A great way to get to know Joomla is to take a look at what it’s capable of doing, which means taking a look at some Joomla-powered sites. Here are a few examples.

Oklahoma State University

First, check out the Oklahoma State University website. The home page has a custom logo, a navigation bar of drop-down menus across the top, an eye-catching Flash-based photo gallery, an integrated Google search field, and a second bar of navigation options at the bottom.


The site is well balanced, giving the impression of professionalism, and it’s powered by Joomla, which is operating behind the scenes. You can’t tell just by looking that the content of the page — the text, photos, and menus — is actually stored in a database. Joomla handles all the details.


Another Joomla-powered site is NZMac.com, which caters to the New Zealand Macintosh community.


NZMac.com is another good site, featuring a top menu bar, opinion polls, a news blog, a section for off-site links, and even a products review section box. This site is also powered by Joomla, even though it looks different from the Oklahoma State University site. This difference is one of the strengths of Joomla: It’s easy to customize.

Royal Oak Public Library

Now take a look at the Royal Oak (Michigan) Public Library site.


This site is well designed and easy to navigate, and boasts plenty of fresh content. Joomla excels at keeping site content up to date and makes the process easy.


Another good example is Jenerate.com.


All these websites look professional, and they also look different, yet they all use Joomla as their content management system. So just what is a CMS, and how does it work?