My first column

Welcome to the start of my new column about the content management systems Drupal, Joomla! and Word Press. It will appear every tuesday at the German Addison Wesley blog probably in German language. This text is a translation.

It is the first edition of this column and I’ve procastinated for an hour – “White textarea window – inspire me!”

First of all, what really is a column? Wikipedia sees it this way:

The column (the column of the print set) called in the press and in online journalism, a short opinion piece as a small-form journalism.

Drupal, WordPress and Joomla! are “the” content management systems and each claims to be the greatest, most beautiful and best system. Protagonists of all three camps provide occasional religious wars in the forums, which sometimes must be ended by closure of the thread by one of the moderators. Here is a slightly older example from the german Drupalcenter.

To come immediately to the point:


With which system the common agency and / or freelancers can make the most money? I agree with Mashable and say clearly: Drupal. Real men and women need programming code in front of their eyes. Development effort can easily conveyed to clients (for how long?). Buttons, like in WordPress, labeled “Update”, and the update is installed after clicking it, are for most people rather suspect – too easy. In Germany, Drupal is probably only beaten in this discipline of TYPO3, but we will not talk about this :-) With Drupal 7, which definitely comes closer and drupalgardens it will be more about configuring than programming – so watch out you money printers :-).


Which system is politically correct? It’s time for Joomla!. The project reminds me a little of the early Greens, the SPD and the Windows versions prior to XP. All dealt primarily with itself. What they tried to achieve was the best and most ideas are clever. The preoccupation with oneselves produced an incredible bond of the community to the system and quite effectively prevented a predictable development of Joomla! Core. The speed can be compared to a wandering glacier. The resulting problem from this niche offers opportunities to a number of companies for selling successful commercial components and themes. Nevertheless, the system is still in a very good shape. Thanks to MVC and frameworks like Nooku, Programmers quickly find their way through. There are many well working extensions and the system is often pre-installed at many hosting providers. The version 1.6 is finally after three years on its way and includes long-desired features.

A carefree life

Which system is most fun? The fun factor is definitely the highest at WordPress. I reminds me a little of a boat on which you pull a ripcord and pfffffftt … it is blowing up. WordPress is just smooth and usually works very pragmatic and well.

What’s next here?

After this very subjective point of view, I hope that I receive feedback from you which I can use for the follow up of this column. Ideal would be that you first click the “Like” button on this blog, then immediately comment something substantial or even get directly in touch with me.

And now, thanks to all who have kept up with reading up here and see you next Tuesday.

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zero2hero – Day 1

Today I thought about how I’m organizing everything and I described my project (My next three months). @JooDeu, @sigsiu_net, @SeoSuka, @warnemann, @UlrikaHall, @web2feed, @murgeys and @linobertrand retweetet it and @manfredrein has posted the first comment – (thanks for that)

During the day I began to realize what I intend to do :-) Roger Perren encouraged me and agreed to write about the project .

I have created the following book pages:




For Joomla 1.6 I have written a German Introduction.

For Drupal 7 I already had a German Introduction.

I would appreciate your feedback.

The cocoate site requires a better structure and navigation. This will be done “on the way” :-)

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My next three months

The initial plan was to write a Joomla! 1.6 book and to start today. I promised it to my publisher :-)

Now I am thinking about this project … and I decide to expand the project.

I have experiences in working with Joomla!, Drupal and WordPress:

  1. The software:
    In all professional web projects I was involved in during the past two years the problem was not the software. More or less every task I have seen could be solved with Joomla!, Drupal and WordPress.
    For this reason I would like to write three books :-)
  2. The language:
    My mother tongue is German and I know so many German words. But we are only 120.000.000 speakers. I live in France and have to speak French. My knowledge of the French language is lousy, but they have 500.000.000 speakers. And what am I doing right now? I write the first text about my project in my spaghetti English (500 million–1.8 billion speakers).
    For this reason I would like to write the three books in three languages German, French and English with the option to add more languages.
  3. The medium:
    It’s hard to earn money with printed paper so I decide to publish the "books" online for free on our website.
    I did this in 2008 with my Drupal 6 book (German) and my Joomla 1.5 book (German and French).
    To spread the knowledge I would love to have three apps (iPhone, Blackberry, Android) for the three books in three languages.
  4. The timeframe:
    This is a little bit hard. I have three weeks in a month (9am-5pm) in the next three months (until october, 15th 2010).
  5. The process:
    I will start writing in German. Then I will translate it into English and my beloved daugther Isabell will proof read it. For the French version I have no real idea at the moment (any volunteers?).
  6. What about you?
    You will have three advantages

    1. You can follow the process online and live.
    2. You will get a freely available course of how to create a Website with those three content management systems.
    3. You can participate in the project by giving feedback
  7. Official hashtag
    If you write about this project please use the hashtag #zero2hero