Already playing with WordPress and finding an urge to alter ‘unalterable’ features? Me too. First up. ‘Howdy’. Really? We aren’t all American cowboys. I installed the Piklist framework, activated it and then installed and activated WordPress Helpers. Packed with goodies, I changed the Admin Bar greeting to ‘Logged in as:’. That’s better.

And another thing I had already noticed, the normal admin settings allow you to turn all new posts and pages comments on or off by default. What about off for pages but on for posts? Nope. WordPress helpers to the rescue (again). Under the Discussion tab, the first option was to enable ‘Do not allow comments on Pages’. Sorted.

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So, a change of mind? Not really. An inevitable decision.

We have ditched Joomla! in favour of WordPress. It has become increasingly obvious that the successful combination of Joomla 3! and Virtuemart was not going to happen until late 2014. True, Joomla! 3.3 had been released, but Joomla admit that it won’t be until version 3.5 later this year that the Joomla! platform will be stable.

The Virtuemart team are struggling towards releasing V3, but my guess is that it will need a lot more work until it truly works well with Joomla! 3.x. This especially so for supporting template design.

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Editor’s Note: The post below was taken from our previous Joomla website and is shown here to enable users to access older posts (since this was first written we have moved server type and CMS platform; from Joomla! to WordPress):

I have had a few customers comment on my choices of server software. Specifically, why choose VirtueMart? A more obvious choice would be Prestashop, especially the new version 1.6, which is bootstrap responsive. The problem with Prestashop, and others like it, is that it is a standalone eCommerce solution. Whilst it can be bridged to CMS software, like Joomla!, you lose the look and feel of your website.

The second limiting factor is that we use Kashflow as our accounting software. It has many major advantages, not least of which is its ability to work with multiple software solutions, such as eBay, VirtueMart, Prestashop and many more. This is why we looked at Prestashop, even installed it and tested it, but in the end rejected it because the work required to make it work seamlessly with the rest of our site was too great.

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Editor’s Note: The post below was taken from our previous Joomla website and is shown here to enable users to access older posts (since this was first written we have moved server type and CMS platform; from Joomla! to WordPress):

Unbeknown to me, the Virtuemart team has been working on the new version for Joomla! 3.2, but very quietly. No Google search finds it, but it can be found. So I have just now uploaded Virtuemart 2.9.7727. It is, of course, a test (beta) version. It appears to be about a week old, and so far it looks good. I have a bit of work to do on Kunena that I promised to do (hacking Kunena to add SCEditor to the forum posts) first tomorrow, but then I am going to see what I can do with this new version of Virtuemart.

Editor’s Note: The post below was taken from our previous Joomla website and is shown here to enable users to access older posts (since this was first written we have moved server type and CMS platform; from Joomla! to WordPress):

Whilst waiting (fidgeting, but patient) for Virtuemart to start to roll out VM 2.9 for Joomla! 3, I thought I would take a moment to consider communications with customers. So often we receive very similar questions that would be better discussed in an open forum. I have always been a fan of forums as a much better, structured tool with which like minded folk can communicate. The trouble is, Joomla! doesn’t have a forum feature.

Editor’s Note: The post below was taken from our previous Joomla website and is shown here to enable users to access older posts (since this was first written we have moved server type and CMS platform; from Joomla! to WordPress):

Not as dramatic as it would seem, but loyal customers will know that we started on eBay UK and still use this outlet for more than half our sales. In an earlier post, I refer to us starting to sell on this site (cotswoldphoto.co.uk) with a new shop, and indeed you can see us stepping towards this.

But now eBay are making the decision easier, with some of the most idiotic changes to the rules under which top sellers operate on eBay UK. I predict thousands of loyal eBay sellers walking away as the changes come into effect in 2 stages; August and November 2014. We won’t walk away as such, but customers will notice our prices on eBay have to rise and will be undercut with direct sales right here on cotswoldphoto.co.uk. And we all want value for money, yes?

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