I earlier wrote an article, questioning whether Mambo - Joomla's successor - could rightly claim "Power in Simplicity" (Mambo: Power in Simplicity?).
As the title of this article indicates, I have similar reservations about claims on joomla.org frontpage, to effect that "Joomla is easy to install, simple to manage".
- "easy" and "simple" for web developer type hotshots, maybe, but surely not for many people, especially if they anticipate the ease of use they're accustomed to with, say, word-processiong software.
My concerns resurfaced today, when came across Joomla forum thread, on Top Ten Stupid Administrator Tricks - in tongue-in-cheek way, recommends using test server, keeping software up to date, not being too trustful of third-party software...
All sound advice, but hardly making for managing Joomla being real "simple".
I added post regarding this, saying it gave the lie to Joomla being simple to manage. Prompted one response, to which I replied - saying that should qualify what it's simple compared to; and got answer including:
Populate the tables of a MySQL database while you're in there.. And when you're done, could you draw up an outline of the appropriate htaccess files, secure the database against malicious intent, and generally keep your frontpage off Zone-H?
Simple Compared to anything, and equal to other CMS software."
I've got to agree re being simple compared to building site using HTML, CSS etc etc - but then, many things are simple compared to all this!
But, not simple compared to "anything".
There's much to learn, much to do in running Joomla site(s).
And now I have site in 1.0.14, I have Joomla version that's set to become outdated (bar security releases), yet it appears by no means trivial to "migrate" to Joomla 1.5: for time being, not doing so.
- indeed, I've "migrated" to Drupal.