|10-14-2011, 04:16 PM||#1 (permalink)|
Join Date: Nov 2010
using a CMS or creating a custom site
I've launched multiple websites in the past, ranging from image sharing websites, to QA style websites. I never used a cms, and always coded everything from scratch, including the theme.
I always have a very specific idea of what I want, and every time I try to use a theme, things always seem to get clumsy, and I always wind up opening photoshop and making my own.
However, I've noticed that CMS, such as joomla, sbi and wordpress are extremely popular in these forums, and I think i might give it a try for a new website i'm planning to create.
How customizable are wordpress/and or joomla? Do you have full access to the source code? Can you create your own theme that you can apply to the cms?
Would you guys recommend using a cms over building your own website?
|10-14-2011, 09:11 PM||#2 (permalink)|
Join Date: Mar 2010
I use Wordpress for my personal site and for some sites I've built for others. You have access to all the source code, but when you do a Wordpress update, the source files are usually overwritten. That's why they have plugins. For almost any functionality you can download or write a plugin that doesn't get overwritten like the main Wordpress files.
I built the theme for my website myself, since I prefer to create a unique look instead of using a theme that might be on hundreds of other sites. You won't find my theme elsewhere Bottom line: I find Wordpress extremely customizable, either with premade plugins or with anything you build yourself.
|10-20-2011, 12:14 PM||#3 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Brisbane Australia
Wordpress is great, the number of websites that I have seen that use wordpress and look nothing like each other is amazing. Once you learn how to work with it, you can pretty much have it doing whatever you want theme wise. Plus the range of plugins that is available, is great.
I use nothing but wordpress. I have tried joomla before, but find it often difficult to work with some features. While Wordpress makes it very easy.
You can have a site life in under 30 minutes (probably less) with wordpress, excluding time to do a custom theme.
|10-21-2011, 01:33 AM||#4 (permalink)|
Join Date: Nov 2010
Thanks for the replies guys.
I don't know why I didn't listen to you guys and go with wordpress, but I installed joomla on my host, and after about 2 hours pulling my hair off, wandering how things work, I just uninstalled everything, opened dreamweaver and photoshop, and created the website there, with html and php.
Including the theme, and excluding the content, (already had that) it took me around 10 hours to create it.
The website I was trying to create was: BlackBerry application development - PurpleBox Mobile
I basically just wanted a simple site where I could showcase all the new mobile applications I create, and put all my apps under 1 company name PurpleBox Mobile (unregistered)
If you guys have any advice, I'd love to hear it aswell.
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