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Joomla evaluation

 

Ease of Use

Joomla is aimed at beginners and experienced individuals.

Both these CMSs are easily installed. The similarities end when you get to the administration. The layout and customization in the administration control panels are mostly what sets these two CMSs apart.

Joomla started life as a portal1 providing capacity for administration by Authors, Editors and Publishers giving each of these groups the capacity to edit different portions of the site and with Super Users having control over the whole site. With a bit of patience Joomla can prove to be a big asset to a company which intends to grow.

Website Security

Most vulnerabilities for both Joomla come from one of two factors:-

  1. Out of date core software and

  2. Poorly developed or out of date third-party extensions to core software. These extensions account for about 60% of vulnerabilities.

Verified extensions are available at https://extensions.joomla.org/ . Vulnerable extensions are published at https://extensions.joomla.org/vulnerable-extensions/vulnerable/

Risks can be minimised if all software is kept up to date.

Joomla security, for the most part, is built into the core software. In Joomla update notices for core software are emailed to Super Administrators and extension update notifications are provided on administration login. Core software updates can be set to run automatically.

2018 - 2019 CMS infection comparisonRef: https://blog.sucuri.net/2020/01/hacked-website-threat-report-2019.html

Extensions and Templates

Extensions and templates are what turn a regular website into a website for you. As well as making your website look great, they also play a large role in your website’s functionallity (SEO, speed and security). These tools enable customization and are essential for creating a professional websites for you.

Joomla offers around 8,000 extensions. This sounds impressive but in reality most websites will use no more than perhaps ten or twelve extensions to enhance functionallity. It is also worth remembering that many plugins have similar functionallity and so to quote plugin numbers can be misleading.

When installing either Joomla we use templates which incorporate the Gantry 5 framework.

Speed

Joomla has extensions for caching built in.

Joomla has a speed advantage over WordPress when it comes to larger and more complex websites. It has better scalability and will require less server usage than a WordPress website of the same size.

Joomla holds up well when it comes to larger and more complex websites. It's scalability is very good and it requires less server usage.

Flexibility

Flexibility can be a big deal when it comes to building a website and, ideally, you want to be able to customize it. Using Joomla, you can incorporate multiple themes across your website. This means that Joomla users can have different templates for different pages. It is also possible to have the same template with different layout and colours on different pages. You can switch styles and templates if, for example, you want a different template for your blog than your main website or, perhaps, for different product lines. This functionallity is built into Joomla.

In addition to this, Joomla has greater capacity to handle multiple or more complex forms of content.

Learning Curve

Joomla gets up and running fairly quickly. Its basic features, templates and plugins don’t take much to get to grips with though Joomla can be a bit more complex than WordPress. Most of the plugins are well-explained and most templates enable you to customize pages according to your individual requirements. Most users will need some tuition to get their heads around some of the concepts but how much depends on your experience. For the most part, however, like so many things, it’s more of a “learn as you go” process.

With the help of some tutorial videos and articles, you can learn how to build your website effectively.

Should you wish to have us develop a website for you we will, of course, include tuition for the platform of your choice.

Australian Sites Using Joomla

 Lucky & Pep's

Yanalla Farms

CaravanXpress

Narellan Town Centre

gba Projects

 

Joomla Awards Timeline

2005: UK Linux & Open Source Awards Best Linux / Open Source Project
2006: Packt Open Source Awards Best Open Source CMS
2006: UK Linux & Open Source Awards Best Linux / Open Source Project
2007: Packt Open Source Awards Best PHP Open Source CMS
2008: Packt Open Source Awards Open Source CMS Most Valued Person — Personal award: Johan Janssens
2008: Packt Open Source Awards 1st Runner-up Best Open Source CMS
2008: Packt Open Source Awards 1st Runner-up Best Overall Open Source CMS
2009: Packt Open Source Awards Open Source CMS Most Valued Person — Personal award: Louis Landry
2009: Packt Open Source Awards 1st Runner-up Packt Hall of Fame CMS
2009: Packt Open Source Awards 2nd Runner-up Best Open Source CMS
2010: Packt Open Source Awards 2nd Runner-up Hall of Fame CMS
2011: Packt Open Source Awards Best Open Source CMS
2014: CMS Critic People's Choice Awards Best Open Source PHP CMS
2015: CMS Critic People's Choice Awards Best Free CMS
2016: CMS Critic People's Choice Awards Best Free CMS
2017: CMS Critic People's Choice Awards Best Free CMS
2018: CMS Critic People's Choice Awards Best Free CMS
2019: CMS Critic People's Choice Awards Best Free CMS
2020: CMS Critic People's Choice Awards Best Free CMS

Documentation

If you want to build your own website using Joomla you will find more information at Joomla Documentation.

1 A web portal is a website that provides a broad array of services, such as search engines, e-mail, online shopping, and forums.