I've been away from my own site for way too long. Perhaps it's because I'm so damn busy, but it was time for a major upgrade once again. This time, I've moved to Joomla 3.1.1. Partly the move was due to the new Tags feature, which makes Joomla waaaay more powerful than Wordpress, and it's the only application that I use for websites any more anyway. I use it at work, I'm the organizer for both the Joomla User Group Detroit and Joomla User Group Michigan, and I'm planning also planning a 2014 Joomla Day Detroit event...
The little box on the left kinda hinted at it. Joomla isn't just a web platform, a CMS or framework. Joomla is really about the people and community, and the downloadable is just the culmination of collaboration, friendship and drive from contributors the world over. I am lucky enough to be a part of the community. As a Joomla enthusiast, user group and major event organizer, I have friends all over the world. You should hear my phone's notifications going off... it drives my wife nuts sometimes.
Being part of the Joomla Community is something special that no other web application that I've used has. With those other applications, the community is built on people who just want support and nothing more. Joomla, however is collaborative and collective. The development is all volunteer work. Same with organizing groups, events down to contributing your thoughts on the forums.
I've tried using those other popular web applications, you know... the blogging platform and the pretentious framework that takes hours just to configure to do the same thing that Joomla does out of the box... Yeah, been there, done that. While others make a simple blog platform try and do things it was never meant to do, and others struggle with something that isn't made for anyone less than a web developer, I'm happily crusing along, building sites and rockin' the tunes :D
Joomla is truly a content management system (CMS). I've built blogs, Soccer Club, Ecommerce, Business, Non-Profit and personal sites with it, and every time, there's a point where I learn something new, or a better way how to accomplish something. It makes sense. Articles, categories, tags, menus; all working together in a very logical way.
For anyone who is new, I really do recommend finding a local user group. I encourage everyone, new and seasoned pros to dive in, ask questions and contribute. Joomla can do everything that a local business or non profit needs, in reality, and with the thousands of extensions in the directory, and who-knows-how-many templates, your imagination is the only limit.
It's amazing really...
Joomla isn't just a CMS that runs websites. It's so much more. Joomla is people, community and friendships around the world. No other platform offers so much. I have been sucked into the Joomla world. It's a good place to be.
Son Koral is the organizer for both the Detroit and Michigan Joomla User Groups, lead organizer for Joomla Day Detroit, Founding partner for Motor City Spark, Local 313 and Detroit Web Developers. He works as a Web Architect at the Detroit Zoological Society and is married with four beautiful children.