Thinking in Joomla

I'm not sure I'm capable of writing this article ATM, since I'm only starting to Think in Joomla, but it is interesting to realize that it's a somewhat different cognitive space than WordPress was. I've spent a half-dozen years now mostly working in WordPress. It's fantastic. A couple weeks ago I decided to try making a Joomla site. It's frustrating because it seems to work similarly to WordPress, but different. The differences begin mostly as frustrations because you can't, or don't know how, to do what you want. But slowly as you begin to make sense of how Modules, Menus and other aspects of Joomla work, you start to move from frustration to empowerment.

But more than empowerment, the differences between Joomla & familiar WordPress seem to be invitations or opportunities to think differently about how you organize and present content.

Learning Joomla

  1. I'm lost, Modules & Menus are weird, why is it so complicated?
  2. Oh wow, this is a lot more flexible!
  3. Oh, it's not just more flexible, it's kind of a different way of thinking.

Note that this all feeds through Theme Flexibility (can use multiple, customize by menu item)

Is Activities vs Optional Meetups really a different way of thinking? You could have done the same in WP! But. Joomla plus this nice theme seem to invite you to think or organize this way, and the theme layout can customize for each item. Ultimately I think it's part the flexibility of Joomla, part the value of this very simple, very visual template, and part just that being a bit disoriented is also an invitation to think about what you're organizing and how you're presenting it.