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WordPress versus Joomla!

This blog is based upon a WordPress template. Overall, I would say I have been very happy with it. However, the time came to rewrite my wife’s art website (which had been somewhat cumbersome to update in an HTML editor). A website designer friend suggested that rather than rewrite it in WordPress I try out Joomla!

We tried it for a while but the experience was never satisfying and Joomla, to me, seemed to lack some of the flexibility and ease of use that WordPress has. So, having abandoned HTML editing for Joomla!, we have since been through another complete restyle and rewrite of her site using a commercial WordPress template from Themezilla.

Despite the odd hiccup from time to time, even Karina – who is definitely not a techie! – has been able to edit and update her site using a set of notes I prepared. All in all, it is a relief to have both her site and this one both on WordPress.

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A technology fix

The last few days I have been pondering over my use of technology and the need to extend my existing reach.

I have been maintaining our business web sites through BlueFish, a Linux HMTL editor, which is powerful but quite slow.  As Karina, my wife, also wants to be able to update her sites I have decided to invest a bit of time into installing WordPress. I have set up a blog (here), that I have been thinking about for a while, to act as a test bed. WordPress should be an easy-to-maintain/use tool.  It should mean I can also re-develop our web sites, several of which have got a bit long in the tooth.

The main challenge this weekend has not been WordPress itself, which installed like a breeze, it was getting the MySQL database and all the settings ready beforehand through our ISP.  Not exactly an intuitive exercise but I got there in the end with the aid of two manuals, patience and a lot of trial and error (especially the latter).

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