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Joomla Web Site Design and Development

Joomla is an open source content management software platform, opens source means that is it free for anyone to download and install online. Joomla can additionally be used offline as an intranet solution by using tools like Xamp and Joomla Stand alone server. There are a multitude of reasons and advantages for choosing Joomla over other CMS platforms.

1.Joomla has an extensive support community
2.Joomla has over 3600 extensions
3.Joomla uses modular structure
4.Joomla is interactive and "web 2.0"
5.Joomla is highly expandable, customizable and flexible
6.Joomla is constantly "evolving" software
7.Joomla wins best CMS award again

Joomla Extensive Support Community

Developers of Joomla websites contribute information from a very large pool of help Joomla forums and blogs. If a designer or developer has technical problems either in the Joomla website development stage or regular maintenance, he can visit Joomla forums to find answers to his questions. He can also post requests for assistance and other Joomla designers will assist him free of charge to help him find a solution to his problem. In return, he can also answer questions from other developers and try to assist them in return. This is a win win proposition and while other CMS platforms like Word Press or Drupal also share this system, there forums are not nearly as populated as Joomla. Joomla has nearly 10 times the post topics at 1,375,025 versus Word Press and Drupal.

Joomla Has over 3600 extensions

Joomla can be highly specialized yet incredibly versatile. To achieve this a pool of extensions, plugins, mambos, modules and components are necessary. Other CSM platforms lack the variety of functions that Joomla can execute via the broad range of extensions available. A Joomla site can offer these functionality attribute and much, much more. But here is a basic list of the kind of websites Joomla can allow a developer to utilize for his projects:

Magazines and newspapers
Corporate websites or portals
Online commerce
Small business websites
Non-profit and organizational websites
Government applications
Corporate intranets and extra nets
School and church websites
Personal or family homepages
Community-based portals
Corporate websites or portals
Online commerce
Small business websites
Non-profit and organizational websites
Government applications
Corporate intranets and extra nets
School and church websites
Personal or family homepages
Community-based portals
Magazines and newspapers
Dynamic form builders
Business or organizational directories
Document management
image and multimedia galleries
E-commerce and shopping cart engines
Forums and chat software
Calendars
Blogging software
Directory services
Email newsletters
Data collection and reporting tools
Banner advertising systems
Subscription services

Joomla is built around a modular concept

Just like Lego, Joomla is built with "blocks", they are called modules. These can be placed in any imaginable order. The same applies to menus and components. All web elements are interchangeable and movable in Joomla modular skeletal constitution. This allows the Joomla webmaster great flexibility to organize the site layout and structure. The basic Joomla layout consists of the header, left menu, main content pane, right module and footer as demonstrated over here for this Joomla template.

Joomla is highly expandable, customizable and flexible

Other components from other open source and commercial software developers are usually compatible with Joomla. This is not the case for other CMS systems like Os Commerce, Drupal or Word Press where components are usually designed strictly for the native platform. In other words, Joomla can accommodate more extensions from more developers, this makes it high expandable because developers of other software components also contribute the the Joomla opens source project. Another advantage is that with Joomla you developer has not only one but a multitude of choices to fit your website to you exact specifications. A good example of that is the Os Commerce/Joomla integration versus the Virtuemart/Joomla integration. Both extensions basically perform the same functions but they do it in different ways, that level of flexibility is native to Joomla open source CMS.

Joomla is constantly "evolving" software

Joomla versions are constantly changing. This is good to prevent security breaches (hackers don't have time to break the code and cause damage to existing websites) and also great for constant improvements and added features. However, it's always a good idea to wait until the Joomla version gets to the Alpha stage before upgrading. The Alpha stage is the production version while the Beta stage is the prototype. Beta stage is for testing and only recommended for advanced users, Alpha however is stable and tested, most if not all bugs have already been fixed.

Joomla wins best CMS award again

In both 2006 and 2007 Joomla has won the award for best content management software in the world. That is no small achievement, and the sheer amount of members, websites and users will confirm this. Total posts 1379049 • Total topics 312875 • Total members 209145.