• 09.16.2008 No Comments

    I’m working on a website for a friend, and I’m using some unfamiliar software as the backend.  I’ve never used Joomla before, and there is a learning curve to get it to do what I want.  It is an open-source content management system; it will allow a non-technical user to add and modify portions of the site and manages all the relevant content without me having to write the code.  For example, I’m using WordPress to manage the backend of this blog.  It takes all the work out of creating something from scratch.

    Well, I may be admitting my ignorance here, but it took me about an hour to figure out how to get a horizontal menu and how to add items to it.  But, I was able to eventually accomplish that and now I need to start changing the style of the site to better suit the needs of my friend.  Once I do that, I will need to create the actual content for the pages (but he will provide most of this info, so not hard).

    The real task will be trying to implement some custom features I want to have on the site, such as people being able to select options they want in a house, and the script output some recommended houses that will fit their needs.  I’m also thinking about having the ability to calculate payments and financing issues, and also being able to select custom options and seeing them applied to a mock-up house… as if they were customizing their own home.  Then allowing the person to submit the information to my friend so he can contact them about what they are looking for.

    If it all works smoothly, it’s going to be really cool and hopefully attract some business.  You can see the work in progress here

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