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Joomla

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December 15, 2010    
 
4.0 (3)
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Software Summary

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  • Windows Server
  • Linux Server

Joomla is a Content Management System Software (Open Source) for Linux/Windows servers created by Open Source Matters, Inc.

Joomla Summary

Joomla, a content management system, presents no problem in terms of cost. It is free. Even if it is offered for free for download via the Internet, the software is also packed with great features. The software, however, is also addled with some problems that may be fixed through patient learning with the help of the Joomla community.

Joomla Features

As a content management system, Joomla is pretty popular. Since its first release, the software has been downloaded 21 million times and counting. There are plenty of good reasons behind this, one of which its being a free and open source software that can be used for many types of websites. Basically, Joomla is a means to publish content to the web. It can be easily installed and its settings can be easily configured according to the user’s needs.  Joomla is also packed with plug-ins for various purposes. For example, the user can easily publish a blog through the software. Joomla also makes the creation of all sorts of websites, both commercial and personal, possible. It can also be used to create extranets, intranets and portals.

Joomla Support

Joomla is supported on the web by a group of enthusiastic volunteers. These volunteers have put together all of the possible resources that a new Joomla user will need. The official Joomla website contains these resources, which consist of documentation, extensions and translations. Documentation refers to online reading that will teach new Joomla users how to effectively use the software. Extensions are add-ons that will help improve the Joomla experience for each particular user. Resources may also refer to professionals who can help provide more tips and tricks to new users.

Joomla Review

The Joomla is free software. This fact already helps it score points to several users, especially new web developers who are still gaining experience. Also, with just a few clicks, users can add new posts to their website. So, it is pretty easy to keep a site updated all the time. The Joomla community also provides enough resources through professional help, documentation, extensions and even translations for non-English speakers. There are plenty of templates and plug-ins that the user can work with. Even those who do not have any HTML programming background can easily create fantastic-looking sites.

There are still downsides to what may seem to be the perfect software. Joomla presents rigorous manual updates and the user has to install Joomla for each of his websites. Joomla is written in MySQL and PHP and has no connection or support to either Postgresql or PDO. The software is also not advisable for creating sites that are supposed to be optimized for search engines. The web developer will need a third party extension to make the site keyword optimized. Earlier it is mentioned that the Joomla community provides a lot of resources. There is a good reason for this. The new user will need all the help he can get not to get lost in jungle that is Joomla.

User reviews

Average user rating from: 3 user(s)

Overall rating 
 
4.0
Effectiveness 
 
4.0  (3)
Features 
 
5.0  (3)
Support 
 
3.3  (3)
Usability 
 
3.7  (3)
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I've just begun using Joomla on a couple of sites and so far, I like what it does. It's a very complex content management system, though, so be prepared for that. I've learned some basics but I haven't begun to touch what I know can be done using Joomla.

For a true community site, though, Joomla is the best option out there that doesn't cost a bunch of money. The actual program is free (open source) but if you aren't good with stylesheets, you'll need to purchase a template or hire a programmer.
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Effectiveness 
 
5.0
Features 
 
5.0
Support 
 
4.0
Usability 
 
4.0
Reviewed by TammyG November 25, 2011
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Excellent for interactive sites

I've just begun using Joomla on a couple of sites and so far, I like what it does. It's a very complex content management system, though, so be prepared for that. I've learned some basics but I haven't begun to touch what I know can be done using Joomla.

For a true community site, though, Joomla is the best option out there that doesn't cost a bunch of money. The actual program is free (open source) but if you aren't good with stylesheets, you'll need to purchase a template or hire a programmer.

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Was using joomla about a year ago, I quit after a few months. Im a web developer and don't have any difficulties coding in php.

It's a slow unefficient system that never seems to improve in speed.

I guess people will now tell me I was using 3rd party addons and that's what slowed me down. Yea who doesn't use any 3rd party extension?

Joomla without any 3rd party extensions is super fast. But you wont get anywhere without any addons. Joomla is just a shell and without any extras there's not much left.

I also experienced an arrogant joomla community that only seemed to help certain users and ignored others, and at the time you pointed all that out to them you got flammed. No im not hating just saying what my experience was like.

I gave a high point on features because the possibilities are endless but at the cost of performance.
Overall rating 
 
3.8
Effectiveness 
 
3.0
Features 
 
5.0
Support 
 
3.0
Usability 
 
4.0
Reviewed by Jonesfromthehood March 02, 2014
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Not a big fan

Was using joomla about a year ago, I quit after a few months. Im a web developer and don't have any difficulties coding in php.

It's a slow unefficient system that never seems to improve in speed.

I guess people will now tell me I was using 3rd party addons and that's what slowed me down. Yea who doesn't use any 3rd party extension?

Joomla without any 3rd party extensions is super fast. But you wont get anywhere without any addons. Joomla is just a shell and without any extras there's not much left.

I also experienced an arrogant joomla community that only seemed to help certain users and ignored others, and at the time you pointed all that out to them you got flammed. No im not hating just saying what my experience was like.

I gave a high point on features because the possibilities are endless but at the cost of performance.

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Joomla takes time to learn but a good cms if you have will-power and some skills. The only thing I don't enjoy is how you install 3rd party extensions. I always run into problems. Might be my servers high security level but still a pain. Still have not tried joomla 2.5 but im going to and looking forward to it.
Overall rating 
 
3.8
Effectiveness 
 
4.0
Features 
 
5.0
Support 
 
3.0
Usability 
 
3.0
Reviewed by Griever September 04, 2012
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Joomla cms experience

Joomla takes time to learn but a good cms if you have will-power and some skills. The only thing I don't enjoy is how you install 3rd party extensions. I always run into problems. Might be my servers high security level but still a pain. Still have not tried joomla 2.5 but im going to and looking forward to it.

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