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    Joomla & SWGfL

    My current Mission is to try and get a site built for one of the schools I work at. I want to do it with the Joomla package. A lady at SWGfL tells me she doesn't believe SWGfL supports Joomla - only Frontpage? Is that right??

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    Our website which went live in March is based on Joomla and is hosted with SWGfL with no problems.

    Just choose the Linux Advance Hosted solution I believe, which will give you access via Plesk.

    The Commonweal School

    HTH

    Pete

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    Quote Originally Posted by FragglePete View Post
    Our website which went live in March is based on Joomla and is hosted with SWGfL with no problems.

    Just choose the Linux Advance Hosted solution I believe, which will give you access via Plesk.

    The Commonweal School

    HTH

    Pete
    Thanks Pete,

    Problem there is the fact we aren't Linux! Hope that doesn't mean I'm going to have to buy and use Front Page.

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    SWGfL are often up themselves. Because they don't support Joomla doesn't mean you can't use it. IIRC they only officialy support FP 2000 WTF.

    HBJB

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    if you can, get it on a local box. thats what weve done here. same reason...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heebeejeebee View Post
    SWGfL are often up themselves. Because they don't support Joomla doesn't mean you can't use it. IIRC they only officialy support FP 2000 WTF.

    HBJB
    Any thoughts what I'd need to load (WAMPP perhaps - and if so to where) to get it running. So far all I have uploaded is the site file from the Joomla package.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stuartwilkie View Post
    if you can, get it on a local box. thats what weve done here. same reason...
    Thanks but a local box is not on the radar at present and anyhow my thinking is the school is paying for the Service from SWGfL surely they ought to be supporting Joomla which seems to be fast becoming the standard for schools.

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    Quote Originally Posted by speckytecky View Post
    Thanks but a local box is not on the radar at present and anyhow my thinking is the school is paying for the Service from SWGfL surely they ought to be supporting Joomla which seems to be fast becoming the standard for schools.
    EDIT: Ignore this, Fraggle Pete has already ansered the question.

    This is based on when I last had a good look at what SWGfL offered about 18months ago.

    SWGfL's standard hosting packages will not support Joombla, however they offer upgraded packages with either Linux or Windows hosting. The linux hosting includes PHP and MySQL so should support Joomla, however they won't make guarantees.

    I think you can however get your SWGfL web address redirected to another host, so you could use a hosting company who offer a hosting package that includes Joomla.

    You would only need WAMPP if you're installing Joomla on your own Windows server. You certainly shouldn't be putting on SWGfL's server.
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    Quote Originally Posted by speckytecky View Post
    Thanks Pete,

    Problem there is the fact we aren't Linux!
    Doesn't mean you can't use their Linux hosting package. All that means is the server hosting the web page is running Linux, it has no baring on what you're using on your servers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by K.C.Leblanc View Post
    Doesn't mean you can't use their Linux hosting package. All that means is the server hosting the web page is running Linux, it has no baring on what you're using on your servers.
    How would I go about setting that up then please?

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    Get a Change Request Form filled out applying for Advance Hosting (Linux) with SWGfL. You'll need then get a domain (or subdomain) with them pointing to this webspace. You get 1Gb of storage with unlimited bandwidth.

    You will then get access of Plesk which will enable you to setup the mySQL database.

    Then either develop on this new webspace, or setup a local box with something like WAMP, or even a LAMP server on an old-ish machine using Ubuntu or something. Get hold of the EduGeek Project Joomla templates and modify with your school colours, logos, etc.

    Use something like Joomla Pack to help transfer your data and SQL Database to the server with SWGfL. Or you can just transfer the templates and media files, and then use the mySQL database management tool with SWGfL to 'inject' the data from your local test machine.

    Wow your heads of departments with your new web site. Job done.

    If you need further help just ask.

    I think in a few years time I'll look at hosting the server locally, as I can see our site getting quite big and may start exceeding SWGfL limits.

    Pete

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    SWGfL now tell me that:

    There is a SWGfL service that has the additional functionality.
    The service is called SWGfL Advanced Web Hosting, which has:
    Apache version: Apache 2.0.52
    PHP version: 4.3.9
    Perl version: Perl v5.8.5
    mySQL version: MySQL 4.1.21


    Being new to web it means little to me! Would this serve the purpose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by speckytecky View Post
    SWGfL now tell me that:

    There is a SWGfL service that has the additional functionality.
    The service is called SWGfL Advanced Web Hosting, which has:
    Apache version: Apache 2.0.52
    PHP version: 4.3.9
    Perl version: Perl v5.8.5
    mySQL version: MySQL 4.1.21


    Being new to web it means little to me! Would this serve the purpose.
    Yes that server should be able to Host a Joomla Install

    Linky
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    Yes,

    Can someone tell me why they aren't using Cpanel? As it's free for education.

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    Quote Originally Posted by matt40k View Post
    Yes,

    Can someone tell me why they aren't using Cpanel? As it's free for education.
    Never heard of this one can you point us in the direction of more info please?



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