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why use wordpress or joomla




5:31 am on Dec 12, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I am new to dynamic web development.I started to learn php and mysql. But recently I came across words like wordpress,joomla,drupal.I googled it,and find out that they are made for blogging or website with cms.

But I really want to what is the right approach to develop dynamic websites...using hardcore php-mysql language or by using simple and easy to use wordpress or joomla theme?

another qustion--I have seen some tutorial that they are making regular html-css webpages and then converting that to wordpress theme.whats are the benefit of converting that to a wordpress theme?

thanks in advance


7:56 am on Dec 12, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Hello King

If you want to go online fast then people prefer to use the existing content management systems like to mentioned drupal etc.

But if you want total control over the things and want functionality which you want then people prefer writing own dynamic website.

2nd part

By converting your own html-css design to wordpress themes you get design of your choice and advantage of wordpress dynamic content management functionality.


12:37 pm on Dec 22, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Wordpress is probably the easiest to use...Joomla is well, let just say "tedious" to learn & setup. Never messed with drupal.


11:25 am on Dec 30, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Just tried Joomla for the first time after doing a lot of Wordpress stuff. I quite like the back end of Joomla. We bought Joomsef to handle a lot of the standard SEO side of things


8:27 am on Jan 7, 2011 (gmt 0)

Wordpress provides a lot of features to help you publish a professional blog. There are also plenty of plugin you can use to customize your wordpress blog. Wordpress is highly recommended.

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8:32 am on Jan 7, 2011 (gmt 0)

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5-10 years ago people were making their own content management systems, these ones came around to save people re-inventing the wheel and as said, gets people less technically inclined and time-challenged online more quickly.

There are a lot of useful CMS threads here [webmasterworld.com] if you want to know more about why they're popular and preferred in many cases..


2:02 am on Jan 9, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I've never used a CMS, but when I look at the source code for other websites that do use them, I usually see a huge amount of code bloat (= inefficiency). I've also read about the risks of a CMS website being hacked. In my opinion, in the long run you're better off if you do it your self because you have more control and more options.


7:05 am on Jan 10, 2011 (gmt 0)

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In most cases you don't use a fire hose to water a garden...

A CMS is a fire hose. Coding your own is a garden hose.

I like my garden, where I plant what I want and nurture it to growth.

That said, nothing wrong with a fire hose, if you are dealing with a fire. Just make sure you have a fire first. Most of us want productive gardens...

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