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Joomla! – The 2nd most used CMS


What is Joomla!?

Released in 2005, Joomla! is an open source project supported by a community of volunteers. Fun fact is that Joomla! Was named after a Swahili word, “Jumla”, which means “all together”. It is currently the 2nd most popular CMS after WordPress.
(Recommended for small/medium/large businesses)

Technical knowledge needed

It is relatively similar to WordPress: Even though the page-builder function helps users to implement more complex layouts without coding. Joomla!’s backend is a bit different and more complex than other popular CMSs.  

Ability to customize 

Joomla!’s several extensions make it a flexible and customizable CMS. They contribute to the creation of new types of content with specific fields and characteristics. With up-to-date extensions, its customizability improves constantly.



The platform is in many ways all-embracing. If programmed correctly, a Joomla! website will be able to handle fast growth in users, content, editors or number of items in a shop.


There is a vast number of Joomla! specialized digital agencies and freelancers, that can handle support, hosting, etc. If you’re building your own site, you’ll be pleased to know that Joomla! has a community of over 200,000 enthusiasts.


The CMS has performance-boosting functionality built in. For example, you can enable caching and Gzip compression from the dashboard. It also comes with plug-ins which make your workflows faster. This gives Joomla! a good reputation regarding performance.


It gives the opportunity to users to focus on improving their system security instead of relying on the system itself. This made it less secure than for example Drupal and WordPress in defending themselves against both code execution and SQL injection attacks. However, it has extensions to increase your website’s security that covers everything from hosting over setup and administration to recovering from a hack. 


It uses technologies such as PHP and MySQL. The diagram bellow asserts that 79% of all websites whose server-side programming language we know use PHP. It means that there are plenty of programmers that can work with Joomla! and it may be cheaper, compared to Java programmers, for instance.


The platform is a free and open-source CMS however, the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of a Joomla! website is listed as medium-low which of course depends on your needs, from features to the design of the website.

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