Templates – Joomla has a ton of them!

Templates – Joomla has a ton of them!

Hi Everyone. Just a quick blog to share with you one of the greatest things about the Content Management System (CMS) that I use, Joomla!, is that you can change the templates pretty quickly.  It took me about 30 minutes to do this, with most of that time spent on a Logo at the top.  I also had to rearrange the modules (things like the search, twitter info, newsletter sign up, etc.) to set in the correct position of the web site.  All the graphics was already done for me.  With Joomla, you I set you up with templates, pre-made or custom, as well as modules to better communicate with your clients. I hope you like this template and if any of you ever need a blog site (using WordPress or Joomla!) for personal or business, I can help you out.  If you need a business site, I’ve got some pretty reasonable options for you so don’t be afraid to contact me.  If you find me on Google, you’ll see there is a coupon out there.  You just have to find it! And, thanks to Joomlabear.com for the free template.  These guys and many other developers out there do an awesome job of creating these types of templates and other things for your Joomla and WordPress web sites. God Bless!...
Why use a Content Management System (CMS) for my Web Site?

Why use a Content Management System (CMS) for my Web Site?

Hi everyone. I’ve been asked this a few times and more often then, I generally tell my new clients that I use a CMS for their web sites before they even ask this question. Almost all of the sites I host, design, develop and/or setup I use Joomla! as the CMS for their sites.  Joomla! is usually number 1 or 2 of the top open source content management systems that are available. There are several reasons why I use Joomla! (and others – WordPress and Drupal) and here they are: Open Source: This means it is freely available to use. Ease of Use: Joomla! is a very easy framework to use. Templates: there are many available (free and commercial) templates with themes for almost every type of organization, company or personal need. Extensions: available extensions (or applications) are readily available for Joomla! as well as for WordPress & Drupal.  What I’m referring to here are things on a web site that are more then just a page to look at.  Examples are calendar, contact form, message board, event sign up, shopping cart, photo gallery, news flash slider, social networking, memberships, and many, many, more. Common Platform: Joomla!, as well as most CMS’s will allow the use of a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) editor for most of the content.  This allows non-web programmers to add, change or update their own content.  Some of my clients love this and find it is very enabling to have this choice.  After 1-2 hours of teaching from me, my clients are able to manage their own web site content. Widespread...
Blogging from the PC or MAC?

Blogging from the PC or MAC?

Why not journal what you want to have on your blog site using an application on your PC or MAC? I’ve been using a journal program on my computer to keep notes and various information like conversations, phone numbers, etc., for about 2-3 years now.  The program I use, and highly recommend is called The Journal, provided by David Michael.  This has been, without a doubt, one of the coolest programs I’ve ever used! (I understand there is a decent Mac program for journaling called MacJurnal – check it out here.) The nice thing is, if your using a WordPress blogging application on a web site, as I do here, you can then upload your journal to a blog.  Also, The Journal will provide multiple categories and pages. This web site, however, is a merge of Joomla! (one of the best content management systems) with WordPress (one of the best blog systems), thanks to CorePHP who created this awesome component for Joomla! and WordPress. The important thing is, use what works best for you.  If you like to Journal and if you think it might help someone else, why not share it on a blog web site?  And, for pastors, ministers, teachers and leaders, what a way to do it?  Aren’t you usually typing your notes somewhere?  Why not in a Journal?  Then upload it to a blog? There are some free blog sites out there but, if you want total control, get your own site at www.billwatkins.biz with your own domain name, like www.billwatkins.biz.  (I am working on some very reasonable web sites for anyone interested in just...