What is Joomla?

Joomla is a free, open source content management system (CMS). In fact, Joomla happens to be world's most popular open source content management system and has won a number of awards.

Almost 25 million websites are powered by Joomla, ie out of the top million websites; Joomla holds 10.3% of the market share. Joomla is also used by more than 2,800 government websites from 204 countries.

Joomla is powered by only its volunteers, which makes it a completely independent open source project.

Managing website content with a simple interface, where what you see is what you get, is one of Joomla's specialties. This is why the interface can be used for posting articles and images even by someone who is non-technical. Joomla can also be installed quite easily.

Simple installation means just the Joomla files have to be uploaded to a web server that has access to MySQL database and can run PHP. The installation process includes no more than 6 steps.

The following are a few reasons why Joomla is the best CMS to use:

  1. Joomla is an ideal option when it comes to creating a website that looks professional without any HTML design skills or programming experience.
  2. Joomla is an ideal option for a static blog or website when the way in which the content is displayed needs to be controlled more effectively.
  3. Joomla is an ideal option for intermediate website designers who do not have the skills to take a website to the next level.
  4. Joomla is an ideal option when an advanced Web 2.0 site is needed by a company without stretching the budget for such custom CMS.
  5. Joomla is an ideal option for those who want advanced interactive features such as chat rooms, forums, interactive maps, shopping cart / eCommerce functionality, etc.

All types of websites, from blog pages and Internet magazines to professional commercial online shopping eCommerce stores, have embraced Joomla. The thing that makes Joomla such an ideal option is that it is easy to use, open source and absolutely FREE.

Using Joomla as a Content Management System

Content can be added from the Administrator interface simply by clicking the Add Article button. With Joomla, an article can be edited pretty much in the same way as it is done in a word processor.

In fact, Joomla's word editor also has a spell checker. After clicking Save, an article is setup and posted on the Internet so that it can be read by millions of visitors.

Joomla also makes it possible to organize content. Individual articles can be filed into user-defined sections and categories. If later the location of an article needs to be changed, only a different location has to be selected from a drop-down menu and the article will be seen in the new location by the next visitor.

Joomla is fully dynamic, which means that whenever a preference or setting is changed, it is instantly reflected in the presentation of the website.

The Look of a Site Can Be Changed Instantly With Joomla

A template system is used by Joomla where the color scheme, fonts, images, and the general presentation of the website are defined. With Joomla, even the look and feel of an entire website can be changed by downloading a template from hundreds of choices, most of which are free.

In moments, a website can be changed from one style to another simply by clicking a single button.

Take Advantage of Nearly 2000 Add-On Extensions

With Joomla, there are a variety of inexpensive or free extensions available through which almost any functionality can be added to your website.

A Robust Programming Framework

With Joomla, rather than developing a custom PHP site applications can be built directly within the CMS or from the Joomla Framework. Three different types of extensions are featured in Joomla, which are components, modules, and plug-ins. Joomla's extensions are actually one of its biggest strengths.

When creating websites where articles need to be added having a content management system becomes necessary.

Although there are so many options out there, none of them come close to what Joomla has to offer and no wonder it is the number one choice amongst web designers and developers.

Source by Benjamin J Davis

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