Joomla Website

Joomla Website Content Management System

Joomla, a free open-source content management system.

A content management system is software that allows you to edit content on your website.

Content can be text, photos & images, documents, just about anything you can think of.

Since Joomla! is based on PHP and MySQL, you’re building powerful applications on a platform anyone can use, share, and support.

Joomla’s advantage over WordPress is it gives you more flexibility for managing users.

About Joomla!

Launched in 2005 & still going strong.

Joomla was the result of a fork of Mambo on August 17, 2005

By February of 2014, it had been downloaded more than 50 million times.

Joomla is now the second most popular content management system, powering around 13% of all the websites on the Internet.


Who Uses Joomla?

Joomla websites are used by large companies & entities.

Those using Joomla include:

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American multi-national corporation eBay was founded in 1995 by Pierre Omidyar, who was himself a computer programmer.


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In 2012, General Electric was listed in Forbes as the fourth-largest company in the world.

The GE brand name itself was valued at $28.8 billion dollars.



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The world’s largest furniture seller since 2008, IKEA uses Joomla to reach customers in 381 stores in 47 countries.
In 2010, the company reported $23.1 billion dollars in sales.

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Harvard University
Established in 1636, has the largest university endowment in the world, which was valued at $32 billion dollars in 2011.
The Harvard University Library System includes approximately 80 individual libraries with more than 18 million volumes, making it the largest academic library in the U.S.

Joomla Admin

A Quick Overview of Backend

System – Access to the control panel, site settings, pending or locked content items, the option to clear cache and view system information (site, server, and environment).

Users – Manage users, user groups and access levels, add notes about users, deal with privacy related requests, view user logs and mass email everyone on your site.

Menus – As the name suggests, this contains all options about the creation and management of menus.

Content – Add articles and taxonomies, assign featured content and manage your site’s media files.

Components – Create and manage site banners, contacts, site updates, private messages, multilingual associations, and news feeds. It also provides access to post-installation messages (we already covered those), lets you set up redirects (though you need a plugin for that), view site search terms, use the smart search (again, this needs a plugin) and manage tags.

Extensions – Allows you to install, update, manage, configure, find and troubleshoot extensions. In this menu, you can also see the state of your database and update your site.

Help – Direct access to important help topics in the official documentation.


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Extending “Out of the box” Functions

Joomla has extensions while WordPress calls these plugins.

Joomla extensions are made up of component, module and plugin.

The “Component” sits at the top of the chain and adds functions to Joomla.

Components will contain “modules” that can place the component on different pages or locations within your website pages.

Within “modules” there are “plugins” that can add further function to the component.

multilingual support

Unlike WordPress, Joomla has multilingual support built-in to the core.

Open source

Free, released under a license

Open-source software is a type of computer software in which source code is released under a license in which the copyright holder grants users the rights to study, change, and distribute the software to anyone and for any purpose.

Open source attitudes toward the general tech community benefiting from development, flies in the face of organisations who allow you to use their products at expense in a “locked in” proprietary system. 

Using open source for a developer gives confidence with use & that things won’t change over night & at expense.

To license community binary source code access means we don’t own it, but don’t need a legal team to shape it to our needs.


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