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Hi everyone, I am new to Joomla I have been using Adobe software to design sites for years and decided to give Joomla a try as I get fed up designing sites for customers who say they want to manage their sites using Dreamweaver after I have designed it, then want me to do all the work for nothing after my job has finished. This seems like the ideal solution.
Giovanni Yarabek Accepted Answer
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WELCOME Alan!

I'm still a newbie, myself, just about a year at this. I've watched the tutorial videos again and again, (especially the PRO videos) posted some questions here for help and have built some awesome sites!
This is a great community and forum.

Make mistakes, nothing breaks ... trial is a good thing ... just make written notes - when you make the correction, make a note, or a screen shot for future use (works best for me). Trial and terror is one way ... the videos here on BAJW is the better way!

Like you, I've been (and still am) loyal to Adobe Creative Suite - although I never mastered dreamweaver, largely as you point out, clients become the monkey wrench. (I often cheated and forced sites from In-Design ...little known secrets).

All the best. Do share your progress when you feel up to it.
-Giovanni -Tampa, Florida - USA
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Ian Hayward Accepted Answer
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Hi Alan - welcome aboard.

There are 2 aspects to Joomla web design - template and content. The template design takes care of the look of the thing and you can use as many, or as few, as you like.

Template - I generally opt for a minimum of 2 - the front page template emphasising the site by having a large header; all other pages emphasise content by reducing the header size. Joomla templates are available everywhere - the choice is almost limitless. If you want to design your own, there's a few of here who are Artisteer fans - http://www.artisteer.com/

Content - this is Joomla's great strength. Clients can change, edit, add to site content to their hearts' content - once they have been shown how to. After all that's what CMS stands for - Content Management System.

However - don't underestimate the time you will need to get familiar with Joomla - particularly if you come to it from other disciplines. We've all found there's a lot to unlearn as well as learn!

Stick with it - it's worth the effort. We see a lot come and go here and I'm sure it's because they badly underestimate the time and effort needed. Or simply can't be bothered!

Ian
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