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    Joomla 1.5 is no longer supported and the recommendation is to upgrade to V3, but this is not a simple task.
    If your web master isn't sure how to backup the current site s/he will probably struggle with the upgrade to V3.

    I suggest you stick with what you have in the short term and get it backed up.
    Joomla 1.5 doco.
    Backup.

    If you want to upgrade to V3 I suggest you set up Joomla 1.5 on a local PC with a copy of your web site, then practice the upgrade on that.

    cheers, Paul

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    Look into perhaps using Wordpress (http://wordpress.org/) for hundreds of great free and paid themes (templates). As of this writing, there are 1,764 themes to choose from. Your next problem will be having to decide which to use from so many good ones. There is a good forum to help those who need a helping hand also.

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    I've been using wysiwyg web builder. It works for my business and home to build just about anything. It's cheap and user friendly. The hard part would be importing the website you have now, then rebuilding it... which will take a bit of effort, but it's doable.

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    I believe that for simple sites it's often easier overall to learn a bit of HTML/CSS and start from a free website template.

    Joomla and WordPress are fine up to a point, but if you get stuck they can be a steeper and more specialist learning curve than simple HTML.

    An option is to keep a fairly static HTML site which links to a simple blog or Facebook page where daily updates can be made without any significant expertise or skills.

    'Server Side Includes' (mentioned in this thread) can help: you can have 'full' pages with 'simple' text-elements embedded as includes, so users need only ever edit the 'simple'.

    Other elements can be also embedded such as a Google Calendar, so events can be edited in the intuitive Google interface but will appear automagically on the site.

    Of course achieving anything will require some kind of learning curve, the trick is to get the most benefit, long and short term, for the minimum cost in terms of time and effort.

    As an aside to a parallel discussion on this thread:
    I code using the sophisticated text editor Notepad++, which offers code-completion, Zen-coding shortcuts, tag/syntax highlighting and lots of other useful plugins. A Firefox plugin auto-refreshes every time the file I'm working on is saved - I view code and rendered page side by side. I have never found a WYSIWYG editor that did not create ugly messy code - and often find that whilst WYSIWYG it's often not WY want! I'm sure successful use can be made of them, but I prefer to learn the quirks of HTML than the quirks of intermediary editing software... since on a bad day you are still left puzzling over the quirks of HTML anyway.

    BTW for anyone learning web coding skills I very much recommend the Firefox plugin called Firebug. You can highlight any element of any webpage and see the corresponding code. You can also edit the code locally, even when viewing a live third party website, and see in your browser how the page changes as a result.
    Last edited by robfawcett; 2013-06-13 at 03:34.

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    For Joomla sites try using Akeeba for backups and restore. It's free.

    And don't upgrade Joomla to v3 yet - use 2.5 as it's the stable version.

    DK
    Last edited by dreamkid; 2013-06-13 at 07:12. Reason: extra info

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    I would recommend WeBuilder. Used it for 3 or 4 years now and it allows code management for HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, Ruby, Python, ASP, SSI, Perl and many others. Not free but well worth the money. Try it free for 30 days http://www.webuilderapp.com/.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dreamkid View Post
    For Joomla sites try using Akeeba for backups and restore. It's free.

    And don't upgrade Joomla to v3 yet - use 2.5 as it's the stable version.

    DK
    Akeeba is extremely easy to use - after you have installed it, which again is a simple task. I agree with dreamkid about upgrading to 2.5 rather than v3 too. As far as upgrading from 1.5 to 2.5 goes I used SP Upgrade http://cyend.com/extensions/extensio...-from-15-to-16 to do the heavy lifting. "SP Upgrade" costs around $40 and is in my view money well spent. You could also buy the upgrade service from them for which they will quote.

    As you already have a site in Joomla it seems like a sledgehammer to crack a nut starting all over again with something else. Especially when no-one seems to know what they are doing; a good webmaster can set up Joomla so that users can easily maintain the site themselves. A user guide should be provided too for all that need it.

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    I used to have a "principle" of only using freeware to build websites, but I finally caved and shelled out $40 for RapidPHP. I think it isn't really for people who don't have a decent working knowledge of the various tools (HTML/CSS/JS/PHP). Have used Eclipse and other IDE's (but not DreamWeaver, etc.) but always return to RapidPHP, with Notepad++ filling in for certain tasks. But, I think the OP is more in need of a more friendly CMS than an editor. Although I've done a number of WordPress installs, I found Joomla to be more difficult, and more complex than necessary for what local charitable groups and clubs need. Unfortunately, although I've been experimenting with a bunch of other CMS's, I haven't decided on one I'd go so far as to recommend right now. I only do this website stuff as a hobby! But maybe others here have some CMS recommendations, that are easy to set up and update, with simple plug-ins for calendars and stuff.

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