Away from WordPress, away from life…

star leaf fringed in moon gate [─► this sweetgum leaf was before erroneously starred as a maple leaf ◄─]I hanged my tie on the wall almost a year ago and decided going lone ranger for a while. This got me into the wonderful world of WordPress and everything that came afterward, including the book I am writing on WordPress development.

Today I had a meeting for a partnership offer in a soon to be big media company. They need my expertise in embedded systems (a previous job story) as they are creating a media product for the world wide market and they want me for heading the development in the right way.

So it's been more than a year since I was in a similar story last time, and I have to say it felt a bit strange watching what these guys do now. WordPress and everything surrounding it, made way under my skin and I am really observing everything from a different perspective now.

These people have no awareness of the Internet as the single most powerful marketing media in the world today. Have no mistake, they know all about viral marketing, affiliate business etc. only they never applied it to Internet - all their experience comes from decades of working with real world economy.

So I immediately saw numerous ways where I can enhance the company profits by just applying basic Internet marketing techniques, let alone what a full blown campaign could do. I also saw an opportunity to learn from people who did it the 'hard' way all these years. Interesting combination, and I just might wear my tie again.

Finally I met a chap working on the new site for the company. "What software did you use?" I asked. "Joomla" he responded. Ouch. Start learning WordPress, I thought to myself.


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9 Comments

  1. Feb 2nd, 2009 4:04 PM

    I have no experience with Joomla. As more of a user than a developer it seems WordPress is more than adequate for most of my needs. But I do thank the master minds out there who continue to tweek WordPress.

  2. Feb 2nd, 2009 4:03 PM

    How old are you Vladimir? :-)

  3. Jan 29th, 2009 1:20 AM

    I have no experience with Joomla so I can't really comment. I use and like WordPress. All of the advice that I have ever been given is to go with WordPress and that is confirmed here, which is reassuring.

  4. B
    Dec 28th, 2008 7:55 PM

    Joomla does not impress me.

    I've seen magazine-style sites created by people who claim to be experts with Jooma. They complain that it won't do this or that.

    Then I look at a magazine-style WordPress site and the difference is staggering.

    Joomla looks like a kid scribbling with those big, fat crayons meant for little kids.

    It's just not a professional-looking CMS.

  5. Dec 15th, 2008 6:40 PM

    Hope all goes well for you - Sounds like there is lots of scope for you to make a impact to their online marketing

  6. Dec 12th, 2008 7:56 AM

    Thanks Pyrmont for your insights.

    Yes, WordPress is like a baby compared to Joomla/Mambo. But this baby totally rocks man~!

    Actually I like the idea of starting with a simple framework and adding on the functionality that you need. Many open source programs start out with a heavy base that makes it really cumbersome and restrictive.

  7. Dec 12th, 2008 6:15 AM

    Kian Ann,

    Comparing Joomla to WP, is like comparing a child to a man.

    WP is at 2.7 stage, and with a truckload of bespoke work, you can get it to do almost anything you want. However Joomla being fully formed can out of the Box, do heavy duty things.

    Give WP 2 Years, and it will be more then Equal to Joomla.

    However in the area of SEO, WordPress is light years ahead of Joomla. And that is from a non coders perspective.

  8. Dec 12th, 2008 5:47 AM

    Obviously WordPress has been coded with better foundations than Joomla.

    However in your opinion Valdimir, do you think WordPress and its plugins can achieve all the functionality made available from Joomla and their extensions?

    Yes Pyrmont, Joomla is quite a PITA to learn. ;P

  9. Dec 12th, 2008 1:12 AM

    Joomla is painful to say the least.

    So did not get the gist are you going to join this guys?

    Now more wordpress consulting?