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What is Joomla!

So you are searching the Internet for a content management system and you want to know what Joomla! is? This article will explain the basics.

What is Joomla!

Joomla! is a very powerful, open source, content management system, which will allow the user to build almost any type of website their imagination can come up with and all with very little web design knowledge and skills. In fact, some web hosting companies allow Joomla! to be installed with one click via their control panel. We have been using Joomla! for over 8 years now and it’s a fantastic system.

Extensions

You can expand your site easily with extensions, you may be familiar with WordPress, which is also a content management system and is also powerful, but Joomla! is more focused on content management whereas WordPress is more focused on blogging. However, WordPress is still a very powerful content management system and I will give an overview of it later on in another post. Joomla! is used on millions of websites worldwide for sites ranging from 1 page landing pages, to massive online communities. Joomla.org runs off their own software and it has a lot of traffic, which shows it can handle it.

You can install extensions for almost anything, such as SEO, newsletters, online stores, social networking platforms and the list goes on. There is a huge community of developers that build themes and extensions for Joomla! and you can find them on their website: http://www.joomla.org. You can also submit your own extensions to them, we have created several, some of free and some are paid, it’s a good way to get some extra money and traffic to your site. Here are all our plugins in case you want to take a look: http://www.webdesignservices.net/free-joomla-twitter-plugin.html

Joomla! Resources:

Joomla!’s main website: https://www.joomla.org

Download Joomla! https://www.joomla.org/download.html

Joomla! Documentation: https://docs.joomla.org/Main_Page

Joomla! Extensions: http://extensions.joomla.org

Joomla! Templates: https://www.joomlart.com/joomla/templates

Adobe Voice For iOS is Great for Making Videos

Adobe Voice For iOS is Great for Making Videos

If you are like me, you don’t like making videos often from scratch, due to all the hassle with software, uploading, editing and so on.  Well you will like this news.  It’s now possible to make videos with your iPhone by using the new Adobe Voice app.  You can download it here

Basically, you can create a video and then add your voice to it, then publish it.  It’s part of Adobe Slate, check out this video, which explains it:

Will AI Take Web Design and Development Jobs?

Will AI Take Web Design and Development Jobs?

AI, or Artificial Intelligence, is quite the hot topic currently. But nobody has specifically mentioned web design and development jobs being in danger from AI, so I figured I would bring it up 🙂  If you are new to this subject, there are various YouTube videos, which will clarify things for you.  I’ve posted a few below.

However, you don’t have to start applying for a job at McDonald’s yet, so relax.  In my opinion, most web designers and developers are used to evolving, we tend to change with whatever hits us.  First it was Dreamweaver, then CMS now AI, Robots!

Will AI take web design jobs?But I think  we will end up in control of AI, rather than the other way round, and they will help us complete things faster, just as Dreamweaver, Joomla! and WordPress does now.  Although, if they get smarter than us then who knows?

According to many of the leading AI scientists, it’s clear that AI is gaining ground in many ways.  When you see Google, Facebook and other massive companies taking notice, then you know it’s no longer just in the realm of science fiction.  But I also would hope all these companies and government agencies have the sense to make sure, or at least try to make sure, that AI does not get out of hand.

This could be accomplished by making sure what they develop has a fail-safe, just in case something goes wrong.   It’s possible, however, that  when AI gets far more intelligent than humans, and they will, they will simply find a way around our barriers, because they will be many times smarter, and therefore anything we think of they will find a better way.

I would like to hear your comments on this subject, do you think Robots will take our jobs 🙂

Here’s a couple of videos on the subject, which I think you will enjoy.  The last one on the list is by far the most important.

The Future of Web Design

The Future of Web Design

Recent web design trends already point out to what might turn from a local tendency to a widespread industry standard. 2014 saw the rise of HTML5, mobile, scrolling design, flat UI and micro UX. The most important aesthetic principle was an all-time favorite – minimalism. What’s in store for graphic designers and web developers in the upcoming year? Here’s a list of some really hot topics that we will see booming in the near future. (more…)