I feel myself lucky that i got very good chances to work on different Content Management Systmes (CMS) like Magneto, Drupal, WordPress and Joomla!.
This is not a bise statement that each of these CMS are very easy to go for programmer/non-programmer. Though each of these CMS have their own speciality or drawbacks but i’ll reserve that explaination for another post 😛 .
Here i am going to tell you some Magics of Joomla! and will try to let you know why Joomla! is so much popular among web development community.
“Joomla is an award-winning content management system (CMS), which enables you to build Web sites and powerful online applications. Many aspects, including its ease-of-use and extensibility, have made Joomla the most popular Web site software available. Best of all, Joomla is an open source solution that is freely available to everyone.”
These quoted lines are said by official website of Joomla and gues what? I found Joomla more then what they told 🙂 .Joomla’s Admin Area is very wisely arranged and the have coped a huge stuff of options in a very light manner. This is the beauty that let someone manage the things with great ease.
I remember the day when i downloaded the Joomla and installed at my localhost. Just like any good CMS, it’s installation was very easy. After my Login in Admin section, i thought that Joomla seems complex to manage but soon it was changed.
My first thought was just because of unawareness about how content is managed in Joomla. I found some very good video tutorial that changed my thinking. You may watch these video tutorial over here.
For understanding the basics of content management, this link will help you a lot.
If you are newbie in Joomla then do not forget to install example data for Joomla. Joomla installations asks you for it’s installation too.
Another greatness about Joomla: A big Repository of extensions and modules is available on Joomla’s official website . Just after some short search there, you may get rid of time spoiling on Joomla Component development. Same flag is valid for Module development of Joomla. Remember that ‘Module’ and ‘Component’ are 2 different things in Joomla and i’ll try to explain about it in my next post that will help you to know about ‘Template Development for joomla’.
Hay! have i told you that there are lots of free joomla templates availabale to download and use? yes it is so 🙂 .
I found http://www.bestofjoomla.com and http://www.joomla24.com with lots of free download able templates. Don’t forget to see the Version compatibility while downloading the template, it will save your time.
Well, this post was just a start up and you’ll see some detail posts for ‘development in Joomla’ , both for ‘Joomla template’ and ‘Joomla component/module’.