Joomla! Future Thoughts
I was privileged to be invited to attend the Joomla! Forum for the Future 2020 conference in Marbella Spain in 2020.
It was a gathering of Joomla enthusiasts and active community members to look at the future plans for Joomla! It was fabulous to meet a variety of people from all over the world with such enthusiasm and a common love for Joomla.
It led me to think I ought to share my thoughts on Joomla, why I use it, what it means and what I think may be worth considering for the future.
My View of Joomla!
I love Joomla! and by that, I mean the product and the community.
Why I use Joomla!
I have coded websites in a text editor writing flat HTML. I have dabbled with php manually written. I tried a small UK developed CMS called PHP-Fusion (I think it is still going) which was easy to get a simple site working, but was clunky to get templates to work and extensions were almost non existent and very messy to use. I had a copy of Dreamweaver - how do you use that :) ? So, what instead?
- Wordpress? (Yes, I see it as an alternative to Joomla!)
- This thing called Drupal? - far too complex for my needs.
A friend suggested I look at this tool called Joomla!
First use, coming from PHP-Fusion, I found Joomla easy to get round but couldn't get anything to display??!!?
I found an online Joomla! video course.... a few modules of that and I was flying - the Joomla! method of menus and content turned out to be my stumbling block.
I have exclusively used Joomla! ever since. It suits my needs; relatively easy to get a site going, with amazing extensions available where I could create anything I could think of; even a raffle ticket system and a retro car parts database using UK postcodes to search locations. Truly fabulous results with my new found 'adult lego set for the web'.
What would I like changed in Joomla?
Very little is needed to satisfy my needs to be honest - this is not to say there are many things that could be changed and new exciting directions, just I am very happy with the tool as it is.
However, if I were to have a wish list, it would be:
- Simple interface in back end for editing content for business owners who don't want to learn code to achieve a decent result.
- Currently any simple formatting most of the business world can do on their pc in an office application, often takes coding effort online
- This includes access flexibility to be able to change content in forms and other extensions without being given access to all extensions.
- I may be out of date but some of the things I want to be able to do to allow restricted access to business owners force me to allow access to change extensions or even structure of the site e.g. adding menu items; where all I wanted was them to be able to change content in the existing structure
- Protection and support of key useful extensions that make Joomla a complete solution (see below)
However, I am happy with it as it is and the above won't stop me using it.
commercial risk to business
extend functionality in any way a user can imagine
essential to the success of Joomla!
- verify it is safe and aligns with the core policies and standards
- underwrite it, such that if there was a problem with the provider of the component, then the core team would guarantee support and critical updates for a defined period.
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