Joomla is a Content Management System (CMS) which has become a leader in delivering flexible and dynamic websites. Joomla is our preferred CMS and highly recommended for all size websites. We provide cost effective support, training, consultation and advice. We give you solutions not problems. *smile *
As we have been busy installing new joomla website I though I would share some of the reasons we use joomla and why using joomla saves customers money.. we will be making a video on this to explain more .. may even call in a few other developers like Dene Dunn to have a few words *smile *
Joomla is open source meaning there is not a licence fee and no software is required.
There are thousands of extras like components, modules, template and plugins allowing you to add different functionality to your site. Many are free or for a very small fee you will get some great extra features. Support from the developers are excellent.
I see the extra components like an app which are very easily to install and configure basically there will be a component for nearly what ever you want, be it a forms package, forum, blog, photo gallery, e-commerce and many more though I have not found one to make a cup of tea... yet *smile *
I like the ability to have a secure members area and the ability to post your articles (pages sort of.. message me and I will explain) with a 'publish' or 'expiry' date if required and of the option to send to your social network site or via RSS to other websites. Oh ypou can even set up so your can email in your news / blog updates via your phone!
Due to the amount of users and developers the speed of development is amazing and the latest version 3 is very mobile device friendly. I have been web building for over 15 years and used many different applications. With joomla I found it user friendly, flexible and fun to work with, I feel part of a big family.... and I often like to tell people about joomaling (updating your website, think I made this up!) and its been a pleasure to see people actually enjoying updating their websites rather than get frustrated with very complicated CMS systems.
I (we) have helped many organisations, business, individuals switch their website to Joomla saving them money on licensing and development. Its like giving people back the ownership of their own website. As far as any web system can be this one is future proof and a joy to work with. Well done to the global joomla family *smile *
Joomla basically works and is fully functional on install and has all the features you would want for a starter website but to have your joomla site you will need :
1- A domain name www.yourpreferredname.co.uk or org.uk or many others. These cost from £5 - £15 a year. Once you have this you point to your hosting.
2 - Hosting you will need space on a server so your website is available for all to see. Costs vary a lot but for about £60 a year you should find a good hosting package with e-mails. Joomla is installed on your server space.
3- Internet connection – Joomla works from your server and development is through a secure login via your browser so you will need to have an internet connection.
4 – Content - Those who have worked with me or I have trained will know that I always say a website is only as good as its content so make sure you have the content which will include text, graphics and photos. Always worth looking to get a logo and some branding to your site.
5 – Time Before starting take time to map out your site pages on paper and see if you can group pages (articles! yes message me about what I mean) into categories.
We are of course happy to help you through the process of creating a new joomla from scratch or from a site you already have. Just drop us a line or fill in our form.
A cf10ten website will come with a lot of features which will enhance your website and the users experience.
Here are some recommendations to improve your joomla website for you as a developer or as an end user.
Template there are a few that come as standard and many you can download for free though I would recommend Yoo Themes which for a small fee will give you a choice of some excellent templates and great support. http://www.yootheme.com/demo/
I would always recommend you to update your joomla text editor and the preferred one is JCE http://www.joomlacontenteditor.net/
Always good to backup your joomla site before any development work or to move to a different hosting package and the one we use is Akeeba https://www.akeebabackup.com
Good to have web photos albums on you site and we use joom gallery which has some great features and a plugin to allow you to add an album to your article http://www.en.joomgallery.net/
Another feature we advice is a blog as this will allow you to keep the site updated with new content and of course bring you more visitors. You can also set up your blog to post to your twitter and facebook page. We use easyblog > http://stackideas.com/easyblog.html
Forms are a good way to get feedback, ask questions, collect info. The one we use is RS forms easy to use and develop forms > http://www.rsjoomla.com/
Video is good to use on your site and would recommend having your own youtube account. To easily get your video to appear in your articles copy and paste the url which will magically appear thanks to this plugin from ArtCreative > http://www.artcreative.me/Plugins/
A simple way to add a pop up to your uploaded images in article is this plugin from ImageSizer > http://www.redim.de/downloads/joomla/plugins/imagesizer-for-joomla-1-6-1-7-2-5-en/
Good to share your content with facebook, twitter and a great one from JoomShaper (who also do great templates) is SP Share > http://www.joomshaper.com/joomla/free-extensions/sp-share
Also worth considering especially if you want to have a members area is a forum and we use Kunena http://www.kunena.org/download or for a basic one Discussions https://www.codingfish.com/downloads/discussions/1_5
Well that is just a taster and you will find many more on the joomla extension site and please feedback on any ones you are using > http://extensions.joomla.org/
I will do more on extensions as so many great ones out there.
Oh will mention one more it is more for the larger sites but a great one for having a directory on your website. Support is good so take a look at Mosets > http://www.mosets.com/tree/
Oh oh another one to have on your site for events jevents > http://www.jevents.net/
oh oh oh another for document management Docman > ">http://www.joomlatools.com>
Yes must write more about these and throw in some great modules!
As to cost for a joomla site to install yourself its free just your time and patience. Our process start from £100 and we provide training at only £80 for a half-day or £150 for a whole day and we make sure the training is fun and our support is always with a *smile *
Training can be done at your home, office or via skype.