After the website of our chessclub broke down, it was my wonderful task to get it up and running again. It was quite a painful experience, but now that I'm (almost :) through I'll share the lessons learned.
1. Rates and functionalities of webhosting have changed dramatically over the years. Our old webhosting was ripping us of. We're now moving to a webhost which is 1/3 of the price and offers Joomla pre-installed.
2. It's best to keep the administrative side of your site up to date. Our domainname was still registered under the name of somebody who had left the board. Getting his written confirmation lost us some time, together with some confusion about what the procedure was.
3. Resurrecting the website locally from a database backup took quite some time. Try getting the installer of Joomla 1.0.10. That's not so easy. Here we are returning to the general problem with open source: the lack of accessible documentation.
4. The migration process of the database from 1.0.x to 1.5 was reasonably well described. (But I later ran into the problem that a table including data just went missing?? I copied it by hand.)
5. But the fact that templates are broken was not well described. To solve this a lot of piecing together of forumposts was needed.
So I learned it the hard way, but got there in the end. But even though Joomla is maybe the most popular CMS out there, I would be dissatisfied with the quality if it were a commercial product.
- domainname moving
- webhosting prices and facilities
- setting up local webserver with wamp/xamp
- installing Joomla, components, modules and templates
- migrating Joomla 1.0.10 to 1.5.3
- migrating Joomla templates to 1.5.3