Joomla! is not just a CMS (Content Management System)
It's a WAMF Web Application Management Framework
Most websites are like houses. You build what you want when you want it. If you want to add an extension, conservatory or a new door, you can tack it on. Adding these requires either planning ahead or major works at the time.
Joomla! is like a wooden house frame. You start with the basic structure and make additions as you go.
There are three things which make Joomla! a powerful system: 1. Components – Provide functionality like a shopping cart, photo gallery, blog etc… 2. Modules – Allow the output of a Component to be placed anywhere on the site like a Latest News module on the front page. Think of them as windows to the Component. 3. Plugins – Affect the output, extend the functionality of Components. Can be used to dynamically replace text, hide articles from unregistered users and add security functions. Joomla! is especially good for user management. A component called Community Builder is great for member profiles and can be customised and extended greatly.
You can change the template to give it a completely different look with just a couple of clicks or add new features in by uploading the required extension. Two clicks
<ul><li>Easy to install and use for lots of purposes from personal websites to corporate ecommerce sites </li></ul><ul><li>Huge supportive worldwide community </li></ul><ul><li>Regular core updates </li></ul><ul><li>SEO friendly- out of the box </li></ul><ul><li>Flexible for designers </li></ul>
Typical uses for Joomla! Other things you can do
Where can you get these extensions? 5412 extensions as of today!
Plenty of pre-designed templates available from: Best of Joomla! SiteGround Joomla Designs Joomla24 Joomla2U
Large community of enthusiasts, designers and developers on forums and at Joomla! Events Joomla! Community
Just a few of the countries Joomla! has reached Vietnam Mongolia Hungary Nigeria Ghana Lebanon Germany Spain Australia Norway Sweden Switzerland USA Thailand Cambodia UK Japan Bulgaria China India Canada Brazil Belgium France Israel Portugal Netherlands Italy Chile Denmark Luxembourg Estonia Greece Egypt New Zealand Latvia
Round up <ul><li>WAMF </li></ul><ul><li>Useable even for non-techies </li></ul><ul><li>Large community of developers and designers </li></ul><ul><li>5400 + components, modules and plugins </li></ul><ul><li>Regular core updates </li></ul><ul><li>SEO friendly </li></ul><ul><li>Flexible for designers- free, commercial and bespoke templates available </li></ul>