Joomla, Woodpress and Drupal

Viral Marketing

And now for something completely different:  From the famous words of Monty Python – it’s time for Pigeon Impossible (YouTube) youtube.com/watch….

So someone ask me this – in a Linkedin forum: What’s this got to do with viral marketing? What’s this guy’s trilogy of United Airlines songs at youtube.com/wat…, have to do with it?

Lucas Martell  wants to promote his animation, just as Dave Carroll wishes to promote his songwriting and singing.

My brush with Joomla and WordPress

It’s a cool week folks.  I finished a direct response copy deck for a client, selling a product devoted to golf and education.  His product’s not that expensive – perhaps around $20.

Where to next?  Send it to the graphic designer and have here work on layout and graphics.

Let’s see now.  We have two categories – one is for golf and one for education.  Time to put on my software engineering hat.  Take off my writer’s cap for a moment.

Ever visit the site Copy Blogger?  They have this cool WordPress theme called Thesis.  It was recommended by a software company owner and Internet Marketer from Romania.  It’s cool, folks.  Very flexible.  I understand it has build in SEO – just as good as the All-in-one-SEO WordPress plug-in.

Now I can use this hosting company, where you can install scripts by.  It’s a commercial script library.  It does things like create the database and configuration details.

Now I set up the database backup scripts and run them each night.

Off I go to research the best WordPress plug-ins for spam control, security and speed.  Then it’s time to create a custom  header and use a plug-in called Thesis Open Hook.  Really cool!

WordPress and Thesis are a dynamite combo.  Yet this Joomla is cool for our educational component sub-domain.

Articles and Books

  1. A good article comparing the merits of Joomla vs WordPress is found at http://is.gd/7f8MB and goodwebpractice….  I think Joomla  should be easy to pick up, if you are familiar with other content management systems (i.e. WordPress).
  2. There’s a book you can probably get for free at your local public library (as I did today).  It’s called Joomla for dummies by Steven Holzner, PhD.  You can find it also on http://www.amazon.com.

Yet I believe that WordPress with the Thesis theme can be just as flexible.  As far as security goes, there’s a group currently developing Maximum Security for WordPress.  I look forward to it coming out of beta.  I feel that with my former software engineering background, it shouldn’t be that difficult.  And putting it on a sub-domain devoted to “education” seemed to make sense.

As far as putting blog articles together, WordPress is the way to go.  For the record, I’m not finding Joomla that hard to work with.

There were some stats in a article a couple weeks ago.  As far as content management systems go, WordPress and Joomla were the most popular downloads.  This is good for a few reasons:

  1. There’s a lot of web documentation on how to do do things or solve problems.
  2. There’s a lot of development on software editions available (i.e. plug-ins).
  3. A article on the best plug-ins for Joomla, WordPress and Drupal is found at jeez.eu/2009/09/1…
  4. A good comparison grid is found at slayerment.com/….
  5. Have You Tried Google Gears (free)? gears.google.com/…?

Did I mention I gotten Drupal installed and I’m playing with it?  There’s a book called Drupal for Dummies by Lynn Beighley I’ll be reading, in the near future.  A good approach to update Drupal is found at siteground.com/….

Guess Blogging

I’m a guest blogger for this copywriter, but she went to Phoenix for some R & R.  I talk about cool things – how to learn the craft without spending huge amounts of cash.

Or I talk about my journey to becoming a famous author wannabee.  Spending years in writers groups and taking creative writing classes at COD.  I’ll provide a link, when she hosts the guest post.

 

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    I’ve been using SquareSpace, Weebly and more recently LightCMS (still evaluating). They were cheap (cost and time), easy to use and I was able to get a very professional looking website up and running in no time. As I also wear a software engineer’s hat I was able to take advantage of some of their more “advanced” features. I suppose it was the easy of use and incredible customer support that got me sold on some of the other alternatives.

    I have a theory, if you have low resources and need to use a web tool, first determine if there are a lot of jobs for “experts” of the the tool. If there are, then the tool is probably going to be too complicated for you to use and you will end up having to hire someone to do something you could have done yourself. I wonder if I can come up with an equation for this theory 🙂

    • Keno:

      I do respect your views and haven’t looked at the other options your mentioned. My concern regarding other open source options is longevity and community size.

      If you asked me to recommend a web server – I’ll say Apache.

      If you asked me to recommend a scripting language – I’ll say Perl or PHP.

      If you asked me to recommend a Database – I’ll say MySQL or PostgreSQL.

      Now there are other options. Perhaps in time, they might even surpass the ones I mentioned. But I prefer something that has been around a few years and has a large worldwide community working on bugs and releases.

      Randy

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