Joomla Website 1

Lesson One: 
Used to be, you had to speak foreign languages to build a website. Weird stuff like HTML, CSS, Javascript, and WTH? (I made that last one up, it's just what I used to SAY when I tried to figure website stuff out.)

That was back in the dark ages when everything had to be hand-coded with the content added on a page, then the page "styled" so it would look pretty, and it was all one long set of weird stuff.

No longer. Now building a website is like using Word or Adobe or something like that. It's the difference between having wade through VERY early Wordstar and using Word today. MUCH more accessible for everyone.

So, the very first thing you need to cement into your mind: content and display are two entirely separate issues. Your content is completely independent of how you display it. It sits in a database -- which is basically an Excel sheet -- and your webpages pull out the bits that you tell them to display. HOW you display it doesn't change the content at all.

This was the truly mind-blowing evolution in web design, this separation of content and display. And that is what a Content Management System (CMS) is.

There are a number of CMS around. The most popular is Wordpress. Others are Joomla, Drupal, DotNetNuke, followed by a list of smaller systems that each have their devotees.

The only one we're going to talk about much is Joomla? Why? Well, several reasons.

1. It's what I know and use the most.

2. It's more powerful natively -- without adding stuff to it -- than Wordpress.

3. It's less complicated than Drupal, which is WAY more horsepower that you need for a simple website.

4. It's less vulnerable to security attacks than Wordpress.

Can you learn this? Well, answer me this -- can you use Word and Excel? If you can, then you can learn Joomla.

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