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Wednesday, 26 July 2006

For the last 2 weeks, I've been working on getting this new website set up.  it hasn't been easy!  I'm a programmer by trade, so you would think that setting this up would be easy.  Don't you believe it!

I think a lot of the problem has been because I decided to use something called 'Joomla'.  It's a CMS (that's Content Management System), that should make hosting this kind of website easy.  It should take care of all the tedious stuff, like building the menus, keeping pages in order etc.

Notice there are a lot of 'should's in there.  For the most part, it does do all of those things well out-of-the-box..  It's when you decide to customize it that everything goes screwy.  For instance, it took me 2 hours to find out how to turn off the news modified date on the home page.  You would think you could set that in the news item itself - and sure enough there are fields there to change it.  But that's not where they are controlled from on the home page.  To control the ones on the home page, you need to go into the menu editor.  What the heck does the menu editor have to do with the home page?  I dunno..  You tell me!

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