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Joomla! vs. WordPress, Why I Made the Switch

wordpress-vs-joomlaA little over three years ago I made the switch from the Nucleus CMS to the Joomla CMS. At the time my main motivations for making the switch were the slowness of the Nucleus development cycle, and my desire to use a system that was easier to update and to make information easier to find.

For the last few years Joomla! has served me well and I have used the framework as the backend for a number of commercial and private websites. At the end of April I decided to launch a new blog site,, and started looking for the easiest way to get a blog up and running. My tech mentor Leo Laporte has been touting for a few weeks. I checked out their site, which is amazing, but I didn’t like the idea of paying a monthly fee and I wasn’t planning on giving up my web hosting account with SiteGround, so I looked primarily at solutions that I could host myself.

I had taken a look at WordPress three years ago and I decided to take another look (I also checked out Nucleus, still not impressed).

Wow, WordPress has grown up in the last three years. Bottom line, I used WordPress on for a month and new I had to port this site over. So, for the last 5 days, that’s what I’ve been doing.

Okay, this is why you are here, you don’t care about all that history.

Joomla vs. WordPress

1. Post Editing:

This was probably my biggest frustration with Joomla is the lack of an integrated tag system and the ability to add posts to multiple categories. Since the purpose of this site is really to be a blog, tagging and multiple categories have been something I’ve wanted to add for some time.

WordPress also has a great autosave feature as well as keeping a history of past article versions. I havn’t had a need to go back to a previous version, but the autosave feature has saved me a couple times already. With Joomla! I typically edited my text in an external editor because I was afraid of browser crashes, etc. If you don’t edit site content that often or your posts are usually short then this probably isn’t important.

Joomla! and WordPress both have great WYSIWYG editors and Joomla! has a number of editors that you can use.

Winner: WordPress (more…)

New Photos

Okay, the long awaited web site update has happened! I know everyone anxiously visits my web page twice a year to see if I’ve updated anything! Well, I have…

I’ve moved all of my pictures to Flickr. I’ve been hosting all of my pictures on my own server but I decided it’s better to use Flickr becuase I have unlimited space and bandwidth so I can post a lot more than I have been. Also, Flickr has a much more robust permissions system so I can mark pictures as only visible by my family, friends and family, contacts, or everyone. This will make Flickr the one stop shop for everyone.

The photos you can access here on are only the photos I have marked as public. If you are a friend or a family member you can create your own Flickr account and access all of my pictures.

Hope everyone enjoys the upgrade and I’ll try to post more soon 🙂

UPDATE 06/10/09: This is how the site looked after the redesign. The site featured a Facebook button and Flickr thumbnail. The site structure was very similar to the current structure but was based on the Joomla! CMS.

Tim Alatorre Online as of Oct 28, 2007

Tim Alatorre Online as of Oct 28, 2007

Talatorre dot com

Tim Alatorre Online…. it’s Dot Com!

Good news! is back! You can now reach Tim Alatorre Online by either entering or!

A New Look

Tim Alatorre Online has undergone another face lift! In the ever evolving world of the internet I felt that my site was becoming outdated. My new site takes advantage of one of the hotest content managment systems available today, Joomla!

Not all of the content from my old site has been migrated to this one yet. You can still get everything that was by going here.

Hopefully this new technology will make it easier for me to update the site and make the information easier to find!

EDIT June 9th, 2009: The old site is no longer available, all content is available on this site. March 2005 Statistics

Some interesting statistics for in March 2005.

  • Average of 75 visits per day
  • Most visits was on March 19th (592 visits)
  • The site is accessed the most at 7am and 4pm
  • There is an average 21hits at 3am! Who’s up that early?
  • People came to my page by searching for: tim Alatorre, crystal Alatorre, cuesta
    college, institute of religion, gordon b hinckley, birth date, la iglesia de jesus
    cristo de los santos de los ultimos dias, norma alicia barto, norma lehr, and
  • People visited my web site from the United States, Brazil, Sweden, Mexico, Seychelles, Belgium, Canada, France, Australia, Japan, the United Kingdom, and Yugoslavia.

We now know who is up at 3am PST!

I’m only human!

I’ve been scrolling through my web stats for March and I was surprised to find that 2 people came to my site by doing a search for Gordon B. Hinckley’s birth day. For those of you who haven’t found that information on my site yet it’s located on my page dedicated to the current apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

One neat feature of this page is that it always shows the current age of the Apostles and updates automatically when they have a birthday! I was showing the page to Crystal and she noticed that Elder Wirthlin was only 33 years old! I’m sure he would like to be that young again, but alas, I entered his birthday as 1971 when it should have been 1917.

Sorry all, I’m only human!

slø bløg defined

I ran across an interesting site today which defined “sloblog” as a blog that did not update very often. Although I named this blog for San Luis Obispo county where I reside and for the city of San Luis Obispo where I lived and currently attend school, I think it very fitting that the word has this alternate definition as it describes my site perfectly!


Ahh, changes…. Well, Tim Alatorre Online has a new look! Up until now the web site has just been a conglomerate of a lot of different experiments and had little cohesion.

With the new design I hope to make the entire site feel like one! Ahh…. so nice. Everything should be up in running soon, in the meantime bear with the changes. Content is being sacrificed as I work on the graphical side of things. A new feature I’m excited about is an integrated search function on the title bar!

As a bit of trivia: I took the picture of the palm trees on the banner from the roof of the Bren School at the UCSB campus!

Thanks for visiting!

UPDATE 06/10/09: Here is how the site looked after the redesign mentioned above. The site featured drop menus and many, many hover effects.

Tim Alatorre Online as of Feb. 10th, 2005

Tim Alatorre Online as of Feb. 10th, 2005

Learn From My Mistakes

Well, Tim Alatorre Online has been temporarily relocated to Now, I know that when was launched that I said Tim Alatorre Online would never move again but due to my own ignorance the web page has moved once again.

It seems that when I registered the domain “” I had my hosting company do it for me. I was assured that I would retain the rights to the domain. I, however, never obtained the login information for the registrar where the domain was registered ( Two weeks ago my host ( went offline. A few days later they came back online. They are now offline once again. I have been trying this entire time to contact them to obtain the login for the registrar so that I can change the DNS servers for the domain.

So, the result is that “” is still pointing to “”, which doesn’t exist. I therefore have registered “” and it is configured to point to my new host ( Until I can gain control of “” again you can access my web page at

The moral of the story: Spend the extra 5 minutes to register your own domain.

UPDATE July 9th, 2009: I finally reaquired “” in November of 2006, I had to wait two years for the domain to expire so that I could reregister it.

Back Online Again

I’m sure some people are wondering what happened to TAlatorre online at the beginning of September. I’ll explain. For the last several months my site has been hosted for free by That’s why my site had the address Well, the last week of August my site went offline and anyxhost disappeared without a trace. I haven’t been able to find out any information about where they went. Fortunately I was being hosted for free so I didn’t loose much except for some data and time. However, many people had paid service with anyxhost and lost money as well.

I am now being hosted by Novice Host and I have paid to have my own domain, i.e. Having my own domain name means that even if Novice Host goes belly up and can just move my site to any other host and will still have the address of So from now on until the end of my life, you will find the latest of what’s going on in my life right here at TAlatorre Online!

UPDATE July 9th, 2009: Novice Host went out of business only 3 months later and I lost money as well as my new domain name.