How’d you like to have your own, very professionally designed online magazine? What if I told you that one of the hottest open source content management system (CMS) packages, Joomla, had a plug-in component that would give you that capability?
iJoomla is a Joomla component that is a framework for module placement so that laying out a magazine online is a relatively trivial pursuit. I say relatively because truly architecting, installing, developing and deploying a scalable, CMS-driven web site or magazine requires skills the non-technical person doesn’t possess. Yes, Joomla can be downloaded and installed in a fairly easy manner. Yes, it’s kinda, sorta click-n-configure. But to truly set it up so that it’s architected to scale, prepared for adding on other components and modules (like a shopping cart or forum) requires technical savvy or ALOT of time in climbing a learning curve.
Still, from what I know of jobs underway with Joomla an installed and deployed Joomla instance — with a magazine component like this one installed and running — would be under $20k (your mileage may vary dramatically depending upon specific effort required). Having been at Vignette for four years during the dotcom heyday, we wouldn’t even take a phone call from a prospect if they didn’t have $500k to spend on software and services, so this price/performance is pretty amazing.
I know, I know…comparing Joomla to Vignette is like a Honda scooter to an Acura MDX. But still the power and inexpensive nature deploying Joomla let alone it as an online magazine, makes a guys mental wheels turn.
By the way, I continue to be delighted and somewhat taken aback at how virtually the entire Joomla ecosystem simply “gets it” on the importance of design. Even this inexpensive magazine component site is absolutely first-class!