The Artesian City website is mostly banged in as to menu structure. I’m sure I’ll find things I want to tweak when I get started on content cleanup, and the whole purpose of moving to Joomla is to add gizmos, but not bad for 8-11 hours of work.
Here’s how I did compared to my original list of things to do:
.. can yield some pretty silly results. Not sure what I’m going to do about this.
There’s a point in any web project where it seems you have to, like Cortes*, burn your boats. This point came sooner than expected for me. I couldn’t get the zip archive to extract, so I had to upload the tar.gz joomla file to the server and expand it. At that point, while my existing files are still there, the installation takes over the index page functions so the typical user would not know how to find it.
Last night I downloaded Joomla 1.5.3. (zip archive) This morning I downloaded it again because the extraction wizard keeps failing. I’m hoping the copy I downloaded last night was just corrupted, and the fresh copy will work.
It’s taken me a long time to learn this, but “a watched pot never boils” also applies to these kinds of projects. I have a hard time stepping away from the computer when it’s extracting a big archive or doing some other processor-intensive step because – I’m afraid it will fail/stop and then I’ll be wasting time.