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Many times, clients come to Creatively Constructive and say, "design me a custom website". What they don’t realize is that there are a number of questions that need to be answered to guide us to a starting point of their project. So, here’s a short list of questions that will help both of us discover what we expect from your website. This will define what goals you have for your online business and how best to represent those in a website.

The Homework:

checkmark orange 128   What is the goal of your website?
checkmark orange 128   Define your business.
checkmark orange 128   How much do you want to be a part of the design process?
checkmark orange 128   Do you have written content, images, music, or Flash videos prepared?
checkmark orange 128   Do you have a current domain name (.com, .net., .info, etc.) or hosting plan (GoDaddy.com) already setup?
checkmark orange 128   Any colors or theme in mind?
checkmark orange 128   Provide a list of websites that you feel encompasses your future websites goals and why.

At Creatively Constructive, we use the powerful Joomla! Content Management System to develop custom, beautiful and aesthetically pleasing, technologically advanced, and user friendly web platforms, which give your business a professional appearance in the online market, along with a powerful software that drives your website right past your competitors. We believe that the implementation of a content management system (CMS) allows us to build amazing websites that are easily expandable in any direction your business needs to grow. Joomla! is an award-winning content management system (CMS), which enables you to build websites and powerful online applications. Many aspects, including its ease-of-use and extensibility, have made Joomla! the most popular website software available. Joomla! is the platform on which millions of websites are built on and is currently the #1 content management system in the world.

The core Joomla! framework enables developers to quickly and easily build:

checkmark orange 128   Inventory control systems
checkmark orange 128   Data reporting tools
checkmark orange 128   Application bridges
checkmark orange 128   Custom product catalogs
checkmark orange 128   Integrated e-commerce systems
checkmark orange 128   Complex business directories
checkmark orange 128   Reservation systems
checkmark orange 128   Communication tools

What is a content management system (CMS)?

A content management system is software that keeps track of every piece of content on your website, much like your local public library keeps track of books and stores them. Content can be simple text, photos, music, video, documents, or just about anything you can think of. A major advantage of using a CMS is that it requires almost no technical skill or knowledge to manage. Since the CMS manages all of your content, you don't have to.

What are some real world examples of what Joomla! can do?

Joomla! is used all over the world to power websites of all shapes and sizes. For example:

checkmark orange 128   Corporate websites or portals
checkmark orange 128   Corporate intranets and extranets
checkmark orange 128   Online magazines, newspapers, and publications
checkmark orange 128   E-commerce and online reservations
checkmark orange 128   Government applications
checkmark orange 128   Small business websites
checkmark orange 128   Non-profit and organizational websites
checkmark orange 128   Community-based portals
checkmark orange 128   School and church websites
checkmark orange 128   Personal or family homepages

Who uses Joomla?

checkmark orange 128   MTV Networks Quizilla (Social networking) - http://www.quizilla.com
checkmark orange 128   IHOP (Restaurant chain) - http://www.ihop.com
checkmark orange 128   Harvard University (Educational) - http://gsas.harvard.edu
checkmark orange 128   Citibank (Financial institution intranet) - Not publicly accessible
checkmark orange 128    The Green Maven (Eco-resources) - http://www.greenmaven.com
checkmark orange 128   Outdoor Photographer (Magazine) - http://www.outdoorphotographer.com
checkmark orange 128   PlayShakespeare.com (Cultural) - http://www.playshakespeare.com

Say "goodbye" to having a website built and never being able to edit your content while trying to keep your website fresh. With the Joomla! Administration Back-end you will be able to add your own articles, photos, news items, and content without the help of a programmer or web nerd... It really is that easy! With virtually unlimited functionality and extendability you will gain more than just a website and your domain is now way more than just an online brochure; It's a tool that you will come to love. Implement lead generation, blogging, custom forms, advanced content searches, video, audio, message boards and an unlimited amount more. Joomla! has an extensive 3rd party extension library with thousands of ways to plugin just what your business needs to be successful in a Web 2.0 atmosphere.

Take a quick Joomla! Test Drive

To find out the basics of Joomla! for yourself, try out their online demo by clicking on the button below and you'll quickly discover how simple Joomla! is to Administer. Once you get to the Demo Page, scroll down halfway until you see a button that says "Launch Test Drive" and click on it to take you to the Quick Joomla! Test Drive without having to register for the 90-day Joomla! Demo Account.

joomla button demo

What does the Joomla! Administration Panel look like?

As you can see, the Back-end Administration Panel is easy to navigate and provides the Administrator with a host of options and powerful tools. You can easily swap out the Administration Template for an entirely different look and user experience. Each version of Joomla! has a different Administration Theme set to default. This website happens to be running Joomla! v2.5.28, however a website running Joomla! v3.0 will not look this way and it will probably offer more features due to the upgrade in the Joomla! core software. It takes approximately 1 minute to swap out a template for either the Back-end or Front-end of a Joomla! website.

joomla backend sample bluestork

The above Administration Panel Template is called Bluestork and it is the default template for all Joomla! 2.5 websites. Below is an example of a 3rd party Administration Panel Template called AdminPraise Lite. It offers a host of advanced features over the default template, Bluestork. It is much easier to accomplish all administration tasks with the AdminPraise Lite template since it reveals all possibilities that can be accomplished in the Back-end, while Bluestork has these options hidden from use.

joomla backend sample aplite

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