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Reasons to Choose Joomla Content Management System

By Seamus Bellamy, Steve Holzner

The Content Management System (CMS) of choice these days is Joomla. In 2010, Wikipedia listed 102 free and open-source CMSes. Joomla was the most popular of them in terms of number of installations.

A Google search for “content management system,” also queried in 2010, returned Joomla first (following two generic Wikipedia articles), and a Google search for “Joomla” produced a mere 93.4 million hits, making this CMS more popular than apples (32.4 million hits) and oranges (12.8 million hits) put together.

What makes Joomla so popular? One reason is that it’s free — but you can find dozens of free CMSes. Another reason is that it’s been around for a long time — but dozens of other CMSes have been around for years as well. The following describes a few better reasons.

Joomla users are loyal

Joomla has a very loyal user base, with dedicated Joomla users around the world creating a strong community. That community in turn has created thousands of items to extend Joomla — templates, components, modules, plug-ins, and so on — just waiting for you to use. Finally, this thriving community specializes in providing help to novices, so when you use Joomla, you’re never alone.

Joomla is easy to use

Joomla is super-powerful, easy to use, and loaded with tons of extras (and even more tons of extras are available for download). Using Joomla makes creating a professional website nearly as easy as printing a word processing document.

Minimal learning curve to get running with Joomla

Although Joomla involves a small learning curve, after you master a few basic skills, building and maintaining a website is easy. The technical expertise you need is minimal compared with the requirements of other CMSes.

Other advantages

Here are some other advantages of Joomla:

  • Intuitive interface and management panel

  • What-you-see-is-what-you-get (WYSIWYG) editing

  • Rich formatting capabilities

  • Thousands of downloadable templates

  • Full text searches

  • Plug-ins for commercial sites, including complete shopping carts

  • Search-engine optimization features

  • Scheduled publishing