Sunday, 08 April 2012 20: 10

Ten myths about Joomla CMS!

Angie Radtke answering ten myths about Joomla!

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1. Joomla! Is only for internal / private websites:

If the statement was "Joomla! Is also to private sites", I would agree wholeheartedly. In Joomla fundamental embodiment it is very easy to administer and use. Even with a little knowledge, you can quickly get very professional results. Large sites can be easily implemented with Joomla, provided that the web designer / developer in question has the necessary knowledge.

You can find plenty of examples on the Internet where Joomla been used to tiny to huge websites.

2. Joomla's architecture is outdated:

Joomla! has always been more than a pure CMS (content management system). Deep in its core is a range of useful features that make it easy for programmers to create web applications. With the release of the July 1,7 2011, it was decided to separate the two paths of development for the framework so that we actually have two parts to the project: A. A) Joomla Platform, B.) Joomla CMS.

Joomla! The platform can be used in very different areas, ranging from a simple web application to complex applications. These can be e-commerce systems, development of business, or even the identification of specific business processes. A new feature is the easier integration of applications on the command line. Joomla! CMS on the other hand is responsible for anything that requires good CMS. The whole system is based on object-oriented PHP code. The separation of logic and desgin achieved by the MVC (Model / View / Controller) principle, which gives us a special freedom in the design of the HTML output. I really do not know how such an architecture can be considered obsolete.

3. Joomla is insecure and easy to hack:

This reputation has rippled around for a long time. Joomla! is very easy to install and has relatively few demands on the server and the person performing the installation. Amateurs often install Joomla on the many cheap web hosts out there, often with weak passwords, outdated add-ons and other examples of administrative negligence. If the user then gets stuck, he often blames on the Joomla! and not the vulnerabilities that web hotel or the user's own carelessness.

It is important to distinguish between Joomla! Core and a Joomla! installation of an additional installed extensions. In many cases it is the supplements that opens doors. Joomla! is one of the most used CMS in the world and therefore it is certainly a more likely target for hackers than less widely CMS systems. To learn more about Joomla security, you should visit the Joomla Security documentation and find out more. Security_Checklist.

4. Joomla! websites are marked as malware and is therefore often inaccessible:

I have worked with Joomla! for many years, but it has never happened to me yet. This is probably due to the fact that I am very closely and review the extensions I install. A bad plugin can open and risking a lot joomlabaserad website.

5. Joomla modules are often based on tables in its layout:

This is not true for many Joomla versions back. But there are still some modules from third-party vendors that use tables. In the section on architecture I have already mentioned the MVC principle and its importance to the HTML output. If a module has insufficient HTML output, this can be easily changed using the "overrides" in the template. This does not take much effort, especially for modules, when the amount of HTML output is so limited.

6. Joomla is too big, too powerful and tough for most web pages:

According to a prejudice, Joomla! only for small sites, according to another, it is too great - how do you want it? The question of which CMS is best can not be answered, it just depends on what you want it to. There are some good Open Source Content Management System with different orientations. Which is the best to use for a particular project must be determined accurately - but many web designers do not fix to evaluate this. For a site with only five pages in Joomla! surely oversized.

7. Joomla text editor is only for experts and web professionals:

The most important task for a CMS tool is to manage content in a structured form and how it is displayed. WYSIWYG editor responsible for formatting. Joomla! forms the basis for the technical integration of many different editors, which is integrated in the system as plugins. By default, Joomla! with Tiny MCE or code mirror, but there are many other editors that can be downloaded as a package, ready to be installed. For my part, I prefer the JCE that can be configured with great precision. You can create user groups, and allow or disallow them to make the most diverse things. Not all users of the system must use the same editor, and this applies to all WYSIWYG editors. You can install multiple editor and assign them to individual users. This makes everyone happy.

8. Joomla is not progressing quickly enough:

In recent months, the release cycle has been a hotly debated topic in the Joomla community. There will now be a new major version every six months. Joomla! 2,5 released as planned in January this year. But remember that some things take time to really work properly. If things do not go fast enough for you, you are welcome to join and participate in the development itself.

9. Joomla is not flexible enough:

This is a prejudice that is very vague and I can only speculate about it. A Joomla! Article beshur it appears. But sometimes users want additional fields whose contents can be stored and searchable in the database. This feature is not yet available in Joomla! Core. So you have to take ContentConstructionsKits, such K2, Flexi Content or Seblod. We'll see if something starts to happen in the near future in this regard in the Joomla! Core, and we may no longer need the extra surcharges for the CCK in the future.

10. Joomla management of user rights is too complicated and is not suitable for smooth workflows:

From version 1.6 onwards, Joomla! offered a very well made and adjustable system användarrättighter. Particularly for very large websites with many editors can be very complex situations emerge. You can Administrator carefully consider who can do what and who is assigned to which group. Joomla! offers many options for this. To use them, you need to familiarize yourself with the Joomla! ACL system. This may take some time, but once you have understood how it works in general very good. If you want a more graphical view of this, take a look at the extension ACLManager.

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