Thursday, 11 June 2015Written by Alan Foster

Joomla is one of the most popular open source content management systems on the internet used by people around the world to create amazing websites. Whether you want to create a corporate site for your business or blog or maybe a community or directory website you can achieve this by using Joomla.

This blog post will outline some of the reasons why you should choose Joomla to create a new website.

Free to use

One of the great things about joomla is it's free to use and is released under the GNU General Public License. Once you have downloaded and installed the software via your website you can use it forever and you don’t have to worry about paying any license fees to use the software.

Install In 3 simple steps

The much improved installation process for the latest version of Joomla 3 makes installing the CMS at your website simple.

The installation process is split into three easy to understand steps.

Step one is the configuration tab where you enter details about your website including site name, site description, email address and the website super administrator user name and password.

Step two is the website database tab where you need to enter the MySQL database name, user name and password for the website based on the information you have setup via your web hosting space control panel.

Step three is the final stage where you get the option to populate the website database with sample data. Step 3 of the installation process also gives you the opportunity to review the website settings before you click on the installation button.

Joomla is really that simple to install and you don’t need to be a rocket scientist, programmer or web designer to do it, anyone can have a go at doing this and have a website up and running in minutes. So why not give it a try now.

 

Support and documentation

Joomla is a community driven content management solution which is supported by a community of volunteers. It's not just a case of downloading and setting up the software and then you’re left to your own devices.

If you need help you can access the help documentation website or get support via the friendly community support forum where you can post questions and get answers to any issues you have. In most cases by visiting the forum you will find the answer you need to wide range of questions.

Easy to use, manage and update

Joomla is 100% web based which means as long as you have access to the internet and a web browser you can easily manage and update your website via the user friendly website administrator interface.

You can easily create and publish new articles, you can structure the articles using categories, upload images, create new menus, add new user accounts and so much more all via the user friendly administrator interface.

So where ever you are in the world at home, in a coffee shop, on holiday you can update your website using any computer, tablet or smart phone device.

 

Mobile ready

Joomla is mobile ready with the Bootstrap framework incorporated into the core code of the content management system to ensure both the front end and back end administrator interface is fully responsive (adapts to all device screen sizes)

Using previous versions of Joomla made it difficult managing your website across various devices with the latest version the administrator interface works really well across computer, tablet and smart phone device screen sizes so you can now manage and update your websites from anywhere in the world using any device.

From a front end perspective you can get wide range of responsive extensions and mobile friendly Joomla templates which will ensure your website is fully responsive and will automatically adapt to all screen sizes.

Search engine friendly

The Joomla comunity have put alot of effort into ensuring the latest version of the content management system is search engine friendly. The latest version gives you more control of site, document and menu meta titles and descriptions. it also supports search engine friendly SEF URLs

 

Do more with extensions and templates

After you first install Joomla you may think, wow this great and just what i need to build a great website but Joomla has much more to offer once you start to make use of extensions. 

You can incorporate a forum, comments system, user subscription system or photo gallery to extend the functionality the website has to offer.

Well fear not just wait until you visit the extensions directory you will be like a kid in a sweet shop.

The extensions directory includes a wide range extensions developed by 3rd party developers which you can easily download, install and setup directly via the administrator area to add more functionality to your website.

Whether you want a forum, photo gallery, calendar, events, document sharing extension you can find it by visiting the extensions directory.

The default designs which come supplied after you first install the Joomla at your website are ok but if you want a fresh, modern, mobile friendly template to help you stand out from the crowd you have come to the right place.

We have created a wide range of templates which are simple to use and customize plus they come packed full of lots of really useful built-in features to help you build an amazing website.

Uses tried and tested technology

The CMS is devloped using tried and tested technology to ensure its as open as possible to developers who want to contribute to the code base plus to ensure it will function correctly with common server, hosting environments including apache and Microsoft IIS.

Some of the technology used to power the content management system includes PHP, MYSQL, jQuery, Bootstrap and more.

Security  

It is now even more secure than previous versions of the CMS. The latest version now incorporates two factor authentication to enhance password security and it also makes use of the bcrypt algorithm to ensure better encryption of the passwords stored in the database.

The latest  version also incorporates the latest version of google recaptcha  to reduce spam targeting registration and contact forms.

Who uses Joomla

One issue some designers and web developers face is trying to sell Joomla to the customer. People want to ensure the content management system they invest both time and money into has a proven track record and is used by other businesses to develop websites.  Some big bluechip companies uses Joomla to build great websites including Peugeot, MTV, Barnes & Noble and many more companies use it around the world to build great websites. Also its not just businesses who use Joomla you also have hundreds of goverment websites around the world using the CMS.

Conclusion

We have tried to outline some of reasons why we believe Joomla is the right content management system for anyone looking to build a website. We know we have not covered everything as the CMS has a lot more to offer but hopefully the points we have outlined in this document will convince you to take a closer look at Joomla to see what is has to offer. Once you get started with it we believe you will love it.