Dictionary.com defines jargon like this:
1. jargon: -noun, the language, esp. the vocabulary, peculiar to a particular trade, profession, or group: medical jargon.
It also defines jargon like this:
2. jargon: -noun, unintelligible or meaningless talk or writing; gibberish.
Joomla!'s roots go back a few years, and it definitely has a language all its own. Seasoned veterans are fluent in Joomla! jargon, but for "newbies", that second definition is probably the most appropriate definition for what Joomla! jargon really is. For that reason, I have decided to attempt to compile a list of the most commonly used words and/or phrases in Joomla!, and give them a definition that actually means something to a non-veteran Joomla! user.
If you follow Joomla! news, you no doubt heard that Joomla! 1.5 beta was released on October 12 (or October 13, depending on what time zone you live in). This is great news for anyone using Joomla!, because it means that we are close to the stable release of version 1.5. I am extremely excited about this new version for several reasons, but as a designer, there is one main reason for my excitement.
That reason can be summed up in three words: no more tables! The new templating system for J!1.5 enables designers to override the default html output of the core Joomla! components and modules. This means that those pesky tables included in the default output can be a thing of the past, which means improved accessibility, more standards-compliant websites, and better SEO.
This new templating system, greater ease of extensibility (3rd party developers will have an improved framework for building components, modules, and plugins), and a growing, dynamic community make Joomla! the best CMS on the market. The possibilities of what can be done with Joomla! are limitless!
Splash pages (those annoying pages with some sort of fancy graphic or flash intro that say "Click to Enter" or "Skip Intro") are bad. I could spend a whole article trying to convince you of this fact, but I think this article does a better job of it than I could ever do.
One of the most common mistakes made by Joomla! designers is to assume that just because you loaded Joomla! in a directory called "http://www.yourdomain.com/joomla" or "http://www.yourdomain.com/cms" or "http://www.yourdomain.com/home" rather than your root web directory, you are stuck needing to create a splash or intro page in your root directory to point your users to the real site. Nothing could be futher from the truth. As a webmaster, you have a couple of options for pointing users to your content without the need for a splash page. I will try to cover those options in this tutorial.
Ever wonered how to link to a content item without first creating a menu item? Read on if you want to find out the shortcut.
Since the launch of Internet Explorer 7 I struggled with ways to test sites on IE6 & IE7.
One solution which was suggested to me by Dean is to have multiple OS's installed on emulation software such as VMWare.
I installed VMWare as I'm sure it'll come in handy but the 4GB of space it requires to install a second version of Windows XP seemed a bit like over kill for my liking so I searched for another solution.
Here's that solution: http://browsers.evolt.org/?ie/32bit/standalone - I now have a standalone version of IE6 alongside my updated IE7
If you have a website (Joomla or otherwise), and you have a
vague interest in getting traffic, then pay per click (PPC) need to be part of
your Search Engine (SEM) strategy.
Why is pay per click so useful? If you put an ad in a magazine about your product, you pay
the magazine the add fee and it goes in. At that point you are hoping that the
ad is compelling enough to get people to call/email/visit your site. If you get
no leads from the ad, then you still had to pay the magazine the fee.
What exactly is email marketing?
It can be any number of things, at its most basic it is using email to communicate with your users, customers or stakeholders. Don't get confused by the word "marketing" here, I am using it in a very global sense:
- A information site might send out news about new content that has been added
- A non-profit organization might send news about its projects
- A subscription site might use a series of autoresponders to create e-courses
- A resteraunt site might send out coupons on a hot day for summer food specials
- A ecommerce site might use it to send follow up emails to customers, or emails to people that abandoned your cart
- A political campaign might send out emails to initiate donation drives
There are a number of great improvements to menus in Joomla 1.5. These are focussed on providing more flexibility to template designers and making Joomla sites more accessible and W3C valid. Specifically, significant improvments have been made to bulleted lists to now allow better submenus (for things like dropdown menus) and image replacement.
I found a story on Digg today which sounded interesting. If you use Firefox 2 or Internet Explorer 7 then you'll notice a litle search bar at the top of your window which looks something like this. The way to achieve this is so simple. You can read more into it here or just follow along to get it working in Joomla!
I've received a few inquiries lately on how I make our screencasts and video tutorials so I've compiled a review if want to make some for your own clients. Last year I switched my systems over to Mac but when I was using Windows the two best applicaions were Camtasia, Captivate and Wink.