I've come a long way from the early days of trying to understand menus (you do not need a menu for everything, that is pretty much the same as WordPress). I sort of know the difference between components, modules, plugins, and extensions. Everything starts as an extension and then is used as a template, plugin or a component. That part is a bit over complicated but it probably works for people who write all the code.

After trying half a dozen frameworks, some would not install and some... That is no different than dealing with hit and miss plugins on WordPress. I'm not as trusting as I once was. Each extension I try I have concerns about hidden code. I also don't like having to subscribe to the site. I don't know who these people are and in most cases I don't end up using the extension, plugin or template.

In the end, I learned a lot from trying frameworks. I discovered that I would rather stick to the protostar default template. But, if you are looking for a commercial/ complicated site, you might not want a simple solution like the default template. But, it is much easier than working with limits and variations in frameworks. Although protostar is fairly limited, it is reliable, and free. I found a template, Protostar Plus, its free (once you subscribe to the site) but there is no sign of actually getting the template because my subscription/ membership has not been validated by the site bot yet. So, I wrote that one off.

What does work is the JCE Editor. What protostar is missing I've been able to fix up with the article/ post editor. (You do need to go into global configurations and change your default editor). JCE Editor lets me style the images in my posts. I could not find anything else, of all the thousands of plugins/ extensions to do such a simple thing. I looked at page builders but that is a lot of extra bang I don't need for such a small thing. Why isn't there something so simple as an extension to style articles (site wide instead of per post). I know I can get into the CSS in the template and fix it there. I was avoiding digging into it, I will, maybe tomorrow. I still have my books from the time I decided to teach myself CSS. I think I can see one from here.

Another problem I have found with Joomla is the fact that you can not have all your post categories show up together on your site's front page. I worked hard to find a solution for this one. It was frustrating!

The best I can do is a work around. I'm making menu items for each category I want to show up. First, the main category which I have called, Blog. Blog is the main menu and it shows up on the front page of the site, with all the posts displayed. You need to use the Articles - Blog Category component in the menu settings. You will see it when you click on Articles as you set up the menu. Now do the same for your other categories. Just give them different titles so they show up in the same main menu. (Link each menu item to the category). Is that confusing? It was confusing just to type it.

I have just noticed the JCE Editor is not letting my typo/ spellchecker work. That is another problem I was not expecting. If there are typos uncaught on this post, you know who to blame. Not me. I'm doing my best.

Next, I do not at all like how tags are shown as blue things. Everything else is working with the colours I picked for the template. Only the tags are damned rebels. I removed them all, for now. This site doesn't really need them anyway.

That is about where I am in my Joomla expedition. I don't feel so lost. Thank you to Tim Davis for his very helpful videos: Basic Joomla Tutorials, on YouTube.

I almost forgot - the big issue I keep having with Joomla and almost everything else is just trying to read any of it! Tiny text!!! I have not found a way to make anything big enough to see it easily, or even well at all. I do not have this problem with most sites I use because I changed my Windows settings to show everything bigger. But, some things, like almost everything in the Joomla admin, including the JCE Editor, using tiny font sizes!!! I managed to get the font in the edit window up to a 12. For some reason, the font in the edit (typing) screen is the smallest of all of them. I thought having a bigger monitor (computer desktop screen) would help but it doesn't really.

The layout of published posts is wonky. I looked for something to automatically set each post to a limit of 100 words (or someting like that) and then make them all "read more". That would fix the wonkiness. Or, a masonry layout where each post is not set at the level of the longest post. I could also change them to just one per row but I like having columns. If I can't find something to adjust (no luck over the past week or so) I will consider losing the columns.

There may be something else I think to add to this sort of list without being an actual list, post. Or I could finish my coffee and watch a movie.