Website Baker – a first-time user reports

I built a website using Joomla last year. I found it to be cumbersome and very unintuitive, and although I did get the template looking pretty good, it felt like I was designing the site backwards.

So right now, I’m building another CMS for a client, this time in Website Baker.

What a huge difference! WB is a much smaller and simpler CMS than Joomla, and in turn it has fewer choices when it comes to templates and modules. But it’s super-simple to use – I will admit that it took me the better part of a day to figure out why I couldn’t see my CSS styles in FCKEditor, one of the available WYSIWYG editors that you can install as a module.

I’ve found the forums to be so-so. I couldn’t find the answers to my questions about styling there, and only got one response. However, once I figured out the CSS issue, I cranked through a lot of other work very quickly.

Styling lists, images, and other elements has been pretty easy. The templating only took a few hours, maybe about half a day, and it looks really nice. I started with one of the free templates available for download on the WB site and worked from there, inserting the pertinent bits of PHP code into my layout.

I made the template first, then dropped in and styled the content. Right now I’m working on styling the sidebar menu and I have a few other elements to work on, but I’m close to handing this over to the client for more content.

I’ve been really impressed with the program, especially after a rather frustrating experience with Joomla, and I would recommend Website Baker for both experienced users and newcomers to CMS’s. The user interface is so much simpler than Joomla but still it’s a powerful little program.

2 comments

  1. The memu system used is not Google or SEO useful. All Google sees is the first level of menu items and pages, which doesn’t help with people searching for things that are deeper. I am trying to work on using an existing menu structure I use to WB’s system.

  2. “I will admit that it took me the better part of a day to figure out why I couldn’t see my CSS styles in FCKEditor, one of the available WYSIWYG editors that you can install as a module.

    I’ve found the forums to be so-so. I couldn’t find the answers to my questions about styling there, and only got one response. However, once I figured out the CSS issue, I cranked through a lot of other work very quickly.”

    I’ve got the same problem. What did you do to correct it?

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