Why Joomla is Still King

Not everyone has the patience to stay up nights, poring over complicated code and convoluted user settings, just to get a website to display properly. For those of that wish to balance web development with other professional responsibilities, content management systems have always provided a valuable time saving tool. Joomla is the best content management system on the market, doing for free what many software companies charge hundreds for.

There are virtually no websites that cannot be run using some form of Joomla. From the simple personal blog to the complex corporate website, one of the best features of Joomla is the ability for the web developer to scale its features to their own needs. While WordPress may be the CMS of choice for the majority of bloggers, people who want a little more control of their content permissions and capabilities turn to Joomla for an even better experience. The Joomla foundation believes that upwards of three million websites use Joomla, including more than 3% of the largest top million websites in the world. Even universities and corporations use Joomla, showing that it has the security features and immense customization options that are simply absent in other systems.

Ease of Use
Arguably the best feature of Joomla is the ability for the Joomla novice to learn its many features within only a few days. Unlike learning a programming language, learning to use Joomla is made infinitely more simple by the clear and elegant graphical user interface. The back-end of Joomla was designed with the non-programmer in mind, making every function clear with menus and tool-tips. Joomla even comes pre-installed with sample content and tutorial information, and there are thousands of free Joomla guides along with the wealth of community support available in the Joomla forum. Of course, just because Joomla is easy to learn does not mean that it is not powerful. For PHP programmers and people who like to delve deeper into Joomla’s structure, Joomla is very rewarding, allowing direct editing of templates, plug-ins, and extensions.

Joomla is powerful enough in and of itself to produce a respectable website, but to create something more specialized often requires the download and installation of extensions. Extensions are third party programs that have been created by developers all over the world in order to perform some specific function. Extensions exist to tweak the SEO of a website, to display ads, even to set up shopping carts and fully functioning member portals. Basically, if a web developer can dream it up an extension can do it. Extensions provide such a wide degree of customization on top of Joomla’s core functionality, that it is rare that two Joomla sites will look the same. In fact, it is nearly impossible to determine whether or not a website uses Joomla just by viewing it, as sites can differ so dramatically.