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  Reply # 470466 18-May-2011 12:38
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it has been ages since i used Joomla and last time it was a nightmare to intergrate (talking 5 years ago now).

But looking at the site now it has come a long way and could well be the best option for you.

If you have shared hosting you should find they have 1 click install as well already set up.



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  Reply # 470468 18-May-2011 12:42
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Something along the lines of this:

http://www.siteground.com/tutorials/joomla15/static_to_joomla.htm

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 470469 18-May-2011 12:44
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Yes that looks like a decent tutorial.

Although its one version out of date - you should use version 1.6.



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  Reply # 470470 18-May-2011 12:48
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Ok cool, i might start another thread and ask if anyone has done this recently and can give me any help along the way.

Thanks

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  Reply # 470492 18-May-2011 13:24

theitman: Ok cool, i might start another thread and ask if anyone has done this recently and can give me any help along the way.


Thanks


 

You may want to consider wordpress or silverstripe CMS's, as they are relatively easy to setup and use. I am not a fan of joomla, as I have seen so many get hacked, although wordpress websites are also getting hacked alot  now to. That is mainly due to the developer not regularly updating the CMS, and on shared hosting it is even more important. Therefore you also need to build into your cost, that you will need to update the CMS regually for your client, and they will need to build that into their budget. If they don't have the budget for that, a static website is the most secure, as they don't need patching.



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  Reply # 470519 18-May-2011 14:08
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Hi, thanks for your reply.

I was originally going to use wordpress but i cant find any good tutorials about moving a static website into wordpress and the ones i have found it looks difficult.

Now im just confuzed, wordpress, joomla or custom cms. hmmmmmm

The website is purely for promotion and there isnt alot of functionality to it 

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  Reply # 470526 18-May-2011 14:29

theitman: Hi, thanks for your reply.

I was originally going to use wordpress but i cant find any good tutorials about moving a static website into wordpress and the ones i have found it looks difficult.

Now im just confuzed, wordpress, joomla or custom cms. hmmmmmm


The website is purely for promotion and there isnt alot of functionality to it 


 

You may just want to leave it static, if it isn't going to be changed too often, and you don't waat to have to worry about patching it in the future with security updates. Alternatviely you could go for a hosted solution such wordpress.com and there are several others too. But I probably wouldn't reinvent the wheel, as there are so many good CMS system out there and they are mostly free to use. 

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  Reply # 470530 18-May-2011 14:35
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i wouldnt bother doing a custom CMS, unless you're doing something that is a completely custom website that has specific needs, and data entry.

converting a basic website to wordpress, joomla, drupal can easily be done in a day. they're made to be easy, basically just creating a theme for those based on your site. and by using them you get access to plugins available, eg visitor stats etc.

personally i would just convert it to wp and be done with it. quick and easy. theres load of tutorials on the net how to do it.


EDIT: i converted my site (reven.co.nz) from a custom asp.net web app, to a drupal site in about 2 days, then to a wordpress in about 1 day.  (didnt like drupal).  afterwards i just spent a few days writing a few plugins to tweak the performance (js/css minificiation/combining)



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  Reply # 470537 18-May-2011 14:51
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Ok thanks for your advice. Maybe i will just stick with wordpress after all. Is converting my website to wordpress going to be quick and easy for someone who has never done it before?

Will read over some tutorials when i get back from class tonight,

Thanks 

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  Reply # 470538 18-May-2011 14:54
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theitman: Ok thanks for your advice. Maybe i will just stick with wordpress after all. Is converting my website to wordpress going to be quick and easy for someone who has never done it before?

Will read over some tutorials when i get back from class tonight,

Thanks 


yeah its really quite easy, i had never used wordpress before i converted my site.

just make a copy of the standard theme and go from there.

everything is broken down into php files, eg header.php, footer.php.   

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  Reply # 470544 18-May-2011 14:58
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Don't do it yourself. Unless you really know how to code well, you will probably leave security holes and other such things in the code. Use something that has a good security track record (kinda rules out Wordpress imho!) and can be easily updated.




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  Reply # 470546 18-May-2011 14:59
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hmm oh ok. Any suggestions?

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  Reply # 470548 18-May-2011 15:01
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theitman: hmm oh ok. Any suggestions?


That was more a poke at Wordpress than me being really serious.  Wordpress would be perfect for what you're after.  Just be sure to keep up to date with the security patches.




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  Reply # 470549 18-May-2011 15:02

muppet: Don't do it yourself. Unless you really know how to code well, you will probably leave security holes and other such things in the code. Use something that has a good security track record (kinda rules out Wordpress imho!) and can be easily updated.


 

Not sure I agree, as all you are doing is changing the themes files and CSS. You aren't actually modifying the CMSs backend files.

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  Reply # 470550 18-May-2011 15:03
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robbyp:
muppet: Don't do it yourself. Unless you really know how to code well, you will probably leave security holes and other such things in the code. Use something that has a good security track record (kinda rules out Wordpress imho!) and can be easily updated.


 

Not sure I agree, as all you are doing is changing the themes files and CSS. You aren't actually modifying the CMSs backend files.


Sorry - to be clear I meant "Don't write your own CMS". 




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