Blogging with Joomla - past, present and future

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These are the slides from my presentation "Blogging with Joomla", held at the third "J and Beyond" conference in Bad Nauheim, Germany. The presentation is a condensed version of my book with the same name.

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  • Blogging with Joomla - past, present and future

    1. 1. BLOGGING WITH JOOMLA past • present • future Kristoffer Sandven
    2. 2. WAY BACK...…there was the Palm Pilot
    3. 3. I started blogging in 1998
    4. 4. AND NOW... …it’s gone
    5. 5. Started the current blog to learn and connect• Wanted to connect with the community• Decided to reach for the world• Jumped into it
    6. 6. I imagined it wouldbe like a sprint
    7. 7. It turned out to bemore like a marathon..
    8. 8. One of my first posts was commented on by Brian Teeman, and it taught me to do my research before posting…
    9. 9. «This is really bad advice!» Brian Teeman, May 2009
    10. 10. We have since become friends. JAB 11
    11. 11. The past• Blog layouts have always been a part of Joomla• Still, Joomla hasnt become a standard for blogging• Why? • Too complex or confusing UX / UI • Lacking features? • How Joomla is "sold"?
    12. 12. My start• My start was a simple Joomla blog layout (1.5) in 2009• Expanded with SuperBlogger from Joomlaworks (2010)• Moved to Joomla 2.5 and K2 (2012)
    13. 13. Moving to K2Needed more flexible content templating:• Front page• Blog posts• Landing pages• "About" type pages• Quick Looks• Pages that show posts with common tags
    14. 14. Keys to blogging success• Great content• Great looking template• Readable typography• Quality images• Social media integration
    15. 15. Keys to blogging success• RSS feed to Feedburner• Solid comments system• Tags• Quality web host• Consistency in delivering content
    16. 16. Choosing a platformBasically, you have three options:• 1. Joomla + installed extensions• 2. Joomla + a content construction kit + additional extensions• 3. Onecomponent with everything you need for blogging included
    17. 17. Joomla + installed extensions• Free• Canbe hard to keep updated (many extensions)• Needs extensions for comments, tags and more
    18. 18. Joomla + CCK + additional extensions• Free• Fewer extensions to manage• More complex to set up• Commercialtemplates come with CCK-specific styling• Good if blog is part of a bigger site
    19. 19. K2 categories and sub templates K2 Template K2 sub category template K2 Content K2 Content K2 Content category 1 category 2 category 3 K2 items K2 items K2 items K2 items (articles) (articles) (articles) (articles)
    20. 20. Zoo apps
    21. 21. One component with everything included• Cost involved• Onecomponent to keep updated• Best for blog only site• Good for newbies
    22. 22. Time to decide...
    23. 23. WorkflowMake a Photoshop template for images
    24. 24. WorkflowUse a writing program
    25. 25. WorkflowSet up automatic publishing to social media
    26. 26. WorkflowSet a blog schedule / publishing plan
    27. 27. TipsCreate your own content templates
    28. 28. TipsWork with CSSto make your siteelements fittogether
    29. 29. God (or the devil) is in the detailsWithout JavaScript With JavaScript
    30. 30. Mobile site / blog• Mobile template for each device (MobileJoomla type) or• Responsive template
    31. 31. Mobile template• Onetemplate for each device (MobileJoomla type solution)
    32. 32. Responsive template Full width iPhone iPad
    33. 33. Organizing content• Multiplecategories / sub categories• One category + Tags
    34. 34. SEO Basics• Unique, relevant and quality content• Keyword research (using Market Samurai, SEOMoz or Google Adwords)• SEF URLs• Links (internal / external)• Title and description tags• Regular optimization efforts
    35. 35. The Future
    36. 36. My wishes• Improved front-end editing and image management (JUX)• Responsive templates in the core (Bootstrap / JUI)• Sample content / wizard for blogs and other site types• Remote blogging support• Authorship support in user profiles• Tags / new content layouts
    37. 37. The improved admin
    38. 38. JUX / JUI• Themost important factor for Joomla to succeed is improved UX / UI• WordPress has been popular with bloggers because of simplicity and useful functions• Devs are now using WP for full sites• Lower the threshold of Joomla
    39. 39. Conclusion• Joomla! is great for blogging• You will learn a lot by doing it• To become more widespread, we need improved UX / UI• Go do it!
    40. 40. Learn more www.joomlablogger.net/bloggingbook Available as e-book and printed paperback – 287 pages

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