Joomla is one of the most widely used open source content management systems available today. Though it’s not as popular as the MIGHTY WordPress, we are yet to discover the hidden treasures that lurk beneath. I am going to discuss the Pros and Cons of using Joomla in this article, so the next time you’re planning to invest on your online presence, you should have an idea where to spend and why!
The Joomla Project is made up of two working groups – the community that helps facilitate an open sharing of ideas within the Joomla community, and production that supports its technical development. Each working group has a leadership team and together they form the larger Joomla Leadership Team.
The Joomla Project is monitored by the Joomla Leadership Team and the Board of Directors of Open Source Matters, Inc. – a not-for-profit created to provide organization, legal, and financial support to the Joomla project. The Joomla Project has and always will be 100 percent community owned and operated.
Joomla is the only CMS that combines the ease of use and powerful extensibility necessary to meet the needs of a broad spectrum of users. In fact, its an ideal CMS for small businesses. Whereas others lack either ease of use or extensibility, Joomla takes the best of both worlds in one powerful and simple CMS. Another key differentiator for Joomla is the project’s focus surrounding security, a priority set by the leadership team. Joomla developers are focused on, and excel at, protecting their users.
Let us look at some of the Pros and Cons of Joomla so that it gets easier for you to decide your choice of a CMS.
- Friendly for most types of users, including administrators and developers.
- From security’s perspective it’s up to par with the best.
- Article management is a breeze!
- Has a huge online community is always at hand to assist you with your website.
- Newer versions are improving tremendously.
- Has the ability to easily create a community with a membership area, newsroom, forums, articles etc.
- Not quite user-friendly for everyone to understand. The interface is not as pretty, straight forward and easy to use as WordPress. Admin section has so many options that most people get giddy the first time they encounter it.
- Playing with the look of your website is simple if you are happy with changing some colors, banners and the logo etc. But beyond that, you will find that Joomla has a bit of a complicated structure.
I would suggest that you get a good book for Joomla (A beginners guide will get you going). Once you get a hold of the system, then you won’t be facing any trouble with taming this Giant!
So, should you be using Joomla for your online business presence?
The choice is basically in your hands. The content management system that you choose depends on the purpose of your website and your knowledge of handling and progressing with your web presence.