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May 25, 2010

Joomla 1.6 on its way

Writing about web page http://www.joomla.org/component/content/article/5252.html

In a previous post in this blog, I talked about a great Content Management System (CMS) called Joomla and I included many general and specific information regarding this CMS.

Now after the long-time Joomla 1.5 has been out, many (including me) were looking forward to the new version of Joomla 1.6. This is because many important features that were not available in Joomla 1.5 are going to be available in Joomla 1.6.

One particular feature that many can't wait for in Joomla 1.6 is called ACL. This feature basically allows Joomla administrators to create various groups while giving them different permissions and access rights. This was not available in Joomla 1.5 and many of us had to use commercial extensions to have such feature. However, with Joomla 1.6 coming out soon, we will finally be able to do that without the need for any extensions!


This is a quick preview of Joomla 1.6, you can take a look at some of the changes coming.



January 08, 2009

Enterprise Information Systems Module

Enterprise Information Systems

I am enjoying my time in this week's module, EIS (Enterprise Information Systems), because it provided me with the information and knowledge and some idea of the planning that needs to be done before selecting an ERP system that would implemented in a company. It also goes over some details about the implementation steps, from studying the business until deciding which ERP system to choose and implementing it.

The module also, provides some good information regarding issues related to the implementation and any issues post-implementation and support issues.


Possible problem if the ERP System doesn’t apply to the Business model

At one of the lectures we had, we were introduced to the issue of the ERP systems being different than the current business approach. For example, a process that the company is doing in some way, might not be possible to do in the ERP system that the company would like to implement, which brings forward how important it is for companies to research any systems they would like to implement carefully to make sure that it is compatible with the current business processes or at least being flexible as to allow changes to be made to the system.


October 23, 2008

Document Management System? Here is a free one!

Writing about web page http://www.knowledgetree.com/opensource

For whoever doesnt know whats a DMS (Document Management System), a DMS is a system that is being used in organization or work area in order to make it easier for team members or employees to manage documents easier, this is done by what is called a Document Management System.


Some Benefits of DMS's

Not all DMS's have the same features, but here are some of the features that I think are nice:

  • Helps Organizations Manage and control thier Documents.
  • Ability to control versoning of the documents, so if you added something to a previous file, then it's considered a new version.
  • Give Permissions depending on the user, so if there is a section for Top Management's documents and information storage, peopel not related to this section will not be able to access it.
  • Easier way to share files, a user from HR department could easily share something to colleague in another department if the section the file is added to is open for access.
  • Some systems gives you a nice feature which is meta tags and keywords, so you could give keywords or tags for easier searching.
  • Ability to Edit/Update files on the system without the need to download and edit and reupload.
  • Control contributions to some sections by having all submitions to go through a specific Moderator.
  • Some systems provides further collaboration tools.


Knowledge Tree DMS

While I was working in my administration in Saudi Arabia, I made myself respnosible about improving our work in the administration to make it as effective as possible by the use of different systems.

I tried implementing Knowledge Tree DMS Free edition in one of the administration's PC's for testing, and it was installed easily.

I then went on with testing the system to see how user-friendly it is, and I think it's very easy to use.

I didn't have enough time to continue with the implementation of the system, since I was very busy with other main tasks.

My Opinion about Knowledge Tree DMS

I think it's good if you are an Organization looking for such systems to implement to take a look and test KTDMS system, as it's free, easy to install and have loads of features that could be more than enough for your organization.

I personally recommend every organization small or medium to take a quick look and study this sytem, in order to determine if the features already in the system is enough or not for the organization, if it's not enough, you will find additional features in the commercial version. If you didn't like the commecial version as well, then you have some kind of idea of what features you could really use, and search for these features in your next tested system.

Free BUT?

I dont think there is any issues of using the Free Open Source version of the system, but this version is supported by the community, in other way, there is no official support, but I think if you are a Small-Medium organization and this is enough for you, it would be easy to fix any issues if you have someone with OK knowledge with such systems, which is much better than having to pay a lot more, just for the support that you will rarely need.


October 04, 2008

The Perfect CMS for your site!

Writing about web page http://www.joomla.org/

About CMS Systems:

We are in year 2008, and the old way of designing a website and uploading new and updated files every time using FTP, has passed (In my opinion).

It's passed because simply now there is a lot of Systems, which are called CMS systems, allows you to add and update contents directly from your website using what is called, a control panel. You dont have to edit files locally on your PC and upload them again using FTP anymore, which will save you quite a lot of time. By using a simple login and authentication method, you get access to alot of tools and features that allow you to do anything with your website on the fly!

Editing a website nowadays, became as easy as editing a Word doucment or writing an e-mail, Because you have the WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editior in most of these systems, which will give you many buttons to use without the need for any coding or previous experience.

Joomla!

Joomla!

I have been trying loads of PHP CMS Systems in the past few years to help me to manage easier any website I make for myself or a customer, and also give my customer the ability to edit and add contents to thier sites without having to come back and contacting me.

While searching for my perfect CMS, i tried and used alot of CMS systems, such as PHP Nuke, PHP Fusion, e107, Expression Engine, and alot others.

After a while, I saw the Best CMS ever (So Far!), and it's called Joomla.

Joomla is a simple and advanced Open Source (Free!) CMS that gives both, beginner and advanced users alike, the ability to add contents to thier websites right away from the Control Panel of thier website (Check Control Panel Picture).

Joomla is full of features and it's a very easy to use.

Joomla! Administration

Joomla Features:

  • Completely database driven site engines

  • News, products or services sections fully editable and manageable

  • Topics sections can be added to by contributing authors

  • Fully customisable layouts including left, center and right menu boxes

  • Browser upload of images to your own library for use anywhere in the site

  • Dynamic Forum/Poll/Voting booth for on-the-spot results

  • Runs on Linux, FreeBSD, MacOSX server, Solaris and AIX

Extensive Administration:

  • Change order of contents including news, FAQs, articles etc.

  • Newsflash generator

  • Remote author submission module for News, Articles, FAQs and Links

  • As many sections, departments, divisions and pages as you want

  • Image library - store all your PNGs, PDFs, DOCs, XLSs, GIFs and JPEGs online
  • Automatic Path-Finder. Place a picture and let Joomla! fix the link
  • Archive manager. Put your old articles into cold storage rather than throw them
  • Email-a-friend and Print-format for every story and article

  • In-line Text editor similar to Word Pad

  • User editable look and feel

  • Polls/Surveys
  • Custom Page Modules. Download custom page modules to add functions.
  • Template Manager. Download templates and implement them easily

  • Layout preview. See how it looks before publishing
  • Banner manager. Place Ads all over your site

Joomla Requirement:

Joomla! Requirements (Joomla.org)

Rocket Theme Templates

Rocket Theme Website provides a lot of high-Quality templates, that could be easily installed on your website in seconds!.

I have been using Rocket Theme Club templates myself in a couple of websites.

You are allowed to use and edit as much as you like of the templates before using them, You can view many professional looking templates on RT website.

Click Here to Check the website and the Templates available.


October 03, 2008

Little About Web Systems

Web Systems are applications coded in a server based programming language such as, PHP, ASP, ASP.net, etc...

These applications could be installed on a Server or your website (if you have one) to provide various abilities and features, it could also make it easily (depending on the system) to manage or send informations, manage data and doucemnts, etc...

Examples of Web Applications are:

  • CMS
  • eCRM
  • Mailing Lists systems
  • Forums
  • Facebook
  • Hotmail
  • Google

Most of Web Systems will have requirements to meet if you want to install them on your server or website so remember to check the requirements of each system before trying to download, to save time and to find early if it will or will not work on your website.

Since Web Systems requires a certain specifications in the server, like PHP or so, installed, it's possible to install some softwares on your PC to meet the requirements, which helps when testing various systems.

Examples of Softwares that could make your PC run Web Systems:

  • PHP Triad.
  • Camel Server (Recommended)

You could find a lot of information about Web systems and try alot of them by exploring HotScripts, which is a very huge Web Systems directory that lists loads of Web Systems for you to try, you could also read reviews and votes made by other users.


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