Joomla! and our requirements

We have been testing Joomla! with our requirements

  1. User friendly back-end e.g. easy to add new wallpapers to the site
  2. Gallery / Images plugin or build in CMS with various display and settings options
  3. Comment / Rating system e.g. for user to give comment / rate the wallpapers
  4. User-levels to control user-access to different features e.g. easy to add user with different user-levels
  5. Flexible and extensible CMS which can grow with us
  6. Active community & support with good documentation

After installing Joomla! I went straight to the back-end. At first I would not say that Joomla! back-end is user friendly. It take times to fully understand how it works and is build up. Joomla! CMS is build around articles. So the first solution we would have to find the best possible way of adding new wallpapers to the site.

There are lots of good extension for Joomla regarding photos and images. But one extension caught my eyes: Simple Image Gallery. It provide a simple plugin tag like {gallery}myphotos{/gallery}. This  plugin can turn any folder of images located inside your Joomla! website into a grid-style image gallery with cool lightbox previews. The best part is that it would allow us to add wallpapers direct into the article system. For 15 Euros it is possible to buy PRO version of this extension which offer great more features. 

Joomla! has inbuilt rating system for articles, that is registered user can rate each article/wallpaper we would publish on our site.

The new release of Joomla! 2.5 offer great user-levels to control user-access to different features.

Joomla! is flexible, extensible and can grow with us.Joomla! community, support and documents are good.

Roundup regarding Joomla!. Joomla meets all our requirement. Same as with Drupal and WordPress we would have to dig into programming to get the results we would like. WordPress, Drupal or Joomla would not be used out of the box.

Drupal and our requirements

We have been testing Drupal with our requirements

  1. User friendly back-end e.g. easy to add new wallpapers to the site
  2. Gallery / Images plugin or build in CMS with various display and settings options
  3. Comment / Rating system e.g. for user to give comment / rate the wallpapers
  4. User-levels to control user-access to different features e.g. easy to add user with different user-levels
  5. Flexible and extensible CMS which can grow with us
  6. Active community & support with good documentation

User login from the front page and get admin bar where user can add content. It is possible to define how the content looks like and how it is construct. That is what we would have to do.

We have found several image/gallery modules which we could use for our wallpapers along with other modules it would be possible to have various display and settings options.

Drupal has inbuilt comment system available are modules which offer rate system which could be used for our wallpapers.

User-level in Drupal is based on roles and permissions. Users are assigned to one or more roles. Roles are then assigned permissions. As a Administrator it’s possible to create roles and assign different permission to register users. Drupal provides good user-level to control user-access to different features e.g. good control over user-levels.

Drupal is flexible, extensible and can grow with us.Drupal community, support and documents are good.

Roundup regarding Drupal. Drupal meets all our requirement. Same as with WordPress we would have to dig into programming to get the results we would like. WordPress or Drupal would not be used out of the box.

 

 

WordPress and our requirements

We have been testing WordPress with our requirements

  1. User friendly back-end e.g. easy to add new wallpapers to the site
  2. Gallery / Images plugin or build in CMS with various display and settings options
  3. Comment / Rating system e.g. for user to give comment / rate the wallpapers
  4. User-levels to control user-access to different features e.g. easy to add user with different user-levels
  5. Flexible and extensible CMS which can grow with us
  6. Active community & support with good documentation

WordPress has user friendly back-end but not easy to add new wallpapers to the site out of the box. Each wallpaper post has thumbnail and various number of full size wallpaper image. It would be possible to use the new format future Gallery or Image to upload wallpapger to the post.

We have found good Gallery/Image plug-in called NextGEN Gallery. This plugins would help us to have a structure for our wallpapers and give us various display and settings options.

WordPress has build-in comment system which we could us as a comment/rating system  for our wallpapers. We have not search enough to find out if there is rating system which we could use for each wallpaper blog post.

WordPress offer user-level called Roles and Capabilities. Summary of Roles

  • Super Admin – Someone with access to the blog network administration features controlling the entire network (See Create a Network).
  • Administrator – Somebody who has access to all the administration features
  • Editor – Somebody who can publish and manage posts and pages as well as manage other users’ posts, etc.
  • Author – Somebody who can publish and manage their own posts
  • Contributor – Somebody who can write and manage their posts but not publish them
  • Subscriber – Somebody who can only manage their profile

This user-level in WordPress should be sufficiently for our site, but would it be enough in the future? Not sure. We would like to have more control over what user can do and see.

WordPress is flexible and extensible and can grow with us. There is active community and support plus good documentation.

Roundup regarding WordPress. WordPress meets all our requirements. If we like to dig in programming we could use WordPress to do the job for us.

 

Last week – and our requirements

LFCwallpapers.com runs on WordPress at the moment. We have not decided which CMS  we will use. We want to try different Open Source CMS before we decide what to use.

Our requirements to CMS are:

  • User friendly back-end e.g. easy to add new wallpapers to the site
  • Gallery / Images plugin or build in CMS with various display and settings options
  • Comment / Rating system e.g. for user to give comment / rate the wallpapers
  • User-levels to control user-access to different features e.g. easy to add user with different user-levels
  • Flexible and extensible CMS which can grow with us
  • Active community & support with good documentation

The CMS LFCwallpapers.com will test are:

  • WordPress
  • Joomla!
  • Drupal

After we have tested these Open Source CMS we will choose based on our requirements.

Small addition to the site

We have added small addition to the site to day. First we added three rss feeds. From our friends at www.lfchistory.net, news from official website and media watch from official website.

We have inserted four new header images, which will rotates. These header images are all from wallpapers LFCwallpapers.com made in the past.

We also added one page, about LFCwallpapers. Now you can read all about the start of LFCwallpapers.com and our plans for the future.

LFCwallpapers Team

Hello world!

Welcome to LFCwallpapers.com, we are finally back. We are starting our website again after very long break.

So, please visit our site regularly. We are trying to have new things day by day.

LFCwallpapers.com Team