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    Senior Member kade119's Avatar
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    anyone ever use this open source? and is it well worth the time learning how to integrate it? .. can it be used on in combination w/ any html site?

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    I use Joomla a lot. Most of the work I've done over the last 6 months has been Joomla:

    Some Joomla sites I've created:

    http://www.transio.com/
    http://bittime.transio.com/
    http://www.vizcayans.org/
    http://www.herboria.com/
    http://www.raidweb.com/
    http://www.klglaw.com/
    http://www.peakknowledge.com/
    http://www.cspdweb.org/
    http://www.firmright.com/
    http://www.drbialik.com/
    http://www.thecurenovel.com/
    http://www.datestrong.com/ (under construction)
    http://www.matchcatchers.com/ (under construction)
    http://www.milespena.com/ (under construction)
    http://70.84.1.87/ (under construction)

    It's a great solution for "beginners", and pretty easy to add custom templates to. As you can see above, it's got very flexible configuration, allowing your site's look and feel to be very variable.

    However, having said that, I've been leaning toward Drupal lately. It seems a lot more powerful and customizable, more efficient, and has better SEO out of the box. The main problem with Drupal is that it's not a "complete" configuration out of the box, meaning you have to do A LOT of work to get a base installation to have all the features you'd like in a site, whereas Joomla installs pretty much ready to go.

    Here's a personal site I'm currently creating with Drupal:

    http://www.usloc.com/

    I see it this way:

    DRUPAL is the better CMS for web developers with PHP experience.

    JOOMLA is the better CMS for web designers with HTML experience and people with no experience at all.

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    wow dude u got some nice sites..

    so tell me do u use joomla as like a ecommerce site? like what would be the purposes of using instead of just html/css... say i have a site that needs a newsletter and a poll.. would it benefit me to do the thing with joomla?

    and do u use it like oscommerce and just cusomtize everything on it?

    by the way on ur personal site, how did u create the dropshadow where it fades away.. i can do a dropshadow and all that but u make it angle off.. u use photoshop for that?

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    Thankis. Joomla has a plugin component called VirtueMart that allows you to configure it as an ecommerce site. It also has a content system that will allow you to create newsletters, and it also has a poll module.

    Drupal also has the ability to do these things, but they aren't as "plug and play" as with Joomla. The learning curve on getting a Drupal site up and running is a lot slower, if you know what I mean.

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    I Highly recommend Joomla its a kick *** CMS, and honestly there really isnt much to learn, plus there are tons of free video tutorials online you can find.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smoseley
    I see it this way:

    DRUPAL is the better CMS for web developers with PHP experience.

    JOOMLA is the better CMS for web designers with HTML experience and people with no experience at all.
    I agree. When I first started out, Joomla was a dream come true because I could achieve dynamic features without knowing any object oriented language, but these days I find it easier to extend functions and develop my own dynamic features in Drupal. I still do most sites in Joomla when it provides the least path of resistance. As I said in another post, it depends on the project, cleint and of course... BUDGET.
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    Joomla is great. I have been using Joomla to design websites for customers in London for the past 5 years. Once you use it a few times Joomla web design offers significant advantages over developing a bespoke system or implementing static websites. It now takesme much less time to design a website in Joomla as opposed to a static website in Dreamweaver or another package.

    After some experience you will also be able to develop almost all types of bespoke web applications and integrate it with Joomla. We recently developed an independent financial website for a SSAS Pension company fully in Joomla with many bespoke features.

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    Joomla totally rocks! I haven't tried Drupal to be honest, and I guess its because I just havent needed to!

    Everything I've ever needed to do can be done with Joomla. There's a huge amount of available extensions out there.

    I learned Joomla by using a Rockettheme template, but I actually found editing that template more difficult than building my own though.

    There's a nice Dreamweaver extension called Joomla Solutions, which makes adding your joomla tags easier.

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    I am a web designer and I predominantly use joomla now, its typically quicker to get any sort of site up and running using joomla as a basis, you have sooo much choice with pre-made modules its almost unfair. Finally its actually pretty easy to teach internet-illiterate clients how to update it themselves with a pretty low chance of them destroying it.

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    Ok, so we've switched to Drupal (some time ago), and have completed several projects with it.

    I GREATLY prefer Drupal to Joomla, for reasons you can find if you search "drupal" on this site.

    Some examples of what we've done with Drupal (compare them to our Joomla projects above):

    http://www.transio.com
    http://www.royceintegrated.com
    http://www.womenoftomorrow.org
    http://www.chasecam.com
    http://www.deadoro.com (under construction)
    http://www.montessorischoolmiami.com
    http://www.reqap.com
    http://www.modconfurniture.com

    You get the idea. The Joomla sites each have a different look and feel, but essentially present the same type of content to the user. Drupal is a lot more flexible in terms of content definition and display, and therefore allows a significantly more customized site.


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