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University College London
Room 6.12, Engineering Building 2 Malet Place London WC1E [...]
Date :  Tuesday, 15 April 2014
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  {combrite_tickets 11249309989;1} Welcome to a Joomla Club Open Introduction Session at the Pop-Up University [...]
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  {combrite_tickets 11249245797;1} Welcome to a Joomla Club Open Introduction Session at the Pop-Up University [...]
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The Joomla Content Management System

Joomla! (the exclamation mark is official) is not just a Content Management System but also a Web Application Framework.

For the easiest analogy, open up Word using the Windows Operating system - my apologies to Mac users - and create a new document and save the document in a new folder in My Documents. Then go into the Word Options>Customise and add Show All to your Quick Access Toolbar. This is basically it, articles in categories and menus in modules. The rest is based on this and by the rest we mean thousands of interesting core and additional components and extensions to include or not, the first lesson of Joomla Club being less is cooler.

As any developer can tell Joomla Club is principally focussed on general users and their advancement over professional users. Luckily the London Joomla! Users Group that organises developers, hosting providers, designers, managers, and system integrators is meets over the road in UCL. But if there is a need or you want to lead on founding a red branch of the BSU Joomla Club then contact us right away.

The name Joomla is a phonetic spelling of the Swahili word ‘Jumla’ meaning ‘all together’ or ‘as a whole’ and reflects the open source philosophy of its development project team. Open Source is actually still copy write and trademarked but still available within the common purposes of the owners. The 2008 mission, vision and values of the Joomla Project Team that include a vision of ‘people publishing and collaborating in their communities and around the world, software that is free, secure, and high-quality, and a community that is enjoyable and rewarding to participate in’.

The current versions are 2.5 launched in January 2012 and 3.0 which was launched in September 2012. The .5 versions are full versions while the .0 versions are still works in progress. 3.0 is very much designed for multi-platform compatibility, so on the telephone it looks as good as on the laptop or the desktop, which is kind of the same as fluid width functionality which pushes out to fill the space or pulls in and stacks modules such as menu buttons, and this is all done in 2.5. The Joomla! website states 2.5 is the ‘best choice’ when you wish to incorporate existing extensions and templates and that it is ‘the current, long term release intended for most websites’. Upgrading to 3.5 is no big deal and this very website is built using version 2.5.

The Joomla ‘community’ has a number of online forums but like most they tend to be for the technical service providers rather than social, commercial and political entrepreneurs that simply need a web presence and a merchant transaction portal. There are also some excellent Joomla extension reviewers and many, many free professional standard extensions to explore and utilise. The difficulty, as in all situations when you need help, is in knowing if the issue you need to resolve comes down on the side of legitimate difficulty or shameful laziness. This is a tough social balancing act but the online resources are mostly in place, Joomla is a real doddle to master, and the BSU Joomla Club hopes to smooth out the sharper corners of getting this essential part of your ambitious journey completed.