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A mail dropped into my inbox this morn­ing inform­ing me that Joomla have released ver­sion 3.5. Amongst other new fea­tures, Joomla 3.5 sup­ports PHP7 which speeds the site up significantly.

I have upgraded this web­site with only a coou­ple of data­base errors which were fixed eas­ily by using the ‘fix data­base’ button.

Other new fea­tures drag and drop images if you are using the Tiny MCE edi­tor and the abil­ity to insert mod­ules into arti­cles with­out using a third party plugin.

I am post­ing this blog arti­cle to cat­a­logue bugs encoun­tered dur­ing Joomla builds to both help myself refer back to them if ever the bug rears it’s head and to help out any­one who is hav­ing prob­lems with them.

(Pic­ture left: Bugs of the less time con­sum­ing and hair pulling variety)

Joomla and working with design agenciesI have worked with sev­eral design agen­cies over the last cou­ple of years. Agen­cies some­times con­tact me because their client wants a new design and have decided that they want to con­tinue using Joomla or have checked Joomla out and think it is ideal for their needs.

I will present you with a short case study where I worked with an agency in west Lon­don to help them cre­ate a new web­site for a large med­ical diag­nos­tics com­pany based in Harley Street.

The agency con­tacted me to ask if I would be inter­ested in help­ing them with a web­site as their client had specif­i­cally requested Joomla. The agency did not have any­one with the nec­es­sary skills on their books so they requested the ser­vices of a free­lancer such as myself.

What is a Joomla developer?A Joomla developer’s main role is to set up and main­tain the tech­ni­cal side of the Joomla con­tent man­age­ment system.

The con­tent man­age­ment sys­tem con­sists of sev­eral thou­sand files that work and inter­link with each other on the server.

Each time some­one puts a URL into the search bar the files will inter­act with each other and pass each other bits of required information.

Our first job is to install the con­tent man­age­ment sys­tem onto the server by upload­ing all of the files. Our next job is to con­nect the files to a SQL data­base which also resides on the folder. The data­base will then pass data to any file request­ing it.

Once that is com­plete we have a fully work­ing con­tent man­age­ment sys­tem with the basic tem­plate that comes with Joomla.

I started using Joomla when ver­sion 1.5 was released way back in 2008. I had a mix of work that took in the pre­vi­ous ver­sion, 1.0 and the newer ver­sion, 1.5.

There was never an easy upgrade path between the two.

There were com­po­nents to do it but is was a very messy affair due the the huge dif­fer­ences between the old sys­tem and the new system.

The com­par­i­son can hardly be objec­tive in gen­eral, since both plat­forms are different.

Each of them excels in its niche and has cer­tain downsides.

We have found a handy chart to help you com­pare the two dif­fer­ent, but extremely com­pe­tent Con­tent Man­age­ment Systems.

Joomla is writ­ten in PHP, uses object-​oriented pro­gram­ming (OOP) tech­niques (since ver­sion 1.5) and soft­ware design pat­terns, stores data in a MySQL or (since ver­sion 2.5) MS SQL data­base, and includes fea­tures such as page caching, RSS feeds, print­able ver­sions of pages, news flashes, blogs, polls, search, and sup­port for lan­guage internationalization.

As of March 2012, Joomla has been down­loaded over 30 mil­lion times. Over 10,000 free and com­mer­cial exten­sions are avail­able from the offi­cial Joomla! Exten­sion Direc­tory, and more are avail­able from other sources. It is esti­mated to be the sec­ond most used CMS on the Inter­net after WordPress.

Blog Posts

Joomla 3.5 is here
Wednes­day, 23 March 2016
Thumbnail A mail dropped into my inbox this morn­ing inform­ing me that Joomla have released ver­sion 3.5. Amongst other new fea­tures, Joomla 3.5 sup­ports PHP7 which speeds the site up sig­nif­i­cantly. I have upgraded…
Joomla Bugs and Fixes
Mon­day, 30 Decem­ber 2013
Thumbnail I am post­ing this blog arti­cle to cat­a­logue bugs encoun­tered dur­ing Joomla builds to both help myself refer back to them if ever the bug rears it’s head and to help out any­one who is hav­ing prob­lems with…
Joomla and work­ing with design agen­cies
Mon­day, 02 Sep­tem­ber 2013
Thumbnail I have worked with sev­eral design agen­cies over the last cou­ple of years. Agen­cies some­times con­tact me because their client wants a new design and have decided that they want to con­tinue using…
What does a Joomla devel­oper do?
Sun­day, 01 Sep­tem­ber 2013
Thumbnail A Joomla developer’s main role is to set up and main­tain the tech­ni­cal side of the Joomla con­tent man­age­ment sys­tem. The con­tent man­age­ment sys­tem con­sists of sev­eral thou­sand files that work and…
Thumbnail I started using Joomla when ver­sion 1.5 was released way back in 2008. I had a mix of work that took in the pre­vi­ous ver­sion, 1.0 and the newer ver­sion, 1.5. There was never an easy upgrade path…
Thumbnail The com­par­i­son can hardly be objec­tive in gen­eral, since both plat­forms are dif­fer­ent. Each of them excels in its niche and has cer­tain down­sides. We have found a handy chart to help you com­pare the two…
The his­tory of Joomla
Thurs­day, 29 August 2013
Thumbnail Joomla is writ­ten in PHP, uses object-​oriented pro­gram­ming (OOP) tech­niques (since ver­sion 1.5) and soft­ware design pat­terns, stores data in a MySQL or (since ver­sion 2.5) MS SQL data­base, and…
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