforward to get to grips with; you don't need to know HTML, PHP, CSS or any coding language (although it helps!); and it's all free!

I fully accept that other web development methods are totally valid - but it's horses for courses. All web development methods have their place.

  dobbin 08:12 27 Oct 2008

peabody, that example 'you prepared earlier' looks excellent and has quite encouraged me. I will buy the book and have a go these coming dark winter months.

  peabody 15:50 27 Oct 2008

I'm glad we're of a mind on this one! Dobbin - good luck with Joomla! - I think you'll be OK with it.

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