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Joomla! Lite for "Dummies"

Post by DesignGuy » Sun Sep 03, 2006 5:45 am

Newbies are overwhelmed by ALL the functionality Joomla has. I've shown ppl this, and their eyes roll back, and they reject it because it's just too much, and too scattered for them to understand, let alone IMPLEMENT for their own web site for personal or business use.

So, how about create a "Lite" version, and keep it simpler.  Lock in fewer features--the must-haves, and lock out all the other stuff until they're ready to start using it. INCLUDE a PRINTABLE PDF Manual.

When they're ready, just click a button to "advance" to Joomla's full version?

As it says, this is a "wish list." It probably won't happen...but it could be a great way to HOOK more mainstreamers, get them comfy using the basics of Joomla, then let them add complexity as they go. They'll do it, but MANY of them will NEVER EVER NEED an advanced version anyways. -J
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Re: Joomla! Lite for "Dummies"

Post by eyezberg » Sun Sep 03, 2006 7:44 am

Which features are considered basic, which advanced?
Have you tried creating accounts for each of the different (admin) access levels,
and running the same user test with the lowest permissions first, then with the next one up etc..?
So they get the simple interface first, and an account can be upgraded at any time to add feature access..
Manual is being worked on by the Doc Team, they welcome any helping hand!
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Re: Joomla! Lite for "Dummies"

Post by DesignGuy » Sun Sep 03, 2006 3:03 pm

I'll have to study that more, to give you an intelligent answer as to WHICH elements to include, and I'd be happy to help out on a manual / wiki or otherwise, once I'm more up to speed myself.

Graphic designer & writer since 1986.
Web design and development since 1994.
Joomla since 30 days ago.

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Locking out permissions is exactly what I'm talking about--just do it  at the very highest level, and gear it toward JV's - Joomla Virgins.

No offense meant by my generalization here, as there are very adept people in each of these areas, but here may be some good target audiences:


- Non-profit, with a VOLUNTEER staff, needing to get the word out, with zero budget, zero tech skills, but lots of heart
- Service group's membership roster and online newsletter
- Senior singles club (50 year old - plus)
- High school online newspaper - inexperienced students, but quick learners - start off with a
- Small business people wanting to promote a new product or service, with NO time to learn CMS in-depth, but NO money to hire a developer.
- Project manager who needs a great tool to communicate with his or her committee, but no technical experience.

Give them a "product" which is so dang easy, like http://www.Blogger.com, that you can have it up in 15 minutes.  DON'T TELL PEOPLE it's a contact managment system, for goshsakes, you'll scare them away. Tell them it's your own web site tool which is so easy, you can have it up in 15 minutes!  And, it will grow WITH you as you wish to progress...just click on "I'm ready for more features" and voila...;)

Less IS more, and it's often more saleable to the masses when it's "dumbed down." Don't kid yourself, it's NOT a lesser product, it's just designed from the outset to engage people who simply would NEVER give Joomla a second look.  Why not? For one, they're afraid to look stupid!

You can NOT, for instance, enter the Autobahn at low speed, or you're dead.  So, someone came up with an idea of an on-ramp gives you both distance and time to accelerate. A J-Lite version is the "on-ramp" to a very fast-moving Content Control Dashboard.
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