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This is the blog which used to be on another of my websites, now defunct (www.cobblers.org.uk). The last post was 8 years ago I moved it here without any problems. The editing functions have been brought up to date, so I can now add new entries and upload pictures. The display code (text) has been updated too e.g. the broken links are either removed or fixed.

25th June 2021

Joomla   

Posted On: 2013-11-10 20:34:36

A very useful CMS

 

Loomla Content Management SystemAnother tool - Joomla -  for producing instant web sites. This is a CMS ( content management system ) and much more complex than Wordpress.

My Joomla development site is no longer available, but in the beginning  I  made a lot of progress in a short time -. I had a "Hello World" page up and running wthin about 10 minutes of starting the installation and after about three weeks or so I felt I could tackle any job that came my way.

It takes a lot of getting used to - the workflow is quite different from when you are building a web site the normal way.  Initially I had ( & I am sure you will too if you try it) a lot of confusion around the difference between and the purpose & use of plugins , components and modules. 

It seems to me able to do most things you'd want. Sometimes you have to be inventive ( eg getting a Google Map onto a page - but I don't use Google anymore - look at the map page for details)), The only major thing I have not found is a simple solution for reading & writing to an SQL database - e.g. a customer list.  After writing this I found a module called JooDatabase which works very well ( see below). There may well be other products available now.

Oh - and yes - I did try Drupal. but after an hour I still hadn't got the damned thing installed, so I gave up on it. (Problems with an .htaccess file, which my Apache server objected to, big time)

So Joomla looks to be viable. I made three  production sites  with it (which I no longer administer) & they are still earning their keep. This one , for the South Western Circle, uses the jooDatabase module mentioned above.You'll find many pages of tables derived from a database, The Joomla documentation  is good - much better than that with Wordpress.

A final word about security. I had two of the sites hacked. I was able to recover using backups. After that I read a lot about Joomla security which led me to make some changes, After that I had no further problems. so take security seriously - you can make a difference.