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Lets make this simple. Here is the actual login link for Joomla 1.7: 

index.php?option=com_users&view=login 
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So lets say that you love Joomla and so you want to use it for your business. You want to offer your customers a great CMS solution for their new business and you sell them Joomla.

Okay, so lets get started. You install the new joomla site, upload the content and start to build, but you don't want the customer to see you in progress, so you place the site down for maintenance.

When you do this, you realize that there is this big joomla logo and login box that just doesn't work well with your style of business. Not only that, but it isn't promoting your company.

Solution:
You have 1 of 3 solutions:

Attachments:
FileDescriptionFile size
Download this file (offline.php.zip)Custom Joomla 1.7 Offline PageCustom Joomla 1.7 Offline Page2 Kb
Download this file (offline.zip)Custom Joomla 1.6 Offline PageUse this file to customize your Joomla 1.6 offline page. After editing, upload to /templaes/system1 Kb
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Within the last week I have built websites using Joomla, Zen Cart, Magento, PhpBB and wordpress. I just thought it was interesting that I personally worked with each of these within one weeks time. Below is a list of how I build websites and with which program(s) I find best suited for each. 
  • Simple 5 page website: Wordpress/Joomla
  • Social Networking: Joomla
  • Simple Shopping Cart: Zen Cart/ RokQuickCart
  • Adavanced Shopping Cart: Magento/Virtuemart
  • Forum: phpBB/SMF
  • Advanced Forum w/site: Joomla Kunena/Agora
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I could go on-and-on about how you should or should not. However, being that this is Joomla nutshell. I'm going to give you a nutshell answer, which is No.

Reasoning? It is because Joomla currently has almost 7,000 extensions in its directory. Of those almost 7,000 only less than 150 of them are 1.6 ready. The chances are that you and your site will have one of those other 6,500 extensions installed. This means that if you upgrade, you will have outdated extensions that wont work.

In addition, most of your extensions possibly no longer have an active developer. This means that you will never be ready to upgrade to 1.6.

If you really want to upgrade to 1.6, my suggestion is to duplicate your site and test it at the duplicated location to be sure that everything still works.

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