Rinet IT

Rinet IT’s site has changed over the years along with improvements in WordPress and Joomla. Read about it’s history and the changes.

A new site for Rinet for 2015, done in WordPress.

A new site for Rinet for 2015, done in WordPress.

WordPress (2015)

In 2015 WordPress along with Ultimatum’s theme (framework) showed what it could do when I did a site for MGE Painting. Using the Revolution Slider and other tools I was able to create a much better looking site that was responsive and easier to maintain.

One thing WordPress does great is images. Joomla is a pain as you have to upload the image and then insert the file name into a bunch of code. With YT Shortcodes from SmartAddons doing the Lightbox effect is easier but WordPress has Lightbox built in, and images are dropped from your computer into the site and then inserted onto the page with one click.

Joomla Versions

My use of Joomla began with Eltham Model Railway Club’s site and next was for my business.

Rinet's new site with Joomla 3.

Rinet’s new site with Joomla 3.

Joomla 3.x (2014)

In 2014 support for Joomla 2.5.x ceased making it necessary to upgrade again, and as for last time it was going to all done by hand. I purchased more update plugins (for client use too) and once again the menus didn’t update very well.

So began the long process of re-doing the site, plus redoing the design since the “Splash” template was no longer compatible.

After completing a client’s site with WordPress and the Ultimatum theme I abandoned the update and redid the site in WordPress.

Some months later an update for Joomla 3.x appeared and it updated the site with just mouse clicks. At last Joomla caught up to WordPress, but it was too late.

CMS 2 CMS

An easy but more expensive way to migrate your site from one CMS to another is to use the migration service from CMS2CMS. Alanna Quigley suggested this and she’s happy with the results. Even the images are copied across to /wp-content/uploads!

Joomla 2.5

At around the time Joomla brought out a new version I had built more and more sites using WordPress and I was beginning to prefer it. Even more so when it came to updates. WordPress is done with a few mouse clicks whereas Joomla needed to be re-done as version 2.5 was virtually a different product to 1.5 (and even to 1.6.x).

Using purchased tools made it easier but these did not convert the menus very well as one key record (the “root”) was left out for the menus.

One blessing was that it came with Twitter Bootstrap, a fantastic framework that takes a lot of the hard work out of presentation and making your site responsive. Due to the limitations of my design and template I was stuck with having a fixed width for a while.

The home page in 2011. The drop down bars at the bottom were done with jQuery.

The home page in 2011. The drop down bars at the bottom were done with jQuery.

Rinet's home page in 2012

The home page in 2012. The gem is part of the story of how Rinet IT got its name.

First use of Bootstrap was a carousel of completed sites.

First use of Bootstrap was a carousel of completed sites.

Rinet's new page in 2013

A test page trying out information boxes.

Rinet's site in 2013. Colourful information boxes draw attention to Rinet's services.

Rinet’s site in 2013. Colourful information boxes draw attention to Rinet’s services.

Close up of the info boxes on the 2013 site.

Close up of the info boxes on the 2013 site.

Joomla 1.5 (2010)

My business site was the second one I built with Joomla 1.5.

This site was created with potential clients in mind, outlining benefits of having a website for business. The benefits are outlined and website samples are shown.

The portfolio is the same as this site except it is done in Joomla.

As I find tips and other help for building web sites and sorting out computer problems these will be added thus building a useful reference and improving the SEO as Google loves content.

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