By Poly, Solution Sales Specialist at Flat Rock
Searching for a user-friendly open source CMS solution can be a tough job. There are so many systems that you can choose among. Probably the most popular one that we could think of is WordPress. But how did Joomla become so popular that it could find its place on the market? In terms of complexity, it is ranked somewhere between the simple WordPress and the super advanced Drupal.
Joomla, as every content management system, allows users to independently upload content. It offers an easy to use administrative panel and a full range of already developed plug-ins. It does not require any special technical skills or knowledge to be able to use it optimally. More importantly it is free and available for anyone under the GPL license. It takes only a few minutes to be installed and ready for use. It is mobile compatible so you can easily adapt it for tablets and mobile devices.
Its main advantage is that it is user-friendly for all users – designers, developers, administrators and users with moderate technical knowledge. It has been rapidly growing and improving in the last few years so we are expecting a lot of new updates that will be supported by the community.
More and more people get involved in the Joomla development and expand the community. This means that should you choose to go ahead with this platform, you will always be able to find a support company that will assist you with further modifications of the platform. The community has also contributed by creating plug-ins for nearly anything, which you can think of, including design themes that can easily be implemented and modified in a way to meet various look & feel requirements.
Joomla’s administration panel is a bit out of the box. It has integrated user management options, search facility, polls and calendar templates, as well as help support. It is SEO optimized as it comes with a built-in SEO structure for meta tags and descriptions.
Below you may find back end screenshots of the system:
The platform provides best performance when used for:
> Corporate and personal websites
> Online magazines, newspapers and publications
> Online reservation systems
> Government applications
> Community-based portals
> Non-profit organizations
> Education intranets and web portals
Who uses Joomla!
Some of the popular websites that chose Joomla! CMS:
- Harvard University – The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
- The Hill
- MTV Greece
- United Nations Regional Information Centre for Western Europe UNRIC
If you are in the process of choosing the most suitable CMS for your business, just drop us a line at [email protected] or call us on +44 20 7193 8298 and our specialists will help you pick up the best solution.