Discussion forums, comments, blog type sections
While CMS (content management systems including joomla, drupal, etc) can provide this feature, this will never be enabled for public or private activity on our site for reasons including but not limited to:
It simply is not the place for it, especially the public access website content
Unfortunately, there exist other "not recommended" venues for that thereby making duplication silly
Rarely, does anything beneficial yield from open online discussion and feedback forums. Instead there is a significant risk of placing commenters subject to Grand Lodge sanctions regarding such activity (refer to Grand Lodge social media edict). In short, we simply are not going to do it here.
Joomla! 3.x provides the core of this site. Joomla is the world's second largest open-source CMS (content management system). Version 3.x delivered, for the first time, what is called fluid or responsive template capability. This type of template provides the ability for browser viewers to dynamically resize their browser page size (within limits). This contrasts significantly to fixed type page templates which cannot be resized at all. Additionally, fluid/responsive pages are more conducive to display on mobile devices vs almost impossible to effectively view fixed page displays.
The template used for our site is a responsive custom design. While many templates can be found free of charge, most are a horrid fixed size type that deliver significant waste of user screen real-estate with excessive and useless borders along with typically annoying static background images.
Sites implemented using Joomla include:
|• eBay||• Barnes & Noble||• General Electric||• Guaranty Trust Bank|
|• IKEA||• University of Alabama||• Holiday Inn||• European Union|
|• Royal Scottish
|• Charles River
|• Sony Pictures||• Piedmont College
Joomla extensions & plugins (not all are free) in use at our site include:
• AARA User Migrate
• Add User Front-End
• AKEEBA Backup
• Articles Anywhere
• Date2-Date/Time Display
• JCE Editor
• File Manager
• Image Manager Extended
• Media Manager