Introduction

Joomla is an open source content management platform developed using PHP & MySQL, ideal for the LAMP stack. The platform has been around for over a decade, which means it has a solid community and good foundations.

With over 7,000 extensions, the software has been downloaded more than 50 million times.

The platform has a powerful theme engine that allows for rapid development and, moreover, many hosting providers offer one-click install and setup to get you started on your new site.

Pros
  • “One Click” Installation
  • Low cost of ownership
  • Large community
  • Stable platform
Cons
  • Hit and miss extensions
  • No automated updates
  • Can be cumbersome from a code perspective
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Ease of Use
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Implementation time
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Marketing Features
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Scalability
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Feature Depth
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Overall

Summary

Joomla is a fantastic platform that allows users to take full control of their website and content by putting administration firmly in their hands. It’s a proven platform that can deliver a range of web solutions from intranets, large scale corporate sites to bespoke builds.

Our Impressions

Joomla benefits from being quick and easy to install, with “one click” installation available from several suppliers. In comparison to many competing products, such as EPiServer and SiteCore, its Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) is significantly lower. What’s more, the platform offers a large selection of extensions and plugins, a large, sophisticated stack of user permissions and powerful, built-in caching. Users of all levels will find Joomla’s menu and page management easy to operate, which allows for multiple pages to be created and published at varying times.