Where Have I Been?
If you follow(ed) my blog here on wordpress.com you would have seen that in November I had a bit of a digital meltdown…it also caused a bit of an emotional and mental breakdown and I lost the feeling of wanting to create.
The good news is that I have been creating, just not digital art or taking photos. I’ve been learning Joomla from YouTube videos and created a free site on cloudaccess.net. I also purchased a domain name (dsphotodigitalart.net) and, on Cyber Monday, purchased a year of hosting from cloudaccess.net (affiliate link – doesn’t cost you any extra but it can help me out).
Yep, that’s me! The geeky, nerdy, techie side of me has turned into a Joomla Junkie. This CMS totally rocks once you get your head wrapped around how to use it. My brain hasn’t felt so alive in a while and it is enjoying the learning experience!! 🙂 I’m now learning how to use K2 for said website. Once I get the hang of this content extension for Joomla I will more than likely write a review.
Why I Chose CloudAccess.net as my Web Host
As I mentioned above I’ve been learning Joomla from watching YouTube videos. I’ve watched videos from many creators/teachers but when I watched the wide variety of videos and recorded webinars created by cloudaccess.net I finally started to understand more of the workings of Joomla. The presenter has a very calm, soothing voice that made learning easy; the fact that he would repeat the actions also made it easy for me to grasp the content. When Cyber Monday rolled around and I got an email that they were offering 50% off a year of web hosting…that sealed the deal for me (since by this time I already had a domain name but no host).
Another reason I went with cloudaccess.net is their free Joomla web hosting plan. While you don’t get the bells and whistles of a paid plan, you can install templates from the web and extensions (unlike wordpress.com)! Not just for a month either…all you have to do is click the Yellow Renew button once a month to continue your site as a free subdomain (think wordpress.com, but on steroids!). I have 11 days left on my free account which was great to use while I was learning Joomla, I will more than likely keep it to use as a testing site.
If you’re tired of using wordpress.com, or a self-hosted WordPress site, give Joomla a try! Better yet, why not watch some videos to see how easy it can be to create a great looking site. Here are three different playlists created by cloudaccess.net:
- Joomla 3 Getting Started Tutorials
- Joomla Open Forum Tutorials
- Joomla 3 Getting Started – CloudBase 3 (CloudBase 3 is a template created by cloudaccess.net and offers lots of customization)