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Joomla! is a content management system that helps content creators to build websites and online applications.


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267 Reviews

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  • 3.5 / 5
    Ease of Use

  • 4 / 5
    Customer Service

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    Cloud, SaaS, Web

Vendor Details

  • Joomla!
  • www.joomla.org/
  • United States

About Joomla!

CMS designed to help both novice users and expert developers to build websites and applications.


Joomla! Features

  • Audio Content
  • Customizable Templates
  • Document Indexing
  • E-forms
  • Full Text Search
  • Image Editor
  • SEO Management
  • Text Editor
  • Version Control
  • Video Content
  • Website Management

Joomla! Reviews Recently Reviewed!


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Zero $0 investment, resulting in a great looking website

Jul 12, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: I came to use Joomla when I needed to build a web based portal for my company to organize internal resources and data. While I can't call myself a Linux guru, it really took me 15 minutes to get my initial Joomla website up and running. Instructions are very clear and simple. Joomla was my first CMS product to evaluate. While it did take me a couple of days to understand it's structure, from that point, building a website was as easy as 123. Everything is visual. You don't have to be a great programmer / web developer to get along with this product. With the amount of available free and paid plugins, sky is really your limit to your web site customization. While my website was fairly simple (as that's the way I wanted to have it), I've seen examples of very complex high end websites, built on Joomla. My favorite feature is a backup. It so happened several times, that I managed to break my website. Restoring from a backup and going back live was so easy, it was hard to believe. Provided this was a totally free solution (Ubuntu Linux + Joomla CMS), I couldn't ask for a better software for my project.

Cons: Really nothing. Like I said it did take me a couple of days to understand how to add content and structure it, but once this was figured out, the rest was a breeze.

Overall: Not only I learned something new, which I've never known before, I was also able to present a great looking product to a higher level management, which really didn't cost company a penny.

Joomla is a great cms alternative to Wordpress

Feb 13, 2019
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: I love Joomlas structure both from a content editors perspective and a coders perspective. Joomla is setup out of the box to handle and organize large amounts of content and is seo friendly. It's templating system is easy to work with and makes it so much easier for designers and users. It's admin is customizable and is logical. I've tried to love Wordpress but find myself always going back to joomla. In so many ways it's core features and overall structure is just more logical to me and cleaner. Many times there isn't a need for plugins cause the core will do most things which helps later on with site migrations and upgrades. With either Wordpress or joomla of one finds themselves needing super advanced feature sets such as for e-commerce or other things then I'd recommend looking into a customized saas service since they will be a lot more stable and better in the long term for maintenance and security. But for content sites and most business applications I love joomla over most other cms choices. The latest versions of joomla have also added nice core features making it extensible in a myriad of ways. As a non coder by trade I was able to learn joomla well and customize things myself since they are laid out more logically,

Cons: I think akeeba backup should partner with joomla and make akeeba a core feature of the cms :) but it's still easy to install myself and run backups :) so no problem.

Overall: I've used it for years with great results for myself and clients. I feel that my joomla sites have been more easy to update and more stable than the Wordpress ones as the years have went by. I'd much more rather troubleshoot a joomla error than a Wordpress one :) any day

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CMS that is fully customizable

Jul 10, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
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4 / 5
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Pros: Joomla! has been around for decades, and the reason for such popularity and continued use is that it is easy-to-use and manage, it is open source and has a huge and active community that maintains it. The community provides extensive documentation, FAQs, and support for almost any question or issue you may encounter.

Joomla! can be set up locally and easy to deploy to the Internet publicly. The security features have significantly improved through the years.

This CMS comes with an intuitive dashboard. And there are many third-party integrations available for setup. Since this is open source, the elements are customizable to suit your needs.

Cons: Setting up may require an initial (steep) learning curve. May be not as easy to set up as Wix or Weebly. Hence may require the admin to be more-or-less tech savvy (and not just a beginner).

Overall: Joomla! CMS is one of the first out there, and it keeps improving. Support is easy to find via their active Open source community. The setup requires a little reading up, but once you get past this initial hurdle, everything else is easy to use, intuitive, and super flexible to suit everyone's need.

Joomla! is also a good choice in teaching young IT and Web enthusiasts since it is open source and fully extensible and customizable. It will run on older hardware, and minimum requirement will not be a problem.

Exceptional web developing software application!

Apr 03, 2018
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
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4 / 5
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Pros: Joomla is an open source content management system that non-profit, state agencies, small-businesses, or corporations. Organizations can benefit from utilizing Joomla because the features within the applications are relatively simple to utilize to distribute company's information on a website. Joomla is an excellent tool that interfaces with your company's network that allows for online applications to be built. Joomla utilizes a standard website content builder similar to Word Press that allows for classified fields to be entered by the end user. Content can be managed by authenticated or authorized users for publishing purposes. Content can be synced with the company's intranet or internet ensuring smooth synchronization between two platforms using PHP and SQL.

Cons: Promotional materials may be forwarded to the company's legal address as providing an address is required upon registering with volunteers.joomla.org. IP Address may be utilized to identify possible abuse, which may be shared between third parties. IP Addresses my be shared when commenting on features, which also includes the users name and email address. Other information may be collected, but the "other information" is not specified within the terms of service agreement or privacy policy. Sharing of other information can be allowed with third parties regarding advertisements of goods or services.

Overall: The benefits of using Joomla include managing content within a secured database. Other benefits of Joomla include learning about site analytics, metadata, structure and navigation of building a professional website. Additional benefits of utilizing Joomla include receiving a certification for the completion of certain exams. Furthermore, the benefits of utilizing Joomla consist of being able to clone or download repositories from GitHub to assist with more website development.

Joomla Is Robust and Extensible

Nov 29, 2016
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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4 / 5
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5 / 5
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Comments: I've been using Joomla! for almost 10 years, since the very early days of the project. It's come a long, long way since then, and it remains one of the most flexible and feature-rich CMSes out there. The caveat is that any novice will have difficulty learning the ins and outs of Joomla unless they are massively dedicated to pouring over pages of documentation. When compared to WordPress, it has more out-of-the-box features but is a little less user-friendly in terms of getting up and going.

Pros: The built-in ACL is excellent, allowing you to easily create user-focused site without adding a ton of plugins. Joomla beats WordPress in user management, menu management, and template management out of the box. There is very little that you can't do with this software.

Cons: Many people don't keep the software up-to-date, which leads to security concerns and has given the impression that Joomla is insecure. It's not any more or less than other open source software, but it HAS to be kept up-to-date, and with all open source CMSes security software is a must. SEO isn't quite as easy in Joomla but I hear that's changing with upcoming releases.

Recommendations to other buyers: I highly recommend Joomla for associations and small-to-midsize businesses, who can afford to pay a Joomla expert to keep the software updated and assist with the initial set-up and design. It's not for the beginner DIYer, however, and it's overkill for small businesses who just want a brochure website without a ton of features.

Amazing CMS for larger government websites

Sep 25, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: We use Joomla for our County websites that serve 1 million plus customers. We have a number of staff editors that maintain their specialized content for our 3 local government websites here in Southern California. When working with Joomla, a good template developer is essential and it's important to use a good hosting company for ease of installation and maintenance. We use InspireThemes for our templates and SiteGround as our hosting company. This is a terrific combination as these vendors provide excellent products and superior support.

Joomla is a fantastic CMS for our needs as it provides stability, powerful extensions, room for expansion, and ease of use.

Cons: I would strongly advise anyone wanting to use Joomla to start with a Quickstart template with a strong framework built in, like Gantry5 framework. The Quickstart templates save development time and frustration. You can easily install a fresh template in a matter of minutes and then choose your features and away you go!

But use a reliable template developer and a customer service oriented hosting company - VERY IMPORTANT!

Overall: I've had a great experience with Joomla as it has a huge number of extensions, particles, and templates to help you get the perfect results for a refined and highly functional website.

I will keep using Joomla and can't recommend enough

Apr 14, 2019
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
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5 / 5
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4 / 5
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Pros: I found Joomla to be a great tool that was used as the back end engine of our customer facing website. As someone with some technical skills, I was able to learn how to use the editing tools pretty quickly, I learned how to be a user administrator and set up permissions for our customer portal to allow ease of access for customer materials - the overall set up of these features was a very stress free process.

Cons: Depending on how you've decided to use this content management tool, the process of upgrading certain features and customizing the back end user interface can be challenging when the needs arise. I find the normal challenges that I've found with similar content management tools, however there is little that I dislike from a back end user perspective.

Overall: I was able to collaborate on design changes to our corporate website with my fellow designers and developers, and overall the experience of editing, designing, previewing, and publishing content was at first a little time consuming to follow all the steps, but eventually was so easy to follow time and time again. It is a tool that myself and my colleagues continue to turn to when we have web development tasks that need to be completed and with new features continuing to be pushed out, it's never been a better time to learn how to use and train others on the program as well.

Been a fan since 1.5

Mar 07, 2018
4/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

2 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: Joomla with its open source concept has allowed our university to flourish with nearly 2000 articles. I've taken it apart and put it back together several times. From the php to the sql database, joomla provides the developer the opportunity to debug a lot easier. It's also easy to manipulate and create new templates, module spaces and global modifications. We currently have three distinct sites on one install, which helps us maintain the updates. Joomla has been our backborn since 1.5 and we've never looked back. Although its main competitor Wordpress and Drupal offer more bells and whistles, we are grateful for the developers that keep adding and making joomla even better every iteration. Joomla's becoming more streamline and less bloated, which helps our systems run much faster.

Cons: As of late, the security updates have crashed our systems. However, we are able to fix these problems quickly. The main con we do have is that there are few developers on the marketplace offering modules and components. The ones we do find have not been updated for years which is concerning. Joomla system core does have some bloat but can be easily removed.

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Organizing and showing content can be very easy

Dec 13, 2018
5/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: I have been working in the area of electronic media for at least 6 years and, truth be told, I have walked through several CMS. This one in particular, has called my attention for several things. In principle, the posivilidad develop web pages that are shown with dynamic and interactive content. Nowadays it is a very important point.

Another interesting aspect is that it is written in PHP, a language that many IT people in the world, handle quite well.

In relation to my work, it is tremendous because it facilitates the updating of the site very easily. Task that I must do several times a day. I think it's an excellent work tool, very intuitive.

Cons: Even though I mentioned that it is intuitive, I think that the person who is going to interact with this or any other CMS must perform some kind of course to handle it easily.

Another element to consider, is SEO. I think it can be improved. Currently, other CMS have better benefits in that regard. Mind you, I'm not saying it's bad, only that it can be improved.

Overall: Joomla, for those who have not tried it, do it could be here an opportunity to create a blo or even a corporate website, in addition ... it's free

In many ways better than Wordpress

Nov 18, 2017
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: Instead of focusing on Joomla only I tell you why Joomla is a better alternative compared to Wordpress in many scenarios when you are not looking for blog only solution. (Of course when it comes to Blogs there's EasyBlog for Joomla). WordPress was and is technically inferior compared to Joomla because of - spaghetti codes - no multilingual option out of the box - nor access levels and control - nor proper menu management (for those with portals to manage 50+ menu items) - no template, plugin and language overrides (always creating a child theme is really something that shouldn't exist in the first place) - nor user groups and a lot of other noes

Cons: The reason Wordpress is still better in many scenarios is thanks to the amazing 3rd party plugin developers (who can rely on the raw purchasing power of myriads of Wordpress users) like Yoast, Woocommerce and multitudes of others and the fast and easy interface. Since Joomla now have a SEO plugin similar to Yoast (called PWT SEO) there are fewer and fewer reasons not to choose Joomla.

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Best CMS to make your own web page.

Mar 12, 2019
5/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: It is free, you can pay for templates if you want but is not necessary because you can find a lot of free templates on internet that can help you to build a great landing page or a complete web page, once you learn how to use it, you will be able to build lots of webpages for your friends or clients, you can make a web un 2 hours or less (It will depend on your abilities) but for somebody who don't know anything of this CMS and start as beginner, can use it with demos and tutorials in 2 weeks easily.

Cons: 1 It is not the best option if you want to create a professional blog.

2 It is so popular and for that reason, there are more probabilities to be attacked by hackers.

3 There are a lot of functionalities in the main administrative panel, but that could confuse a people that will begin to learn how to use it, and most part of this will not be used for the common user.

Overall: I use it daily, for my client's web pages, webs like ecua-americanlab.com, https://www.ccemipol.com/web/ and many others since 2012, by now the latest version is 3.9.4

Joomla is an amazingly versatle way to build great websites fairly easily.

Jan 18, 2018
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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4 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: I love the versatility of Joomla - its ability to make your website anything you want it to be. I have been using it since its inception and being free to start off with is a big winner, and many of the addons are free, so it doesn't take much to set it up and get going. There is a wealth of information available to help you and lots of support groups to join to help you get the most out of the product. I believe Joomla leads the way in many web design standards and is a world class product produced and maintained by a talented and dedicated team of volunteers.

Cons: Sometimes it is hard to sift through all the info in forums and support sites to find out what you need, and because it has evolved so rapidly, there is a lot of stuff out there from older versions that slows down searches.

Overall: Its versatility and flexibility make Joomla a great product to work with once you get your head around how it works. There are plenty of tutorials to help the process so it doesn't take long.

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Joomla is One of the Most Secure CMS for Creating Websites

Sep 24, 2018
5/5
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4 / 5
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3 / 5
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4 / 5
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4 / 5
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Pros: I use Joomla to build websites for my clients who need a little edge when it comes to the security of their websites. Unlike other CMS's Joomla so far is the most secure CMS I have worked with. My most favorite thing about Joomla is the stable security. I have never experienced a case of any of my Joomla websites getting hacked.

Another reason I like Joomla is that it is easy to use. The architecture of the templates is made up of modules which show you where to place different components on your website pages. I always found it easier to work with template modules.

Another thing I like about Joomla is that is it a free software - open source. You don't have to pay to use Joomla. It is just a matter of downloading it and installing it. The only thing you might need to pay for is the premium templates.

Cons: The disadvantage I face with Joomla is that unlike Wordpress, there isn't much help material on the internet to help you when you are stuck with something. Yes, there are some situations where you will find help on something but the likelihood of finding such material is less as compared to that of WordPress. Sometimes you might end up hiring a programmer to help you fix something that you could have fixed yourself if only someone had posted it online.

Overall: I love Joomla because of the stability and security of Joomla Websites. For companies whose websites have a high likelihood of being hacked, I would recommend they use Joomla to set up their websites.

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Love and Obsession

Jan 04, 2019
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: What an I say, this is my addiction! Seriously, I have been using Joomla! for approximately 14 years and have nothing but good things to say about it. First and foremost it is Free and Open Source giving developers an edge when creating Dynamic Websites. Secondly the development team and community behind Joomla! are hands down the best groups of people. Third, the 3rd Party Developer support for Joomla! is excellent with the Extension Directory providing more than 10,000 current integrations and enhancements. Lastly, the ease of use and end user learning is the simpelest compared to other CMS like Wordpress and Drupal. Our end user adoption of Joomla! is 500% faster than any other with less customer call backs than the others. This is great for customers and makes new business generate faster by word of mouth.

Cons: Nothing bad to say, one of the best things that has happened to me and my compay.

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The Potential to Grow

Mar 09, 2018
5/5
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3 / 5
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5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: Very powerful tools to restrict and grant access to users and admins built-in. I find it more secure then Wordpress, which is probably due to Wordpress' popularity, however, there are a lot of security features built-in. Very active community and the plugins are vetted regularly that are posted on their website. Joomla websites are very versatile in what they can be used for and can grow as you need them. They keep a regular update schedule and keep the community updated .

Cons: It can be a little confusing whether the content is coming from an article, component or a module. They don't handle canonical links very well and links are all menu based (however that can be a positive because it's easy to dictate what you'd like for a URL). Media Manager is a bit cumbersome and hopefully, version 4 will address a lot of the issues (such as replacing images).

Overall: I build sites for myself and clients using this platform.

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An easy to use and understand handler

Sep 14, 2018
4/5
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4 / 5
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4 / 5
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4 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: Joomla is free software therefore we can review it from head to foot without problem and adapt it to

our needs, for this we must have knowledge in php and database, depending on the level of knowledge and the ability to understand foreign source code, you can achieve wonders with Joomla.

My beginnings with Joomla were with version 1.7 and migrating it to 2.5 was quite tedious, so much was

the impact that I decided to forget about the previous version and start a new website, which was a boost perfect to update the design, select a good template and modify it as required;later the migration of 2.5 to 3 following the tutorial of the official page was much more Simple and fast, I had no problems with the database.

Joomla allows the installation of infinities of modules, plugins and extensions that facilitate the work and allow to diversify the page, making it attractive, has extesiones for the management of the security to avoid hacking; changing the language for me was fundamental.

There is a large community to find information about Joomla.In terms of user management and administration, it is very broad, with profiles and groups an important level of security is maintained

The way to classify the articles by categories, allows you to have an organized and clean website.

Cons: - If it's a blog what you need to do, I do not recommend using Joomla

- Some plugins or modules can be security holes.

- Also some plugins or modules offer features that you only get if you pay, of course this does not depend directly on Joomla but on the developers of each module, but it can be frustrating when you want to add functionality and you can not pay it.

Overall: For developers I recommend Joomla

Joomla is a CMS system that is works well for sites with a lot of content, like magazine sites.

Apr 24, 2018
4/5
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4 / 5
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4 / 5
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3 / 5
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4 / 5
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Pros: Joomla is quite user friendly, and simple to run/manage. It works well to power sites that have a lot of content, and there are now many free plugins that extend its scope. The URLs can be made into SEO friendly URLs with the aid of plugins and installation is not too difficult.

Cons: The back-end admin panel looks and feels rather dated and it is not a very secure script. Hackers are known to easily break into Joomla sites and it seems to consume quite a lot of server resources. If you need support, you are largely limited to the discussion board. Although there are many free plugins, but they may not be updated often, and you could be forced to buy expensive paid plugins simply because your options are limited.

Overall: Joomla was running a site of mine for several years until I sold it off. The basic version of Joomla can do the job well enough indeed, but the script was never very secure, and I had to do a major version update later on, which was not easy. So I never updated the site at all. For people who do not know anything about PHP, managing a Joomla site can be harder than it looks. The back-end admin can look and feel outdated/slow if you come from a WordPress background. But as far as doing the job, no issues there, and it is still more user-friendly than Drupal.

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An acceptable content manager

Dec 23, 2018
4/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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4 / 5
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Pros: The truth is that Joomla in terms of what it offers is quite acceptable, one of the things I like is that for a programmer is usually easy to use, it is also free to use so anyone can use Joomla without need of paying nothing, I like that it can also be used locally so that I can do tests without anyone seeing them, it is quite good for projects that are general and that are starting.

Cons: As for what I do not like we have that despite being free to use the best resources are paid and sometimes the poverty of free resources makes it necessary to acquire the payment, also in quality final product is usually more outdated, there are options in the market that allow you to have a better final product and more visually striking, besides that it is usually a content manager a bit complex to use for people who are not very proficient with the computer.

Overall: Joomla was a pioneer in the area where she fights but the truth is that she has stayed behind other options, even though she is still looking to innovate and try to offer products as good as other options, in my opinion she is a manager good content for those who are starting or starting and do not have a very high budget.

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A Flexible & Robust CMS

Jun 05, 2018
4/5
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4 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: Joomla is incredibly extendable, and the grid system is easy to teach clients without a whole bunch of math, like many of the other grid-based page builders. It's structural components are, to me, more intuitive and flexible than what you find in WordPress.

Cons: Sometimes the developer community may not quite keep pace with the updates, but there's rarely ever a hiccup large enough to make me switch CMS platforms.

Overall: I think it depends on the end user, but for anyone who have even a basic understanding of relational data (content), they'll find this platform immensely approachable. It sometimes gets a bad rap compared to WordPress, but if you're working with power users who may get frustrated by the limited accessibility of other platforms, Joomla's the way to go.

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I have developed different websites with this CMS

Jul 14, 2018
4/5
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4 / 5
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4 / 5
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4 / 5
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Pros: Very intuitive interface with support in different languages. The learning curve is fast for users with basic knowledge of web design. However, you need some knowledge of the database in order to configure the site or put it to work on the Internet.

Being open source, it has an extensive community of developers that publish modules to add new features to those that it brings by default.

The management and updating of versions is very simple. You do not need advanced technical knowledge to update it.

Cons: Because many of the plugins are developed by the user community, some come with errors that can generate instability in the system.

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Publish in a portal without knowing programming

Jan 15, 2019
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: In my work I must upload and review press releases on a web page created in Joomla before being published; with this tool it was really very simple, at first I did not have a text editor, the webmaster installed a plugin and it was like.

Use Word or Writer, which simplified the work when styling, changing fonts, inserting images. Little by little I got involved with Joomla to improve the page, in terms of banner layout, add a news slider, add the twitter on the home page, among other details always with the support of the technical team and thus a simple, elegant page.

One detail that I found interesting is that it is free software and that is why we can download the functionality we want and with the help of someone who has mastered the programming part, it starts to work quickly.

Cons: My knowledge in the technical area is scarce, the essential to live with technology, I do not know the world of web programming so it was an impediment when configuring some changes to the page that required to see the source code, there I had to depend on the technical staff.

Overall: It's a simple content handler and you can achieve great things with that tool and the appropriate knowledge.

A CMS that puts many others to shame.

Aug 09, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
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Pros: I have been using Joomla for well over 10 years. I love the functionality and extendability as a web developer. The community for Joomla is amazing when you need help, and customizing is a breeze with a little PHP knowledge. My favorite though, is the ease of the templating system...so quick and easy to create custom templates!

Cons: You do need to know some coding in order to really tap into the potential that the Joomla CMS has...but even if you're going for simple, it's a great tool to use for building websites.

Overall: Joomla is one of my two go to open-source softwares for building amazing websites for my clients....but Joomla has been my go to for the longest!

We have used Joomla since 2008 for our websites. We still use it, but plan to switch to pure html.

Feb 22, 2018
5/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: Joomla is a secure open-source solution for your website. It is less know than its main competitor - Wordpress, but this disadvantage turns into two main advantages:

First, its is more secure: hackers just don't bother to develop hacking tools for Joomla website, they go for Wordpress site. Joomla also offers many tools for free that are concerned with security - database tools, protection tools etc. Google for Akeeba if you concern about security and it also an excellent tool for your back up.

Second, the community is less crowded and some really good programmers work on it.

Joomla is easily installed with tools like Softacoulous - and you can find it in any CPanel hosting.

Cons: It's overkill for us in administration. It ideally fits a medium to large company where several people work on one website. For company with up to 30 people and a couple of people working on the website -it just too many features.

Overall: It's free and open source and quite easy to use.

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Free, Open-Source, and Community Supported!

Feb 14, 2019
4/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
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Pros: What I like the most about Joomla is the administration GUI; it makes you feel that you are immersed in a video game. Working on websites feels like leisure, and not the work that it actually is. Joomla is also really well supported by the community and almost all the issues I have ever had were solved by members of the community who could point me in the right direction. Joomla, being open source, leaves me feeling secure, knowing there isn't blatantly malicious code spamming my users.

Cons: What I like the least about Joomla is that, being the second most popular CMS on the net, it doesn't have the same size plugin community as WordPress, and thus it is sometimes difficult to find plugins that compare well with their WordPress equivalents.

Overall: Joomla has been really easy to use in my environment. I have never struggled with the initial configuration and have always been able to get helped around the implementation of plugins. My sites are lightweight and do not over-utilize the resources available on my servers.

Joomla vs. Drupal: That's what it really comes down to for your website.

Jul 19, 2018
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: Wordpress rules the Internet.

Then there is Joomla and Drupal.

Wordpress started as a blogging platform and has slowly morphed into a CMS. Joomla started life as a CMS (content management system).

Joomla is very powerful, but has a steeper learning curve than Wordpress. But many companies will need the added power of Joomla. It isn't as 'easy' as Wordpress, but if it's developed properly, you can get a much more powerful website out of it. And in today's business environment, with eCommerce, marketing and everything needing to be integrated, Joomla is a great way to do that!

Also, there is pretty good online support for Joomla. And I'd have to say Joomla's community is better than Drupal, but not as busy as Wordpress. So if you have a developer on staff or on retainer, and they're familiar with Joomla, you can get amazing results!

Cons: We tried implementing Joomla for a few specific reasons (basically we couldn't get what we wanted from other platforms without a lot of paid customization).

We know there are plenty of websites running Joomla, and plenty of people love it. In many ways, it comes down to what you're familiar with and what you like. For us, though, the user and admin interfaces in DRUPAL were easier to learn than Joomla (especially the 'new' Drupal 8).

So, the backend of Joomla could use some refinement, in our humble opinion.

Overall: Joomla is a great CMS for websites, and you can integrate it with other platforms to really get your integration going. Be prepared for some design help, and a bit of programming help, compared to simple 'website builders' or even Wordpress, if you need a bigger and more complicated and interactive website.

CMS ready for everyone's needs

Nov 09, 2018
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: Joomla, as web CMS platform allows you to build modular and dynamic Web site. It is possible to use many finished modules and add-ons, but you can even program your own. Having that option available, Joomla can be right fit for everyone who requires quick and affordable web site, that is fully adaptable and configurable.

Cons: Joomla has a lot of legacies from php world. You need to care about frequent updates and potential exploits. It is possible, but pretty much complex to set automatic update for the CMS on all web hostings, as well as for the modules. Because of that, for complex web sites, and for enterprise solutions, Joomla is nowadays just not proper fit.

Overall: I've been using Joomla for more than 10 years. It sneaked trough technologies and web development, and yet, stayed on the marked as a great Open Source project. Even though that its legacy makes new, cutting edge web technologies hard to use, it still can offer great potential for customized web sites that require CMS.

Decent software for content management

Apr 10, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: It's can be intimidating at first, but once you "get it", it becomes second nature to you- especially if you have to use it daily, as I was in my previous job. Quite straightforward and very powerful - and a lot of features a company can use when it grows. I doubt we used 10% of it.

Cons: Even for a company with 50 employees (my previous employer) it's a bit of overkill. It s ideal for large publishing house for example. Some features are added by third party plugins (K2), which can add to confusion.

Overall: Very powerful content management system

Great CMS for All Levels but Needs Some New Life.

Dec 26, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
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Pros: For users moving from basic HTML sites or just simple drag and drop template builders, Joomla is a nice step up with a short learning curve. Joomla offers training to help users get started and is supported by many user forums and community groups.

One good thing about this CMS is the two powerful templates that have been developed to create robust, responsive sites.

Cons: One of the bad things about this CMS is the availability of extensions to add functionality to websites. While there are diverse enough to handle everything from basic photo sites to extensive business sites, there are not a lot of well maintained options to choose from. The platform doesn't seem to be able to attract as many developers as other building platforms.

Overall: Joomla is still a stable platform for site building. However without having some fresh life breathed into the development of fresh extensions, the platform will continue to fall behind its competitors.

Wordpress Killer!

Mar 31, 2018
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

2 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Free! You just gotta love high functional software that does so much, all for free! You can design any website you want. It is highly customizable. I think this is even better than wordpress.

Cons: Customer support from the company is almost non-existant. But there is a pretty good community out there where you can get most of your answers taken care of. While the price is right for the base product, please know that to unlock the functionality easily, you will be paying a dev some money for things like skins/templates.

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The most secure content management system for making websites.

Jul 16, 2018
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: I have used Joomla for over three years now. Compared to Wordpress, Joomla is easy to set up since the module positions are already set up in the Templates. Another awesome thing about Joomla is the security. Joomla websites are rarely hacked. Another advantage about Joomla is the nature of the templates; they are neater and clean.

Cons: One issue I have always had with Joomla is the fact that there is little online help. This means if you are having a challenge with doing something on the system, you may not find the solution online and you can be forced to hire experts to do it for you hence making the whole process expensive. Another disadvantage about Joomla is there isn't a variety of plugins and extensions to help you extend the functionality of your website.

Overall: 1. Strong Security of my websites

2. Clean templates

3. Multi-lingual features

4. The software is open source

We use Joomla more than 4 years.

Mar 30, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: Joomla is ideal for complex websites that require 3+ people to work on them. It's bit sophisticated out of the box (at least out of the box) but as soon as you get used to it (or get some training, e.g. on LinkedIn Lynda.com) - you start to like it.

Cons: Unfortunately, community of Wordpress is larger and there more developers, plug ins etc. Frankly, I personally like Joomla! but have to work with Wordpress, as it is often more easy, due to its ambiguity.

Overall: Free software, excellent content management system.

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Great standard CMS features extended greatly robust extensions development community.

Jun 26, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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Pros: A stable and reliable CMS with two-factor authentication and good security features.

A full community of developers that offer extensions for nearly any function or integrations you can imagine. Some are free and some are paid.

Much easier to secure than Wordpress.

Cons: It takes a lot of knowledge to develop on Joomla. It isn't as simple as installing and pushing a few buttons like Wordpress.

Overall: CMS base platform that is easy to secure and develop on if you have the time and patience to ramp up on the software.

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Joomla - my go-to platform for websites. Any needed functionality is available in a solid platform!

Jan 11, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: TONS of development in extensions, plugins, templates and the like. Solid, open-source platform with ongoing development and updates for security and new features. I'd recommend it to anyone who is willing to spend the time to learn to implement the platform.

Cons: There is a significant learning curve to master the implementation and manipulation of the amazing features of this platform. You'll need to get that under your belt before you can master it, but it is worth the effort.

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The Wonderful and Powerful Joomla!

Oct 30, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: I was seeking for a powerful software, one which builds any kind of website or blogs, a flexible one as well with vast templets for superb customization. Well, I do not dispute this software at all.

One other outstanding feature that I deeply liked was, though support options might seem limited, as a user, I am able to join hands with Joomla Extention Directory for improved support

Cons: I have no bond of contentions with Joomla! It is an outstanding software.

Probably the best all-around CMS for websites.

Sep 12, 2017
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: Joomla! provides the best balance between features and easy-of-use. When a client wants extensive features but doesn't want to hire a webmaster to maintain the site, this is the CMS I use.

Cons: It often times takes extra steps to do the same thing other CMS softwares might can do in fewer steps. It is sometimes more difficult to troubleshoot issues that arise. The transition from major version to version is not always a smooth process.

Overall: The ability to create websites with greater customization and features.

Great CMS. Building a website is a piece of cake

Jul 23, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: Professional build-in functionalities without searching for plugins. There is a user role system and you can give or take priviledges to user roles. Also the menu management system is really great and if your site has a lot of menu items, Joomla is the only way to keep your site properly mentained.

Cons: Free templates are looking... old (at least most of them). Also there are a lot of modules-components that are not made well.

Overall: It made my life as a web designer really easy.

Product is quite user friendly for a beginner.

Feb 13, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: We are very pleased to be able to have such a high quality webpage for our municipality and be able to keep it up to date, in house, using municipal staff. The site is set up to be easy to navigate, and if I ever need help, there is definitely a youtube video out there to walk me through the task I am looking to accomplish.

Cons: Takes some getting used to and practice to master the tasks, but that is to be expected when regarding web design and management.

Overall: We use this software on a municipal level for our webpage design and management. We had a web designer set up the page, and we are able to manage and update it regularly in house which saves us a lot financially. We have local events and information which change weekly and sometimes even daily. It is great to be able to keep our citizens updated immediately after decisions are made and important information out to the public as quick as possible.

Useful once you know how to use it

Jun 07, 2017
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: There is a lot you can do with Joomla. It's more robust than Wordpress, so you can do more than simply blog. There is a lot of documentation and material out there, and plenty of templates so you can build whatever your heart desires.

Cons: Learning curve is steep. There is a lot of documentation, but frequently issues that arise are not documented and difficult to solve. Most documentation involves using this as a blogging platform and not how to manipulate your vision into a functional site -- so it takes a while to learn how to manipulate things. The larger your site gets, as well, the more odd bugs you're likely to encounter. A non-programmer can make things work, but knowledge of programming and how the back end works is necessary to make something that doesn't look cookie-cutter.

Time has proven Joomla is a reliable CMS

Dec 23, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: Joomla gives a lot of freedom for developers, building a website on Joomla privdes webmasters with a lot of customization options.

Cons: I think Joomla! is more targeted at webmasters rather than content managers. Compared to some other popular CMS platform Joomla is less a less user-friendly interface.

Overall: More than a half of projects I'm involved in are built on Joomla. One of the main reasons to choose this platform is a big developers community. It is easy to find freelancers working with Joomla!

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Powerful but hard to use CMS

Feb 18, 2019
3/5
Overall

2 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

1 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
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Pros: The best about joomla is that it is very powerful and adaptable. I has a big community, thousands of sites made with it have created an enourmous community of developers and designers who have experience with it. That also means that is has a huge assortment of plugins, extensions, themes and whatnot.

Its very likely that whatever problem you have someone had the same problem before, so solutions will be available in the form of plugins (sometimes paid ones), or forum posts. If you need to do something very specific that requires coding, well then joomla is simple php and js, meaning any developer can quickly fins his way around joomla.

Cons: The main con about joomla is that it is a bit old and unintiutive. If you have never dealt with a CMS then you might need to read some documentation to find your way around a joomla site. Even if you have used other CMSs, joomla has it's very own way of doing things, meaning that tutorials and getting started guides are a must. Plugins rarely work straight of of the box (or zip), they usually requiere a bit of coding to get them exactly like you want them, but that can be said about pretty much any CMS.

Overall: We have used joomla as the CMS for our website for over a decade (now we've migrated to Wordpress) and it proved stable, reliable and adaptable, but we had the advantage of being a software company where designers and developers were always readily available to beat Joomla into submission. I think that nowadays Wordpress is a better overall solution, but do take Joomla intou account. Its the old reliable CMS that can certainly get the job done, but I would only reccomend it for tech savvy users or developers.

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Best CMS for Growing Website

Nov 20, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: Customization is a huge plus, being able to take a third-party template and develop it beyond what is built and turn it into your own masterpiece. You can build almost any kind of website by just thinking outside the box and making changes in CSS to match your style.

Cons: Lack of third-party development, in recent years less development has happened and more marketplaces are shutting which is causing Joomla to be looked over.

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Joomla is Easy & Very Popular CMS System

Mar 17, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: i am using magento for more then one year

1. Easy to develop & use

2. lots of pugin available in market place & mosty are free

3. joomla is CMS system but extend to e-commerce / LMS systems and more..

4. used by big organizations

5. its very simple as compare to other CMS systems

Cons: 1. some time its difficult to overwrite joomla modules

2. its difficult to upgrade joomla from 1.x to latest version

Powerful, expandable, sometimes complex, Content Management System

Aug 24, 2018
5/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: Joomla has been around for more than 10 years and has matured and gotten a lot of developer support for templates, plug ins, and components. The extensibility allows a wide variety of features to be added without writing code. Free to deploy. Generally add-on tools are inexpensive.

Cons: It is often necessary to search for methods to achieve functionality that may already be in the product, but isn't obvious as to how to achieve it. The pop-up information bubbles in the back-end have helped immensely and should be expanded.

Overall: Joomla is my preferred Content Management System for deploying personal and customer websites. Once deployed, my customers can manage their own content, if they choose. While the initial learning curve can be steep if you want to do more than a simple site, subsequent sites go up much quicker.

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Complex tool for creating a website

Feb 24, 2019
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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Pros: You can start quite quickly and with time increase the extent of your webpages. You can have quite robust webpages under this CMS.

Cons: I would say that some extensions are very tricky - when you use more of them, e.g. it is difficult to set all access rights to all pages correctly.

Overall: In general - it is one of the most used software, and it is quite good. I used to work with it because of my employers choice, and my first choice would be different (WordPress) because of my former experience. But I have to admit that there is no wast difference and the webpage complexity depends more on your needs and used extensions/plugins.

A simple free CMS

May 07, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: The main advantage of Joomla is that it is free, it has a large number of free templates and add-ons (modules, plug-ins, components). The (CMS) Joomla friendly interface of the system, everything is clear and understandable, it is very difficult to get confused. And if it still happened, then the network has a lot of useful information (articles, video lessons, etc.) on working with CMS. In general, working with Joomla almost does not require special skills, the main functions can be mastered very quickly.

Cons: It is worth noting one not very good content management system. Joomla is the most hacking system out of free. But a knowledgeable and understanding person in this matter can easily make this system completely safe.

A decent CMS

Aug 07, 2018
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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Pros: Joomla is a decent CMS, with a rich set of features. It does its job in managing your content and customizing your website. It has a wide variety of plugins, so in most cases you don't even need a software engineer support - pretty much everything works out of the box.

I also like the fact that there are lots of templates, which can be easily used to customize your website.

Cons: It feels like at some point the flexibility Joomla brings to you, comes with a bunch of downsides. After you add plugins, the performance starts lacking (pages are loaded not as fast as you'd expect them). Also, setting up some certain things takes time and certain level of expertise.

Overall: Overall experience is positive, though be ready to face some issues here and there.

A simple CMS for creating small sites

Nov 19, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: In our company, we use CMS Joomla to create small sites. The system provides a large selection of templates and extensions for website development. Each template can be quickly edited for your own needs. There is full support for popular databases: PostgreSQL and Microsoft SQL Server.

Cons: Among the shortcomings of Joomla, I want to mention not the most convenient and friendly admin panel interface. Also, sites created on this CMS have a low level of security. Therefore, when developing large portals do not need to rely on Joomla.

I've been very happy with Joomla for my business.

Feb 15, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: The ease in which I can add extensions and add-ons that make the website better. I also like that the updates are seen automatically and that I can find help on the community boards if I need it.

Cons: If I had to choose, it would be that it requires upping php settings and my web guy doesn't always have those available.

Overall: It helped to grow my business by making us look better than we actually were! lol

One of the most powerful CMS Platform!!

Mar 15, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: So much more things you can play around with this CMS platform. Starting from a quick website to article blog or even a great online store feature!!

Cons: You will need some programming knowledge like PHP and etc. it may not easy handle for non-experienced users.

Overall: If you looking for a free base CMS platform and having some time to learn of basic programming thing... then you shall be great with this!!

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Best CMS For Most Websites

Aug 17, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
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Pros: Joomla! like any CMS has a learning curve, but once you understand how it works, it is very quick and easy to use. It is easier to secure and more flexible than any other CMS.

Cons: Because it is not as popular as WordPress, it does not have as many plugins available, though the ones it does have tend to be very good and much more cost effective than any WP counterparts.