Open Source Customization Overview
What is open source customization?
Open source customization is a process of customizing open source content management system (CMS) or scripts like wordpress, joomla, oscommerce, mambo, phpbb and many more, in order to achieve desired functionality and appearance . Open source customization of this popular CMS requires a good knowledge of PHP, CSS and HTML.
What can you do with open source CMS like wordpress and joomla?
WordPress is the most widely used blogging software in the world. Its seamless user interface makes writing, publishing and organizing content very easy and enjoyable. WordPress can be used to make a complete website with almost all the functionalities like e-commerce, forum and job portal. Websites made with Word Press are search engine friendly and easy to share with other websites and users. WordPress is widely used for personal and community websites.
Joomla is an award-winning open source web software that delivers a website without touching a single line of html, css or php. Joomla’s admin interface isn’t as easy as wordpress, but it offers more control over the look and feel of how content can be viewed in different parts of your website. It has an extensive library of components, just like the WordPress plugin library. Through this library you can easily create a website with almost all the functionalities. Joomla is widely used for business and corporate websites.
Why do you need wordpress customization, joomla customization and other CMS?
To achieve the look of the website as in the design files like Photoshop .psd
To get desired functionalities like contact form, navigation system, image slideshow
To maintain full browser compatibility for your website, so no matter what browser the user uses to view your website, the look and feel remains consistent.
To enable a website with search engine friendly features and techniques, this improves the ranking of the CMS website in Google, Yahoo and MSN.
To ensure that the website displays uninterrupted content on all screen sizes.
How to customize joomla and wordpress?
Once you have Joomla and WordPress installed on your hosting account, all you have to look for is the design part and the functionality part.
The design part is essentially the look and feel of the website. Most CMS have their design files working separately from the programming. To customize your wordpress theme, you should look for the theme folder and the style sheet inside. In case of joomla customization, you need to find the template files that print the content to the screen with the desired font colors, heading, list style, etc.
Functionality is something that prints the content of your site without any look and feel features. All cms can be bundled into dynamic websites as all content is stored in the database and then the CMS files written in php query this MySql database and serve the content to the real world. Content that has been delivered to the screen can appear on the page with the help of the layout part.
Let’s summarize the step-by-step process:
(1) Download the CMS
(2) Install it on the web hosting server
(3) Check the basic version of the CMS without any customization on your domain
(4) Start customizing the design part by modifying the template/theme files.
(5) To achieve the desired functionality, in addition to that provided by the default CMS, you must make a word press widget/joomla module/wordpress plugin/joomla component.
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