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  • Any Joomla Users out there?

    I just did a successful test publishing an Alpha5 page in the Joomla (Open Source) Content Management System. It's very cool.

    Are there any other Alpha Five users using Joomla or another CMS?

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    Re: Any Joomla Users out there?

    Yup.

    Well, perhaps you'd call me a "former" user. I'm actually leaning towards CMSMS to streamline the construction of *simple* websites. That's all I need for most projects anyways.

    I'm new to A5, but have used Joomla extensively (Mambo before that) in the past for building websites. I was searching the boards to find info on integrating A5 developed pages with CMS pages. Looks like you've had some success.

    How did you integrate the A5 stuff with Joomla? Are the A5 pages just static pages within Joomla? Did you need to use a bot? Construct a wrapper module or build a component in Joomla to make it work?

    JR

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    • #3
      Re: Any Joomla Users out there?

      I have been a Joomla based web developer since it's inception. I've created close to 100 sites over the years for everything from small home based buisnesses to corporates and Brand names...
      since finding alpha Five (and only found it by accident by googling for a way to deliver online delivery of access database without using microsoft servers.

      I'm really wanting to initially wrap alphafive pages into existin joomla framework until the time when I can totally do all I can do with joomla with alpha five v10. I can't se too many limitations as yet only possibility!

      Is anyone else here still working with Joomla intergration with A5? I would definately enjoy to brainstorm ways of intergrating the two with anyone likeminded!

      BTW Though I do know how to clean code html php css a little javascript and ajax and actionscript. I am in essence a graphic designer, so if anyone here requires the need for a designer willing to trade design for A5 I'm all ears!

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      • #4
        Re: Any Joomla Users out there?

        I am matching my V10 version of the A5 Web Framework to Joomla, plus security, and other issues for a secure A5 website.
        Steve Wood
        Join the ALPHA DEVELOPERS NETWORK
        There is no Cloud. It's just someone else's computer.
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        • #5
          Re: Any Joomla Users out there?

          Justin P.

          Can you provide an email address or phone to contact you?
          Janet Park

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          • #6
            Re: Any Joomla Users out there?

            Sure,

            510-247-1577
            Steve Wood
            Join the ALPHA DEVELOPERS NETWORK
            There is no Cloud. It's just someone else's computer.
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            • #7
              Re: Any Joomla Users out there?

              To draw a comparison between Joomla and Alpha Five - the former is a great content management system. Its great for managing articles and other content from different sources. But it is not a full web development kit like Alpha Five. You would not use Joomla to build anything that required a highly customized system. Very few of the things that I think we build can be done in a system like Joomla. But it does have some very nice methods for managing content - abilty to position content almost anywhere, ability to define basic page layout through settings (1-column, 2-column, etc.) and toggle banner logo and other images. It has nice methods to manage all images, WYSIWYG editors. Its got one very very nice feature where you can 'drop in' things such as breadcrumbs, statistics, and other web form features.
              Steve Wood
              Join the ALPHA DEVELOPERS NETWORK
              There is no Cloud. It's just someone else's computer.
              Web - Mobile - Hosting - Products - Frameworks - Developer Resources
              AlphaToGo | IADN (100% Alpha Anywhere Websites)

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              • #8
                Re: Any Joomla Users out there?

                I've been asked to redo our website, which is probably 10 years old. I had originally done it using Adobe PageMill, then migrated to Adobe GoLive 5. I haven't done anything since.

                With all the new web technologies, and my growing fondness of using databases (gradually migrating from Access to Alpha Five v9), I'm wanting to explore other avenues to build the new site.

                For the most part, the website I'm looking to build will be fairly minimalistic. We're a smallish company with 2 divisions: A. pipeline subcontractor, and B. equipment manufacturer. I will develop pages discussing the work each does, show off some of the projects completed, list the equipment available, etc. Some of this I would like to be database driven. I would also like to incorporate an employee portal, where people in the field can log in and fill out reports, print lists, etc.

                I consider myself to be a novice with regards to A5V9. I have not yet tried any of the web creating tools. After doing some research, I'm really leaning towards trying A5 in conjunction with either Joomla or CMS Made Simple.

                With all this in mind, do you think I might be trying to take on too much? I don't have any deadlines, and I'm always wanting to learn new things. It's just with a 60-hour work week and 2 hours of commuting every day, there's not a lot of spare time.

                I would love to hear from the community with regards to there experiences with building websites with Alpha 5 and/or CMS's. Thanks in advance and sorry for the long post.

                Parish

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                • #9
                  Re: Any Joomla Users out there?

                  Originally posted by Parish Mills View Post
                  ...
                  With all this in mind, do you think I might be trying to take on too much? ...
                  Can't say what's too much for you, but if you really plan on having a data driven web site to any significant degree, you definitely want to go w. v10. It's a huge improvement over ALL previous Alpha versions on the web side in terms of functionality, speed and ease of use. My 2-cents.
                  Peter
                  AlphaBase Solutions, LLC

                  [email protected]
                  https://www.alphabasesolutions.com


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                  • #10
                    Re: Any Joomla Users out there?

                    Hi Parish,

                    I don't have the experience to respond intelligently to many posts on this board, but in this case I felt that the opinions of another Alpha novice might be appropriate. Over the last couple of years I have built a large desktop application which assists in every area of my small business. A few weeks ago, like you, I decided it was time to replace my website. It did take me a couple of weeks to get to grips with the ALPHA WAS and to get my first attempt online - with some help from this board. However, I am now 'flying' and am publishing new sites every other minute! My main problem now is not a technical one - it's the 'pretty' stuff that I'm not too good at. I'm a menace with that colour picker...

                    My advice would be: go for it!

                    Kind regards
                    Larry

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                    • #11
                      Re: Any Joomla Users out there?

                      Larry, which version of Alpha are you using? From what I've read, and as Peter stated, V10 is supposed to have more bells and whistles for web-related databases. I just hate to fork out more money for a system, when I haven't fully utilized what versions 8 and 9 could do.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Any Joomla Users out there?

                        I am soldiering on with V9 - until the V10 price comes down or I am convinced that it is worth my while upgrading. V9 has a few issues, but none that you cannot work around; and I believe Alpha should really provide at least one more patch to fix the known problems.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Any Joomla Users out there?

                          Larry, thanks for the email. I checked out your website and it looks good. That's about what I'm trying to do, showcase the company and provide a portal for my employees to retrieve and update information as needed when they're out in the field.

                          You had mentioned trying to polish your site up a bit. You might consider Artisteer. I haven't tried it yet, but supposedly it comes with may CSS templates. Not sure though if it plays well with A5.

                          Also, did you use A5v9 exclusively to make your website, or did you also use a content management system? I've setup XAMPP on my desktop for inhouse testing. I've also loaded up both Joomla and CMS Made Simple trying to figure out which one will work best for me. I'd also like to try out Alpha Five, but I'm really concerned about how well the server will work with my web hosting provider, and also, there's the issue of do I have to have to purchase an additional license (1 for test server, and 1 for web host provider)?

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                            Re: Any Joomla Users out there?

                            Originally posted by Parish Mills View Post
                            Also, did you use A5v9 exclusively to make your website, or did you also use a content management system?
                            Hi Parish,
                            I used A5V9 exclusively - I wouldn't know where to begin with the other products you mention.
                            Larry

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                              Re: Any Joomla Users out there?

                              Am a Joomla developer, but my company bought Alpha 5 v10 which in two days am able to do stuffs really fast. But however, would love a quick guide how to integrate the two technologies. Especially user groups, access levels etc

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