Spring Forward Web Design
Build your own Site... Control your own Future!
There are over 1,000 free extensions for Joomla websites.
This website features four of the latest.
* First, it uses the Cloud Access Cloudbase 2 Template. This template comes with a customizable 960 Grid Page Layout.
* Second, it uses the Joom Gallery Slide Show with "Ken Burns" style special effects as shown to the right.
* Third, it uses the All Videos Rewind system - capable of playing any video on a Joomla website. Click on the video link to see how it works.
* Fourth, it uses Chronoforms, an easy form making system. Click on "Contact Us" to check it out. Best of all, because Joomla is "database driven", data from the form is automatically downloaded onto a data base!
Blogs are different from Forums in that blogs are more intended for informational websites to provide news content with additional comments while forums are intended for educational websites to provide answers to questions. It is a bit ironic that while Joomla offers several excellent free extensions for creating forums, they offer only a few for creating blogs. Sadly, all of the current options suffer from very serious problems.
I was going to describe the process for adding a blog extension to a Joomla website. However, after researching all of the free options, I found that none of them could compare with the WordPress blogs which I have been using without problems for years.
I therefore recommend that, if you want to add a blog to your website, you review the section on this website called “WordPress.” In this section, we review how to add the WordPress Content Management system to your website. This will create a separate page called yourwebsite.com/wordpress. You can then create a link to your Wordpress page in Joomla using the URL for your WordPress page and linking it to a Menu Item called “blog” in your Joomla Main Menu.
This will not only give you a full featured blog, but it will allow you to compare the WordPress and Joomla Content Management systems. I think you will agree that Joomla, despite all of its current shortcomings, is much more advanced than Wordpress.
Hopefully, someday there will be a free and reasonable blog extension on the Joomla Extension Directory. In the mean time, a Wordpress blog will have to do.