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How I decided to drop hyper-fancy content manager systems for a generated static website.

In the end, I got bored of Joomla. It’s not Joomla fault I think, it’s just that keeping everything up-to-date was too time expensive, and in fact my old website got stuck with Joomla 1.5.something.

At a certain point I decided I had to update it. An important premise is that using only rolling-release distributions (Sabayon and Arch) I grow extremely lazy for what concerns manual updates: I am used to have daily / weekly updates done with a single command, and only rarely I have to look to what went wrong. I can accept a bit more effort for upgrading the kernel (namely: a couple more of commands to issue), but I really cannot spend a day for such operation as I was used to when I used Windows - I still remember I was formatting my system every four or five months, now I laugh at myself when it comes to my mind.

Anyway, I searched for instructions for the Joomla update. Updating between minor versions was quite easy: just unpack the patch archive and upload, done. Upgrading between major versions looked a much deeper pain. I also had the idea of seeking which version my favourite package managers propose:

equo s joomla
╠ @@ Searching...
╠ @@ Package: www-apps/joomla-1.5.25 branch: 5, [sabayon-weekly]
╠ Available: version: 1.5.25 ~ tag: NoTag ~ revision: 0
╠ Installed: version: Not installed ~ tag: n/a ~ revision: n/a
╠ Slot: 1.5.25
╠ Homepage: http://www.joomla.org/
╠ Description: Joomla is a powerful Open Source
╠ Content Management System.
╠ License: GPL-2
╠ Keywords: joomla
╠ Found: 1 entry


pacman -Ss joomla

Super meh!

yaourt -Ss joomla
aur/akeeba-remote-control-64 4.0.8-2 (1)
Desktop application which allows you to backup multiple joomla sites (with Akeeba Backup) with a single click.
aur/joomla 3.3.0-1 (49)
A PHP-based content management platform
aur/joomla-es 1.6.0-1 (Out of Date) (2)
Sistema de Administracion de Contenidos
aur/joomscan 2012_03_10-1 (12)
Detects file inclusion, sql injection, command execution vulnerabilities of a target Joomla! web site.

The AUR is fantastic as usual!

Since I have not switched all my systems to Arch - I need a good reason to remove Sabayon, and I have none - I wanted something that was kept up-to-date also in my repository: my idea is that I can keep a local install up to date, and just regularly upload it to the server (and regularly backup it). So I looked around, searching for other CMSs. As everybody does, I evaluated Wordpress, Joomla and Drupal.


Pros: easy, available both in Pacman and Entropy

Cons: considered slow with respect to the others, I would lose my Joomla contents


Pros: I already know how it works, I will not lose my current website content

Cons: I HATE HATE HATE doing upgrades, version 3 not available in Entropy


Pros: require skills (so I will either prove myself valiant or learn more), available both in Pacman and Entropy, fast

Cons: I would lose my Joomla contents

Since I could in the end keep my legacy site in a subdirectory and redirect if needed, I decided to go for Drupal. And this is the result folks: I must admit I am rather satisfied of my choice.

website cms jekyll feeling responsive github git

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