Today, countless content management systems exist. One of the most used CMS is Joomla. So what is Joomla? Simply put, Joomla is a Content Management System which allows Joomla site owners to create, manage, and run powerful websites. Like Drupal, Wordpress, Mambo, etc. it’s opensource. So it’s free to use, modify, and create any type of site you desire. As an award winning software, it brings with it numerous easy to use, innovative features, which make your life as a Joomla site owner much easier.
Joomla is an incredible system for managing your site’s content. There is no doubt about that. However, just like any other system, it also has some issues associated with it. Let us look at both the pros and cons that you are likely to face when using Joomla.
1. Easy set up process:
One of the greatest attributes about Joomla is the fact that the setup process is pretty mainstream. Joomla provides you a guide with the basic steps you need to install, setup, and run your Joomla and your website,
2. Incredible Plug-ins:
Joomla is the king of plug-ins. It likely has 10 times as many plug-ins available compared to other CMS out there. Any type of functionality you want your site to have you can usually find a plug-in that offers most of, if not 100% of, the functionality you require of that feature. Not all the plug-ins are free, but a good majority are.
3. Ease of use:
It is very easy to use and has an amazing editor. In the Joomla world, the editing process is a walk in the park. Once you know the basics of the backend, editing with with this CMS is a breeze.
4. Shopping cart built specifically for it’s CMS:.
Like other popular CMSs out there is an e-commerce shopping cart “Virtuemart” built specifically for Joomla, to run online stores or have ecommerce functionality within your Joomla site.
1. More complex then Wordpress:
Compared to Wordpress, Joomla is somewhat more complicated for beginners. Learning the general basics of the backend is a must for anyone new to Joomla. A first look at the back end can be overwhelming. It’s what scares off most users from using Joomla. 90% of the backend is not even used, even by experienced programmers.
2. SEO Concerns:
It is poor for SEO purposes for novice site creators. If you build the Joomla site yourself, then this definitely can be the case. If you’re a Joomla expert, or really even worked with this CMS for only a few years, you can make some adjustments which easily eliminate the SEO pitfalls.
3. Challenges with combining extensions/plug-ins:
Installation of various extensions might turn out to be tricky as they can conflict with each other. Since it is known for its vast amount of plug-ins you inevitable use a lot of plug-ins to make a Joomla site. These plugins can often conflict with each other. Even developers who've made a few Joomla sites will run into this issue. It's only after you've worked on, fixed, and created numerous Joomla sites that you learn what plug-ins to not use, how to avoid plug-in issues. and what to expect when using numerous plug-ins. A client can use an inexperienced Joomla developer to make a Joomla run site, but the plug-in combination issue, and the time it takes to find a solution to this issue, is likely the only downfall of using a fairly inexperienced Joomla developer.
Joomla is a great content management system. It helps users have an excellent grip on website management and accommodates numerous site add-ons . With some perseverance and patience, you can run and create a site, and use the back-end, without professional help. For more advanced Joomla sites it’s recommended to hire an expert.
This article was created by team members at VBE Computing 14 months ago