With over 200,000 registered community users and more than 30 million downloads, Joomla has become the most popular content management system on the web, second only to WordPress. Its popularity can be put down to the fact that it can be used to create any website no matter if it’s a community-based portal, a non-profit, a small business or a corporate website. Read on to learn more about Joomla CMS
What is Joomla?
Joomla as a content management system was inspired by Mambo, another popular CMS. As such Joomla is software based on PHP and MySQL that manages and organizes all of the content on your website including text, documents, videos, and photos. Popular Joomla based websites include Harvard University, Citibank, and Outdoor Photographer. Because it’s open source, it’s free and available to the public. An online demo is available on their website.
General Features of Joomla:
As with any comprehensive CMS, Joomla offers a variety of features to assist you in creating a content-rich website:
Banner Management: to add campaigns & setup banners on your site.
Language Manager: Includes support for many international languages as well as UTF-8 encoding. It’s possible to create different languages for the website and admin.
Media Manager: Configure and manage settings for any media file.
Menu Manager: Create and design different types of menus (drop down, flyouts, rollovers…) on your website as well as breadcrumbs.
Power Extensibility: Add more to the general functions of Joomla with an extensive directory of extensions for your web page.
System Features: Admins can trouble shoot, debug, and report errors within this setting. It also includes an FTP Layer for various file operations, user communication through messaging and page caching, GZIP page compression, and granular-lvel module caching enable faster page loading.
Template Management: Design your website with a choice of numerous templates including the option to combine multiple templates for different elements on the website.
User Management: 9 different user groups for personal settings and permissions for access, editing, publishing, and administering. Sign in through LDAP, OpenID, and gmail.
Additionally, Joomla has a variety of features that will create a more interactive experience for your users such as their Poll feature so that users can give feedback, a newsfeed which users can subscribe to, an Integrated Help System with troubleshoot and links for help, a contact manager which enables users to use different contact forms in order to get in touch with a particular department or support, and. Search which helps users navigate thru your website and it also equips admins with user search stats,
The intention of Joomla was to create a content management system for any type of website that is both comprehensive and easy to use, requiring little or no technical experience by the user. Although experienced web masters can take advantage of some of the more technical features such as inventory control systems, data reporting tools, applications bridges, custom product catalogs, integrated e-commerce systems, complex business directories, reservation systems and communication tools.
No matter the skill level, you have the option of installing Joomla manually, but it’s easier to just use a 1-click installation offered through your web host. Most of the time a free copy of Fantastico SimpleScipts comes with the hosting package and this software enables the easy installation of Joomla. If you occur any difficulties you can always rely on the technical support team that’s working 24/7 or query Joomla’s forum, user groups, and helpful resources.
History of Joomla’s Versions:
Version 1.0 was released on September 16, 2005. It’s considered a modification of Mambo 188.8.131.52 with previous bugs fixed.
Version 1.5 was released on January 22, 2008. The most updated version of 1.5 which included Long Term Support was released in March 2012.
Version 1.6 was released on January 10, 2011. It included a complete access control list, user-defined category hierarchy, and administrative interface modifications.
Version 1.7 was released on July 19, 2011. In included enhanced security and improved migration tools.
Version 2.5 was released on January 24, 2012 as a long term support release. It’s the first Joomla version which can run on MySQL and additional databases.
Version 3.0 the latest version of Joomla is intended to be released in September 2012.