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    Joomla and Drupal

    Has anyone worked with either of these tools. I am looking for a fast yet seo method to develop CMS for clients. I have good knowledge of html and css but not to much php. Can these products work effectively?
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    Joomla is great. Never used Drupal.

    You wouldn't need to know PHP at all for Joomla, but you might want to learn some small details to help setup templates and a few other elements. Smaller sites won't benefit from a CMS for SEO purposes really, I don't think. SEO is probably better by hand on smaller scale. On larger scale sites (anything with updating content) Joomla is a good option with plenty of SEO plugins and options.

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    I agree.
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    Have you created your own templates? Are they easliy changes? Are they CSS?
    No tables?

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    Ummm...To make a template you are probably going to need to know at least some of the basics of PHP. Templates are designed like basic pages with (x)HTML and CSS, but you have to design them appropriately for each of the possible combinations of content. Since with a CMS you can move things around the page so dynamically, it takes a lot of planning and some PHP work to get a good template from scratch. I tried it once, and it was not something you can just start doing without some practice.

    There are thousands of templates out there too, which you could buy or some are free. You could then make some adjustments to them (mostly XHTML or CSS based) to make them more unique.

    There are people who specialize in just making up templates for Joomla sites.

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    Do you think it is better to do the site locally and then put it up on the host or just work right on the server that it is going to wind up on?
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    I don't see what's wrong with working on it on the server that it's on...
    (Note: Joomla is better than Drupal)
    Joomla is much more customizable, or easier to find a template if your too lazy to make your own. Theres hundred if you use your good friend google.

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    Too modify or make my own template, is that mostly css or php that I will need to know?
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    If you can understand at least the basics of PHP, then you will mostly modify CSS or HTML. It depends on how it was design exactly, but any good template will have it so its almost all just CSS or HTML modifications.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeremywilken View Post
    If you can understand at least the basics of PHP, then you will mostly modify CSS or HTML. It depends on how it was design exactly, but any good template will have it so its almost all just CSS or HTML modifications.
    That is exactly what I hoped to hear. Thanks much.


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