What Is Joomla?

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Joomla is a free, open-source system for building websites. Web developers of all skill levels can create websites and participate in an interactive community designed to make the most of the Joomla. According to the not-for-profit organization behind Joomla, its software is responsible for 2.7 percent of the entire Web. The mission of Joomla "to provide a flexible platform for digital publishing and collaboration."

About Joomla

  • In 2000, the Australia-based company Miro launched an open-source content management system known as Mambo. Five years later, internal disagreements over the handling of Mambo led a core group of developers to split and form Joomla. Similar to Mambo, Joomla provides a free, open source content management system. Joomla is used to build external websites as well as intranets and personal homepages. Joomla receives support from sponsors and also takes financial donations.

User Community

  • Joomla provides a content-management solution for novice and advanced Web designers to develop and edit their sites. As it is an open-source product, Joomla users have access to the code and can make changes; anyone can become a developer. Joomla relies heavily on its user community to improve the software and drive its success. Users can volunteer to join working groups, write technical documentation, answer questions and submit templates. Volunteers agree to abide by a code of conduct that outlines how they will work with Joomla and other community members.

How it Works

  • Joomla's content management system is designed so that users with little or no coding knowledge or experience can create websites. Templates are available to help users get started. More experienced Web developers can customize the product to their specifications. The content management system holds all the website's content - copy, photos, videos, music and more - in one central location. Users pull in the content they need and work through a "What You See Is What You Get" (WYSIWIG) editor to make changes.

Features

  • Joomla includes features that allow users to create polls and RSS Feeds, and better manage media and banners. The Media Manager allows users to easily add video, images and music while the Banner Manager helps users add and manage campaigns. Users can also track clicks and monitor search patterns. More advanced designers have access to an extensions directory for customizing their sites with items like maps, calendars, news tickers and more plugins.

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