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Is Joomla easy to use?

Postby Rich Atkinson » Thu Feb 12, 2009 6:53 am

I don't know much about web design. I am frustrated having to go through a web designer to update my Dreamweaver website. I thinking of creating my own Joomla website. Is Joomla as good or better than Dreamweaver?
Is it easy for a novice to use?
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Postby lisaw » Thu Feb 12, 2009 10:33 am

Hi Rich - Joomla is nothing like an HTML Static site. It's a CMS system built with modules. The learning curve is pretty steep, but it's easy to use once you get the hang of it. If you're looking for a website that is easy to update on your own, I prefer WordPress.

I'd be happy to help you. PM me if you're interested. :)

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Postby nar321 » Thu Feb 12, 2009 4:55 pm

Just for the record your trying to compare apples and oranges. Dreamweaver is something you use to create a site. Joomla is a CMS=Content Management Software with all that content management software entails(As Lisa points out in her post there is a fairly steep learning curve) .But the actual install is possible in Fantasico with some web hosts.

Somewhat easier to learn is Wordpress or b2evolution(also possible to install using Fantasico. There are plug-ins for either system but neither one is a cake walk depending on what you want to do. Hope this helps :)
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Postby Rich Atkinson » Sat Feb 14, 2009 11:34 am

Thanks for the tips guys. I'll try a different system.
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Postby roselee » Wed Feb 25, 2009 1:12 am

Before few days ago my friend suggested me one site for same problem may be that helps to you.

Visit: http://www.semaphore-software.com/
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Postby nhynes57 » Wed Feb 25, 2009 5:04 am

I would start with Wordpress as it is easiler to setup and use. Have a look at http://www.freewordpresstutorials.com/ for help in setting it up.
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Postby tknoppe » Wed Feb 25, 2009 9:21 am

I am a web designer, and for the past few years have been setting up WordPress for my clients as most did not want to have to pay me to update their sites. WordPress is much easier to use. As others have stated, Joomla is nice, but does have a steep learning curve. It's complete overkill for a simple site. So depends on what your long-term needs are, as to whether you would want to tackle Joomla. WordPress is also a CMS, not just a blog system. You can have pages and blog posts both with WordPress.
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Postby Rich Atkinson » Thu Feb 26, 2009 12:16 am

Thanks again Traci. Do you recommend Wordpress for a website?
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Postby tknoppe » Thu Feb 26, 2009 7:48 am

Yes, WordPress absolutely works well for a web site. It's a content management system (CMS) and blog system rolled into one. Very easy to use, probably thousands of plugins available to expand the core capabilities to pretty much make it do whatever you want and with thousands of free themes available, hundreds of premium themes, and lots of good themes designers available to custom design a theme - it's easy to get a nice looking WordPress site up in no time.

Check out my Genesis Blogging site in my sig, I have free video tutorials on how to setup WordPress using Fantastico, if you have a cpanel enabled web host. Let me know if you have any questions.
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Postby sct100 » Thu Feb 26, 2009 10:44 am

Traci, I watched your video and did all the things in cpanel you said. When it was all said and done, I had nothing. I mean, I think it did what it was supposed to do, but my finished product looked nothing like yours. I have inmotion as my host, if that makes any difference. Wordpress tells me about changing My congfig files, but I don't want to go horsing around in there unless I have to. I am not a computer genius by any means!
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Postby Rich Atkinson » Thu Feb 26, 2009 11:25 am

Thanks Traci
I'm going to sign up with a Wordpress hosting site.
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Postby tknoppe » Fri Feb 27, 2009 7:10 am

Stephen: Do you have cpanel with your hosting and also see the Fantastico icon within your main cpanel login? If you do, and followed all the steps in the video, it should work for you and you wouldn't need to change the config files, as it does it for you when installing through Fantastico. If you want to contact me via PM, I can have a look for you to see if we can't get you up and running.

Rich: you'll love WordPress. Lynn has a HostGator banner sprinkled through the site here with her affiliate link. I believe you can get your first month of hosting for nothing or a .01 or something. Worth checking out. ;)
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Postby Rich Atkinson » Sat Feb 28, 2009 5:10 am

Thanks Traci,
I'm leaning towards Blue Host.
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