So I decided I’d set up this blog for several reasons. One of them was because I wanted to learn to use Drupal, a common open source CMS.
A CMS (content management system), for those of you not in the know, is software that allows you to manage the content of a web site without actually creating an HTML page for every part of it that you look at. Instead, a CMS will typically store the content in a database, and construct the site “on the fly”. It will also allow the author of the site to add content much more easily, by providing him or her with a nice form-based interface that he or she can enter data into without getting all technical.
So I installed and configured Drupal, looking forward to learning a new skill. One thing I learned was that my host didn’t provide the kind of access to my database I’d need to make it work. This was a bummer, as I’d gotten it up and running, and got a fair way up the Drupal management skills learning curve. The technical support guy said I should try Joomla, another open source CMS.
So I did. It was pretty good – I might even say a lot more customizable and friendly to use than Drupal.
Here’s the thing – in the past I have had some experience using a proprietary CMS called Expression Engine. I quite liked it, but really wanted to learn something open source.
Sadly, I have been spoiled – Expression Engine is really a better way to go for me. Furthermore, there is a free version for non-commercial sites (such as this one). So I have installed it, and have given up, at least for the time being on the open source option.
wanted to like Drupal and Joomla, but Expression Engine it’ll have to be.
So, this is a fresh install, and as I post it I am using the default template, so lots about this site won’t work yet. Look forward to a more pleasant browsing experience in weeks to come.