Joomla! Simplified

In my travels I teach both Joomla! and Drupal. Even though the two content management systems are pretty different, people sometimes struggle to get a handle on both of them. So here are my thoughts on understanding Joomla! in five easy steps.

In my travels I teach both Joomla! and Drupal. Even though the two content management systems are pretty different, people sometimes struggle to get a handle on both of them. So here are my thoughts on understanding Joomla! in five easy steps.

5 Kinds of Add-Ons

  • Components = Features
  • Modules = Easily Customized Sidebars and Footers
  • Plugins = Magic
  • Languages
  • Templates = Design

4 Steps to Building Your Site

  • Install (really simple to do)
  • Content (Content comes FIRST)
  • Extend (via the 5 types of extensions)
  • Design (Layout & Template)

3 Content Steps (CASH)

  • Categorize
  • Add
  • SHow

(Thanks to Steve Burge's "Joomla Explained" for this one)

2 Sides
Public and Admin

1 CMS
Joomla!

I have built hundreds of websites in WordPress (this blog included), Joomla! and Drupal. For a feature rich, quickly deployable (i.e. it doesn't take a year to build) and extremely powerful website, Joomla! is a great option - and hopefully now its a little easier to wrap your head around.

What do you think? Have you used Joomla!?