Joomla! is the Content Management System (CMS) that I used to build the genealogy website for the Caperton Society While this is a pretty complex site, may of the components used to build it are equally effective on smaller scale site. Below is an accumulation of components I used to build their site that I feel may be useful to others. In no way do I mean to infer that these are the only components that can be used, but they work well for me.
Disqus Commenting System
This week we're going to walk you through adding a commenting system to your site, the easy way!
We're going to be using the 'Disqus Plugin for Joomla' by JoomlaWorks. It's a free plugin that allows visitors to comment on your articles in designed categories and/or menu items using the popular Disqus Comment System.
Here's how set it up:
There are quite a few other features you can enable, like shared login for Facebook and Twitter, and the ability for visitors to post their comment to their twitter feed, thus taking your commenting system to a 'social networking' level! These features and more can be enabled within the Disqus settings and managed in your account at disqus.com
To build a basic Blog for Joomla! use Joomla! itself
Next you need to set up your Blog in your Menu.
Phoca Gallery is a image gallery for Joomla! CMS. It includes component, modules and plugins and allows users to display images or Youtube videos in many different styles. Phoca Gallery also includes a plugin that allows you to build a page with an icon in it linking to a photo or document that is in the main gallery. Jan over at Phoca has done a fantastic job building the Gallery component and it is free to use. for additonal information and links to a demo website check out www.phoca.cz
A Family History Website is about your family right? Having said that, you probably need to get an idea of exactly what you want to accomplish with your website before you set about building it. If you are looking for just a datadump then using the built in tools of your favourite genealogy program may be sufficient for your needs. Most genealogy programs include the abilityy to generate webpages based on your data, and if that is all you want then go for it, case closed, project complete, right? HOWEVER, if you seek more than that, there are many tools available to you, most of which are free or extremely inexpensive.
A basic website built on the Joomla! CMS could include:
Includes above components as well as: