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1. Joomla Usability Sucks
(News/Joomla)
...enterprise level functionality, and increase the potential for Joomla to be considered an enterprise level content management system, it is recommended that a "less is more" approach be taken. Through...
Monday, 14 September 2009

.../ In essence you would be able to view the site structure based on who had access to view it (for private content), create it (page editing), approve it (editorial authority) and publish it. This mo...
Sunday, 31 May 2009

...e on a web application that is fast and retains the strength to handle load, stress, and multiple forms of content. It hasn't helped that some businesses believe it is better to maintain archiac, ta...
Wednesday, 11 June 2008

4. The Joomla! community
(News/Joomla)
...ommercial and open source. On the flip side, due to its absence of workflow and inability to define custom content types, Joomla! remains weak for traditional enterprise scenarios." CMS Watch, CMS Rep...
Monday, 30 July 2007

5. Joomla! Template Design
(News/Reviews)
...y topic considering the current climate of derivative works amongst Joomla!) and modifications to the core content code in order to produce tableless design. Throughout, Tessa encourages the use of F...
Wednesday, 18 July 2007

6. Open source democracy
(News/Joomla)
The aim of an open source product is to allow certain freedoms for the end user or client. The aim of the open source community is to allow disemmination of  those  freedoms so others can be
Thursday, 12 July 2007

7. Follow the money
(News/Joomla)
This is a very short, simple, right of reply to this developer post made by Louis Landry after I suggested that there was an organisational business plan in place concerning GPL compliance that resemb
Friday, 06 July 2007

...k is for you. This book would also be of benefit in graphic and web design schools in order to reskill for content management system development. My suggestions for the next edition of this book incl...
Wednesday, 04 July 2007

...duce high quality commercially licenced design and accessibility work for your business, regardless of the content management system you use. This decision may seem at odds with the new direction tak...
Thursday, 21 June 2007

This is just a little update on the Joomla licencing discussions. I've managed to source a revised copyright and licencing arrangement that supposedly supercedes all previous versions and it does ment
Wednesday, 13 June 2007

Supposedly, the licence of the entire Joomla! core product is up for review. There have been repeated threats against commercial developers by one of the project managers of Joomla!. So not all is wel
Friday, 08 June 2007

12. Black hat Joomla
(News/Joomla)
The nature of web searching is that it should be based on qualified content and valid links. Yet the current ideology from the Joomla! team may not exactly engender quality content. For the question m
Tuesday, 15 May 2007

13. SEO Australian Style
(News/Design)
...o leverage trust from all the major search vendors such as Google and Yahoo, as well as allowing  the content that reflects your business to be consumed in multiple formats. Within the Australi...
Tuesday, 08 May 2007

...more on this below), I had JAWS 8 in advanced verbosity, Window Eyes 6 and Firevox all happily parsing the content. As this site is gratuitiously marked up in hAtom, each time I author a post, the sam...
Monday, 30 April 2007

15. Joomla! Melbourne User Group
(Portfolio/Community)
...therwise known as Joomla!MUG, is a community development project to help evangelise and support the Joomla content management system across Melbourne. This project was done as a support resource for ...
Tuesday, 24 April 2007

...to cover is the investigation of social behaviour across networks that reflect popularity. News creation Content is king. It always has been. It always will be on the web. To create meaningful valu...
Friday, 13 April 2007

17. Joomla! Summer of Code
(News/Joomla)
...HP, CFML and .Net, I recognise that the direction needed requires a small, yet subtle customisation to the content record tables in order to be fully extensible. I built the thing for 1.0.x and I know...
Monday, 09 April 2007

18. Googleplexing
(News/Design)
...he primary issue in any web advertising on a site is cannabilising and leaking of users away from relevant content. However, when considering web advertising, that is usually between 1 to 2 percent of...
Monday, 19 March 2007

19. The Holy Grail
(News/Joomla)
A while back on the Joomla! forums, there was discussion about getting semantic content correctly deployed. Well, my friends, I'm glad to say it's now been well and truly done. The best example is alw
Tuesday, 13 March 2007

20. Beehive machina
(News/Joomla)
... Joomla!. The obvious question remains - does it live up to its claims ? The real risk when dealing with a content management system is that the CMS produces malformed, invalid code. Some CMS products...
Thursday, 01 March 2007

21. Professionalism and change
(News/Culture)
... to what is truth and what is falsehood in terms of marketing, design, implementations, cost, licencing or content. This is why the duty of a professional can cause disruption and dissent in major pro...
Monday, 26 February 2007

22. The power of community
(News/Joomla)
...as evidenced on the last Joomla! Day in Australia. Mambo is now the underdog in the showdown between these content management systems.. Yet that is what has happened here. The underdog, Joomla!, has ...
Friday, 23 February 2007

23. Political policies
(News/Culture)
...s does, fortunately or unfortunately, depending how you see it, include design changes like retrofitting a content management system to web standards compliance. As some or all of the software used i...
Tuesday, 20 February 2007

24. Humanly possible
(News/Joomla)
...ss' approximation in regards to finding a piece of data inside the database. Now that piece of data may be content, it may be images, it may be componentry, but it is still guessing it. Within Joomla...
Tuesday, 20 February 2007

25. Back in the groove
(News/News)
...". We have more products, a new range of dedicated boutique support for Mambo, Joomla, Wordpress and other content management systems. As our skills and experience within the web standards market has ...
Sunday, 18 February 2007

26. Darkened forge
(News/Mambo)
The continued lockout by the Mambo Foundation Inc., through Mambo Communities, of an open source/GPL development account is a blight on the claims that Mambo is an open source architecture. In the la
Thursday, 08 December 2005

27. Mamboforge lockouts
(News/Mambo)
Over the last two years, Absalom Media has been developing GPL and other open sourced licenced work on Mamboforge, the official Mambo development site of all Mambo related components, modules and temp
Tuesday, 06 December 2005

28. Mambo 4.5.3 Review
(News/Mambo)
...from the Foundation. 4.5.3 Stable reverts back to the 4.5.2 mentality of an encapsulated PHP file pulling content from the database, perhaps due to the lack of technical expertise in Team Mambo in un...
Thursday, 01 December 2005

29. Mambo support
(News/Mambo)
... allows those who develop in Mambo the freedom to speak up on the forums. Our first release is a revised content layout file for Mambo 4.5.2.3, removing the extra line breaks inside the content cate...
Friday, 25 November 2005

30. Mambo and WAI
(News/Mambo)
...es. So, on the one hand, you have Mambo 4.5.2.3 still outputting tabling for presentational aspects of the content, and you have a mechanical tool which cannot correctly interpret that the tabling use...
Wednesday, 26 October 2005

31. Who Owns You?
(News/Mambo)
...one the work, according to the Spikesource partner overview: SpikeSource and Miro have built an integrated content management solution based on the SpikeSource Core Stack that installs in just minutes...
Saturday, 22 October 2005

...uh, I'm a partner in a web design company called Water and Stone and we're focussed on open source content management systems such as Mambo, and uh, primarily OS Commerce. And I'm in Bali ...
Monday, 17 October 2005

33. Cultural Voice
(News/we05)
...r just three months, six months or a year. It will, more often than not, be a permanent fixture delivering content to the people who need it. This is where creating something that is of value in all m...
Thursday, 29 September 2005

34. Please Use This
(News/Joomla)
Usability is a key aspect of web and content management design principles. If the product a person or company designs doesn't keep the basic functional principles that allow any user, irrespective
Wednesday, 28 September 2005

35. Full Disclosure
(News/Mambo)
... to this than meets the eye? Now I have it on good authority that an Enterprise ready version of the Mambo content management system is in the workroom at Miro, release date as yet unknown. There are ...
Friday, 23 September 2005

36. Cannibals
(News/Mambo)
...ially with attribution (as well as a few other licence types I've probably missed). Cannibalising the content, structure and ideas out of other people's work whilst trying to maintain the lic...
Friday, 09 September 2005

37. New Arrival
(News/Joomla)
...LEASE: The multi-award-winning team of core developers, that developed the world's most popular content management system known as Mambo, has changed the name of their software to Joomla!...
Friday, 02 September 2005

38. Money matters
(News/Design)
... still HTML, which means it remains invalid. null There is also a <h2> call that goes nowhere and no content in it. However, there are some ideas going in the right direction: n...
Saturday, 27 August 2005

39. That's No Beta
(News/Mambo)
...pen Source Matters and elsewhere. In this light, I can no longer recommend the Mambo platform as a stable content management system, due to the amount of organisational entropy shown by the Foundatio...
Saturday, 27 August 2005

40. Final Words
(News/Mambo)
....tar.gz).? What I didn't know then was that I found a file that would change the face of open source Content Management and become an awarding winning product. A lot has changed since then mos...
Tuesday, 23 August 2005

41. Metamorphosis
(News/Mambo)
....x), as well as the new fork managed by the current core team. Since we also deal in? development of other content management systems like Wordpress or Xoops we maintain a stable, secure development c...
Friday, 19 August 2005

42. Semantic Ideas
(News/Mambo)
...ically correct and well-formed code matter. Merely having article titles as  h1 and h2 elements for content does not allow a definitive site structure as they do not reflect a semantic, 'webi...
Sunday, 10 July 2005

43. Pattern Recognition
(News/Mambo)
...ntegrated pattern templating for all core components, Mambo moves into the realm of extensible, accessible content management systems. As pattern templating allows a clear delineation between content ...
Monday, 27 June 2005

44. To Tell A Story
(News/Mambo)
As I write this, I'm working on translating a 14,000 page static site into an effective online content management system and another 9,000 page site into something which has web standards and acce
Sunday, 27 February 2005

45. The Giant's Drink
(News/Mambo)
...is also a current issue, and something the core team need to look out for. The proper semantic delivery of content independent of the coding structures behind it. Mambo, by and large, still lacks prop...
Friday, 25 February 2005

...ble design in Mambo is the minimal use of tabling. Tables should only be used to display data, not arrange content. The table structure should conform to Section 508 standards in the very least. CSS s...
Friday, 25 February 2005

47. Accessibility
(Legal/Standards)
...ng the command ALT+INSERT+3. More pages are being recoded using structured semantic markup. Most of the content conforms to Bobby A and Department of Defence Section 508 standards. Any pages that ...
Monday, 14 February 2005

48. Building a Better Web
(News/Mambo)
...nts using Mambo?should encounter?usability and functionality, so that the end user can create relevant and content-rich articles with the minimum of hassle. Because, at the end of the day, a website i...
Wednesday, 27 October 2004

49. CSS: Flash in the can
(News/Mambo)
...inimal fuss. To that end, Absalom Media has adopted Flash in a way that isn't invasive to delivering content through Mambo. This technology is known as scalable IFR, delivered to a workable prod...
Monday, 11 October 2004

50. CSS: Styling the world
(News/Mambo)
...o be created without the use of tables. Tables are meant to be used for displaying data, not for arranging content.? Table-based layout are also limited to box and column designs. For demonstration of...
Tuesday, 05 October 2004


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