Monday, October 18, 2010

Working with your ISP

I have formed a personal relationship with my Internet Service Provider because I believed that when something on your site or a clients site malfunctions, the problem can be sorted out much quicker, and much more pleasantly.
Here are some of my experiences: I recently developed 3 new Joomla sites for clients. managing the front end was simple - I was able to build the sites on a FREE test server - space donated by my ISP. Once the sites were approved "off line", they were then transfered to the main online system.

However there were some interesting incompatibilities that arose.
(1) Joomla version inconsistancies. Templates that were designed for early versions of Joomla 1.5 - trying to run on newer Joomla 1.5 versions.
(2) Lack of access to the Administration area.
(3) Editing failures
(4) Upload failures
(5) FTP access failures

All of the above were solved almost immediately.

The only problem I still have is that neither the ISP or myself can upload a forms module to one of my sites. Upload went well here in the office on my Wamp Server - but the upload fails on the ISP Servers that have Linux Operating Systems - Bummer!

Monday, October 11, 2010


Joomla is an award-winning content management system (CMS), which enables you to build Web sites and powerful online applications. Many aspects, including its ease-of-use and extensibility, have made Joomla the most popular Web site software available. Best of all, Joomla is an open source solution that is freely available to everyone. Joomla Templates are available either at a cost for a sophisticated professional template or for Free from many web designers: just google "Free Joomla Templates" and take a look at all that's available.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Our aim is to connect all the Wakka-Wakka CMS builders in South Africa

Lets get connected and help each other produce the best CMS sites around. I'm still a greenhorn when it comws to Joomla for exampple, but have already built, ar have 8 sites in various stages of production.
I often need help, or modules, or even technical advice when problems occur. Let's form a Wakka-Wakka circle and see if we can make the circle bigger. (Apologies to JR.)

What is Joomla Wakka-Wakka?

We're a small web design shop working in Joomla, Wordpress, Drupal and a few others, the names of which I can't recall right now. HTML/CSS pages were fine a few years ago, but nowadays there is a ton of free CMS options available to make our jobs as developers and website publishers a lot more simpler.