CMS FTW! We try Joomla

Web development is usually the go to cousin when we come across the “where to start to learn programming” question. It is, in itself fun, interesting and easy to grasp.

The usual starting place is creating a static website using HTML and adding features after that. However when you are making a website for a client or business, the basics are not enough and a static website template can be sufficient, provided you put in a whole lot of coding to get certain features working. Things like user management, user sign ups, login, access levels on certain content etc. This can be achieved and usually is, by teams of multiple people with a number of resources and a flexible deadline including a well paying client.

With the tech boom we are seeing, more and more people want websites or webApps with a whole lot more functionality in a lot less time. What is the solution to this? We asked ourselves at e-regardless. We then decided to try out a Content Management System as a possible solution. This made sense since a number of our clients and potential clients want some form of content management. So we looked at a few options and decided to give Joomla a chance.

Joomla is a free and open-source content management system for publishing web content. The first cool thing here is open-source, if you have not noticed we love open-source here at e-regardless. The best way to see the power of Joomla is to compare the differences of creating a website with Joomla and manually coding it. The first and biggest factor here would be time. Joomla allows quicker development because of its administrator back-end that streamlines adding content and functionality to your site. You worried about templates? Don’t be, there are thousands and thousands of templates you can download for free and premium ones as well.

It does need some getting used to in order to know how to navigate the back end interface to create exactly what you want, but once you have that going, you can get the exact result you require. This is further assisted by the fact that you can modify the code to get what you want, so you are not just restricted to using the interface. This means you have control over the template you use. You can change its color, background and almost everything else.

The best part about Joomla is the out the box features it has for content management. User access and the works. There are even Millions of plug-ins and modules you can download to add functionality such as e-Commerce plug-ins and Galleries.

Setting up Joomla is simple, this includes updating the version and plug-ins as well. This is a go to when it comes to rapid web content development or even prototyping. There are a number of major companies that have been using Joomla for a while. These include :
The Danone site : http://www.danone.com/?lang=en#
Monaco Yacht : http://www.monacoyachtshow.com/en
Havard university school of arts : https://gsas.harvard.edu/

Let us know of your experiences with web development and CMS systems you have used like WordPress.

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