Dear 43 Things Users,

10 years after introducing 43 Things to the world, we have decided we have met our last goal: completing the incredible experience that has been 43 Things. Please join us in giving one last cheer to all the folks who have shared their goals with the world, as well as all the people who have worked at The Robot Co-op to build this incredible website. We won a Webby Award, published a book, and brought happiness to a lot of people.

Starting today, 43 Things users can export their goals and entries from the site. Starting August 15, we will make the site “read only”. 43 Things users will still be able to view the site and export their content, but we won’t be taking any new content from users. We hope to leave the site up for folks to see and download their content until the end of the year. Ending on New Year’s Eve takes us full circle.

It has been a long ride (one of our original goals was to "build a company that lasts at least 2 years” - we beat that one!) While we wish the site could live on, it has suffered from a number of challenges - changes in how people use the site, the advertising industry, and how search engines view the site. We wish the outcome was different – but we’ve always been realistic about when our goals are met and when they aren't.

As of today, you will be able to download your goals and entries. See more about that on the FAQ page. Thanks for 10 great years of goal-setting and achieving.

- The Robots.

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vbe_computing 12 months ago


vbe_computingJoomla – What are The Pros and Cons of Joomla?

Today, countless content management systems exist. One of the most used CMS is Joomla. So what is Joomla? Simply put, Joomla is a Content Management System which allows Joomla site owners to create, manage, and run powerful websites. Like Drupal, Wordpress, Mambo, etc. it’s opensource. So it’s free to use, modify, and create any type of site you desire. As an award winning software, it brings with it numerous easy to use, innovative features, which make your life as a Joomla site owner much easier.

Joomla is an incredible system for managing your site’s content. There is no doubt about that. However, just like any other system, it also has some issues associated with it. Let us look at both the pros and cons that you are likely to face when using Joomla.

The Pros

1. Easy set up process:

One of the greatest attributes about Joomla is the fact that the setup process is pretty mainstream. Joomla provides you a guide with the basic steps you need to install, setup, and run your Joomla and your website,

2. Incredible Plug-ins:

Joomla is the king of plug-ins.  It likely has 10 times as many plug-ins available compared to other CMS out there. Any type of functionality you want your site to have you can usually find a plug-in that offers most of, if not 100% of, the functionality you require of that feature.  Not all the plug-ins are free, but a good majority are.

3. Ease of use:

It is very easy to use and has an amazing editor. In the Joomla world, the editing process is a walk in the park. Once you know the basics of the backend, editing with with this CMS is a breeze.

4. Shopping cart built specifically for it’s CMS:.

Like other popular CMSs out there is an e-commerce shopping cart “Virtuemart” built specifically for Joomla, to run online stores or have ecommerce functionality within your Joomla site.

The Cons

1. More complex then Wordpress:

Compared to Wordpress, Joomla is somewhat more complicated for beginners. Learning the general basics of the backend is a must for anyone new to Joomla. A first look at the back end can be overwhelming. It’s what scares off most users from using Joomla. 90% of the backend is not even used, even by experienced programmers.

2. SEO Concerns:

It is poor for SEO purposes for novice site creators. If you build the Joomla site yourself, then this definitely can be the case. If you’re a Joomla expert, or really even worked with this CMS for only a few years, you can make some adjustments which easily eliminate the SEO pitfalls.

3. Challenges with combining extensions/plug-ins:

Installation of various extensions might turn out to be tricky as they can conflict with each other.  Since it  is known for its vast amount of plug-ins you inevitable use a lot of plug-ins to make a Joomla site. These plugins can often conflict with each other.  Even developers who've made a few Joomla sites will run into this issue.  It's only after you've worked on, fixed, and created numerous Joomla sites that you learn what plug-ins to not use, how to avoid plug-in issues. and what to expect when using numerous plug-ins.  A client can use an inexperienced Joomla developer to make a Joomla run site, but the plug-in combination issue, and the time it takes to find a solution to this issue, is likely the only downfall of using a fairly inexperienced Joomla developer.

Conclusion:

Joomla is a great content management system. It helps users have an excellent grip on website management and accommodates numerous site add-ons . With some perseverance and patience, you can run and create a site, and use the back-end, without professional help. For more advanced Joomla sites it’s recommended to hire an expert.

This article was created by team members at VBE Computing 12 months ago


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SplashMan 2 years ago


Ty PowerSMART Goal Update - correct SMART format - April 2012

Specific: I want to master all techniques in my Joomla book that are even remotely applicable/foreseeable (essentially the whole book).
Measurable: I’ll have achieved this when I have read (and practiced skills from) the entire book.
Action-oriented: Yes (see steps)
Realistic: Yes.
Timelined: Yes (see steps)

Steps completed:
Locate Joomla! book
Read Preface, Ch.1 – Ch. 2.
Pay hosting fee
Read Ch. 3
Take notes on ch. 1 (folded pages)
Take notes on ch. 2 (folded pages)
Pay hosting fee [Goal: Learn Joomla!]
Switch hosting levels [Goal: Learn Joomla!]
Schedule time to work on Joomla [Goal: Learn Joomla!]

Steps
4/5 Learn about installing Joomla (from book and/or web) [Goal: Learn Joomla!]
4/5 Install Joomla on main site [Goal: Learn Joomla!]
4/5 Take notes on Ch. 3 [Goal: Learn Joomla!]
4/5 Try Ch. 3 steps [Goal: Learn Joomla!]
4/5 Read Ch. 4 [Goal: Learn Joomla!]
4/5 Take notes on Ch. 4 [Goal: Learn Joomla!]
4/5 Try Ch. 4 steps [Goal: Learn Joomla!]
4/5 Try Ch. 1 steps [Goal: Learn Joomla!]
4/5 Try Ch. 2 steps [Goal: Learn Joomla!]
4/5 Read chapter 5. [Goal: Learn Joomla!]
4/5 Take notes on Ch. 5 [Goal: Learn Joomla!]
4/5 Try Ch. 5 steps [Goal: Learn Joomla!]
4/5 Schedule next steps for 4/12 and 4/19 [Goal: Learn Joomla!]
4/12 Work on Joomla day: Chapter 6-10 [Goal: Learn Joomla!]
4/19 Work on Joomla day Chapter 10-end [Goal: Learn Joomla!]
4/26 Work on Joomla day: Review sections not well understood [Goal: Learn Joomla!]
4/26 Work on Joomla day: Do steps not done from chapters [Goal: Learn Joomla!]
4/26 Mark goal as done. [Goal: Learn Joomla!] 2 years ago


Ty PowerSMART Goal Update - March 2012

I haven’t really done anything on this in the past month. :( Nevertheless, had to update my deadline and steps.

SMART Goal Update

Specific: I want to master all techniques in my Joomla book that are even remotely applicable/foreseeable (essentially the whole book).

Measurable: I’ll have achieved this when I have read (and practiced skills from) the entire book.

Achievable: Yes.

Realistic: Yes.

Timely: I would like to complete this by the end of March 2012.

Steps completed:
Locate Joomla! book
Read Preface, Ch.1 – Ch. 2.
Pay hosting fee
Read Ch. 3
Take notes on ch. 1 (folded pages)
Take notes on ch. 2 (folded pages)

Next steps:
Pay hosting fee [Goal: Learn Joomla!]
Switch hosting levels [Goal: Learn Joomla!]
Check when hosting fee is due [Goal: Learn Joomla!]
Schedule time to work on Joomla [Goal: Learn Joomla!]
Take notes on Ch. 3 [Goal: Learn Joomla!]
Try Ch. 3 steps [Goal: Learn Joomla!]
Read Ch. 4 [Goal: Learn Joomla!]
Take notes on Ch. 4 [Goal: Learn Joomla!]
Try Ch. 4 steps [Goal: Learn Joomla!]
Try Ch. 1 steps [Goal: Learn Joomla!]
Try Ch. 2 steps [Goal: Learn Joomla!] 2 years ago


Ty PowerSMART Goal Update

Specific: I want to master all techniques in my Joomla book that are even remotely applicable/foreseeable (essentially the whole book).

Measurable: I’ll have achieved this when I have read (and practiced skills from) the entire book.

Achievable: Yes.

Realistic: Yes.

Timely: I would like to complete this by the end of January 2012.

Steps completed:
Locate Joomla! book
Read Preface, Ch.1 – Ch. 2.
Pay hosting fee
Read Ch. 3
Take notes on ch. 1 (folded pages)
Take notes on ch. 2 (folded pages)

Next steps:
Check when hosting fee is due [Goal: Learn Joomla!]
Schedule time to work on Joomla [Goal: Learn Joomla!]
Take notes on Ch. 3 [Goal: Learn Joomla!]
Try Ch. 3 steps [Goal: Learn Joomla!]
Read Ch. 4 [Goal: Learn Joomla!]
Take notes on Ch. 4 [Goal: Learn Joomla!]
Try Ch. 4 steps [Goal: Learn Joomla!]
Try Ch. 1 steps [Goal: Learn Joomla!]
Try Ch. 2 steps [Goal: Learn Joomla!] 2 years ago


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Joomla is a rather popular piece of software. I’m not entirely sure what it does (it’s a CMS?) but I think it would be good to learn it. Fortunately, my web host offers it as a free package so I could install it and find out for myself. 2 years ago


youssarian 2 years ago


Ty PowerSMART Goal update

SMART Goal Update

Specific: I want to master all techniques in my Joomla book that are even remotely applicable/foreseeable (essentially the whole book).

Measurable: I’ll have achieved this when I have read (and practiced skills from) the entire book.

Achievable: Yes.

Realistic: Yes.

Timely: Yes—I have two sites that are just languishing because I don’t have enough confidence to develop them.
I would like to complete this by the end of the summer: August 31, 2011.
New: (12/5/11) I would like to complete this by the end of January 2012.

Steps completed:
Locate Joomla! book
Read Preface, Ch.1 – Ch. 2.
Pay hosting fee (12/7)
Read Ch. 3 (12/7)
Take notes on ch. 1 (folded pages) (12/7)
Take notes on ch. 2 (folded pages) (12/7)

Next steps:
Schedule time to work on Joomla
Try Ch. 3 steps
Do Ch. 1 steps [12/8-]
Do Ch. 2 steps [12/8-]
Read Ch. 4 [12/8-]
Do Ch. 4 steps [12/8-] 2 years ago


Isabelita 3 years ago


Sorinel Balan 3 years ago


Ty PowerSMART Goal Details

Specific: I want to master all techniques in my Joomla book that are even remotely applicable/foreseeable (essentially the whole book).

Measurable: I’ll have achieved this when I have read (and practiced skills from) the entire book.

Achievable: Yes.

Realistic: Yes.

Timely: Yes—I have two sites that are just languishing because I don’t have enough confidence to develop them. I would like to complete this by the end of the summer: August 31, 2011.

Next steps:
Locate Joomla! book (ha!)
Set it out in my bookbag for scheduled time to work on it tomorrow 5/6 3 years ago


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