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What is Joomla?

"Joomla is free and open-source content management system (CMS), which enables its users to build websites and online applications."

Joomla! is open source content management system (CMS) designed to assist users in building websites, blogs, Intranets and mobile applications.
It is considered to be a popular choice for many types of websites, including corporate sites, news or blogs, government applications, small business sites and sites with secure logins.
Joomla is written in PHP for managing content on the web and uses a MySQL database to store content. It is released under the GNU General Public License.

Joomla scored 85/100 in the CMS category. This is based on user satisfaction (79/100), press buzz (76/100), recent user trends (rising), and other relevant information on Joomla gathered from around the web.

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Joomla Awards

Joomla Easy Website Builders Software Award 2020 Joomla Quality Choice Badge 2020 Joomla Trusted Vendor Badge 2020
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Joomla Product Overview

  • Nested categorization: Joomla enables users to create categories with nesting, with no limits on depth. This is very helpful especially in managing large websites.

  • Powerful Extensibility: There are more than 8.000 extensions users can customize Joomla with.

  • User Management: Joomla has a registration system that allows users to configure personal options. There are nine user groups with various types of permissions on what users are allowed to access, edit, publish and administer.

  • Template Management: Templates are a powerful tool suite for making the site look exactly the way users want. You have complete control over the entire presentation.

  • Tagging: Very effective way to structure the content, for a flat organisation structure.Tagging in Joomla also supports nesting.

  • Content Management: After creating content, user finds a lot of possibilities to show it on the frontend. He is also able to use several pre-installed modules to show the most popular articles, latest items, related articles and more.

Languages: English

CMS Software Buyer Guide 2020

Product recommendations, vendor rankings, market overview and tips on how to select CMS software for business. Published in June 2020.

CMS software makes creating and managing digital content easier for businesses. You can use products in this category for both enterprise content management and web content management. These products also make site maintenance easier. Anyone from your team ...


Joomla Features

  • A/B Testing
  • API
  • Batch Permissions & Access
  • Dashboard
  • Data Export
  • Data Import
  • Data Visualization
  • External Integrations
  • File Sharing
  • File Transfer
  • Multi-User
  • Notifications
  • Third-Party Plugins/Add-Ons
  • Landing Pages

Joomla Pricing Plans

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Joomla is a free and open-source content management system.

Credit card required: No

Joomla FAQs

What are some applications Joomla is commonly used in tandem with?

It is often used in tandem with Kunena.

Does Joomla offer an API?

The Joomla Platform supports a legacy tree for API.

Does Joomla offer guides, tutorials and or customer support?

It provides guides, support and documentation.

Who are the main user groups of Joomla?

Most users of Joomla are smaller companies, organizations and individuals who build websites, but it is also being discovered by well known brands across the globe, who want more website power, flexibility, and greater security.

What is Joomla generally used for?

It is generally used for publishing web content. It is estimated to be the second most used content management system on the Internet after Wordpress.

What platforms does Joomla support?

It is a content management system (CMS) which connects a user's site to a MySQL, or PostgreSQL database.

Does Joomla integrate with any other apps?

It integrates with the NuSOAP library, Mailchimp and other applications.

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Joomla User Reviews

Average User Rating:
3.93/5 based on 557 user ratings.
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"Robust and easy to set up"

// Web Developer at Teleperformance

What do you like about Joomla?

everything is visual. You don't need to be a tremendous programmer / web developer to get along with this product. With the amount of available free and paid plugins, sky is honestly your restriction on your internet website customization.
it has extra out-of-the-box capabilities however is a touch less user-friendly in terms of getting up and going.

What do you dislike about Joomla?

Requires the admin to be more-or-less tech savvy, to have worked previously with other cms (and no longer just a novice).

What have you been using it for and what problems did Joomla solve?

I have built a simple website in a couple of hours with great functionality and looks.

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"Effective, but not user-friendly"

// Network & Server Engineer at Rubico IT Pvt Ltd

What do you like about Joomla?

Joomla can really do anything you want. If you have someone who can code and customize a website from soup to nuts, Joomla can host it with almost infinite possibilities. Its also an open-source CMS which means you can switch coders or hosts at any time - as long as they know their way around Joomla, they can get around your site.

What do you dislike about Joomla?

Even once customized to your particular website, the backend of Joomla is not at all intuitive or user-friendly. You absolutely have to be specifically trained to navigate it in order to update or add content. If you do not have a web team on staff, you can quickly get in over your head. I'm a PR manager and so my background is not in the tech side of websites - just the content management. I can use most of the basic features of Joomla and I can keep our website more or less up-to-date, but I cannot make any design changes or extensive updates without outsourcing to a web developer.

What have you been using it for and what problems did Joomla solve?

Joomla was an excellent fix for our organization because it got our website off of a proprietary CMS system and onto an open source one, meaning that it was much easier for us to hire outside contractors to work on it and maintain the site. It also has limitless features - we needed a responsive calendar integrated as well as some other custom coding and our developer was able to put in everything that we needed.

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