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This past Saturday in Brattleboro VT about 80 plus Joomla junkies came together to learn inside tips and tricks on improving their skills and upping their game with the Joomla platform. Three unique learning tracks from some of the most knowledgeable Joomla developers and some humorous interludes kept the crowd entertained and with plenty of “ahhh haaa” moments.
CNP Integrations was a sponsor of the event so I wanted to make sure I made it again this year. The highlight for me was Brian Teeman’s showcase and cool feature review of the JCE Editor. Every one of the folks that attended agreed that they learned something new about this ever so popular Joomla extension and the developer was online with us via a live Skype stream. Check it out here: http://www.joomlacontenteditor.net/
I personally stuck around for the responsive template sessions and found them very informative. Brian, Matt and Andrea all had great information to share. I learned some cool knowledge bits that I can use for building custom responsive templates and how the addition of Bootstrap and LESS to the joomla framework have given even more power and control to both designers and developers alike.
I also got to sneek away from the responsive design track to see part of David Hurley showcase his new CRM system for Joomla www.crmery.com. I just recently installed this to see if it would be a viable replacement for the CRM we just discontinues and I have to say I have been very impressed. There are some new features discussed briefly that when they get released will make this a perfect solution for tracking our sales opportunities and managing new customer relationships. So far I have been pretty happy with Active Collab but they have a new release of JForce coming out early June that might have a very convincing case for change since it integrates nicely with the CRMery solutions.
Elin Warring was able to showcase the new tags feature coming out today in the latest Joomla 3.1 release. I must say this is really going to have a significant impact on how folks decide to organize and manage their content with Joomla moving forward.
The event management team really does a great job on this event and it goes on so smooth you wonder where the day went when it is over. One of my favorite parts of Joomla Day events is the after events where you meet and network with new friends from around the world. Often they are folks you have been talking to in cyber space and chat rooms, so putting a face to the online personalities reinforce how and why being part of such a unique community means so much. This time about 25 of us went out to a local Chinese/Japanese restaurant and in addition to some great conversations the Susi was wonderful.
I now have a new bunch of friends that I can say "Hey we did sushi together... ".
Joomla Days are a great way to connect with the community, learn more about what is going on in the development circles of the software and gain valuable tips on how to create better results using Joomla. So far there are announcements for a few more Joomla Day events planned this year and I bet there will be even more that pop up in the coming months. Keep your eye on this link for current events: http://events.joomla.org/all-events/21-joomla-days.html
Here at CNP Integrations we’re always tackling interesting challenges, or slving unique problems for our customers. A few weeks ago we ran into yet another one. Here’s what we were up against.
A client was using the popular ZOO content construction kit to easily create a variety of content types for their site. One of the requirements was to be able to upload a pdf, and have it available both as a link to download, AND as a pdf embed. The link part was easy - ZOO provides an excellent field element to allow you to select files to allow a user to download. The tricky part was with embed - Identifying a method to allow the client to embed files on the site, without having to add steps to their content creating workflow.
Joomla CMS Site Owners Here is Your Branding Test Strip:
If you want to have the best CMS presentation and online marketing program for your online and offline business you need to start with having a strong brand identity. Everyone wants their brand image (logo) to look professional, get noticed and be memorable… but not everyone pulls that off! That is a tall order and millions attempt this feat each year. Although it sounds easy, it isn’t, especially if you already have some type of branding that is not working well for you… in which case you might consider re-branding. But re-branding is like rewind, so you may want to weigh the consequences of having to revisit all your existing marketing materials.
In cases where your branding has been a complete failure it is crucial to start from scratch. This could be extremely painful but necessary. Hopefully you are not in that predicament and you are just looking for some good advice on starting your branding strategy or making it better.
Before you start, understand that branding is one of the most important things you will ever do for your company’s long-term growth. How you choose your branding will impact the future of your company, service and products.
Building any web site requires careful thought and it is especially important to remember these four elements in your design and strategy. I recommend that you put together a list of questions and collaborate with others to help develop a well-rounded approach to each. Determine which elements related to each topic will best suit the needs of your organization. Fortunately, the Joomla CMS is the best CMS technology platform you can use to implement these tactics. Not only is it one of the easiest for non-technical users to manage but it is the most flexible for building robust full featured intuitive web applications as well. We have rarely found a more suited technology solution for practical use in Government, Non-profit, Small Business Enterprise or affordable Learning Management.
1. Web applications and usability
Test, evaluate, strategize and design your CMS strategy for optimized results
When a user gets to your website you want to keep them there and make their visit enjoyable as well as add value for them spending their time on your website.
Often an important challenge to overcome with web application usability is making it intuitive for the user. When you are close to the inner workings of your site it is easy to overlook how your site is being perceived by an end user. You are going to want to have just the right balance between the amounts of content; how it is presented as well as making sure you are able to connect the right message with the particular users that you want to attract.
Some simple usability guidelines;
Minimum clicks - minimize the number of clicks needed to get to the desired content
Performance – make sure your site is optimized for page load performance
Simple and clean – Make sure you display enough content but not too much. Do not let the user get distracted.
Guide the user on an easy to follow path - Where ever possible predetermine click paths based on user types and guide them to the best possible experience based on what they are looking for.