Joomla Content Helpers... (WordPress, too)

Real Estate Agent with Century 21 Results Realty

As mentioned last time in WordPress and Joomla and Active Rain… oh my!, dynamic websites are the direction the web is going.  In order to live in the dynamic website world, you need to produce content.

That is the first problem.  Good, engaging content doesn't create itself.  Readers want to see pictures and video.  They want interaction.

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I'm AT LEAST as guilty as anyone else of not serving it up sometimes.  One one of my blogs I don't have any access to a plug-in called Zemanta, and I have to jump through hoops to use Apture.

On my WordPress sites I have both Zemanta and apture installed, so it is easy to amp up the graphics and add video.  Now, on my Joomla sites I also have Zemanta installed.  I still have to jump through a few hoops to run Apture, but I have bookmarked a direct link to the page to build embeds.


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Zemanta is a plug-in and site that surfs for images and links that are related to the article (post) you are writing.  Basically, it scans your content and finds related articles and images.  You also have the ability to refine the results (spelled S-E-A-R-C-H) for specific terms if the automatically returned results are getting it for you. Also, through Zemanta, users can allow content to be reblogged, similar to Active Rain's reblog feature.  A reblog is a reprint of the post (with permission) on another blog.  It basically syndicates the content.


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Apture is slightly different, but geared similarly.  It isn't automatic, and I find it best geared towards video.  It also has a linking component.  Apture builds mini-galleries.  You can put as many as 6 videos in one embed on the site.  Here is an example in Joomla.  Here is one in WordPress.  (BTW, the first link was created using Apture and the second using WordPress's editor)  With Apture, you have the capability of combining multiple content types into one embed.  The only thing you can't combine are links.  Other embeds, like pictures, slide shows, videos, maps, etc CAN be combined.

Combined, there are great options to make a more engaging site, in both WordPress and Joomla, as well as some other platforms.



You might jump to that link and look at the post in the platform for which it was designed...  ;^ )

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Jim Frimmer
HomeSmart Realty West - San Diego, CA
Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist

We've been trying to get a Joomla web site up for almost a year now. It's not near as easy as we were led to believe it would be.

Jan 18, 2010 12:23 PM #1
Tom Hall
Coral Shores Realty, 1119 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 954-610-4186 - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Lane, after much research and reading your posts I too am too convinced that "dynamic" is the only way to go. I can't see a lot of realtors embracing this platform as they think "just put a website out there" and something may stick.

As for Joomla, I am just trying to get through Wordpress. I don't know if I will ever catch up with this technology cycle.

Jan 18, 2010 02:29 PM #2
Lane Bailey
Century 21 Results Realty - Suwanee, GA
Realtor & Car Guy

Jim - What is the issue you are having?  I've set up half a dozen sites and it shouldn't take that long. 

Tom - It isn't a matter of catching up...  Joomla is just a different platform.

Jan 18, 2010 02:50 PM #3
Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate


"As mentioned last time in WordPress and Joomla and Active Rain… oh my!, dynamic websites are the direction the web is going.  In order to live in the dynamic website world, you need to produce content."

deleted it by accident from the group.  Sorry.  Post it back please when you have time.  Excellent information about WordPress (and Joomla.)

Jan 20, 2010 01:40 AM #4
Lane Bailey
Century 21 Results Realty - Suwanee, GA
Realtor & Car Guy

Maureen - I think I have it back in the group... no worries. 

Feb 18, 2010 03:26 AM #5
Troy Erickson
Diverse Solutions Realty - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Lane - Wow, it's obvious you know a lot more about this stuff than I do.  I will have to do my research to see if I can figure it all out.  Just getting going on wordpress, and still have lots of questions on how to do things.

Mar 17, 2010 04:16 PM #6
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Part of the learning curve. Following your progress, posts on Joomla.

Sep 06, 2010 04:54 AM #7
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