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Joomla Development Insights

Joomla Development Insights

Thoughts on development and Joomla from John Hooley, senior Blue Bridge developer.
Sep
25

Building a Joomla to Wordpress Bridge

Building a Joomla to Wordpress Bridge

We just launched a portfolio plugin for WordPress at the beginning of September. Every project has its gotcha moment right at the end when you think you're done and an undiscovered assumption rears its ugly head. The plugin, Pizzazz Portfolio, was no different. The business model for Pizzazz is freemium where a free version is available to everyone and a commercial version with more features is available to those who want more beef. Our stumbling block was when we realized that we couldn't perform a direct upgrade from free to premium using WordPress. We've built several WordPress plugins, however the portfolio plugin is the first time we've released a plugin into the WordPress plugin directory for mass distribution. I asked some peers of mine how they handled these types of upgrades and they told me that they typically wrote custom updater classes. We could have done this, but there was just one problem: like any good developer, I'm lazy. I don't want to write custom updater classes if I don't have to. I won't explain here why it is good for developers (and benefits their clients) to be lazy, but I will blow your hair back by explaining how we used Joomla to upgrade WordPress.

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Apr
03

Double Trouble - Running Joomla and WP in Tandem

Double Trouble - Running Joomla and WP in Tandem

Have you ever seen a motorcycle with a sidecar?  By attaching a little car to the side of a motorcycle, you get the benefits of the motorcycle's size and open air travel and the benefits of a car's long distance comfort.  Many site owners choose to do something similar by running Joomla and WordPress simultaneously.  They want Joomla's flexibility and power in addition to WordPress's wonderful blogging capability.  However, running these applications in tandem introduces several issues and, for a number of reasons, I recommend against using both systems together.

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Dec
24

Joomla vs. Drupal vs. WordPress

Joomla vs. Drupal vs. WordPress

A question I’m commonly asked is why I prefer Joomla! over the other open source CMS applications, specifically the other big popular applications Drupal and WordPress. People don't understand the differences between the three and jump at the opportunity to ask a domain expert like me what those differences are. Most of the blog posts that I've seen comparing them do Goldilocks comparisons where they fall along a gradient: easy and simple (WordPress), medium and medium (Joomla!), and technical and hard (Drupal). This is easy for people to understand, but it's not accurate and it's a simplification which isn't helpful. In this post, I'm not going to do a rich analysis of the differences between the three, but rather show you why this comparison isn't helpful and suggest an alternate course of analysis.

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