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Turn off things you don’t need

One of the things I often hear people say about Joomla is that it’s complicated and confusing, and I do agree with that to a certain extent, but there are ways to minimise the complexity.

The first thing to remember is that although Joomla can be a DIY solution for people with little or no technical skill, it isn’t really aimed at that market. If you look at rankings of the top 3 CMS platforms (WordPress, Joomla and Drupal) it really does site in the middle in terms of use and its target market.

Jooma is a very mature and flexible platform on which to build your website – whether that be a 5 page simple online brochure, or a large scale site for a multi-national corporation with lots of content, features and functionality.

The main reason I believe people find Joomla to manage is that it’s been poorly setup – whether by themselves or a developer, and I see this a lot. Out of the box Joomla has several core components that to be honest I have never used, so why should they appear in the system for customers to get confused over?

The first thing I do when starting a new Joomla website is to turn off a bunch of things. This means they don’t appear in the admin interface, so don’t confuse the customer, but it also means that the website isn’t loading unnecessary files which can slow down the site.

What do I typically turn off?

Well here is a list of what I always turn off:

There are also a couple of components that I sometimes use, but if I’m not they get turned off:

My other tip is only install what you need – don’t go and install a bunch of components just because – they’ll just slow down your site and add to the confusion of managing the site.

The other thing that helps demystify how to manage a Joomla website is training, but I’ll talk about that later.

Note: some of the components that I turn off can only be done so by editing the extensions database table.

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  • For my day job I'm the Creative Director (and co-owner) of a Melbourne-based digital agency called Mity Digital. We are specialists in making responsive websites, dynamic custom web development and business-focused graphic design.