Modern websites are usually made up of hundreds of subpages, each containing time-varying content. Content Management Systems (CMS) allow you to control such an extensive website and manage all its content through a special administration panel. Thanks to that, not everyone who publishes new entries has to be technically familiar with it. One of such systems is Joomla! – CMS, which we will introduce in this article.
What is Joomla?
Joomla is a free (open-source) content management system (CMS). Thanks to this platform, the user does not need to have programming skills to easily make changes on the site, and the content is dynamic and can be changed at any time.
All functions such as creation, editing and publishing can be controlled via a single interface – the admin panel. The programming language used to create Joomla! is PHP. It is currently supported by thousands of extensions, modules, and plugins from the Joomla! community. This allows us to freely expand Joomla’s Functionality and customize it to fit our purposes.
The popularity of the Joomla system in the world is incredible. The system itself has been downloaded over 75 million times.
A few examples
Joomla! helps people all over the world use it for a variety of applications – from simple but impressive personal websites to complex corporate applications. With Joomla! You can create:
- personal and social websites;
- corporate intranet or extranet;
- online versions of newspapers and magazines;
- advertising, classified advertising, promotional services;
- online stores, real estate agencies, sale or reservation of services;
- thematic, scientific, and hobby-related portals;
- governmental or official websites;
- school, university, and church websites;
- websites for non-profit clubs and organisations;
- libraries, galleries, document collections;
- e-learning – courses and distance learning.
Advantages of Joomla!
- A simple installation, more complicated than WordPress, but much easier compared to other CMS systems.
- A large number of plugins, including free plugins. The truth is, however, that in order to take full advantage of the possibilities it is better to buy a paid plugin. In Joomla! plugins are called extensions. Instead of creating your own Functionality, it’s better and cheaper to buy an existing one. I use iSEO, Joocial, EventBooking.
- The community – a large group of Joomla! supporters guarantee support in every issue.
- Ability to manage content, lots of content. Much more complex way to manage content than in WordPress. Possibility to publish different images in a short article and when opening the full content. Attachment management works on the principle known from PCs, i. e. creating catalogues, subdirectories.
- Allows you to create more advanced websites than those in WordPress.
Disadvantages of Joomla!
- With a simple website, consisting of several subpages, you cannot take the full advantage of Joomla! There is no need for you to use it.
- It requires a more powerful server than WordPress.
- Less intuitive interface than in WordPress.
- Modification of the template requires at least Basic knowledge of PHP programming.