Why we use WordPress now, and why we left Joomla

Why we use WordPress now, and why we left Joomla

This is a sad story. Thankfully, it’s mostly just PHP.   Introduction We used to swear by Joomla.  We loved the components, the modules, and the plugins.  We thought the MVC structure made a ton of sense.  We thought well of the Joomla model. We figured out how to make CCKs work (CCK = Content […]

PHP CMS Comparison 2015

PHP CMS Comparison 2015

(or that time I compared 7 PHP Content Management Systems) Yup.  I’m here to compare PHP CMSes; seven of them!  Since I’m not particularly happy with WordPress or Joomla and unless stipulated and mandated and paid by the client wouldn’t consider Drupal.

Rebuilding Our Site Pt. 3 : New Content Strategy

Rebuilding Our Site Pt. 3 : New Content Strategy

In the last bit of our multi-part website rebuild series, we talk about what we consider to be one of the most important, but neglected aspects of websites, Content Strategy. Content is more important than any graphic elements or cool functionality. After all, the web is the new way to publish.

Joomla CCK Comparison

Joomla CCK Comparison

What is a CCK? Content Construction Kits are used to create custom posts/pages/entries on a CMS (Content Management System). This article compares 5 CCKs for Joomla.

  • Fabrik
  • Cobalt
  • Seblod
  • K2
  • ZOO
Creating K2 Templates

Creating K2 Templates

It’s always easy to tell the difference between a well made custom website and those websites that use stock templates. It’s the same difference in character between a brand new sports car you bought at the dealership and the race car built from the ground up. Sure one is comfortable and easy, but it definitely won’t have the character or the real performance you’re after. Cheap bolt on parts (bad plugins and modules) won’t make your car or website better either.

K2 Tutorials: From Beginner to Advanced

K2 Tutorials: From Beginner to Advanced

As you may already know, Joomla is our Content Management System of choice here at Y-Designs. However, what has really sold us is not Joomla itself, but the K2 extension you can install on your Joomla site. K2 is a CCK / Content Management System that allows for optimal customization and ease of use. These are some K2 tutorials we wrote. There is a K2 tutorial for every level and new tutorials are added on a daily basis, so come back to read more! 

Why we use Joomla / K2 and not WordPress / Drupal

Why we use Joomla / K2 and not WordPress / Drupal

So, if you’re a developer/designer you may have noticed that our site does’t use Wordpress or Drupal, but instead uses Joomla.  For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about here, I’m talking about content management systems (CMS for short).  CMS keeps all of your pages in a database so that you can easily update content without knowing much technical skills.   A lot of people have a preference for different CMSes and I think they are all terrific for their purposes.  CMSes are definitely a lot better than straight HTML sites for most situations.

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