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Joomla!  Is different from the normal models for content management software. For a start, it's not complicated. Joomla! has been developed for everybody, and anybody can develop it further. It is designed to work (primarily) with other Open Source, free, software such as PHP, MySQL, and Apache. It is easy to install and administer, and is reliable.

Well yes, different. Not complicated, well than depends on ability! Anyway I played around with it on my own machine for a while, decided to give it a go and here it is. I use it with the above mentioned PHP, MySql and Apache. Initially I used one of the supplied templates but modified to my needs.

Another interest I have is genealogy and I use the Open source software Gramps. Gramps does produce a set of web pages with a choice of various templates to produce different looks. I tried all of them and in the early days linked to them from my Joomla site.
I like challenges and one of them was - how could I make Gramps produce something that would match in with my Joomla! By this time I had a new Joomla template with a transparency look about it. I think I may have achieved that challenge!

Joomla! is a popular content management system and because of my interest and ability shown on my own site, I was invited to become involved in another web site in my local area. This turned out to be quite a comprehensive site, set up by a youth forum, dedicated as a remembrance site to honour those from Clitheroe who fell in the Second World War. This site and the youth group went on to win several awards as a result of their efforts.The award winning site is at Ribble Valley Remembrance.

Later another Joomla! site was built especially for the activities of the youth group, but this was later converted to Wordpress.