Article by Michael Wooledge
For webpage owners, Joomla is an tremendous content administerment system that allows you to easily administer and maintain your website with little or no programming knowledge necessary. It offers all the desired parts to augment and update everything such as your images, article pages, navigation menus, users, and much more. A excellent comparison to the user friendliness of Joomla would be Microsoft Word. I tell interchange that if they can use Microsoft word than they can use Joomla. The text editors provided in the Joomla article manager provides the same basic parts that you would use when building a word document. Also, the size of the Joomla community has swelled up to excellent numbers over the last 5 years. Getting help for using Joomla is as easy asking your question in Google search or on the Joomla forum. There are literally millions of Joomla members all over the world and this large of a community can provide exceptional support for new Joomla users. I’ve found hundreds if not thousands of Joomla tutorials and videos that cover close to everything about how to use Joomla!
What can Joomla do for Web Developers?
For developers, Joomla is an open source content management system that permits you to construct structure powerful and extensible webpages and applications in a fraction of the time it could take with custom coding. Before I used Joomla, it could easily take me 2 months to compose a custom content operatement system that would only compare to a fraction of Joomla’s standard parts and possibilities. However, the best part about developing is the thousands of Joomla extensions that are readily available. The Joomla Extension Directory now includes over 5,000 extensions. The extensions, in my mind, are what makes Joomla the best open source CMS out there. With so many extensions that are very affordable and easy to install, it takes minimal effort to construct structure advanced webpages. Of course the most critical part is that Joomla is that it is open source, so developers can fabricate webpages for a lot cheaper than you could in the past. The process of engineering custom applications can also be much faster by just creating extensions using the Joomla framework. The Joomla framework is an fabulous subsystem that includes support programs, code libraries, and just about everything you need to help generate powerful custom applications.
What about the design? Is there something easy for that?
There are many webpages that offer free and commercial Joomla templates. Using a Joomla template can give you a fast jumpstart on your project. Jooma templates are typically easy to customize and many have settings called parameters that you can soon adjust to get the look and feel you deserve. If you find a exceptional template that you like and it’s easy to configure, it is doable to have a finished webpage within as little as a few days. However, if you are like me, you may want more custom parts than some templates have to offer, therefore creating your own custom Joomla template may be a better choice.
What if I want a custom design for my Joomla site?
Designing for Joomla is just like designing any other webpage. You want to keep the html code as simple as possible to present a faster, more search engine friendly webpage so the lion’s share of the code will most likely be in your CSS file. Try to keep a table-less CSS layout, and let Joomla do what it is meant to do, meaning don’t design a site that needs to use a whole lot of images in the layout. Think about site maintenance and how you can make it simple for the site owner to add new menu items and pages without having to adjust the design or create menu images.
How Easy is it to Create a Custom Joomla Template?
I won’t lie, the first time I created a Joomla template it took me a few days to get my head around it. I had difficulty understanding how it works because at that time there was little documentation about it.
Of course this was back when Joomla had just emerged from Mambo, but as soon as I understood what components and modules were and how they worked within a template; I never wanted to engineer a website any other way. Today there are plenty of Joomla template tutorials that can help you get started, and understand it much more hastily. A valuable way to start learning how
to code Joomla templates is to install an existing template first, and customize it as you see fit. This should help you understand how they are coded.
If you are looking to engineer an extensible, powerful webpage or application, that offers thousands of readily available extensions, is user-friendly, and will be a site that you can continuously grow with, I would recommend that you take a hard look at Joomla Web Design. If you need a professional web design company that specializes in Joomla web design, feel free to contact me or my company with any questions regarding your new Joomla webpage project. Our staff will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.
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For website owners, Joomla is an fabulous content operatement strategy that allows you to easily administer and maintain your website with little or no programming knowledge necessary. It offers all the required features to augment and update everything such as your images, article pages, navigation menus, members, and much more. A good allegory to the user friendliness of Joomla would be Microsoft Word.