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Can Anybody Tell me How to Create a Blog on Joomla?

Joomla sucks!
I have created a site with my husband's help. The basic template is joomla, and I am learning to use its features and add plugins to joomla template. It is a real headache. Joomla doesn't have many features that blogger and wordpress have. It only has a section by the name-blog. That's it. You have to search for statistics plugin for joomla. I use sitemeter for all my blogs, but joomla doesn't support sitemeter. I have found another stat site, I have to upload the code on my server. Then again, the category count, section count etc. are not available and need to be searched and uploaded.
Worst is that I don't know how to make my site look like a blog. The blog section in joomla has nothing that I have seen at blogger and wordpress. There is an archive manager, but it doesn't show up at the site. I don't know how to show or display category list on joomla.
Overall I am not at all impressed with joomla. My husband has become a fan and quite like the joomla templates and joomla functionalities, but it's me who has to work around that confusing maze, called joomla. It is going to be an herculean task to create a blog on joomla.
BTW my site/blog is Writing Orbit. I haven't added much content here, because I have been frustratingly busy in getting things in order in the joomla template. I want to ditch it, but hubby says that it is next to impossible to create a site on our ow, so we should stick to joomla.
Let's see how things work out.,

5 comments:

  Anonymous

14 April 2008 at 10:23

Joomla really sucks. If you count your work hours, even typing HTML on your textpad will be faster than trying to post a decent site on joomla

  sheetalahlawat

18 April 2008 at 13:32

My sentiments totally. You have to toil hard to create a simple post on joomla.

  Dekeblue

2 May 2008 at 14:32

I've been a Wordpress user for 3+ years and recently made a new site using Joomla. It took a little time to figure out the structure of Joomla but once you understand what a Section is and what a Category is and find out where the various settings are located under the menus, it's actually a very strong platform. I can do many things with it that require me to code in WP. Templates seem harder to manipulate in Joomla but I haven't spent much time there yet. That being said, it is much better to start with a template geared towards your needs. There are templates geared towards blogging and alot of the configuration is taken care of and just needs to be tweaked. I would recommend a book. I downloaded a pdf and it helped me figure things out pretty quickly.
My newest joonla site is midlandlax.org if you want to see one.

  SouthernFried

12 August 2008 at 18:53

Be patient. I felt the same way too. But I was determined that it wasn't going to get the best of me. I feel pretty comfortable with it now!

  Rullz

4 October 2008 at 13:25

In my opinion is better to use WordPress for blogs. Is easy to use, and you have a lot of plugins and free wordpress themes.
I have used Joomla and I know how hard is to do some things. Everytime i searched for tutorials to see how I must to do some things.
With WP is easy.