May 2006

Just as with WPMU, it seems that theme structure (design) is pretty much the first place that you come to with Joomla when you want to start moulding it precisely to your needs. There are a huge number of templates available for a Jooma install but, soon enough, you start work on a project that needs just that something else.

In that regard I’ve an interest in CSS-based them development for Joomla, or any web site for that matter. I’ve recently come across an extremely useful tutorial at Compass Designs. Their tutorial is targetted toward building a CSS-based theme for your Joomla site, begins with an unformatted site and then builds upon that to add in your chosen design elements. Its a good way of doing things because you get to see exactly how your changes take effect and where that effect is seen and its a useful tutorial.

Useful Online Tools

Compass Designs point out an extremely useful online tool where you can make an assortment of layouts and it will develop them CSS for you; its across at CSS

Recently I’ve been busy either working away from web dev or working on some Joomla stuff that I’ve got going.

Joomla! (to give it its full name) is an Open Source Content Management System available from It is arguably the best Open Source CMS system around today. I’ve spent a lot of time looking at CMS systems, something like 18 months+, looking for a CMS system that was usable, well supported and powerful. Amongst those I’ve trialled has been Typo, which was a nightmare seemingly designed for Ultra Ubergeeks, Drupal which was less so but the suport side of things wasn’t the best if you weren’t Ubergeek plus its funtionality was limted; at something like v5 (can’t recall but was a sizeable version number) things like the built-in editor were very basic.

I eventually settled on Mambo just before the company holding the copyright for the name threw a bit of wobbly and 95% of the development team moved on, forming the Joomla! team. Since then Joomla has gone from strength to strength (Mambo has shown some development but has stagnated in comparison).

I’ve a couple of sites in development using Joomla, however is my “baby” : )