The latest contender for the Joomla ecommerce crown has arrived. AceShop integrates the popular OpenCart application into Joomla. Does the combination of the stable OpenCart platform and the flexibility of Joomla lead to the ultimate ecommerce solution? We decided to find out.
When I met Joomla, I had no idea how much it would impact my future. The relationship was frosty at first. Hostile in fact. I was happy the way things were, but Joomla insisted that life could be even better, if I was prepared to make some changes. The problem was, the path to our ultimate happiness required a solution that had not yet been built. And it was up to me to produce the solution. Okay - sure, Joomla did provide the materials, but no cohesive way of moulding it all together.
I made a tentative approach, but was sternly rebuked. Something about having inadequate permissions. I tried again but couldn't find a way to have even the most simple of conversations. Sadly we parted and I went back to my long-term partner, Dreamweaver.
But I knew I was missing out on something. It nagged me day and night until I decided to try again. It was easier this time. Things started to look bright and I was optimistic that I had found my lifelong partner. But alas we fell at the final hurdle. We had come so far, surely something seemingly so small as a menu item couldn't come between us. But is was so. And so tragically we separated again.
This time my reunion with my previous HTML editor was not so pleasant. We were never right for each other. So I knuckled down with a new determination to use the few resources I had to build a Joomla website. The details aren't important. All you need to know is that everything finally came together and now Joomla and I are best of friends.
I want you to enjoy this friendship too, so I have produced a methodical step-by-step solution to learning Joomla. Start with our free course The Basics. Then move on to our advanced courses. I also publish hints and tips via this blog. Your first steps might also be tentative, but with my help, you are guaranteed to save a lot of time and frustration.
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Various functions in Joomla require certain text to be displayed. These values are stored in various text files and previously you could only change the text by finding and downloading the correct file, changing the text and then uploading the file again. And then repeating the process if you got it wrong. Fortunately there is a much easier solution now and this post explains how to use the language override feature.
If you operate a business you may have run a SWOT analysis at some stage. This planning approach examines your organisation's Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats. When choosing a piece of software, or in our case a content management system, it's common to examine the first two – strengths and weaknesses. But what about the other two? Let's leave opportunities for another day and in this post ask the question "What is Joomla's greatest threat?"
Two weeks ago I asked the question "What is your favourite Joomla 2.5 feature" and asked you to comment on the upgrade process. Some of the comments suggested that upgrading was a frustrating experience. This got me to thinking that Joomla might be in danger of falling off a cliff. Is this the beginning of the end or the beginning of a new era?
Towards the end of 2011, we produced a course called "How to earn $4000 a month as a part-time Joomla developer". The main challenge for most people starting a business is making sales and this is especially difficult with web development. So many businesses already have a website and therefore don't see the need to build it again. However the proliferation of smartphones has changed everything. This post explains how to make money developing mobile-friendly Joomla websites.