Thursday, November 3, 2011

What do I need for my video channel?

You can add membership functionality in WordPress but Joomla will handle membership much better as it is really made for things like that.  So, let’s say, while presuming you do not want to tinker with scripting:
  • if you want members to access your videos on a subscription basis and have members in various levels of permission (depending on their subscription level), Joomla is your best bet.
  • If you simply want to show your videos on your site, or you only have 1 type of members and you want things to be simple and clean, WordPress will do nicely.
  • If you want to show off different types on videos on your home pages from different sections, more or less like a magazine, again Joomla is better equipped for it.
  • If you want to create a video journal, WordPress makes life really easy for you.
If this little list doesn’t do you any good, you can always ask me a question by writing in the comment box below.  I will answer as soon as humanly possible to give you some advice.

Don’t panic!

The great thing is, that if you discover that you selected the wrong system in retrospect, you are not lost because it is always possible to adapt the system. Both systems are open source, which means they are adaptable in every direction.  Sometimes those changes will be costly, others peanuts.  It depends on what you need to add or adapt.  AND, there is a third way: Use them next to each other!
Have the best of both worlds if you want to.  Install one of the systems in a sub folder, match the layout more or less and there you have a super site with all the bells and whistles you can imagine.

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