In my endless pursuit of anything worth having a headache about, I was aided by my current place of employment and was asked to ‘get to know’ Joomla. As I’ve mentioned a number of times, I’m not an idiot. But going through stuff, technical in nature, which is required as my job revolves around the wonderful place called the internet, I sometimes feel inadequate. That’s the magic of ignorance, though. You can always fix it. And that’s just what I did. Or rather, have a co worker explain to me.
Let me enlighten you.
I was told to go through Joomla and acquaint myself with everything about it. This was a piece of cake, I thought since all I need is in Wikipedia. Yay! But alas, Wiki has failed me. Oh, disappointment! *clutches chest and moans*
Joomla! is a content management system platform for publishing content on the World Wide Web and intranets as well as a Model-view-controller (MVC) Web Application Development framework.
This was the definition my ex-beloved Wiki gave me about Joomla with an exclamation point. But being such an egghead as I was, every word just whooshed past me. I was like, Huh? Then I had to click each link they have in the article to know what those are. Content management system. Clicked on that and another definition beyond the understanding of ladies who like the internet but doesn’t know where it came from popped up. I went through that then another Wiki page of equal mystery came up, and this went on for a while until I realized just because I’m as ignorant as Homer Simpson (love the dude!), doesn’t mean everybody has to be. So I did what I should’ve done in the first place: I asked.
Fortunately, I’m surrounded by people who are blessed with technical superpowers; I just had to pick one. So, I would like to take this opportunity to thank from the bottom of my heart, which now has a space for another as Wiki has recently broken it, “Thank you Michael Amban.”
The gist of Mike’s explanation was this:
Joomla, I’m sorry, Joomla! is a program that allows people as ignorant as me to edit websites without knowledge of html. Now you’re like, Huh?. Okay, it’s like this. Suppose you purchase a website through one of the many hosting companies out there. You set it up and of course you have to edit it and publish and update as often as you have the need for. Joomla! is a software that you download to your hard disc and then transfer to your site by means of file transfer programs like Filezilla. When Joomla! is already in your site, it’d be real easy to edit content even for people who don’t know html.
Have you tried blogging on any site at all? See those little tags on both ends of your sentences that look like this: “</b>”? Those are called HTML tags. If you, like me, have no idea what tag to use for italics or bold letters or other such and such, Joomla! helps you edit your site without knowledge of these tags. Cool, no?
Another cool thing about Joomla! is it gives you access to amazing plug-ins, or what I call Bedazzlers, that can make your site look like a professional made it. You can put a community type page on it, like Facebook, by using the plug-in called JomSocial. So you can create a site for your old high school batch, maybe, and put JomSocial on it so you can get everybody updated on what everybody else is up to. Makes stalking easy, if you ask me.
With this new knowledge of the awesomeness Joomla! has to offer, I now have been purged of my fear of creating my own website. It gave me hope. And who knows, maybe next post I’ll be all out promoting my new site with Jomla!’s assistance. It might take my mind away from my awful disappointment with Wiki.