ThistleWeb wrote:Nvu / Kompozer (one is a fork of the other dead project, I forget which is which) is probs the only WYSIWYG web editor native on Linux. Bluefish is excellent but involves coding. I gave up building sites by hand ages ago, Drupal is so much easier and more professional. The ability to drop in features to a site with a few clicks of a mouse is amazing.
ThistleWeb wrote:The difference is that Drupal is a sorta building blocks style, want a forum? You got it.
ThistleWeb wrote:I am a bit of a Drupal fan, so factor that into my answer
ThistleWeb wrote:Wordpress is... primarily a blogging platform... you're fighting against the very nature of the application to do others.
Drupal is a jack of all trades, the flexibility is mindblowing. Basically ANY website you see online you COULD do in Drupal.
DataMan wrote:It is my strong recommendation that you seriously consider an established CMS if you're looking at a public site. There is so much kiddy hacking going on today with respect to web sites that you are far more exposed to this stuff unless you use a robust security structure as found in the CMS packages.
Additionally, I avoid the php programming to maintain the sites.
fraxinus_63 wrote:WordPress is easy to install and maintain, but you need significant PHP skills (or maybe consider paying someone to make you templates and plugins) if you are to create a website that looks like a website, rather than like a blog. I am learning Drupal. I have found the learning curve very steep indeed - there is not a lot of documentation, and it can be hard to find the add-on modules that you need to add specific functionality to your site. However, a few months into the game I am starting to grasp its real potential - which, as ThistleWeb says, is vast.
.fraxinus_63 wrote:For coding static HTML, there is nothing like Quanta Plus.... it is available via Synaptic and it installs and runs just fine in Mint under both Gnome and KDE. It is not really WYSIWYG but it provides a lot of useful auto-completion and other tools and shortcuts, and it is very easy to use in split-pane mode showing a continuous preview of your page as you code it.
BrianHay wrote:Have you had a look at ocPortal? I have been using it for quite a while now and love it. It is very customisable, comes packaged with everything you need (no need for third party addons), the documentation for both regular users and developers is very in depth and the community is excellent. The core developers themselves are very active in the forums and quick to offer up help if you need it.
Fandangio wrote:I'd previously got about as far as installing XAMPP before deciding that it was too complicated and time consuming to learn.
I've just reinstalled XAMPP and Joomla which makes content management seem pretty easy.
Any newb top tips or links would be appreciated (and I hope this still suits, and fits in with the OPs original request).
barko wrote:You can use WB7 on Linux with Wine too
ThistleWeb wrote:CMS's give such flexibility and power that I wouldn't even consider building a site by hand now. Modern websites are often social places, where the site owners / maintainers want to interact with their audience, and have the audience create a community behind the site. That's what compels people to return over and over again, giving you more eyeballs to target other things at, like launching new services. Being able to add a fully functional forum with a few clicks is priceless. How long would it take you to hand code that assuming you do have the programming knowledge?
ThistleWeb wrote:The subtle differences I've noticed between Drupal and Joomla, is that Joomla came from a more closed background, where it's the norm to see addons and themes as paid options, or having to agree to a EULA such as limiting the number of sites it runs on, or including a link back etc Drupal and all it's ecosphere has been built right from the ground as proper FOSS / GPL. You'll struggle to find any Drupal stuff that's a paid or closed module.
ivan_rookie wrote:Thanks everyone, it's a great thread.
Fandangio wrote:One thing I'm not quite sure of is whether it is possible to upload this alongside an existing site (I suppose it would be but can't find any info).
Is this possible?
TinyTony wrote:Fandangio wrote:One thing I'm not quite sure of is whether it is possible to upload this alongside an existing site (I suppose it would be but can't find any info).
Is this possible?
Yes, just make a subdirectory www/joomla and joomla will appear at http://youdomainname.net/joomla/.
For other options, it depends on your hoster. Usually, you can attribute a subdomain to a folder in www/, like www/joomla/ being linked to http://joomla.yourdomainname.net/
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