Why Do You Need Help From A Joomla Website Designer?

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Joomla Website Design

Joomla Website Design

Tired of being dependent on your web design company to do changes in your site everytime you want something changed? Then you need a Joomla Designer to do custom joomla website for you.

Content Management System is a powerful tool that is currently used by a large %age of websites. A CMS gives you full control over your site and allows you to update content of your website without any knowledge of HTML or web page designing. You just need to know how to update articles and you can work with your CMS like any normal word processor.

Joomla is a free CMS tool. It’s previous generation was called Mambo which was another popular CMS of its time.  Then Joomla was born and Mambo became history, but Joomla CMS engine is still using Mambo CMS engine in it’s core.

Joomla has been designed to be extremely flexible and easy to use. It gives you full control over the content management, media publishing, membership management, editorial control and so many other features that come built in with Joomla. Moreover, you can use thousand of joomla extension libraries (Paid or Free) contributed by thousands of programmers world wide. These extension libraries are called the components.  Today, you can find a component for almost anything. This is where the real power of Joomla lies because you can add any feature you like to have in your website by just a few clicks.

A joomla website designer has to have a good knowledge of how their HTML designs can be integrated with Joomla CMS engine. For this they must have good knowledge of Joomla template language, which is not too complicated for a good experienced designer to learn. Joomla works on famous model that separates presentation from logic, thus a joomla template creates a bridge between the two.

For a large website that requires a CMS for it’s management, you must plan your content management first.  Identify what sections your site must have, what articles/content should appear under each section, what should be layout of home page and sub navigation pages etc. It is a good idea to define a sitemap for content planning and share it with your joomla designer. A sitemap gives the big picture of your website and helps your designer understand what exactly your site navigation should look like.

A joomla web designer can do a custom theme for you rather than a built in or purchased theme. In our experience, more than 80% people would ask for a custom theme because they have the flexibility to add sections and images according to their own needs. The task of a joomla designer is to fully understand your requirements and design a simple static theme first. Once client approves the layout,  he can then transform static theme into joomla theme by applying joomla template language. This new theme can be easily plugged in to your joomla website.

We have a very good experienced team of joomla experts who have designed several joomla websites over past years. Not only that, we can also do custom joomla programming for more customized requirements. You can find out more by filling our free quotation form and we will send you more details.

Bobby Shahzad



Why First Meeting With Your Website Designer Is So Important For Success Of Your Website?

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Your first meeting with a web designer can be very much analogous to first date between an adolescent couple. Both are nervous to speak their hearts out, both do not know what to say and what to expect, both have not planned for this at all. AND YET, both want it to be a success at the end of the day.

In past 8 years, we have met hundreds of clients and a majority of times we felt that the first meeting could have gone much better had we better prepared ourselves for it.

The success of your website design and it’s timely completion depends a lot on how prepared and organized you have been in your very first meeting. The website designers have to be prepared on their end to ask the most relevant questions and make their potential client’s lives easier.

But it would be so much helpful for the success of your project if you have done your home work before meeting your designer for the first time.

Here are some of tips based on our experience that can help you in this regard.

  • Always arrange first meeting on Phone. Email or IM is not a good idea for initial requirements gathering. You can easily miss important points or process can get delayed. Spending 30 minutes on phone is better than spending hours in back and for the email or IM communication.
  • Be well prepared and organized. If possible, note down the features you want to have in your website so that you do not miss it during conversation. Be open and discuss everything with your designer without hesitation. Ask his opinions, he may have better ideas.
  • Answer each and everything your designer asks you and tell them what you like and what you do not like. Explain your business model in detail so that your designer understands your target audience and can design site accordingly.
  • Give them examples of some of websites in same industry or niche as yours and tell them why you like it.
  • Give them your color choices. A good designer will use a number of color combinations not just one color, so sometimes let them decide which color scheme best suits your needs.
  • Make sure you handed over your Hosting control panel and FTP details to your designer right away so that they can upload your site and make it live. 7. Make sure you provide access to every software , documents, textual content, videos, images that your designer needs to get your website done. It only adds extra time overhead to do it later. It would again save you lot of time if you had already prepared this material for your designer.
  • Before ending the meeting, make sure you recap with your designer on what you want and if he/she missed any points you can correct them. This will ensure that you get your website designed completely up to your satisfaction and most importantly this will save you a lot of valuable time.At 1WebsiteDesign, we have organized a set of must ask questionnaire that is very helpful for us to understand exact requirements of our clients. Doing it this way has proven to improve the turn around time and project completion time.Our blog will be updated regularly from now on and we will continue to provide great tips to our audience about how they can have successful online business presence. We will touch a number of topics that will help you get most out of your online business. So keep visiting our blog (I recommend you bookmark it) and do let us know your comments about our first effort as we value your input and it only helps us get better.

Bobby Shahzad




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