Robin Clapp, Joomla Certified
On April 6, 2019, I passed the Joomla 3.x Certified Administrator test. I am currently one of only 27 in the United States with this certification, and one of 233 in the world (Joomla Certified Administrator Directory - opens in a new browser window). I was introduced to Joomla in 2006, coming only a few months after it was released. Being a part of the community, all these years has helped me stay informed and allowed me to enhance my Joomla skills.
Those unfamiliar with custom website design using the Joomla Platform may ask, what is Joomla? Joomla is a free and open-source content management system for publishing web content. This answer tends to initiate additional questions.
Why is it free? Joomla is free because it is owned by a community, not a company. Open Source Matters, Inc. and the Joomla community develop the code that is the Joomla Platform where skilled Joomla specialists can provide top of the line website designs.
What does open-source mean? Open source refers to code that is not restricted. In other words, anyone can see the code. Anyone can alter the code and use it in any form that they choose without breaking any copyright laws. How does this make a difference to the business owner? It doesn’t really - but it makes a big difference to the designer. The flexibility of the Joomla Platform gives me the ability to create beautiful, functional, custom websites without constraints. It allows me to implement the best website design online experience for my clients.
What is a content management system? The number one reason I choose Joomla as the website platform for my small business owners is the content management system. This system provides a secure login for business owners to get into their websites. Once they are in, they can add, change, or remove content. Since all of the websites are custom built, I also create custom instructions for all of my clients based on their unique websites. The ability to purchase a custom website design with a content management system is a major benefit for my small business owners. What once was only available to major corporations at a huge cost is now offered to the small business owner and this gives me great satisfaction, as I am a small business owner myself.
While many business owners do not know or even care about their website platform, it is my vast knowledge and custom approach that makes using their Joomla website a seamless, rewarding experience.