Recently, I was involved when another branch in my agency set up a site with a contractor who used Drupal. This got me interested in CMS. Previously I’ve been using Dreamweaver and php scripting with MySQL to create the site for my branch of the agency. I’ve been wondering if I’m doing it the hard way. Those CMS templates and menus look so attractive and easy. I don’t have an art department, and my designs really show it. I got started doing this back in 1991, and everyone was amazed and delighted I could do it, but now the site is getting dated. Doesn’t amaze anyone anymore.
I saw that Dreamhost makes it easy to install Joomla with a one-click install. So I started investigating Joomla this week. I started a Joomla test site on CloudAccess.net and went through Tutorials 1-9. But I still haven’t figured out how I can insert dynamic images and tables generated by php into a Joomla template. Here’s an example: http://ykfp.org/php/BOR/prodbflowtempchart.php The last lines of the script write the output to png: header(“Content-type: image/png”);
With Dreamweaver, I insert an image into a page of html with Dreamweaver’s WYSIWYG, and set the img src to that url. But Joomla (and Drupal) expects the image files to end in a common image extension like jpg, png, ect.
I also have some php that display results of MySQL queries in a table like: http://ykfp.org/php/lyletrap/tabletotalscss2012.php I hoped that Joomla could help me display data like this, because just when I got them working perfectly, IE8 was released, the results from my tables don’t look very good in the new browser. When can’t Microsoft just accept standard html?
I attended a Joomla webinar yesterday, but the presenter was stumped by my questions. I asked the question in the forum area of CloudAccess (http://forum.joomla.org/viewtopic.php?f=706&t=799353&p=3020469#p3020469), but haven’t received any answers. I had asked the contractor that set up the Drupal site for our other division, and I may have stumped them too because I didn’t hear back. Maybe using php scripting for dynamic content is not something usually done in CMS so nobody gets what I’m asking.