posted on Feb, 13 2012 @ 11:11 PM
I just discovered this area while looking for help on something else and thought I'd toss my two cents in. I've been using Joomla for quite some
time and swear by it. It's BIG for a footprint on a host drive as a site grows and develops, but it's the best framework for the ability to build a
site in any direction out there. Other CMS's are better for one purpose or another, but Joomla is the swiss army knife that does just about
everything, if not the BEST at it. The selection of free extensions or what other s/w calls scripts are varied and solid for community reviews and
Lynda.com is probably the best suggestion I can make for someone wanting or needing to become functional in Joomla in a short time. They offer very
lengthy video courses in video clips of a minute to a few minutes, teaching each step. It makes it quick and easy..for a basic level.
Joomla templates are easy, but not free. I use Artisteer as the base for template creation with a built in fit for Joomla sites. Dreamweaver is a
design package that looks interesting for making and modifying templates, but I'm still learning it....no opinion there. Artisteer is wyswig though
and runs $49 for the home edition. For using Joomla sites, it makes custom template design realistic and very quick.
I'm just the opposite of you. I've become so good with Joomla and website infrastructure design/creation, I could do it in my sleep or by memory. At
the same time, I couldn't design a sign for a lemonade stand and make it look good. One without the other sure doesn't work well. College is
solving my side....and Joomla is a quick way to solve it for someone weak on infrastructure creation.