Classic Cougar Community: A WordPress Migration

Classic Cougar Community

I originally built the Classic Cougar Community as a Joomla! 1.0.x site back in 2007. When Joomla! 1.5.x debuted, the client had me migrate the site to the new version. Now, Joomla! is up to version 1.7.x, but currently there is not a simple, straight upgrade path from Joomla! 1.5.x to 1.7.x; it’s a migration.

The success he’s experienced with other WordPress sites led my client to opt for migrating the site to WordPress, a platform that in my experience is much easier–and less costly–to maintain and upgrade, rather than to migrate it to the newest version of Joomla!.

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Automotive Traveler: a Joomla! Site

Automotive Traveler
Automotive Traveler

Launched in 2007 by BCT Publishing, Automotive Traveler was designed from the outset to be a combination website/on-line magazine. As such, the clients wanted  both a dynamic web site and a custom solution to handle their on-line magazine.

In 2007, Joomla! was the clear choice for the site, and they went with a commercial Flash-based flipping page application for the magazine.

The site makes heavy use of a number of Joomla! extensions, as well as some site-specific extensions and plug-ins designed and built to order by TrackItWeb.

Car Stereo Liquidator: A Joomla! and Virtuemart Site

Car Stereo Liquidator: A Joomla!/Virtuemart Site
Car Stereo Liquidator

One of my clients asked me to quickly set up a site for car stereo clearance sales that could be handed over to his employees for management. Essentially, he wanted a user-friendly ecommerce site with a professional look at minimum cost.

I considered various options, but at present the way to go for him was clearly a combination of Joomla! and Virtuemart. Zen Cart would have taken longer to set up–and cost more–and Virtuemart is much more user-friendly. Joomla! also has good template support for a custom theme that would be inexpensive and stable.

You can see the result above.

Tactical Storage: A Joomla! and Virtuemart Site

Tactical Storage: A Joomla!/Virtuemart Site
Tactical Storage

These days, there isn’t a better option to quickly create a user-friendly professional-looking ecommerce site than Joomla! and Virtuemart.

I had a client approach me with what has become a common request of late. He wanted an ecommerce site for a set of products he was developing, but his budget didn’t allow for a web developer long-term; he wanted his employees to take the reins once the site was built and configured, using me only for keeping the site platform up-to-date and dealing with any issues that might come up.

The result was Tactical Storage. I built the site using Joomla!, Virtuemart, and a commercial template from RocketTheme, then handed it off to his employees to add content and products.

Connected Driver: A Joomla! Site

Connected Driver
Connected Driver

A publishing company that I do a lot of work for typically has me build a new site for  titles they are planning to launch. The sites provide a location for them to display information for potential investors that is easily accessible and, unlike printed materials, easy to update as plans change.

One such request was for an automotive electronics web site/on-line magazine called Connected Driver.

The project is in its infancy, and the future of the site and the on-line magazine are far from certain. Therefore, the client wanted the site to look professional, be easy to update as new material becomes available, but cost as little as possible. That made my choice easy. I built them a Joomla! site using a RocketTheme template. I designed the logo and tag line as part of the job. The magazine demo runs in the BCT Publishing Viewer, using a demonstration subscription model that I developed as part of the project.