Our joomla setup: how a web-dummy did setup a website from scratch

HELLO WORLD,
have been thinking of posting this for a while… the purpose of this post is try and share what I learnt in roughly 8 months moving from 0-level-web-newbie to wannabe-webmaster 🙂


Why Joomla?

As I started looking for a CMS I had (for obvious reason) PHP + MySQL + Open Source in mind. Maurizio (my partner in crime) has been working with ASP .NET, and my brother developed his own CMS in PHP (which btw kicks ass…it powers huuuuge sites including one selling plane tickets). Since the website was supposed to be my baby from day 1, then I just thought I needed to find something I could handle 100% by myself (and I can’t code at all…).

The dilemma was initially between Joomla and Drupal. Later on I also discover (or re-discovered) that you can do pretty much everything with WordPress as well. After spending a few days googling (in february 2009) I made myself an opinion based on rumors, late me summarize:

Joomla
Drupal
  • lots of extensions and skins available
  • no-multisite support
  • used for small sites and e-ecommerces
  • the Administration panel takes a while to figure out
  • developer-friendly and larger development community
  • multisite support
  • (a bit) less extensions available
  • skinning reportedly more difficult
  • no default wysiwyg editor (!)
  • used mainly in large sites

There are several well-done comparison on the web (e.g.: 1,2), what comes out is that both Joomla and Drupal (and WordPress) can serve your purposes equally well if you have something small in mind and maybe  in that case Joomla is a bit less expensive/time consuming to set-up.
I went for Joomla and still I’m pretty happy about it since whenever I needed some new functionalities, in most cases I did just browse the

Comments
  1. Andrea D'Intino

    @webdevelopment: thanks for the hint, but we don't do websites -> http://tabbles.net is what we do.

    @BNR Design: thanks! I'll definitely check it out.

    @Web-JIVE: thanks, I see…JCE works well enough for us.

  2. Web-JIVE

    Welcome to Joomla. We use Joomla exclusively to develop all of our clients sites (web-jive.com & faithjive.com).

    Regarding JCE. One thing to remember about JCE, is that it uses TinyMCE and all the niggles you discuss are from TinyMCE. JCE just adds Joomla specific plugins and installation to TinyMCE.

    So far, JCE is the best Free WYSIWYG editor compared to WYSIWYG Pro (really nice but very expensive for companies with lots of sites like ours).

  3. BNR Design

    JoomlaWorks has an extension called K2 that works beautifully as a blogging component. Everything is built in and just works – including comments.

  4. Web development

    Modern web development applications often contain three or more tiers, and depending on the size of the team a developer works on, they are specialize in one or more of these tiers – or may take a more interdisciplinary role. For example, in a two person team, one developer may focus on the technologies sent to the client such as HTML, JavaScript, CSS, and on the server-side frameworks used to deliver content and scripts to the client.

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