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While I have specialized for many years in custom-built content management systems, my employer feels using a canned system would be a 'safer' bet. While I may not agree - or be particularly thrilled with the entire concept - I do what I'm told that I may continue to pay my bills in-full and on-time.

That said, it has been decided in a reportedly democratic vote, by persons other than myself, that we (read: "I") shall use Joomla! as the backend for everything... everything I've done in the past, everything I'm working on in the present, and everything I might do in the future. Joomla! it is.

I've never worked with Joomla! before and frankly, I'm intimidated. This is someone else's work... more specifically, it's the work of many someone elses. But I must learn it. I must master it. I must become one with it. I must grin and bear it.

Today, I ordered the Official Joomla! Book from Joomla! Press, I registered for an account on the Joomla! forums, I've submerged myself in Joomla! tutorial site after Joomla! tutorial site. My mind is no more at ease than it was before I started.

I think it's just stubbornness. I'm hurt that my years of experience in creating custom work were tossed aside like the cellophane wrapper from a Little Debbie cake and I've created a mental block around the information I should be absorbing about the sanctioned alternative.

I intend to chronicle my most thrilling Joomla! moments right here that it may serve as a mini-wiki for me in future endeavors and - just maybe - serve as a help to others who have found themselves staring into the Joomla! abyss and wondering not only how they arrived, but where to go from here.

Won't you journey with me, friend?

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Curtis Rutland 

28 June 2011 - 01:22 PM
I absolutely refuse to include punctuation characters in product names. I mean, they can be cute if they want, but to me, it's Joomla, not Joomla!

Other than that, it'll be interesting for you to delve into a completely new system. I've recently started with WordPress, and that's been an interesting journey.


29 June 2011 - 01:35 AM
Biggest problem with these CMS is when you upgrade/update, many of the modules/plugins you installed breaks. And if you don't update regularly, security holes remain unpatched.

Another huge problem for OS CMS is spam (Maybe it has something to do with the updates. Not sure). I had two Drupal sites, both got spammed like crazy. So I threw away Drupal and made everything I could from scratch.
I have heard that some prefer to make their own custom login/registration/security plugins (I don't find this 'safe' but I am not sure as to why this works. Probably, "hackers" don't find it worth putting effort into breaking small websites).


29 June 2011 - 06:12 AM
In my years as a developer, I have never had a spam issue on a custom-built system. I have witnessed the pure evil ugliness that is the spam problem with canned systems, however. At it leaves me horrified of what I may be dealing with in the near future.

Regardless, I have to suck it up, take it like a man, and do what needs to be done: learn Joomla.*

* Exclamation point omitted for Curtis. :)


29 June 2011 - 05:33 PM
Joomla sucks! have fun with that


29 June 2011 - 06:26 PM
B9! Blog! Post!
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