What is Joomla

Joomla is an awarding-winning open source content management system used to manage and publish content online. Written in PHP & MySQL, using Object-Oriented programming techniques and software design pattern, Joomla is also a model–view–controller (MVC) Web application framework, with which you could create sophisticated add-ons that extend the power of it. The first release (v1.0.0) of Joomla is on September 16, 2005, which was a re-branded release of Mambo 4.5.2.3. Now it’s in V1.7.0, and Joomla 1.8.0 is planned for release in January 2012. Joomla now powers over 2.7% of the web sites. Their users include individuals, small & medium-sized businesses, and large organizations.

Basic Features of Joomla

Joomla comes with some basic features to help you manage the content of a web site, here are the list of them:

  • User management
  • Content Management
  • Media Management
  • Contact Management
  • Banner Management
  • Template Management

What you can use Joomla for

Joomla as a Web application framework, you could extend its capability by developing add-ons, which includes Components, Modules, and Plug-ins. Besides developing additional features by your own, there are also thousands of free add-ons or themes you could find from Joomla community. With this level of extensibility, you could use Joomla to build almost all kinds of web site, which include but not limit to:

  • Business web sites, Corporate Web sites or portals
  • Online magazines, newspapers, and publications
  • E-commerce and online reservations
  • Personal or family homepages

Get Start with Joomla

Joomla has one of world most active open source community, which means it’s easy for you to get help from the other experts.

  1. Go to Joomla official site to download latest version of Joomla.
  2. Joomla Forum is a great place to ask any question related to Joomla
  3. Find existing Joomla add-on from Joomla Extension
  4. Find the best Joomla Hosting to move your site to production

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