Joomla! is a content management system that allows anyone to create a high quality website with little experience or expertise, but if you have the expertise you can make Joolma! do amazing things. Joomla also lets you split the workload of your site allowing you put the control fo your sites in the best hand of yoru webstie team.
Content management is what Joomla! was designed for. It has the tools to create articles and assign those articles to menu without even needing to know any HTML or other kind of programming. In fact if you have ever used a web based email application like Yahoo! mail or Gmail then you already know how to create articles in Joomla!.
When you purchase SimpleWeb we will provide you with a Joomla! training DVD that will give you all the knowledge you need to control your Joomla! website with ease. After watching the Joomla training DVD, one of the members of the Campbell & George development team told us that they now " ... feel as if they could create their own website by themselves"; where they would never have thought that possible before.
Joomla! uses templates to create the look and feel of a website. Each template has all the graphics and style sheets needed to make your website look like you want it. With a little training any graphic designer can create a Joomla! template or you can use a software package like Artisteer to create your own.
The Campbell and George development team included a graphic designer who created their template from scratch; while the Brenner-Fielder team used Artisteer and Stylizer and was completely done by two people who were already on staff. For this site we are using a paid template from a Joomla Template club named Rocket Theme and the template is called Enigma.
SimpleWeb is a series of multiple Joomla! extensions; called modules, components and plugins. These are built just like any other Joomla extensions and as such they work with all other Joomla extensions.
For example, the SimpleWeb Item Search plugin give Joomla! the ability to search through the items in your Prophet 21 database. You can then use the built in search module to to display the items or you can find an AJAX search module like they are using on the Brenner-Fielder site. Because the SimpleWeb Item Search plugin was written to work with Joomla, the development team for the Brenner-Fielder website was able to add the Universal AJAX Live Search module without needing to consult anyone at SimpleWeb.
This is part of the power of Joomla! It allows you to use any of the Joomla! Extensions on your site without needing to worry about if they will work or how to get them setup.