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d9k on June 8 2013 09:04 pm
lelway, Joomla have CCK too, google for SEBLOD, Flexicontent, K2 and others, or see http://extensions.joomla.org/extensions/authoring-a-content/content-construction .
Routing sucks, I agree. Custom SEF components works slow and harass your DB.
But Drupal API is spaghetti procedure code while Joomla API is an object-oriented: it's easier to read and remember code blocks when procedures are separated into classes.
pjrockz on April 24 2013 09:14 am
Joomla is perfect for small businesses. First, unless you are going the template route, a site has to be designed and built. Its no more trouble coding for Joomla then most others and you get a great SEO platform to work with and is scalable. In my opinion, for 98% of businesses Joomla is the way to go, large and small. Thanks to author to write this post, it was very useful for me.
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pjrockz on April 24 2013 09:14 am
Joomla is perfect for small businesses. First, unless you are going the template route, a site has to be designed and built. Its no more trouble coding for Joomla then most others and you get a great SEO platform to work with and is scalable. In my opinion, for 98% of businesses Joomla is the way to go, large and small. Thanks to author to write this post, it was very useful for me.
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Tschumler on April 11 2013 12:09 am
After trying several Content Managment Systems like Typo3, Drupal and others I decided to use Joomla. Joomla is far the best if you are creating websites for customers and not only for yourself. The administration is much more user friendly than any other CMS and every newer version of Joomla is a big step forward. The newest short time version of Joomla is 3.0 which is a huge step forward towards mobile devices.
It is not insecure at all if you know what you are doing. Any CMS or website is insecure if you do not know what you are doing.
Marc on October 31 2012 06:30 am
I think this is the most insecure and most hacked CMS since years. Joomla targets hobby pilots who install the CMS - pick a free template - and have no idea what they do.
Joomla might be nice for a private Homepage - but it's not a good idea to use it for your Company.
beesto.com on September 20 2012 12:00 am
The thing which makes Joomla one of the best CMS out there is the number of extensions available. I don't imagine something which you would like to do and Joomla not to provide you with an extension for that.
lelway on September 14 2012 03:49 pm
I tried Joomla to design a community website. It was a blog + some info pages + community system.
You say Joomla is flexible. I don't think so. How would you do a blog + some info pages if you can't have different page types? Drupal has CCK. How can you add a calendar? Drupal Views and you are done. How can I edit a page without going to an "admin" area? Concrete5 it's the answer. And how about routing system? It's absolutely sucking: no automatic urls for a category, and default routes like /using-joomla/extensions/components/users-component/registration-form. I would design a CMS better.
Now I use Drupal and/or Python Flask or Django. They are awesome, I learned them in a couple of hours. I think Drupal is the most flexible CMS solution, and Flask and Django are the most flexible frameworks. Joomla, you are the worst.
Kevin on July 9 2012 07:02 pm
Joomla is IMO by far the best CMS.
Over the years I have used Drupal, Joomla, Modx, Wordpress, and Wordpress. A couple others low end ones but mainly these.
Joomla is not an easy beginner CMS. It was made for powerful websites for people with extensive CMS knowledge.
I build websites everyday and manage multiple a day. I will have to say no matter what website you want or the functionality you want Joomla will have it.
Everytime Drupal has a new release you have ANOTHER learning curve every single time.
I can't stand Drupal since around 2006
Wordpress is still very decent easy and very good for blogs but still not much of a CMS more of an advanced blogging tool. Very good for beginners too.
Just my $0.02
Dave Lalande on June 16 2012 05:46 pm
I'm looking for a CMS that works with Pinnacle Cart. Anybody know know if Joomla and Pinnacle can gracefully coexist? I am going to start consulting for a retailer that has a considerable investment in Pinnacle and no CMS. I am researching a CMS solution that can salvage the Pinnacle Cart stores they have online but open up the obvious benefits of a CMS.
Any thoughts / info?
John Howell on June 14 2012 04:28 am
Joomla is the best CMS on the planet!
Dzhuninski on May 11 2012 05:45 pm
The best CMS with many plugins, modules and components.Can be used for everything and everyone
Brat on May 2 2012 08:10 pm
Usually, I just read with amusement, but this time, sorry, I just have to say it...
If all you want is "simple," please do not use a powerhouse CMS like Joomla or Drupal... please.
There ARE simple CMS, like Website Baker that are plenty good. I've personally developed using WB for complete "techo-pagans" a few years back and they are STILL using it with great joy. Others have used CMS Made Simple, etc., with personal success. Some CMS are just way too over-the-top for simple sites, and Joomla is not for the "I just want to put up a web site" user. First, define exactly what your project needs are, who is going to use and administer the site, and THEN decide on the best solution.
Pick the right tool for the job, and stop complaining that you chose a backhoe when all you needed was a shovel..
phpjunkie on February 13 2012 12:01 am
I played around with Joomla in the past and just recently over the past couple days. Both times Joomla has failed to get my vote. It is far more simple then most CMS but the simplicity of Joomla just isn't simple enough.
Developers of CMS / Portals are STRAIT UP MISSING THE IDEA OF SIMPLICITY and Joomla is one of them.
The only CMS that is just simple and easy to understand is CMS Made Simple.
azurelink on January 31 2012 04:39 pm
I've been using Joomla for site building since it first came out in 2005, and before that, I used the open source version of Mambo Site Server up through all early Mambo iterations. Joomla has come a long way since those days. I'm more of a Joomla integrator than a PHP developer. I think Joomla has a lot going for it. When choosing a CMS one needs to consider a lot of factors, from the size and needs of the site, the long-term viability of the core CMS project, the functionality required, and availability, dependability, and quality of the extensions used, and the long-term reliability of and support available from the developers of those extensions.
As far as a core CMS, Joomla satisfies a lot of those requirements for my purposes, and I am really excited by the recent release of the 1.7, and now, 2.5 versions. The Joomla.org site is packed full of all kinds of information from documentation to extensions. And there are several great instructional books available in both printed and digital formats. The Joomla forum has been around since the beginning and has lots of information to be searched, either directly in the forum, or in Google. Just preface your question terms with "Joomla" and search.
As is to be expected in a diverse world with many different extension developers, one has to evaluate each extension developer individually and make the best decision possible.
Fortunately, many quality template clubs and extensions clubs have come into being. Through these clubs, an integrator can obtain quality extensions for adding sophisticated features to sites, at a fraction of the cost (or free) of what it would take to do custom development. Of course, there are many extensions developers whose products are buggy or lacking in good design, support, or compatibility. When evaluating a template or extension club, in addition to making sure they have an extension that fits my needs and is compatible with my version of Joomla (if they provide new versions and patches in a timely manner, that's good), I also check out their support forums and see if there is a lot of activity and most importantly, if their moderators are answering questions, and if the posts are recent.
Many of the "reviews" in this site are quite old, so one needs to keep in mind that Joomla 1.7/2.5 are worlds away from 1.5. I am only now beginning to migrate sites away from 1.5 to 1.7/2.5, so a full review is not my purpose in posting this.
The 2.5 version has made great strides in simplifying things. There is a one-click version updater which is a huge timesaver and keeping things current is an important security practice. The ACL allows you to create custom user groups and manage permissions for them. The capability for creating nested content categories really opens up your site archictecture and content management.
My favorite template/extensions clubs are: JoomlArt.com and Gavick.com.. Great designs and support. Their designs do tend to go more toward a creative retail/entertainment GUI, and are lacking in pure, simplistic corporate interfaces, but I've found that in general, they can be modified/simplified to my needs. Their documention is pretty good, too.
I endorse the excellent K2 content system. Really powerful product for content, blogging (with comments) and even eCommerce. K2 is by Joomlaworks, who also builds many excellent extensions.
I also recommend highly recommend you install Marco's SQL Injection Interceptor for Joomla sites to help guard against script-kiddie XSS attacks.
My only real complaint about Joomla is that lately, the releases requiring migration have been coming too closely together. It can be a fairly complicated and costly procedure to migrate client sites because in most cases, the extensions all have to be upgraded, too. I wish that the version of Joomla could stay more or less constant for say 2 or 3 years, with security patches from time to time. Then clients could focus more on delivering good content, rather than on budgeting for technical maintenance. I was somewhat dismayed when I read at Joomla.org, that "2.5 adheres to Joomla's recently adopted six-month release cycle". I had read previously that it would be a 18-month releace cycle. What happened? it makes it harder to sell a Joomla site project when I have to reveal the likelihood of a system migration in less than a year's time.
Good luck. I hope this was helpful. ;-)
Farcas Gelu Danut on October 20 2011 05:14 am
I'm sorry for my Englis, i'm from Romania (Europe). I use Google translate. ;-)
My opinion (just my opinion as a beginner) need a new contact page and new templates free, high quality to be included in the current joomla. I know that there are extensions paid or free, but initially downloaded joomla package must include all the best (free extensions and templates free, of course).
It is understandable what I said? Btravo, Google translate!
CMS User74 on October 19 2011 11:46 pm
I've used Joomla for about 5 years now, and I can say, without hesitation, 1.7 is by far the best release to date. There are just so many features packed in, many of which should have been included in core years ago. And finally, you can update from the backend!
Is it for newbies? Most likely not, unless you're pretty savvy. Non-the-less, it's very simple to learn, which means it's very simple to teach, and for me, that means a lot of saved time.
For the reviewers that say you can only build small to medium sized sites with Joom... they're crazy! I built a migration site for a client using Joomla 1.7, and the site now has more than 40,000 active registered users and a very high web rank.
It's like a computer: If you maintain it, keep it up to date, and don't try to do stupid stuff with it, it'll last a very long time and perform optimally. If you don't update, maintain and take good care of it, it'll let you down before you know it.
Joomla can hang with any CMS out there... and then some! The framework is stable and is highly scalable. And the one who said it isn't good for social community sites: BULL!!! All you do is add in Jomsocial, and you have features that rival Facebook. No other CMS has that power.
Joomla is amazing, hands down. The one's who complain simply don't know what they're doing.
J.hassen on September 27 2011 08:45 am
what a fantastic idea and system you have I am very much pleases in using Joomla
keep it up
Hmmi on August 28 2011 06:49 pm
Been using this for the last 5-6 years, producing dozens sites.
The far best free CMS available.
However, there are some people (webmasters) who do not understand it. Fairly easy to teach operators though.
Webmaster with decent CSS and PHP skills should not be limited. For others, this is the very best one, to get decent web site up and running. Also, there is awesome variety of free and commercial addons out there.
Maza on August 2 2011 07:00 am
Have used Joomla for six years randomly.
It's kinda nice solution for young web developers and person who haven't use and develope cms.
It have pretty well done UI, so it's easy to learn. Modules are also easy to make. This is also problem of Joomla, that you can make extensiosns from zero to end with your own code. There's hundreds of extensiosns that have been made but never been maintained. Almost every time these extensions haven't been made correctly, but made with own code. There's an easy solution for this problem, and it's documentation, better tutorials, etc... Documentation have always been crappy in Joomla and Mambo projects, when do these guys learn. This even mirrors to reliability and security. Joomla core nowadays is, well OK (not good, but better than before). But these crappy extensions makes Joomla just unusable in professional use.
mistera on July 14 2011 09:45 am
We are working with Joomla since three years, so i think, that i can tell pretty good what's what.
First off, my opinion (subjective): I like Joomla very much for Corporate Websites, not so much for Community Sites and similar.
- Really great templating system, in my opinion the best i have encountered yet, and i have tried many cms'es
- If you use JCE as editor, you have a really powerful wysiwyg editor, with a lot of controls
- In J1.5 nice i18n system (If you use Joomfish), wich has a few drawbacks (look under the cons)
- Separation from content and menus (can be seen as pro, because it gives you a lot of flexibility..)
- A lot of extensions (Check the ratings and popularity first, some are poorly written, many are great)
- Active community (Is more important than you think)
- As of 1.6 the content structure is nice, no more sections
- As of 1.6 nice ACL
- Very limited community and web 2.0 features such as custom fields, comment functions ecc (You can use addons tough, such as K2 or Community Builder, but i find it very confusing, especially for clients to understand that there are k2 items and joomla items ecc.)
- For 1.6 still no good i18n (with 1.6 were introduced internal i18n functions wich are simply not sufficient if you make complex sites)
- The Joomla Framework is crap. Yes, it works, and yes it is possible to write extensions, but if you ever worked with a real php framework such as cake or symfony, you want to throw the Joomla Framework into the trash anytime, it is simply badbadbad!
- If you still use 1.5, the content structure (sections - categories) is really bad, it is absolute crap, for small sites too much, for big sites too limited, it was about time that they changed it in 1.6
- Separation from content structure and menu structure (Can also be seen negative, since it doubles the admin work and can be confusing at first)
For the type of Websites we do (90% medium-sized corporate Websites), i really love Joomla, it gives you and your clients much power and flexibility.
I really recommend this CMS, if you know it's limitations and can handle them, there are projects tough, for wich Joomla is unsuited (such as Projects where you require complex Database Models), for those i recommend using a proper Framework (Cake, Symfony, Yii ecc..).
Connell Hunte on June 22 2011 03:05 pm
Joomla was the first CMS I used for web projects. Loved it!!! However as i got better i realized how inflexible Joomla could be. Great System for the plug and play crowd. If design flexibility is a requirement, and you are dealing with clients who not too web savvy, forget it.
Rene on May 16 2011 12:01 am
Joomla is an example of a system that has grown 'organically' by agglomeration of code and modules. It's easy to install and configure, not so easy to customize or extend.
The layman should get a web hosting package, the sys admin can easily do it him/herself.
So you get a quick result which is often better than months of development without end for a custom site.
Joomla's biggest limitations are the result of the weak database model that cannot model sophisticated, complex content. You can extend Joomla to do e-commerce using Virtuemart, but it's not easy to do customer relationship management (CRM), document management (like a DMS would do) or simply create a good user database with many attributes. It doesn't handle events and tasks so it is not PHPprojekt and it doesn't do media integration like Mediacore.
You also can't structure complex content with deeply branching categories - so the 2-3 category approach has serious limitations. I.e. Joomla doesn't do recursive category structures.
A big problem is also that it doesn't support synchronization between development and production sites (though Akeeba Backup can do part of that).
However - and that has been proven - it's more than enough for anyone to get going and often Joomla sites stay up for many years while the big & expensive web development drags on and on.
Derek on May 15 2011 09:16 pm
Joomla is really fantastic. After 7 years, I still love it the most.
Actually I think WorldPress and Drupal are all good enough for the users. We often complain when we're not patient, or we don't really know how they work.
If you don't think they are good, hey, leave CMS alone.
SomeWebGuy on May 6 2011 08:46 pm
Spent a year figuring out this buggy, bloated, unintuitive piece of crap. Finally got the site up and running but I feel terrible that the client has to continue to use Joomla to keep it running. Who the hell came up with the bright idea of separating the menu structure from the page/category structure, and limiting the depth to two levels? WTF?
pcbreizh on April 27 2011 07:47 am
It's quite strange to see people hate or love this system. Unfortunately, there are very few facts to get a real idea of the diffuculties and performances. What's the opinion of developpers on one hand, web site administrators and end users on the other.
I wonder if a CMS like Jumla is able to produce very light and simple web pages ? That's what I am looking for and I wonder if a CMS is the right way ?
Cynthia on March 16 2011 01:13 am
I have worked with Joomla for several years now. All my sites have Joomla on them. I like Joomla because it's organized so well. The file structure is clear so it's easy to find my way around and customize things. Because of Joomla, I've learned a lot about PHP which has made it much easier for me to work with other PHP programs as well.
I wish Joomla made it easier to do simple things like blogging. Apparently Joomla 1.6 does improve the blogging and article features. I'm waiting until 1.6 is more mature and my favorite extensions are upgraded to 1.6 before I upgrade my sites.
It does seem like the Joomla community of developers is sensitive to the needs of their users. They've done a lot of things in 1.6 that address issues such as access control, nested categories, additional blog features, a basic user profile, mootools improvements and many other things.
There's no doubt Joomla has a very active community. I think that's an essential thing to consider when choose open source. Does it have a Life and a Future? Yes, Joomla most certainly does.
For developers, the most exciting thing on the horizon is the new Nooku Framework, which is an open source application development system. It is currently made for Joomla but apparently the developers intend to extend their application framework for other PHP systems such as WordPress. This is something to keep an eye on.
TrueFact on March 14 2011 11:11 am
I moved from Xoops to Joomla 2 years ago. Joomla is great and can be extended unlimitedly. Every need has an extension for it.
Yes, sometimes Joomla sites are slow but mostly it is because of some extension you have installed. Many modules are crap but modules are always a little block to show some data and mostly you'll find tens of modules that will do the same job and maybe have more features. Every paid extension I used was a great success, most of the free extension works great. Just check the reviews before you install anything and you can ensure a stable and a secure site.
For learning, Joomla itself is easy to learn - to me at least. I downloaded several ebooks about joomla to start learning and I never finished any of them. I found that it is easier for me to learn by practice. On the other hand, some extensions are complicated and requires you to read documentation or tutorials before you master them. This is expected as some of the extensions are too large and some of them can be stand-alone software.
What I really missed in Joomla is Access Control system, was a very basic thing in Xoops. I had to use several extensions but in the end I had to uninstall it because of inconsistency with other extensions that didn't support it. This is fixed in Joomla 1.6 but I never tried it on large scale, yet.
For small sites, you can have a forum, community system, PM system, ecommerce solution, ticketing system, and more for free and in a glance. Configuration is set only once and updated on the go as your site grows or as needed.
Mid to large sites need to plan first what extensions they will use and how they integrate with each other. One of the down sides of the huge number of extensions is integration. If some extensions do not support or integrate with each other while their functions overlap, you'll have to find a developer to do the integration for you. Or see if the Extension's Developer is planning for the integration.
Content editing is easy although lacks complicated hierarchy. Sections contain categories and that's it. This has been fixed in 1.6 as well as Access Control System, but still I can't upgrade due to several extensions not ready yet for the new version. Several CCK, a.k.a Content Construction Kit, Extensions for Joomla 1.5 works fine to overcome this side but may have some bugs. If you are using J1.6, you don't need them.
Templates and designs are widely spread from several providers, some are free and some are paid. Paid templates are always the better and provide more functionality besides design and look & feel but still affordable for most website owners.
Templates limit your abilities indirectly by defining fixed module positions, although many template developers overcome this by increasing the positions and allow you to add more positions, you'll need some programing background and review the support community at joomla to do this. Moreover, replacing a template from a provider with a new template from another provider mostly means that you'll have to rearrange your modules. This can take several hours to several days depending on the size of your site.
I would recommend Joomla over any other CMS. Just be sure that you have the time to read about every extension you want to use before you install it, learn about its functions and what other extensions you are using or planning to use it can integrate with.
Gee on February 24 2011 04:53 am
Going back to e107!
matters on February 20 2011 03:05 pm
I've started with Joomla 1.0 followed by J1.5.
I switched to more flexible CMS was to late (Silverstripe in my Case). I learned that Joomla is really not flexible. It's not possible to change the model or the controller of any component without loosing your update-capability. And changing the view can be a pain in the ass (the menu-module for example).
I would never ever recommend Joomla for any project. There are way better Systems...
CMS Jedi on February 5 2011 10:30 am
I agree with justme. Way to complicated for me
Farcas Gelu Danut on January 18 2011 05:00 am
I think Joomla 1.6 is unfinished. I still remain at the previous version a few months.
justme on January 11 2011 12:00 pm
Program is very complicated. Removed it from my site.
Sandhu Santhakumar on December 28 2010 11:35 pm
Great contribution to open source community...
Marc on December 11 2010 05:09 pm
I've used Joomla professionally for 5 years now, and I feel like I have a clear picture of how it's best used.
I would not use Joomla again for a project requiring custom content types. The article/module system is extremely inflexible compared to other CMSes. This can be remedied through plugins, but the plugins available are either too bloated or too limited to be useful. In addition, plugin authors do not always keep up with new Joomla releases, and I've had a few commercial plugins completely fail on me, only to learn that there was no support available anymore.
To me, Joomla is best used with medium-to-large sized websites (probably at least 40-50 articles) that require a lot of very simple content and tend to evolve a lot over time. Also, the client should have a large budget that allows for plenty of maintenance time.
If you are using Joomla for a small website, there's a pretty good chance that you are making a big mistake and are simply wowed by all the free extensions and/or available templates.
Professional web developers tied to Joomla should make learning extension development, system maintenance, and system customization their highest priority.
Jimmy on December 7 2010 05:55 am
Worked with many content management systems over the years and Joomla is by far the worst and the slowest. Its code is buggy due to web designers developing the platform. There are much better options out there that are much more expandable and coded better than Joomla. If you know anything about programming, then you would know to stay away from Joomla's code. If you are going to run a CMS, you need to hire a professional have the site professionally developed.
Finderman on November 21 2010 08:05 am
I read lots about CMS's and installed a couple to try. Joomla is good, but the one CMS that is more intuitive and just as powerful is ImpressCMS. Install, put in modules and tell the system "block area" in what place the modules functions should be placed (very nice menue system). Voila! ...there it is. ImpressCMS can, just as Joomla be used private or in small or big organisations.
Christian on November 17 2010 09:34 pm
Joomla is a UX/UI disaster. I have pulled my hair out trying to teach novice users how to edit content and create new content.
Many have said that there are lots of modules and a huge community. This is true. What they forget to mention is the quality of the modules. As a developer looking at the guts of almost 90% of these modules I seriously LoL at the bad BAD coding and habits of other developers. Ever wonder why Joomla sites are sloooooow? Now you know why =D It's also why you won't see any big wig sites using Joomla.
Excellent CMS - You don't reinvent the wheel with Joomla on November 17 2010 10:08 am
This is an excellent CMS. With every release and version, it only gets better and something is new. The current 1.5.22 is great. But I can't wait for the stable 1.6 in the making. The Joomla community is so big and focussed. Whatever you want to accomplish it's already there in Joomla.
I hate reinventing the wheel. In most other CMS, when you want an application, you mostly have to reinvent the wheel. Not with Joomla anything you can think of is already there. I think Joomla has now built enough momentum to propel it farther than any other. So my vote goes to Joomla.
Mad Dog on November 10 2010 09:55 pm
Well, I have been using joomla for three years now. Every now and then, I go net surfing to see what is new and exiting, like I am doing now, to see if there is new kid on the block who can beat it. But there never is.
There is actually nothing wrong with Joomla. If you have specific needs, just look for extension. Sure, sometimes you will have to spend few bucks, but what is the alternative? Spending great deal of time hacking code, and make the customers pay?
Don't kid yourself, there is no CMS out there, that will suit everybody's need. And there will never be.
Biggest problem with Joomla is, some people just don't get it. One might say the learning curve is too steep, but then again, one CMS is simpler for some than others.
I have no problems with Drupal, but I just prefer Joomla, because it´s better.
eJ21 on October 9 2010 11:29 pm
I still prefer e107 for it's ease of use and stability.
miele on October 3 2010 05:48 pm
I have installed, used and developed for joomla, and I must say it is the most miserable piece of software on this planet. It is easier to write your pages in php/html than to learn the backoffice. Stay away from it. Dig a large hole and dump it. The world is a better place without it. Choose wordpress for your CMS needs, even as this is originally a blogging tool.
Jean on October 3 2010 02:41 pm
I used Drupal for many years but I switched to Joomla for its much better features.
In Joomla everything is included. In Drupal you can extend the core adding modules.
The issue is that the more you add modules in Drupal, the slower the site is.
Therefore Joomla is a clear winner.
Dustin Shadbolt on September 16 2010 09:16 pm
At this moment joomla is winning. If concrete 5 had more FREE items, i imagine that concrete 5 could pull ahead.
Jacko on September 16 2010 06:34 am
I concur with Nein, simply overrated, Drupal is much better.
Nein on September 11 2010 03:31 am
Really overrated. It is simply not developer friendly. And given the tons of bugs in the extensions I tried, I'd argue about its "extensibility".
GBARABE LENNOX DORMENE on August 31 2010 10:05 am
JOOMLA,is the best for site designers,I as an example, with joomla i design six site in three days without stress. and i try my possible best to let people know more about this beautiful stuff.its good.
Brat on August 25 2010 12:36 pm
There are many factors in choosing platform. Joomla is popular because its ROI is so good, and it wins hands down at this time. Is Joomla perfect? Nope. But you can customize it, and pick-and-choose exactly how you want it to behave if you truly learn it, including the tips and tricks. And, it is second only to WordPress in the number of extension options available (MOST of which are free).
It comes with a decent ACL that is good enough for most web sites. If you need more granular user controls, then use a third-party extension until 1.6 is ready for production sites. My site is fairly complex, and the core ACL works just fine for my needs at the moment.
You must understand, Joomla is not just a CMS, but an extensible framework that, if you learn how to code, you can readily make plugins for. Don't want the code bloat? De-install stuff. Many of the modules it ships with CAN be de-installed. Also, choose your extensions carefully, pick a clean template (not those freakin' bloat monster club templates!), optimize your CSS - just like you have to do with any other site. If you don't want to put in the work, don't use this CMS. NO powerful CMS is simple out of the box - ESPECIALLY not Drupal. A lot of the complaints about Joomla are due to poor choices in setting it up.
David CH on August 13 2010 09:33 am
I don't have any php knowledge, from the first time I run Joomla on my local server till now. I would like to say joomla is the best cms I have ever met. I don't need to take care of templates for there are a lot of great template over there for few bucks. pay for them then concentrate on contents.
Belinda Moore on August 8 2010 07:08 am
I have tried Joomla in the past and I have tried it again now, and I must say, I don't like Joomla at all. I don't realy know what it is, I just find it awkward to work with. Drupal is my top pick, I have even tried Modx and didn't like it either, sorry.
J! Lover on July 30 2010 09:08 am
Why do so many people question the Joomla! better than wordpress and drupal?
simple answer, because they love Joomla!
KO on July 24 2010 10:40 pm
I wait until 1.6 release.
Then most serious (and just) complains about Joomla will go away.
I mean nested article categories, and access control list. If those issues are solved (as they are in 1.6) no immediate complains come to my mind.
1.6 will rock
GoldStar on July 14 2010 03:04 pm
A CMS way above Drupal. Excellent, and thousands of top modules, thousands of top themes.
hope on July 14 2010 01:26 pm
joomla is really easy for designer,programmer,client,
Joomla has many extensions to use than other cms,
Joomla has much amount of free and preuiem template for you design all kinds of sites
MWSam on July 13 2010 10:17 am
I'm a bit surprised when I saw Joomla outranked Drupal here. Drupal is actually better than Joomla from many aspects, most notably its stability and flexibility in being easily extensible. Joomla is good, but Drupal is excellent.
Aristocrat on July 6 2010 08:52 am
All I can say is..........Joomla does not deserve the 4.8 star rating that it has gotten here, I don't think it's bad either, but an almost perfect score? I DON'T THINK SO!!! Drupal or Wordpress (blog) are much better & preferred by all of our clients.
zido on June 27 2010 06:23 am
But it's structure is not very smart (Taxonomy, Content-Types, User-Management, etc.) From Core, Joomla is not very flexible. Other Components have to build this complexity by itself if it's needed. So you get with Joomla a lot of big Modules, which are sometimes feeling like a CMS inside another CMS.
Drupal is doing a MUCH better Job for me in that respect. In some chases i wish back the simplicity of Joomla (WYSIWYG, Picture Gallery's...).
I've used Joomla/Mambo for 4-5 years and it did ok. If you dont want to go too deep into it, it will do a better Job than Drupal (which is frustrating in the beginning)
ChicksHateMe on June 10 2010 11:58 pm
Several years ago, I was searching for a website foundation I could build upon. That's when I found opensourcecms.com (thanks guys) and tried Joomla. At first glance, I found it easy to install and it looked great. But when I dove into the heart of it, to see how to modify it, or create plugins for it, I got lost. I can program, but not at that level. I was checking out a few of the other popular or top rated CMS's as well, and settled on e107. I come back annually, to try the popular ones again, and I did try Joomla again, but I still doesn't fit for me.
Moon on June 8 2010 04:25 pm
It is a demanding system for hosting, even with a minimum of site visitors may fall.
Mike on June 7 2010 05:58 pm
Joomla is crap and very slow. Anything that comes with a Moo-tools package has issues. Moo-tools is crap too.
Fannon on June 7 2010 09:54 am
I wouldn't call Joomla powerful either. It's more advanced than most free CMS and is not very difficult to use.
But it's structure is not very smart (Taxonomy, Content-Types, User-Management, etc.) From Core, Joomla is not very flexible. Other Components have to build this complexity by itself if it's needed. So you get with Joomla a lot of big Modules, which are sometimes feeling like a CMS inside another CMS.
Drupal is doing a MUCH better Job for me in that respect. In some chases i wish back the simplicity of Joomla (WYSIWYG, Picture Gallery's...).
I've used Joomla/Mambo for 4-5 years and it did ok. If you dont want to go too deep into it, it will do a better Job than Drupal (which is frustrating in the beginning)
baryk on June 7 2010 04:17 am
People say that Joomla is complex but powerful, well it does not support multi component on a single page...? I don't call it powerful! it is just so complex even to do a simple task... I prefer Website Baker for a small to mid size websites.
Gary on May 23 2010 12:02 pm
Sorry, this is the most un-intuitive CMS I've come across. Difficult to understand,difficult to use, over complicated to achieve simple things. I think it's a victim of itself and needs someone other than a geek programmer to re-design the interface for a start. Techies might love this cos it's very techie. Day to day users I think will like me, find it difficult, arcane and frustrating.
kcin on May 20 2010 05:58 pm
If you want to see how good or bad a cms is, just check the (x)html code from the site which uses Joomla. I remember, that 6 or 7 years ago, some wise guys started to think and prey about semantic webdesign. Now we have 2010. Install Joomla 1.5Â¡ and check the xhtml code from the front page. You will see tables abused for designing the page. A guy here praised Joo??mla and surprise, surprise, there are tables. If you use Joomla, you should install a table less template like BEEZ!!
Why are so many people crazy about this cms? I think it's like McDonald's, BurgerKing or Microsoft. No aspiration? Laziness? I don't know. If the vogons discover that we on earth are using Joomla, they will destroy our planet again.
Listen to your poor clients, they deserved something better. Think about the poor search engines, they have to read this bloated and muddy Joomla code.
So, if you are looking for something different â?? how about modx or cmsmadesimple or drupal or typolight or wordpress (only for blogging) or textpattern or expression engine?
Don't be Joomla, be a webdeveloper.
paul on May 18 2010 01:22 pm
Guys we have Joomla! 1.6 beta since yesterday, and joomla 1.5.17 since 3 weeks - DON't SLEEP
mathew on May 17 2010 09:20 am
I'm running a web dept in an agency. We're currently developing sites in several CMS: Plone, Drupal, Wordpress, Typo3 and Joomla.
We chose Joomla for a community-oriented site, with the Community Builder extension.
We regret it. Too inflexible when it comes to user rights management. But for a centralised site edited by non-technical people it would probably be OK. Just don't try to do anything with it that's not in the box already.
Carl on May 15 2010 10:34 am
I was exited about installing Joomla yet very disappointed when I did.
Dragging a dead donkey up a cobbled hill is faster than this. That is before I have put any content in.
Boasting close to 5k of extensions yet most of them you have to pay for.
A lot of comments about security issues is dragging this down.
There is more things I could go on about but there is just no point wasting time on this.
findshared.com on April 30 2010 07:10 am
I'm little bit confused about the CMS which i have to use. It looks Drupal and Joomla same to me. Wordpress is much easier than anything.but cant create development projects.
Jorge on April 29 2010 08:37 am
I have been working with Open Source CMS for a few years now and I have to say, if it is Open Source why do they allow developers to chrge for some of the extensions on it?
Other than that, it's a pretty god one.
Guest on April 20 2010 01:31 pm
Joomla is not bad but Drupal is much better:
T. Dorsey Harrington on April 14 2010 03:20 pm
Can someone add some performance metrics to their arguments, please? There's hardly any noticeable performance problem when you're getting a few thousands page views per day, but do ANY of these open source (LAMP) CMSs scale to millions of page views? Even one million?
I have to plan for *five million* daily content updates and several times that many visitors. I'm trying to justify a LAMP e-commerce solution, but thus far (other than FaceBook and Yahoo!, which aren't e-commerce), I haven't found an example of a web site on the scale of Radio Shack or Home Depot that's based on the LAMP architecture.
Talking about bloat, et al, makes you sound superior, but unless you can back it up with numbers, keep your mouth shut.
guest on April 11 2010 08:24 am
horrible security, hacked daily.
hope on April 10 2010 11:36 pm
Joomla is the most popular and one of the best cms in the word,
Joomla has many templates,you can setup a professional site within 5 minutes ,Most extensions than other cms system
many tutorials from joomla forum.
you can design joomla site without knowing php and mysql,and joomla is easy to use for developers and web designers and client.
it's easier to change frontpage layout compared with wordpress,it's easier to design template than drupal
thanks for joomla develop team,joomla is really the best cms.
Hanif on April 10 2010 09:50 am
I have a question about joomla :
1) Does we should make our own sites and then install joomla on them , or joomla will give us the site templetes or mods?
2) If i made a website with php, with my self, can i change the articles and content of that page with joomla or i should make my own content management system?
3) Should i make my website with joomla ( If there is any website maker for that) or i can use Dreamweaver to make my sites?
4) How to install Joomla on my site?
I hope someone help me with my questions, i am realy cofused.
- Hanif, Dubai-UAE
Some of the best software out there! on April 4 2010 03:01 pm
Who ever says Joomla is not good, either was too lazy to use all the functions or does not meet there needs. Any time I create a website I used joomla, found website making to be much easier. Plus its got a ton of features, although if you want to make your site better I suggest using the extentions.
I'll admit they could of made the instructions on how to use it better, and took a little time to figure out, but once I had it figured out, website making was a lot easier. If you want something simple you might be better off using other software.
Monty Brennan on March 30 2010 09:08 pm
If you want a huge bloated blog or news site and you have a lot of shares in a company that manufactures headache tablets - Joomla is your only choice.
If you want a website and not a blog, this is worst software you could possibly use.
adam on March 30 2010 03:12 am
its a big learning curve but worth the effort. there is a very active user community and they always happy to help noobs at joomla.org.
NiggardlyTreatment on March 29 2010 01:20 pm
Wow, this thing is awful. Check out the up-coming Drupal 7, even the second alpha version of that blows Joomla! out of the water.
What is up with the inconsistent design; calling things hugely ambiguous names ('components', 'modules', 'plugins' for example); the awful buttons and disabled menus when you're editing, terrible usability, not to mention the similarity of 'Save', 'Apply' and such.
Just terrible. Use Drupal, that's what _everyone_ else is doing.
Landis on March 26 2010 05:02 am
I've spent too long trying to figure out which way to go.
Wordpress (widely used, by girls), phpbb (I like php and mysql, but development time?), necleus (looks pretty good, but again, lots of code), I've been looking a YamL for months, it looks good and seems Very flexible, but I wasn't sure if I wanted a complete CSS site yet. I couldn't figure out the 'frame work' concept and how I would incorporate a data base instead of individual pages.. again, more work.
Now I've read that Yaml can be incorporated into Joomla as a 'front end' or 'skin' or theme.. Now I get all, php, mysql and Yaml...
I taking the time to write this, as I would have liked to have found someone who went through the same thing and would have had something to say about it..
So, I'll let all know how this goes, from registering the domain, setting up Joomla, customizing and then incorporating Yaml into it...
the domain is fingliberals, registered today 25.03.10
If you don't like conservatives, don't take it out on the person who appears in the whois admin/billing contact.. that's not me... I'm Me, Landis.
Well, here I go, installing Joomla 1.5.
Xacto01 on March 18 2010 04:52 pm
Too many people complaining how crappy Joomla is, please give some alternatives along with your complaints .... please.
thom on March 18 2010 12:55 pm
people who know how to code their own cms would do so instead of using joomla - so i really feel sorry for those who are forced to use crap like that - its overweight and clients need to study a book before they are able to use it.
EK on March 18 2010 10:29 am
Big, slow, stupid, monster....
Exactly like windows....
I can see only one reason for J! to exist: exam candidates for employment - how will spend less time to find new bug/hole/hack :) Have a good lack, J!-users....
ApexFreelanceDesigner on March 15 2010 10:06 pm
Joomla really rock my world. Joomla is the best content management systemever. I admit that joomla content management system is not as easy as other cms in the net. But when you try and spend time for it, that is the time you can say that its the best content management system ever build.
With lots of extensions in the joomla site only, with 4415 extensions with a great support of the extension developer.
As a Freelance Web Designer, I recommend you to used the powerful content management system in the internet today. Joomla as a lot of extensions categories like security, photo gallery, video gallery, content sharing, languages and many more. And also with great support to the joomla community team.
And as a joomla web designer, you have nothing to ask for, all you want to do is to explore and test the extensions found in the website.
Joomla content management system is the best among the rest!
NAVEED on March 12 2010 04:49 am
I am working with PHP from 7 Years. My first Experience with CMS system was PHP-Nuke. I started learning Joomla, I find that It is very complex to build your own extensions.Code is very complex. Very complex...
But from Web Admin point of view It is easy to customize.
RM on March 1 2010 01:11 pm
Joomla is terrible.
Timo on March 1 2010 10:18 am
It's TinyMCE, in the Properties you can adjust TinyMCE.
Eli on March 1 2010 08:44 am
Joomla is undoubtedly the best CMS out there.
Aaron on February 28 2010 07:26 pm
This software its really crap, dont waste your time with it.
nacer on February 23 2010 12:47 am
i visited joomla admin...is this joomla editor is complete???
i think this version is buggy...
Rob on February 21 2010 06:19 pm
Joomla is pretty cool. The only thing I found was the simple customization of their software. No flexibility was the largest complaint for me
joomlauser on February 17 2010 04:09 pm
if you worry about your site getting hacked, download Jsecure its a free plugin from the joomla extensions website. that will add security to your administrator page
Rob on February 6 2010 04:29 am
Joomla is great, But the reason I do not use it is because it is very complicated to do the simplest of tasks.
ngh on February 3 2010 10:26 pm
I have been trialling many CMS and felt Joomla was the best. But I kept on getting errors which I could fix and then another one would crop in. I do not seem to have these issues with other CMS's. It could be so much better because when it works it is very good. But I could not afford the time to redo the same fixes each time I did a minor adjustment.
Fredsson on February 1 2010 03:05 am
installet and my car run out of gas.. so dont use it!
joke joke :).. well.. joomla is best cms there is for the masses.. but it still lacking simple basic default template for easy to customise :)
Bayram on January 28 2010 05:09 pm
Joomla! ..:you will love it:..
Dave on January 28 2010 03:38 pm
Joomla...I built many sites on it and after discovering TYPOlight I will NEVER use it again.
Joomla's source code is a total MESS, it's not safe and with two words: it sucks...
Eric on January 27 2010 06:24 pm
@Bert...You probably didnt do something right. I have been using joomla for a 2 years and no problems.
Bert on January 25 2010 04:01 pm
Installed a well rated module and my site got hacked.
Don't use Joomla!
Abhilash Nelson on January 22 2010 01:55 am
Really a wonderful thing!! Kudos to whom ever (or team) who built Joomla CMS. Eagerly waiting for the next version release..
well on January 18 2010 10:21 am
most people iam talking with do not like joomla, people want to customize templates easy and not study another template engine or language - this is kind if stupid, i could code stuff in php faster.
amir on January 18 2010 04:03 am
the joomla is not just a cms joomla is great community now
Zulhendri Kamus on January 9 2010 06:21 pm
Thanks for all,
I give appreciation to joomla development team. You are heros for continuous improvement technology.
Gotumo on January 9 2010 03:10 pm
Excellent and fully featured CMS.
fahmi on January 9 2010 04:12 am
use e107 ...!!!
victor on January 4 2010 08:04 pm
I don't like Joomla because:
1) Joomla core have only 7 statics roles: registered, author, editor, publisher, etc... You can't define exactly where an 'author' can publish an article, for example.
2) Any 'Article' you write MUST be included in 'categories' that MUST bee created, and these MUST be included in 'sections', that also MUST been created. Only 2 levels of taxonomy, is too little for a complex site, and too much for fast publishing, too simple for site map and to complex for newies (grandmas included).
3) If you are editing an article, you can't cancel editing using your backward navigator button. Moderators: the only way you can cancel editing is by pushing the non-intuitive-cancel-button!
4) Complex page referencing. Computers would be able to recognize words, instead of people recognizing id numbers.
On the other hand, Joomla has a lot of good-looking extensions and a lot of modules that improves its performance.
- Definitely, Joomla is not intuitive for users (NOT FOR ME!)(who think otherwise are willing to spend a little time learning to use it. Think these comments come from admin minds, not for final users minds).
- Joomla is not flexible (weak taxonomy and no role management).
- The bigger skyscraper but on a not too solid foundation.
Flávio Veras on December 29 2009 05:33 pm
One of the most complete CMS you can get. Easy and fast.
Old Drupal Guy on December 10 2009 02:22 am
I taught my grandmother to build and administer her own site with Joomla. She says it makes more sense than Microsoft Word...
older lady. :)
(No worries, I got her a Mac.)
Joomla 1.6 will officially fix, from the core, every problem I've seen in these comments. Before 1.6, Drupal and Wordpress were technically (code-wise) better choices (unless you wanted to throw something up quickly using thousands of easy to install extensions). Now you would be stupid not to take advantage of a most advanced, more *easily* customizable, most developed CMS with a massive user, support, and open source extension base.
User management, semantic code, better taxonomy (nested categories), etc. It's like their filling out my whole wishlist in one update.
I was a Drupaler before I grew up and switched to Joomla. I switched because Joomla has a very clear development mindset- it's built for people *and* programmers. Good luck teaching a client or friend to manage their shiny new Drupal site in a one hour meeting.
Don't be an idiot. Get Joomla now before you get stuck somewhere else.
ssnobben on December 1 2009 06:56 am
This is the most powerful CMS out there among others and everybody have its own strength.
To have a comparison with Joomla, Wordpress and Drupal here is a test http://www.cmswire.com/cms/web-cms/sxsw-web-content-management-system-showdown-update-2-004124.php
and here is the design result of work http://www.cmsshowdown.com/ that you can compare at that time.
If you should compare real multi site here is a demo with Joomla addon Jental http://www.jentla.com/software/multisite-challenge.html
Build advance apps on top of Joomla framework like http://my.peoplebrowsr.com/ People twitter
The Joomla framework have a lot of addon for ACL http://extensions.joomla.org/extensions/access-a-security/backend-a-full-access-control/7010, CCK unlimited categories nested http://www.jseblod-cck.com/ etc there are addons for everything you want and mostly for free.
Come and join you too!
Octav on November 21 2009 10:15 am
Joomla is so confusing I'd rather hard code every site in php instead of trying to customize joomla
Boox on October 30 2009 03:46 pm
Lacks content access control (who may view what).
AFIK does the security model in V1.6 not support this? :-(
Alex on October 29 2009 05:36 am
Working now for about nearly 2 years with Joomla and am quite happy with it.
Waiting for the 1.6 release wich contains finally implementation of acl and a not so static content organization (bye bye sections).
what was quite annoying is:
- form generation, there are a few plugins out there but they don't offer the flexibility i want
- in the past there were a lot of security issues wich were resolved with a looooooooooooooot of patches (this summer nearly every 2-4 weeks i had to update all my sites ufffff)
but nevertheless a great cms
siristru on October 26 2009 01:15 pm
The best CMS I ever used. Simple to learn and to administer. It has many powerful extensions and modules. It's my number one!
SilentMercy on October 26 2009 12:23 pm
I have used Joomla for about 7 months now as a hobbist and I find it very easy to use, but only after getting familiar with the admin area. Yes it some parts were kinda confusing at first, but once you can grasp the basic functions it is a very easy system to use.
There are add on modules for just about everything, or you can hit the dev area for some well documented API and create your own! Try it.
wak on October 15 2009 12:41 pm
I find myself working with Joomla from time to time, and it is such a headache to deal with. The taxonomy system is woefully inadequate. It is far to easy to break something from the admin. The menu/site organization system seems like it's designed to create disjointed, labyrinthine websites. Visual constancy is very difficult to maintain across various plugins. Development is painfully slow. And the "Community" is largely made up of fly-by-night-fast-buck webmasters and shysters who expect to be paid to answer the simplest of questions.
Don't be duped by the prevalence of the Joomla name. Look elsewhere for your CMS needs.
Partha Kundu on October 13 2009 08:51 am
This really helped me understanding the working n designing CMS webs. Kudos. But sometime confuses with templates. M really new to Joomla. Today I began learning n working with this. Best of luxk to both of us.
TheCloser on October 6 2009 11:13 am
never seen a cms, that is easier to use. I just love to work with joomla.
Benjamin on October 5 2009 02:11 pm
Some background info:
I first began building static websites as a hobby in 2000. I built several HTML sites and was frustrated with editing each page manually.
My first CMS was Xaraya. I liked the fact that Xaraya is customizable in every conceivable way for developers, but found it confusing to try to explain to someone more novice.
Then I discovered Joomla. While Joomla does not seem as customizable, I find it much more logical to use. I really like the back end over Xaraya's admin menu. I have since built 5 commercial websites in Joomla, the last a Christian bookseller. I was able to build a very functional website with a working shopping cart with little to no confusion.
Some of the reviews here indicate that Joomla is hard to grasp at first, but I have found that most of the people I have built Joomla sites for get the hang of basic administrator tasks quickly (keep in mind - that is AFTER I configured each menu, section, module, etc).
It would be nice to place an article in multiple categories (for example, a religious article could be sorted by both topic and author).
To me, it is more simple than Wordpress and Xaraya, but lacks some of the more advanced options than does Xaraya.
A good CMS!
boomer on September 28 2009 07:48 am
after many years of webdesign/development
i came to joomla and I'm very happy.
Mark on September 22 2009 02:06 pm
Easily the best damn CMS out there!
I've tried others and they don't come close. Masses of support from the community. Bucket loads of quality template developers, massive library of extensions, plugins and modules. You can make a Joomla! site do more or less anything.
For those who thinks it's complicated... It's not, just give it time and use the Joomla! forums. Remember - publish, publish and publish! You won't go wrong!
Maximilian on September 14 2009 07:03 am
Joomla is not so difficult!!!
Buy a book, or test a little bit!
gianpierix on September 9 2009 09:45 am
In my opionion Joomla is definitely to complicated.
Karen on August 28 2009 12:50 pm
I've used Joomla for 3 years. It has great support (for the person wondering where that is, just google joomla forum) and the sheer number of extensions give you everything you could possibly want on a site.
Imran on August 28 2009 02:37 am
Joomla is really Joomla. It is easy to use and user-friendly.
ltjern8765 on August 7 2009 07:43 am
I have tried a lot of different CMS applications(E107, MDPro, Drupal, Icy Phoenix, etc), and hands down, Joomla 1.5 is the best! I know there are a lot of comments on how difficult it is to learn Joomla, and I must admit that this is true.
Learning the basics of Joomla is critical if you want to try and set it up as a new site and you do not have a lot of experience in Joomla. Once you learn the basics, you can truly see how simple Joomla is to use!! It only took me about 4 hours to go through all the tutorials, and it is well worth it! It would have taken me weeks of playing around with Joomla to figure out what I learned in the course.
Hands down I would reccomend this CMS over an other CMS out there. It has thousands of extensions, and thousands of templates. The Joomla community is also a plus and is an example of what a community should be like.
If you want a CMS that has the scalability to be used for a small site or a CMS for a large site, Joomla will fit all your needs. It is one of the most robust and versatile CMS apps out there today.
You can go wrong with Joomla 1.5!
Geo on July 30 2009 02:22 am
A bit hard to get your head around how things work, but once you've got it figured out I'll give it 5/5. It's much easier to learn than Drupal.
About the extensions. Each category of extensions will have at least one that works propperly. You just need to take the time to go through them.
sam on July 20 2009 02:41 am
New to the Joomla CMS, a Wordpress Convert, so where is this community for Joomla you all are talking about, i mean the forum ?
Pretty excited about this CMS, getting mixed feed backs from you guys..want to check it out for my self..the main reason for me to look into joomla is because Wordpress does not offer a good e-commerce cart from what i have investigated . Well again Joomla is not the best cart either, apparently their are other better carting systems out their, but i want to maintain my blog as much as run a store, so here I am!
Werner Hartnagel on July 15 2009 01:17 pm
I think every who love Joomla never tried something else! This was a great CMS years ago but his architecture is outdated today. If you want a simple site try CMSMadeSimple for a full features multilingual site Drupal is one of the best choice. Don't waste your time with Joomla give something new a chance and you won't regret.
Max on July 10 2009 03:14 am
I've used Joomla for couple sites, but I always come back to Drupal
Baz Jones on July 9 2009 04:01 am
Joomla is great and is fairly easy to use and secure. The only trouble i have is the need for more levels of sub-categories. You can buy books for Joomla from Pact Publishing a must read. www.packtpub.com/Joomla
Joschi on July 3 2009 09:34 am
Joomla is a big toy..., not more! Ist colorful but its not easy to handle for beginners. There are many extensions for that cms but mostly they dont work. Also its not really SEO capable though its not a big problem for the community to build it in!!! There are always nerving security updates and many bugs in this system. I hate this system more and more!!!
Abebe on June 29 2009 05:19 pm
I have designed websites using Dreamweaver for quite some time, but the hardest point is when you try to bring it to the server, got confused there. I know XHTML and CSS very well. Most of the time I hand code to trim my designs and make them look great.
Lately I found about CMS and I regretted that wasted my time designing my own pages, because I was able to generate a website within 5 seconds using Artisteer which generates beautiful WebPages for Drupal, Joomla, Word Press, ASP.NET and Code Charge Studio. What a nice piece of software, I Love it. However, it has its limitations too.
CMS: I first tried Joomla. I installed my Artisteer theme on it and it was piece of cake. Installation runs great may be 5 sec that is all. I loved my page on Joomla. But the toughest point in Joomla is it is messy, categories, sections are really confusing. I think the whole software is not organized for simplicity; rather users have to figure out things. I hate that. But Joomla is still great CMS. Down side about Joomla it doesn't have native comment module which is very important on blog sites. Most comment extensions have some flaws and I try to avoid that.
Drupal: I spent almost 3 hours, went through the entire configuration and I found it to be great CMS. But I figured out how to put my pictures and Google ads but could not do it. Even I was unable to edit my articles and it is not like Joomla. Joomla offers great editing area. I think I have to spend more time to learn Drupal because it is being used for great sites for it has better security updates. I have one big project I wanted to do for my own business, by then I have to master Drupal to benefit the great modules it has. Finally I quit Drupal for the time being and went for Word Press.
Word Press is piece of cake that your mom can do it without your help. My site was running within one hour. Installed themes, configured the whole site, twicked it the way I wanted it to be. It saved my time and it has great extensions that saved me time. Though, I have a security issue doubts with Word Press. I personally don't want to use it for a bigger projects like for more than 50,000 visitors a day websites. I would rather use Drupal or Joomla.
Right now I am using Word Press because it is very easy no need to know HTML, CSS, PHP, or MySql. However, my next project will be on Joomla or Drupal. Currently I am leaning the Joomla and it is still tough. I hope it will be for the moment.
Thomas on June 20 2009 04:07 pm
In my opionion Joomla is definitely to complicated.
Especially when you need a non-standard page layout you easily get lost.
Also the handling of the content pages is definitely too confusing.
Octavian on June 19 2009 10:39 am
After trying some other cms's i always get back to joomla, when i need to create a good site. It's like someone else said here, you don't need to trick the script to do things, it's all there.
It's a Luxury car in the world of CMS, I saw commercial cms, charging big bucks for half of the options you see in joomla.
Go for it, with no fear, the template creation is well thought, all you need to tweak is 1 file and some css files, unlike other scripts with files scattered all over the server.
Reliability - by far the best
Very easy to move, no hidden surprises like trying to find the configuration file.
I give it a 10 out of 10
Chris on June 15 2009 03:12 pm
I have been using Joomla for approximately two years to develop websites for customers and I love it. Joomla has an active community, it is easy to use, it is secure, easy to maintain and extremely flexible.
joomla development on June 12 2009 10:52 pm
I am also will be use Mambo on my existing site. Because i thinks it is very nice.Thanks for all.
joomla development on June 11 2009 07:57 am
Joomla is one of the best. I like it very much.
Jah Lionn on June 11 2009 05:41 am
after designing websites for over 8 years I have never heard of joomla until 2 months ago or maybe I never paid attention to the name.I have use it for the first time and its pretty simple to use I am more concern about securing my joomla website ..but its an interesting product and am hoping to understanding Joomla much more in the future..
yanr on June 2 2009 02:24 am
Jacob on May 29 2009 11:19 am
This cms is the easiest to learn at least for me, I tried drupal but it wasted a lot of my precious time and I am happy that I finished my site in 3 days with joomla. DRUPAL GOES TO THE BIN!
Squidoo on May 24 2009 01:18 pm
Joomla looks extremely polished, but it does look more polished than it actually is. Imperfection of documentation will confuse many users at first. On the upside, once you get past the short learning curve, it's a breeze to use. Unlike other CMS's it doesn't feel like you have to trick Joomla into doing what you want. It's all there.
Suset on May 24 2009 05:56 am
After using Joomla for the last two years, I've come to think of it as the designer's CMS. Contrary to some comments, it's actually quite easy to design unique looking sites. Conversely, from what I've seen, Joomla and Mambo are not as developer friendly as, say, Drupal. I've done some experimenting with other systems, but I still prefer Joomla.
Araxis on May 24 2009 04:46 am
All-in-all, Joomla is the best content management for my site, I like it because of a lot of modification you can make directly from admin panel. I am learning, though, how it can be more useful, but overall experience is nice.
Joomla Rules on May 15 2009 09:40 am
I have been reading comments on this board and i would like to point out something, multi-category is available, as a component, should you need it for SEO purposes. More so, adding content is very easy, you can even do it from an iphone and the ability to customize it, is unrivaled. Lastly, menus, there are dozens of menus to use, or make one, its pretty easy to code a module, no CMS will be 100% out of the box when you have specific needs, Thanks joomla, amazing job.
StilllearningEnglish on May 15 2009 06:57 am
It need too much extension after you installed if no... It now is the best but some confuses for newbies
joomla-webdevloper.com on May 2 2009 11:15 am
I am Joomla fan, excellent CMS in the world.
I accept some of the restriction in Joomla, like user access permission lack, SEO URL lacking, user groups forming.
I hope Joomla 1.6 version will come up with these features.
Thanks for this CMS.
Ajay on May 1 2009 12:47 pm
Joomla is the best !!
It has proved OPEN SOURCE MATTERS.
Even @ tough Times im having good demand is just because of joomla.
I really thank joomla coders for my daily food.
Collin on April 4 2009 10:00 am
I've been using Joomla for about 3 years both the 1.0 releases and 1.5.x. I would say that it is by far the easiest CMS to open out of the box and start using. Installing additional modules/templates/components is about as easy as it can get. The community is great and is able to push out great functionality that you can add to your site with about 10 clicks and 5 minutes of your time if you have done it a few times before. My complaints are that from a developer standpoint a lot of the code isn't as pretty as it could be. SEO is pretty poor when you compare it to hand made sites and Drupal. The articles and their relation to the rest of the CMS could be made easier to grasp for first time users but once you get the hang of it its pretty simple. Overall I would say this is a great system and I don't believe that there is a better solution available.
devv on March 24 2009 02:59 am
Joomla offers developers a stable platform to launch components, plugins, and modules while also allowing less technical users to create feature rich websites. The API in 1.5 is very well thought and designed with speedy adaptable development in mind. For less technical users it should be easy enough there are forums, books, videos... maybe not enough for everyone. Also since its popularity towers over most CMSs so professionals are abundant.
Martin is an idiot on March 19 2009 01:44 am
I'm sorry, but the comment 2 down from me is a big moron. Chances are that he doesn't know much about Joomla!, and is afraid of it, so he trashes it, or he uses another cms and still doesn't know much about Joomla! "No customisation, no logic, the interface is terrible" First, Joomla! has the most user friendly interface and best looking interface. There are so many customizations...its incredible. Don't listen to this guy.
Eraser on March 13 2009 07:05 am
Joomla is CMS with the best components & modules I've seen on web! If you need to expand a joomla site, it's very easy. PHP scripts are very understandable even for the beginers in PHP.
Martin on March 10 2009 10:54 am
Joomla has got to be the most unfriendly, archaic and arcane CMS systems ever created. They have 100's of modules that all do the same lame job, unless you want to start paying for more modules that do the same lame job.
No customisation, no logic, the interface is terrible. AVOID!
p123tf on February 6 2009 07:23 am
Joomla! is ok
joomla on February 3 2009 05:55 pm
I love Joomla. use it for all my sites. I tried many others. This is best overall.
Cody on February 2 2009 12:45 pm
Joomla is a terrible system for running a website. The method to add content to pages is flat out backwards and training clients to understand the system is horrific.
SEO optimization is a joke. The category section structure for content limits you to content only two levels deep unless you piece together your menus which is a bad idea for maintenance.
I wasted too much time with this system.
Musafir on January 27 2009 12:05 am
Joomla made my life easy..this is very best cms in the world.
Thanks Joomla Core team for this great CMS
Anonymous on January 26 2009 11:15 am
since joomla could not offer multi-categories modules for content it could not be the best CMS it's clear...
Nooblet on January 22 2009 02:43 pm
many says" u need to know html,css and php" offcource! if u want to make your own template, then offcource u need to know those things. Its same in all other cms:s too! none of them makes u your own template ^^ u need to make it yourself..
but! u dont need to know anything about html,css or php to be able to use joomla and make your site. Default installation is enough for the most users, no need to do anything just add content and go :)
Cpt. on January 19 2009 04:21 pm
I fully agree with Connor.
- No content restriction by groups og user.
- Horrible menu system (to that is).
- Content organisation totally unlogical (to me), in section and categories.
+ Easy install and manage modules, templates etc.
+ BIG community.
TechOkazja on November 22 2008 12:21 pm
The best open source CMS ever with lot of free extensions.
John on November 21 2008 05:40 am
joomla would be the best in it's flexibility and still better choice for search engine optimization portals. since joomla allows simultaneous logins of multiple users it's the best CMS for big portals.
Connor on November 4 2008 03:16 pm
Although this CMS is technically free, and has a huge community, it is absolutely terrible and inefficient for actually getting a website up quickly. The content organization is too complicated, and it is not very straight forward.
Phil on October 14 2008 12:12 pm
I have being using Joomla for about 7 months now and have also setup 5 other sites with joomla and have ran into hardly any issues. My main site that is running joomla has a current membership base close to 13000 and and is constantly being hit and havent had any issues. Setting the site was relatively simple. There were a few minor hitches, one was setting up fireboard, but since I am not a programmer I payed someone I think 20bucks via rentacoder.com and the problem was fixed in about 1/2hr. The main istallation is a dirty look yet functional. There are many sites out there that offer joomla templates that are absolutely remarkable and installed right out of the box. I will continue to use joomla.
Mike B on October 4 2008 08:42 am
Users should know that Joomla allows simultaneous logins of multiple users. If you intend operating a 'Userpay' subscription or membership website, then anyone can share your username and passwords on a forum or website and get access for free. Repeated attempts to secure Joomla have gone completely ignored and unanswered. Be warned that Joomla is worthless for userpay subscription websites and they should warn those intending to use it and the 3rd party developers who also know about this problem and continue to sell Member and Subscription knowing that anyone can password share abuse with Joomla.
Nick O on September 3 2008 09:58 pm
Joomla, wow. What a big big CMS. As someone who understands php and mysql programming, and understands how a CMS is supposed to work, I felt like I was blindfolded playing pin the tail on the donkey here. Blind with no idea where to go. Yes, this CMS does have everything, and theoretically it's free... BUT! Actually, it's more of a pay me now (for support) or pay me later (by wasting hours of your time). Setting up their 'recommended' forum software fireboard had more than one error before it would work, making it work with multiple languages brought me to the brink of sanity. Everything is 'free', but for even the simplest of plugins, like having a better user manager, and even just displaying static pictures, requires spending a long time registering, downloading, installing, wading through forums and generally wasting time and getting headaches. Save your time, start with Jaws, or a simpler CMS, and then just hack it to your heart's content. I am using this CMS now, but I would not recommend it. 2/5 from me.
Morten on July 27 2008 02:55 am
I use Joomla every day - and love it. But a SEO CMS I will not call it.
Saskia on July 15 2008 08:46 am
Strong point: endless possibilities. Weak point: endless possibilities. Overkill of functionalities, complex content structures (menu's, sections, categories), lousy code output (bad for SEO), time consuming for configuration and design. Would not recommend. Would recommend CMS MadeSimple however if you care for SEO (url's, page titles, code output), customizable editor on different user levels, clear overview of your website. No, CMSMS does not have the clean backend design Joomla has, but that's also a plus. Checking out Drupal now, that could be interesting.
master on July 6 2008 08:27 am
How I find Joomla template in the image bellow ? I want install to Joomla 1.5 and I don't know were I find ? I need yours help! thx.
Jeff Riedl on May 29 2008 06:51 am
The time it takes to get this thing 'working' makes the package anything BUT free. In addition to learning curve (which could be outrageous for some), my experience was that a lot of tweaking had to be done just to get the basics working right. Well thought out, but implementation of this version falls short. Big community (but answers come slowly), lots of extensions (so many that it's hard to find what you really need), feature rich. If you are looking to save time - don't look here. If you want to invest a few weeks in getting everything to work, it could be a useful tool.
Ebrahim on May 19 2008 02:04 pm
The admin login does not seem to be working for this installation
Simple on May 18 2008 12:54 pm
Joomla is a great CMS for small to medium sized sites. Joomla is the one that 'out of the box' is for most users. Novice and advanced. It does what it needs to do and the community is HUGE. It may appear a bit daunting at first but its not hard at all. Saying that, however, I will add this. You should have knowledge of HTML & CSS. Also it would help that you understand how to manage a MySQL database and have some php understanding. Not to be mean, but if you don't then it would be hard for me to hire you as my web designer/producer in the first place. For larger projects, try Drupal.
Hinch on May 1 2008 05:54 am
I think this framework has become very overkill. It takes more time cutting what you don't need out than setting up your website itself. I find it heavy . It's definitely time for a diet and re-think but it is a huge project, loads of support and can probably do things no other free CMS can.
Dennis J. Cole on April 9 2008 07:08 pm
Joomla is just plain awesome. Lots of extensions, huge community and 1.5 version is finally stable enabling us to do even more with our websites. Besides joomla the only other cms I would recomend in order 1. Joomla 2. Modx 3. Drupal For simpler sites I would go for the blogging engine Wordpress.
Shannon on April 8 2008 07:54 pm
I come from the world of website baker which is so easy to use but limited in respect of modules etc. The power of Joomla appears to be far superior I just haven't been able to harness it yet. I will need to revert to the manual to understand it a little more. Not as straight forward as website baker but it is aesthetically superior and I hope that once I figure it out it will be just as powerful.
Uwen on March 14 2008 04:28 am
I builder my site using joomla, it's great. But many extension is only for joomla 1.0x?not for 1.5?maybe must wait for more extension.
humbleweaver on February 14 2008 03:09 am
We recommend Joomla in most of our CMS projects. Community and support is superb! We just hope that more SEO-based mods/components come out in the near future as clients are now demanding SEO-bility of CMS projects.
Ivica on February 13 2008 02:15 am
This is cms for lazy people that know absolutely nothing about php/mysql or web design and want everything done by other people. It is OK but I don't like it since it is too restraining.
Roger on February 8 2008 09:09 am
I find it hard to believe that some here are having problem with Joomla! (See Shoelace comment below). First there is a free manual available online, second several other manual and online forum and then there is a vibrant community which often answer in the hour! It took me a week to set up my first joomla site knowing absolutely nothing about CMS (Even never heard about CMS before Joomla!) and I can now set up a full joomla site in half a day!
John on February 8 2008 03:54 am
Without doubt the best CMS!
somanweb on February 8 2008 01:25 am
Joomla is the one of the best CMS in the world. Now a days most of the people aware of joomla. Most of the websites are migrating to joomla, because of this user friendly and easily maintenance. Compare to other CMS , it is very easy to install components, modules, plugins and also language. Joomla is growing very well. New Version of Joomla 1.5 is having lot of new features.
Julie Francis on January 31 2008 06:50 am
I love Joomla and I hate Joomla. I love it because it makes me look good, I hate it because I can't always make it do what I want. It was difficult to learn at first but once the concepts were grasped it became a lot easier. Its ability to manage so many different functions with its components and modules and bots is exiting. People pay hundreds of dollars for what Joomla gives you for free. Definitely worth my time.
shoelace on January 29 2008 09:45 pm
khj, I hear what you are saying! Overall, i think Joomla is a fantastic CMS. I absolutely love it as it will do everything that I want it to do and more. However, just like khj mentions below, I can't figure out how to use half the stuff in it. I have 1.5 installed and I will continue using Joomla. My method of figuring it out is to go through, item by item, in the admin menu until I can start seeing how everything relates and how to get things set up. In the end, I belive it will be worth it.
khj on January 29 2008 07:18 pm
I am have been trying to learn Joomla for the past month...I'm about to give up and try something else. I have a few other web sites that I authored using DotNetNuke (DNN). After installing DNN, I was able start making substantial changes within an hour. I was hoping Joomla would be this easy...it is not. I want to get away from DNN because, (as far as I understand) in order to write your own extensions, you need to use Visual Basic...I want to use (more) standard tools like PHP, MySQL, etc... I purchased a book 'Beginning Joomla From Novice to Professional' and a video tutorial called 'Joomla Magic'. The book has a has a great step-by-step installation guide but it seems to be lacking in explaining the basic concepts of Joomla (more on this later). The author seems to have come from the ranks of those that have previously created web sites by hard-coding CSS and HTML files...and that seems to be the common theme among the Joomla fanboys, as long as you already know CSS and have a text editor, it's great...and that's whole point of my ramblings... why should I ever need to use a text editor to (edit a CSS) to define the layout of my web page...it seems like the authors of Joomla missed this important concept. The fundamental problem that I am having is that nowhere have I found a good 'forest view' overview of Joomla...all I get is a 'tree description' (with ravings about how pretty and green the 'leaves' are:). Is there any documentation that shows the relationship between sections, categories, screen positions, etc... as a diagram (with circles, lines, etc...) [a couple of pictures are worth a 1000 words!]. No document that I have found (and I've read alot) describes the basic concepts of Joomla in a clear simple to understand manner (with diagrams!). This is the part that the Joolma developers and authors of Joomla books/videos seem to not be able to convey...at least not to me. Regarding templates. The authors of Joomla seem to believe that pre-authored templates will solve the world's problems... As long as you can use a prebuilt template, then you're set... the flaw in this logic is that I have yet to find a prebuilt template that does what I need...and...as far as I understand, just to change an image that comes with a template to my own image, I've got to get out the text editor and hack the template files (please correct me if I'm wrong)...who thought that this was a good idea? So, it seems like to effectively use Joomla you need to know how to author templates...which means that you need to know CSS...so what's the point of a using a CMS if you've got the use a text editor to author your site. Regarding the administrator menu. The administator menu seems...well, like...Swiss cheese...there are all these paths that interconnect...some top level some low level without any type of obvious hierarchy...it seems like several different authors created their own menus in the control panel without any supervision. There seems to be different paths to the same place. Once you get into a specific menu, they seem to be okay. This mirrors the problems I'm seeing trying to understanding Joomla, the details are great...the overall view of it is flawed...the developers understand the underlying technology so well but they are unable to stand back and view their creation from the point-of-view of a newbie. The administrator menu looks fine to them...hey guys, it's not! Site/Preview/Inline-with-positions looks like an afterthought, this is the view that one should start with to begin making changes to a site...show me graphically where things are. I want to approach a web site design from the outside-looking-in (show me the forest first not the trees). Sorry for the ramblings...I have been writing software for over twenty years and this beast (Joomla) is the first thing that I haven't been able to get! I haven't given up yet...if I do, my next stop is Drupal. Any pointers to *good* documentation on Joomla are appreciated.
adamos on January 28 2008 11:31 am
Hey Thomas, why dont you spend more time with Joomla. Dont criticize something after a few hours of use. If you want to integrate your static design its easy. There is a Dreamweaver extension and LOTS of tutorials even for non-geeks on how to turn static xhtml/css to joomla template. I played around with few CMS and Joomla is the ideal cms. (there is no perfect software). Its kind of complicated in the beginning, but you have to study 2-3 books and get your way around joomla. You cant develop a website overnight. You have to understand module positions, different categories/sections, component integration etc. it just needs some dedication. Thanks, Adam
Thomas on January 25 2008 04:59 pm
I have installed Joomla on a local install and played around with it a little. While it is way too early for a final opinion comparing my 2 years typo3 experience vs 1 afternoon of Joomla here are just some thoughts I had:
Conclusion: Joomla offers an amazingly easy way to plug together a very functional website with user registration forum etc and add simply structured content with no technical experience whatsoever. The installation presents you with an already working example and there are ready made extensions to extend the functionality of the website. Generally I think it would not be wrong to say that everyone willing to put in a few hours will end up with some sort of end result that can be presented on the web using Joomla. It probably took me a couple of weeks to grasp the principle of Typo3 before I was able to create a website with the same functionality as the Joomla default setup and unless someone writes the design for me they don't look as pretty. The same simplicity of the system works as a counter argument if Joomla is used in a professional environment. Designers usually don't want to restrict themselves on what the cms allows them to do. Programmer just want a working design template to integrate into the system and the editors expects to work in a clear structured environment where they can control the end result on the front page. Joomla mixes and merges these three steps into one solution so none of the 3 above is happy. It certainly stands in it's own right and seems like a good solution for the novice site creator or in a single person project to setup and manage a community in no time however due to it's lack of flexibility it would not be my first choice to offer as a professional end product to clients unless specifically requested. It might be possible to overcome some of the limitations I encountered by really knowing all the extensions available and how the system works in the core (start modifying php files etc ...), however I find the solution in Typo3 with the declarative language Typo Script as layer to control the functionality of the system much more elegant, flexible and secure.
Installation. Very straight forward since I already had php apache and the lot installed for my Typo3 setup. A first install already provides you with an impressive fully working system and provides a first layout. In Typo3 you would first have to create your layout from scratch. It has to be said that in Typo3 I have my preconfigured installation already so if this is not your first installation in typo3 it doesn't make much of a difference.
Layout of backend. Joomla has a sleek backend and not too many options( I think I clicked on every single link). I had no problem navigating through the backend and finding the various options. Generally i think the logic behind the backend is more the one of an desktop application to manage database records. A first comparison probably would render the backend module layout of typo3 as old fashioned and the options as hidden away. Typo3 however shows you your site layout in a tree structure with the content rendered into boxes so the backend shares a similar layout with the frontend. In Joomla generally everything is either an article a category or a Section. This division is only logical and it is not visually clear where your element would show up on your front page. For mainly static content I see this as a big advantage for typo3 and for the editors.
Once you get to news or banner management where changing content pops up in predefined boxes on your page the structure again is similar to that in typo3. Still you would get some visual feedback in the page module where your flexible content would show up.
To sum it up for the editor. I think that the tree structured layout of Typo3 is more user friendly and intuitive than the one of Joomla since the latter is limited to a flat view of your website. If you get into news management, user self registration and forums in typo3 the structure of these content elements is much the same but here for a good reason in my opinion.
In Typo3 I use Templavoila which generally allows to map a 1 page example coming from a Designer into a Typo3 template. As a next step I write the menu logic in Typoscript. Since each project starts with the creation of a design in the first place I don't see the lack of ready made templates for Typo3 as a disadvantage for professionals. As a hybrid between ready made templates and starting from scratch it might be worth mentioning the YAML (www.yaml.de) framework which allows starting with a html template and adapt the design via CSS. The framework (commercial) is available for both platforms so I assume the effort of adapting a desing would be similar on both.
Extensions: There is a total of 2698 extensions available for joomla vs 2840 for Typo3. I did not try any extension on Joomla so I cannot comment on the quality. I did notice though that many of the extensions are commercial. Getting to know the right extensions and how they are implemented takes a great time in the learning curve with a new cms. Joomla already features a frontend user self registering function as well as functions for newsfeeds polls and searches. These functions don't arrive with a default Typo3 installation and while they are readily available, have to be installed and configured before you can use them. This probably takes a lot of time for a novice in a default Typo3 installation, again for a seasoned developer this should not take too much time. The extension manager of Joomla is much more user friendly than the repository in Typo3 since it is divided into categories.
Configuring of the Backend: To my current knowledge it is not possible to remove or change elements from the backend in Joomla. While the layout itself is more or less static the options displayed can be configured via TS Script in Typo3
User Setup: Joomla has 3 users, Superadministrator, Administrator and User. Apparently there is an extension for user groups. Typo3 adds groups and allows to create as many users as wanted and also allows for multi domain configurations.
Localization (languages): seems to be a new feature and added in 1.5 and you can select the language in the article view. I still regard the choice between a separate tree structure or 2 lang integration in one tree in Typo3 as a better solution to the current implementation in Joomla.
Voter on January 25 2008 04:01 am
@Fernando Baptista I used phpCMS but I am searching another CMS for a big portal, where as phpCMS is great for small projects, there is a lack of plugin support and so on. Joomla seems to have lot of additional plugins und modules. But I have the same feelings as you, I can't get the right structure in Joomla 1.5. What CMS are you using now? Thanks for your Answer!
tom on January 23 2008 02:35 am
of course Joomla! (1.0.x) is not the best CMS when it comes to terms of accessibility, clean code and stuff... BUT I haven't found a CMS you can add so much functionality by adding components and plug-ins (e.g. the JCE editor is way more powerful than its parent TidyMCE). If you want a 'page'-concept and only text and images, Joomla is not the right choice for you. AND (what is more important) I had no trouble teaching users with no web experience (only some MS Office) to work with Joomla. And that is waht counts in my case. If you want to run a portal on your own choose drupal...
Venema on January 11 2008 09:13 am
'Joomla is the best CMS today', someone says a few comments earlier. If that is the case, I think it's about time someone created a real decent CMS. Because if Joomla is the best, that means that there is not a single CMS available that is even 20% 'good'.
Fernando Baptista on December 30 2007 08:42 pm
I have to confess that Joomla! is like buying a car from a catalog. It will tell you how many power the engine has, a lot of details about it's features and additional gadgets, but from the catalog you will never learn how it feels to drive it. On paper, Joomla is perhaps the best CMS available. Untill you try to use it. I tried. Honestly, i believed that i would be able to do anything with Joomla! But in fact i never managed to make a website with the layout i wanted and the content structure i needed. And so i had to give up on Joomla! and look elsewhere. I beleive Joomla can be a good CMS. Anyone can be used and become profecient with any tool. But the time you will wate just to really dominate this tool is not worth it.
johndh on December 27 2007 12:00 pm
Joomla has lost its way. 1.5 is now at rc4 and still no useful documentation. Migrating over from 1.0.13 is a major issue which AFAIK depends on a third party module to convert the data base. There are issues that should have been shaken out during the beta phase. There are STILL basic css and layout issues in the admin panel which makes me worry about what is broken under the bonnet. 1.5 should have been versioned as 2.0. it is significantly different from 1.0.13 and the number of third party modules/plugins are limited, the legacy element is flaky to say the least. If you really like Joomla, I would recommend Elxis as a better option both for stability and support, or better still, go for Drupal. Sorry Joomla team, but I feel the project is out of control and lacks direction.
Zlatko on December 24 2007 01:06 pm
Well, looking for 'ideal' CMS can be a nightmare. I haven't found the ideal one yet, but Joomla! is far closest to it!. Thousands of extensions, incuding those You've been searching for (JACL+ for extended users, and, for example, Artio SEF component for SEF url's), will sure do the trick !!! Give them a chance, and You won't be disappointed ! It's a promiss. And one more thing, Joomla has the best support community ever. There You'll get a relevant answer, within minutes. There's no professional support providing such response time.
M Reeves on December 16 2007 11:45 am
I am still looking for the ideal CMS. Joomla isn't it. True it has a friendly user and admin interface, plus lots of themes. However, user access control and groups are non existent. Joomla is no use at all for group sites, i.e. where you have admin, authors, users, public. So one set of pages for public, some more for the users, and more again for authors (who can also edit/publish). A typical arrangement for a club site where you would want member only content but not have all members able to write pages. Where admin and author are the same it is fine. It has only 3 hard coded user types, public, registered and special. You can't add any more.
buzzcms.com on December 13 2007 05:00 pm
Joomla is one of the best CMS today.
nguyenhaichau on November 16 2007 10:44 am
i want to download this cms
Tim Ryberg on November 14 2007 10:44 pm
I really wanted to like this CMS. I really did. But After 6 months with it I finally gave up and went back to Drupal. First of all it has a highly limited taxonomy. Everything either has to be not categorized at all OR in a section AND subsection. The only work around for this is to edit the category descriptions so you can have at least ONE page in a section but no subsection. This makes some prety long URL's and content can only be in ONE place unless you just copy it. They have 3 types of modules, which is highly confusing. When their module installer installs something it generally puts files in at least 2 places, making troubleshooting and manual module removal problematic. Joomla! 1.x does not have SEF URL's outside of contrib modules (some of which you have to pay for). Joomla! 1.5 (still in beta) does, but they include both your article description AND article ID# in them, making them a mess. You can't upgrade a 1.x site to 1.5 (you need to replace the files and run some sort of database converter) so if you're starting with it now you should not waste your time with 1.x. BUT WAIT, despite it's release candidate (RC3) status, tons of module developers aren't even working on updating their modules to 1.5 support which will delay the updates for users who need particular modules. There is a growing cadre of developers designing modules for 1.5 specifically, but a high percentage of them seem to be commercial (paid) modules. Tons of people are on the bandwagon for this CMS because it's easy to theme (with many free themes available online) and the backend is attractive to Windows users. But the more I look at this CMS the more I see you can't do with it yet because the right modules are not updated yet. If this is how it is with 1.5 I suspect it will be with 2.0 and every other major release. No thanks, I went back to Drupal which is everything this one isn't and couldn't be happier. I do love it's WYSWYG editor but that's not enough to keep me as Drupal also has a variety to choose from.
ebayti on October 2 2007 11:13 am
Joomla is not the best Open Source Portal CMS, however its in Professional opinion the best Content Management Solution for Highly advanced organizations and Small companies. Basically there is nothing you cant do with Joomla, everything is available however you need to do little research to get what you want. Joomla support team is faster in response then any other Paid support service; however some of their support team is not serious and not up to Joomla standards. I will vote for joomla today and everyday and will keep on recommending it to every corporate or online business whom looking for speed, efficiency, security and attractive website. If you still didnt use it then youre missing allot. Michel Mitri IT Manager
amir haz on September 11 2007 11:54 pm
Joomla is a big CMS. Its need a long time to learn completely. Its not for beginner. As getting big i think its become slower. ineed more simple and flexible CMS.
miamiman on August 30 2007 12:35 pm
Joomla is a simple, intuitive CMS. For the novice sitebuilder, it is the perfect place to start. Rent some hosted space with Fantistico installer, load Joomla, get a template or two and you're off running. With the components + modules, you'll be surprised by the wealth of options. The community is also very active. HOWEVER: There are issues with the lack of depth in the creation of the Section + Categories. If your site requires heavy content cross-referencing, you will bump into limitations.
Rob Stone on August 17 2007 12:20 am
Everybody seems to like Joomla. I tried and tried to figure it out. Although it seems like a great CMS, the admin panel overwhelms me. I guess it's definitely not for beginners or the faint or heart.
steve on August 15 2007 12:34 pm
Actually you can make as many side menu's or top menu structures as you like and have them display with whatever page or section or category you like. Each menu structure you create can be unique. I am currently developing a site for a customer that does exactly this each of the top menu's has a different side menu structure. Hope this helps Joomla #1 CMS Steve
Me on August 12 2007 07:41 pm
It seems that with mosMainBody as the 'place where content changes' you cannot change the side menus with the new content that is displayed. Is that true? That is for each of my secondary pages, I would like different side menus for each, is that possible with Joomla?
Tim on August 8 2007 08:36 am
I like Joomla but recently switched to ModX because it was more flexible.
Chris Szabo on August 2 2007 04:02 pm
As a web design company we researched many open source solutions (and 3 or 4 commercial solutions). Although we did begin using Rainbow CMS we very quickly came to the conclusion that Joomla! allowed the most flexibility. We design only unique layouts and our programmed templates always reflect the original artwork. We can build our CMS projects around the creative design - and not have to adapt our design to fit a restrictive CMS offering. Joomla! really is deserving of the '2006 Open Source Content Management System Award'.
SandX Designs on June 1 2007 02:57 pm
I have yet to find a blank template, or a list of all modules online. Can someone please help me. And before you answer please don't reply with livesite.compassdesigns.com it's no longer active. Thanks
Noel Nuguid on May 21 2007 06:18 am
Joomla is quite easy to setup and I find out there are a lot of resources and templates that you can use to help you get started in setting up your own website! If you are having trouble let me know! I will be willing to help you out!
elangemprit on May 16 2007 05:08 am
for now i'm trying to use it and still learn on it. i think it's a great one cause easy costumizing
Arun on May 11 2007 04:57 am
I have been working with joomla since May 2006 , Joomla is one of the most powerful CMS . Have Great modules , componnents , plugins and templates systems alsao well known for supporting most of all forums . Its Realy Great CMS .. Joomla ..........
James Oppenheim on May 2 2007 08:27 am
I have been in search of a CMS that I can use on all sites both big and small for a long time, from Drupal to a customized WordPress. But I think I have found the solution - Joomla! Wow, what a product and it is free. Great modules for anything you can think of and fantastic support forums. Who could ask for more.
BSB on April 19 2007 07:05 pm
I have tried many different CMS and I believe Joomla is among best. It has huge number of third party components/modules/plugins/templates and it has a very active support forum. I really like it's Admin interface.
marc f on April 13 2007 10:00 am
Im still using Joomla, have been online for about 18 months now and its still working well for me. It was running a bit slow at first but i changed hosting and its much better now! Highly recommended and very straightforward to use. Its been very reliable too, no more bugs !
johndh on March 27 2007 05:17 pm
To: Frank S. That just about sums it up nicely!
tony on March 27 2007 12:47 am
Downloaded and installed it. Lovely idiot proof installer. It worked. Got a few templates and played with them (default / assign) it worked. Grabbed the Joomboard and plugged it in (how easy can it be). It worked. This is my first time with a CMS and I am very impressed. I'm really looking forward to learning to make templates. The templates take care of the look and the Joomla takes care of the content. If you need to get a good looking site up in a hurry Joomla is a very good tool to produce it and it works right out of the box. Marvelous!
Frank S on March 20 2007 05:57 am
Ive been looking for solutions that are open source, hassle-free and supported for the three domains: CMS, CRM and Groupware. After buying into the hype, I tested out Typo3, while powerful and robust, its interface is not intuitive and easy to learn/use, something I can leave others to. Too many modules are really not general enough either, leaving many options to be desired. Requires even more custom coding than Drupal. Then Drupal got its chance. On this Joomla-board, many praised Drupal, and while powerful, flexible and a dream for a coder like me, all my time went into fixing bugs, introducing features in modules that really should have been there and making the modules play well together. Admin interface is a mess and slow. While I am a coder, and Drupal has the best SEO/SEF options, its just too much work to upgrade and iron out the bugs. Drupal is very promising and a good alternative to a completely custom site, but need to mature. They need to attract commercial interests, and have lots to learn from Joomla. Maybe Im biased because I spent too much time putting in modules into Drupal (like 100-150 of them!). E107 I tested for a brief time. Knowing it was a simple package, mostly for games-guilds and other small groups to interconnect. It works very well, I was pleasantly surprised, but will not scale in complexity. I know I will want to expand later, so e107 is just too simple for the long run, but works excellent for simple comunity sites. No bugs in sight, a breath of fresh air in the open source community. Very fast to install and set up. Good admin interface. Then I tried Joomla.. And a new world opened up, finally! - Good modules that works as advertised and have many options, supported by the authors, commercial or not. - Lots and lots of modules, professional ones too. Modules for most everything. - Access to commercial themes, which can really lower your design-time. After having tried commercial themes, you will never want one of the open source ones (most are offering free commercial themes too which gives you an idea of quality). - There is SEF and SEO, alas not as good as Drupals, it works and you dont need too many modules for something decent - Translation and language support in modules. Works most of the time. - No bugs. Really. Most of the most popular modules and Joomla itself, is bug-free. Ok, there might be a few work-arounds needed, but you can mostly work around them, or maybe you just misunderstood something. - Admin interface is good. You may need to understand the concepts, but once you do, it is very intuitive and you realize it couldnt really be much different. In short: Joomla will be my CMS of choice for most projects. I dont want to support many different platforms and Joomla covers most of them nicely while also scaling well. Groupware: Horde - open source, robust, smart and encompassing. Includes webmail and calendar if you want it. Nice file manager. CRM: vTigerCRM - offered for free, commercially supported, lots of features Hope this will save you some time! Dont mess with too many modules, just make what you need and let it go. Ive spent 1 1/2 years on messing with these systems and too many modules/options than I can care for. Now it seems Ive finally something that may work, and focus more on making the sites, rather than having as many features as possible. And yeah: Dont post too much on boards ;*)
rado on March 16 2007 06:58 pm
Joomla is powerful cms, but I think, Drupal is better. Joomla is good solution for beginers.
abhishek kumar on March 16 2007 06:29 am
Recently I developed the website of my college by using joomla and its modules. Joomla is very flexible, easy to use and most powerful cms. It's administrative interface is the most striking feature. If you want to add new modules in joomla then you have not to go for its php coding just browse the module files and upload the joomla backend will do all these installations for you. Also you can track the traffic and page views of the articles throough the administrative interface. Joomla can be easily integrated with forums like smf, vbulletin and galleries like coppermine, gallery etc. Recently I launched another site in joomla, it is a community website. If you are beginner then I will strongly recommend you for use joomla. I am confident you will never regret on my suggestion.
Himura on March 14 2007 06:31 pm
Joomla me dio la posibilidad de poder combinar en un portal, varios componentes de diversa utilidad. Joomla es bastante fcil de usar, sus foros estn integrados por decenas de participanetes de muy buen nivel.
misum on March 6 2007 01:02 am
As nice and user friendly as the admin interface looks I find it to be confusing. It's been awhile since I've used it but it still looks the same. Try to do one simple thing and your clicking through menu after menu to find what you need.
Harald Engels on March 1 2007 12:29 am
After having tested several CMS (e.g. Typo3, Drupal, Xaraya, E107) I decided 15 months ago to go with Joomla. Since then I have developed approx. 30 websites with Joomla and was never disappointed. If you have a problem you can be sure that the Joomla community helps you or has already found a solution if your problem is more common. Joomla combines ease of use for beginners with endless possibilities for advanced users. Joomla is a universe, thousands of extension, templates and realized websites ensure that your energy to start with it it never wasted. And - this system is still in his infancy - the next years will show that Joomla has already outnumbered all other open source systems on this planet - I can't see any other system what is offering this combination of stability, flexibility and feature richness. If you are not convinced simply compare the project websites of several CMS with each other. Seen from this perspective only Drupal can compete with Joomla. Drupal seems to have a nice code basis but is lacking the huge number of extension the Joomla community can offer. You will find for every requirement something suitable. What I dislike with Joomla? 1) Security was improved but I am not sure if the current stage (1.0.12) has really resolved all potential security risks. 2) To break out of the boring 2 or 3 column CMS template structure is not easy. Here I expect for the future more flexibility. 3) Multi-language support for content is not a core functionality, you need a 3rd party extension for it. The same with SEO support/optimization and forum. This is unacceptable, especially that there is no really professional and well integrated forum available, you rely on bridging something like SMF, what is basically supported ok. Conclusion: If you are a CMS beginner, don't waste time with other systems, if you are a pro, use it and you won't regret it, you can do nearly everything with Joomla and you will enjoy being part of the biggest and most professional and supportive CMS community on this planet and with version 1.5 on the horizon things will become more exciting.
abhishek kumar on February 4 2007 04:32 am
There is no doubt that joomla is most powerful cms on this planet. I provide cms solutions in India and prefer joomla to other content management systesm s as joomla is power packed with a large number of modules. Some of its popular modules are community builder, joomla board, bridging with other cms like coppermine, smf and vbulletin etc.
Rafmeister on February 3 2007 11:15 am
I would recommend any web design service provider to use Joomla for your future projects, it's just so versatile you can literally create anything you wish for. It's an ideal solution for portal type sites, but far too many people think this is all you can do with Joomla, which is simply untrue.
createwds on January 26 2007 07:16 am
As the owner of a small web design company, we've used Joomla over all the other CMSs out there. We spent about 12 hours installing all the popular ones, and ended up with Joomla for the professional interface, robust functionality, and extensions for about every web design need you imagine.
Lolak on January 16 2007 05:05 am
I just install cms Joomla! on my site and I satisfied with the Joomla! performance. Joomla is very easy to install and easy to manage the content of the site. Many component and themes are available on the community. Joomla! is the best cms I have ever install.
trichnosis on January 7 2007 06:23 am
Joomla is the best cms for complex solution . i have 2 web site made with joomla and i'm happy with them
jagu on January 6 2007 08:55 am
I have tried many different CMS, and nothing can come close to Joomla! it has the best support forums with active community that has a positive attitude to help. The Bug fixes and security issues are patched almost instantlly and has the least bugs compared to a lot of CMS. Easy to integrate any forum into this CMS. Should be your #1 Choice!
pete brooks on January 6 2007 06:00 am
Joomla seems to getting better with age. I think it has the best functionality of them all, including e107. The security has improved quite a lot. I stopped using it a while back after my web site was hacked several times. Looking at the security improvments I am considering re-intating it using the latest version.
mauro on January 5 2007 04:04 am
Great source! Joomla made the web easy... wow!
Christina Freeman on December 29 2006 10:29 am
I have tried over 30 different CMS software programs, and I really like Joomla over all of them. First of all, all of the extensions, modules, components, mambots, etc. can be installed by simply one click upload. You don't even have to unzip the extension file! Another great thing about Joomla is that it is geared to be completely customizable. It doesn't necessarily focus on creating a 'non-profit' site or a 'blog' or 'forum.' It comes with all of the options in extensions and such. Also, which is a breath of fresh air for CMS Open source software, Joomla has a free E-Book with complete documentation and step by step guide to creating your own Joomla website. Great program, I started a whole blog on it I loved it so much! :)
denis on December 23 2006 12:53 pm
I started using Mambo which was excellent and now i have moved to Joomla which is the only CMS i use to be honest if offers great functionality plus a wide range of 3rd party components and templates.
Toni Swats on December 23 2006 01:18 am
I love Joomla so much, I use it for everything I design and develop. I tried a few open source CMSs a while back, but I was not able to find one with so many add-ons, extensions, templates, etc. Joomla is so powerful, and yet so easy to template for, I can't bring myself to make a site without it anymore.
abhishek kumar on December 3 2006 12:14 pm
Joomla was my first cms which I used for my client. My client was so happy with his joomla powered website that he gave his next 4 contracts to me. The main advantage of joomla is its great community support, and a large collection of modules. But its user management system is not up to the mark, that's why I switched to drupal for my new community portal.
kevinw on December 3 2006 03:39 am
Joomla is very good for starters.
James hardy on November 16 2006 05:53 am
We liked working with Joomla but recently switched to Drupal over our client sites because it was more flexible.
Dave Davis on November 14 2006 01:39 am
We have just finished converting our Mambo sites all over to Joomla. The SEF components are much more functional and our PHP caching software seems to work better with Joomla. Easy to install and administer.
Left Blank on November 11 2006 05:36 am
A very nice CMS, but it lacks customisability, writing your own plugins/code for Joomla is a nightmare due to the huge amount of api calls and the output isn't customisable without hard-editing the sourcecode. I've also recently switched to MODx because of the flexibility and customisability.
Jeremy Luebke on November 10 2006 09:49 am
I like Joomla but recently switched to ModX because it was more flexible.
julie06 on October 31 2006 01:43 am
We used mambo and joomla since a while. We have very happy to used this cms.
ellen on October 29 2006 10:14 am
I am a newbie, I just completed my second site using and first using Joomla. Working with joomla was a pleasure very easy for newbie's and it has tons of extensions which makes life very easy. I also found joomla forums to be very helpful.
royce on October 26 2006 08:20 am
Hi there, I'm a total newbie to CMS/Joomla, etc and I had my site up and running in a couple of weeks! I tried a couple of others before settling on Joomla! The deciding factor for me was that 5 minutes after I downloaded it, I had the sample site up and running! With Drupal, after 4 hours of hassle, all I had was a blank screen!
galib on October 24 2006 07:21 am
I had problems with Joomla over my host. The site was loading way too slow. Drupal was a better choice for me. May give Joomla a second try over my new host.
Rui Pedro Duarte on October 12 2006 04:02 am
Been using joomla/mambo for a while. in my opinion one of the best CMS out there. Not perfect but what CMS is. Great range of extensions from the development community, check J! site
Michael on October 11 2006 11:36 am
I am extremely familiar with Mambo - so using Joomla is a very simple task for me. The interface is just about the same, with a few perks - like the absence of the install option from the Component, Module, and Mambot menus. There are also a couple of slightly minor feature enhancements that set it apart from Mambo.
Elen on October 11 2006 09:10 am
If I have to describe Joomla in one word I will say 'Awesome'. I am knew to website building stuff but Joomla made my life so easy. Thanks Joomla.
benx on October 11 2006 04:45 am
joomla was the 5th CMS I tested. Initially I thought Joomla would be too large for my purposes, then I found that most Open Source CMS entries are quite limited in offerings and that I actually needed something as sizeable as Joomla. But the administration and some plugin installation proved cumbersome and very difficult.... offlate i tried e107 cms...which is ulimately the best, its like install and forget very very easy interface... i love joomla thou it will easier sometime later.. opensource is heaven
Lance on October 5 2006 09:38 am
I created my site from scratch as a complete newbie in just over 2 weeks. Very easy to learn and an amazing level of extentions available in huge open source community.
Nick Garner on September 22 2006 11:34 am
I have been playing with wordpress for my new site sepguy (search engine promotion guy) and I want a hyper seo friendly site. The problem is that wordpress, whilst its simple and therefore seo friendly to an extent, its not easily manipulated in terms of changing the navigation structure per page or section and its hard to set up static content in the right places. The other great thing about joomla is that it can be what you want it to be...for instance for me to get wider exposure I am getting into blogging, giving away all my knowledge on seo so I can hopefully get backlinks...well Joomla can be both blog and static corporate site all in one. Anyway the key point of my post is that I'm going over to my tried and trusted CMS - joomla and I'll hopefully get up the rankings using it. I'll keep you posted. Nick G / SEPguy
ukDevelopments on September 19 2006 03:27 am
Excellent CMS! I have used this on a number of websites and it does the job nicely.
Tips on September 17 2006 08:58 am
Joomla is a great CMS that is not too difficult to learn and keeps getting better with additional components. I still prefer Drupal, but I don't think Joomla is a bad choice.
akeem on September 14 2006 12:20 pm
Joomla! rocks..... it makes my life easier.... lot's of applications to install. The support is great. Just google it then you'll get the answer. My experience is nearly to a year starting from Mambo. It's really a good experience with it. Wait till you see those applications at my site. There more to it, but cannot fit it in due to the relations with administration part of Joomla!. It's more than you could swallow. Have fun!
newbie8 on September 14 2006 03:06 am
I tried using drupal and it had a fast logical learning curve. With joomla, its been days and I can't seem to figure anything out even just to put a simple adsense on my content is difficult enough. I think I can't even put html and this is the same problem that newbies like me experience. Unlike with drupal, html is readily implementable. I feel that joomla is for more experienced users. I am still trying joomla and will persist to learn more.
Rui Pedro Duarte on September 13 2006 09:53 am
I think that user and administrative interface for Joomla is one of the best designed in any CMS. Joomla is user friendly and definitely best choice for beginners.
goodgbb on September 9 2006 01:24 am
I think that Joomla is awesome. About my experienced once time I have found a bug on Mambo but I don't see that bug on Joomla. Joomla also be friendly with many search engines (I love this feature because I won't need to pay more money to SEO companies) Right now I'm just starting to create my new website then it will be online soon! I love Joomla!! DON'T BE HESITATE TO USE JOOMLA! IT'S THE BEST CMS!!! HOHOHO!!!
marc frankland on September 4 2006 03:04 am
I also spent about 6 months trying to choose a decent CMS and i tried bucket loads of them ! I still prefer Joomla, and find it gets more user friendly as time goes on, though i did find myself in the Google sandbox for a long period im happy to say im finally out there. Yahoo is still ignoring me, but hey one step at a time....great community and growing number of modules make it one of the top 5 CMSs in the world for me.
Jay on September 3 2006 11:09 am
I personally think this is one of the most versatile CMS available, it is simple enough for a complete newbie to have a site up in couple of hours and it is powerful enough to run big commercial sites. Has huge # of free and commercial Addons which make this CMS even more powerful. I have 7 sites running on it and I am in process of converting my other sites to it.
Killswitch on September 3 2006 03:11 am
I spent a good half year trying to find a cms for me and for my site, and Joomla is what I stuck with. It has great support, many third party addons, and it is easy to modify. I find myself (I dont know php well) modifying core files to my needs (see frontpage of my site) and solving errors with ease and little time. The only thing I would like improved is demand for resources. Otherwise great cms, highly recommend you take the time to test and learn to use it.
nicky on September 3 2006 02:37 am
I think that user and administrative interface for Joomla is one of the best designed in any CMS. Joomla is user friendly and definitely best choice for beginners.
Kenneth Jones on August 31 2006 11:56 am
A previous poster wrote how Joomla has no documentation. This is another example of just not looking. there are several docs in serveral languages as well as flash install help on serveral websites, all you have to do is use your search enige and find it. I know where to find it but I typed documentation for joomla in GOOGLE and got this as the first link: http://help.joomla.org/content/category/16/101/153/ If I can find it that easy then someone was not really looking. if you are in the joomla community you will see lots more docs as well as flash and video help. The joomla community is always there to help you with any issues and most hosting companies has joomla as a free instant install on its system.
gonzalo on August 1 2006 12:42 pm
Joomla is great, maybe the best from top five cms... easy to install and configure, tons free extensions and other than you can buy, wanderful community... the code source is clean and secure... I design templates for joomla, is very versatile, you can work with tables-layouts or css or both... 100% recommend!... I install joomla 1.5 on local, and can say: will be a revolution!
WengChun on July 28 2006 07:44 am
I've used E107 and PHP Fusion before i switched to Joomla. It took awhile to get use to the admin interface, but once i got use to it, i found Joomla to be a very good CMS for personal and business sites. There are tons on addons, but alot of good templates you have to buy, unlike PHP Fusion where most of the templates you can get for free. Not to mention alot of addons for Joomla are not free either.
marc frankland on July 18 2006 03:56 am
I have been with Joomla now for just over a year, initially started with mambo. I have grown to like to ease of use with joomla, though i still prefer to switch off the default editor and use an external program then simply copy and paste. My site is now running successfully and i have achieved a good PR and alexa rank within a fairly short space of time. The best part of joomla for me is the ability to add new modules as and when you need to, this makes switching banners, ad units etc a real breeze throughout the site. Excellent !
Eric Keller on July 14 2006 05:33 am
Joomla was the 5th CMS I tested. Initially I thought Joomla would be too large for my purposes, then I found that most Open Source CMS entries are quite limited in offerings and that I actually needed something as sizeable as Joomla. By now I knew what I was looking for: Ease of installation: easy and simple, locally as well as on the webserver. Clarity of the design: excellent. Ease of configuration: generally fine, some rough edges on some items (e.g., I could not get suppress the header and footer surrounding news items). Change of design template: very easy, thanks to free templates from Red Evolution. Forum activity: very active, many responses to typical questions. Availability of a forum: fine and easy-to-install Joomlaboard plugin available from Two-Shoes M Factory. Availability of backup: Workable plugin solution available from BigApe. The one area that Joomla really needs work on is the creation and editing of content pages and their layout. The current HTML editor from TinyMCE is very circumscribed, and the page-adjusted integration with image placement still needs a fair bit of work. Also, I could imagine a more intuitive page lay-out capacity. But generally, Joomla seems on the right track and it is the solution I'm going to stay with for some time.
Rodrigo Pimentel on July 13 2006 11:26 am
i have a great experience with this site ;) really simple to install and configure, really easy to change templates, this is a great solution for Portals, but if u want a blog, i recommend sNews ;) am a big fan of it!
Mark on June 26 2006 12:59 pm
Joomla has been my favorite CMS for awhile, and I've been into Mambo before it. It's extremely easy to install and use. It has many plugins available for download (most of which you will have to tirelessly sift through, since there are so many 'good' and 'bad' ones). Skinning is SUPER easy, especially if you're a Dreamweaver user and also use Photoshop/Image Ready. As someone said before, Joomla has big issues when it comes to message board integration (vBulletin, mainly), so beware in that aspect. The official Joomla forum is informative, but don't expect good (or in most cases, any) replies to your questions there.
James Malone on June 12 2006 05:39 am
Over the past year I have tried CMS after CMS and most of the time I was disappointed...Many of them are EXTREMELY frustrating to use. Joomla! is the best I have found so far!! I think that it is an awesome system...but like many others I feel that some of the core enhancements need to be more elaborate and easily configurable. All-in-all Joomla! is one of the most powerful, well-constructed, and clean CMS systems around! You're not going to find anything better unless you're willing to pay money for it...a LOT of money... Much kudos are in order for the Joomla! team...it can only get better from here!!
Mike O\'Toole on June 9 2006 07:26 am
I've tried joomla and I think it's fantastic... other than the fact that NO DECENT FORUM or GALLERY package exists for it, when will Development teams realise that to most sites these kind of features are a major component, my site is mainly forum based. Without a decent forum package my site is NOTHING. and a decent forum package is something Joomla! does not provide and that they don't seem to have any intention to provide. Mike
reggie on June 9 2006 02:17 am
after trying the demo, not too impressed as much as the hype ..
toneis on June 8 2006 12:07 pm
I have tried most of the CMS's on this site and always come back to Joomla! I have used it (as well as Mambo) quite a bit in the past. Never had a problem installing or configuring it. I have used it in making many different types of sites, from standard sites to community portals. Because of it's design you to use it in many different ways. I especially like the fact that you can now view your site even when you have it closed, a feature that has been added since it forked from Mambo. If your new to CMS's I recommend you give it a try.I give it an A++ all around. http://boycottzales.com
Rado Rohal on June 6 2006 12:28 pm
Joomla is very good CMS, but table layout in it is not good.
Joomla Hosting on June 6 2006 07:56 am
Been using joomla/mambo for a while. in my opinion one of the best CMS out there. Not perfect but what CMS is. Great range of extensions from the development community
C. L. Easterwood on June 2 2006 07:29 am
Personally, I've had nothing but problems with Joomla and again am looking to migrate. I've been using the CMS for about 5 months now and every time I turn around I can't access my site, the pages are riddled with errors, or I have to reinstall it to get functionality again. It isn't SEF at all and getting help on the forum is like waiting for Armageddon to arrive. Who knows when it'll come. I wouldn't recommend it to my worst enemy.
mortar on May 23 2006 09:08 am
the Joomla layout of pages can be hard to modify,.. for weeks I've been trying to ask how to build an news portal with a very spesific layout.. but this doesn't look like easy. By studying the showcases I get the impression that this CMS makes it hard to produce the design and page layout the way one would like.. If you have a clear idea of what your webpage will look like, and if you don't want to use months learning to hack the Joomla cms I'd rather try to make my own.. Nice first impression, easy to install, but hard or even impossible to modify to fit my exact needs... Everyone I asked said in the community, 'sure this can be done... ' well, the only showcases I've seen so far is very simple and everyone looks the same.. .
lohango on May 13 2006 11:21 am
I was impressed by Joomla in the beggining but the dispointment grows everyday. The installation is faily easy. The default theme is nice. But the system is not matured enough, especially the pluggins. The much promoted Community Builder - does not support profile search. And the author of CB has appolgized for being busy on something elese. The Joomla Blog is still buggy and did not work in my testbed. Unless the development community is orgainized in a more cohesively manner - I would stay away from Joomla. Other candidates being evaluated are e107, civicspace and typo3.
Simon on May 12 2006 09:34 am
I found Joomla an absolute joy to install. One thing I would say is use a good FTP client such as file zilla. Smart FTP has know issues retaining folder structures and you have to manullay create each folder yourself before uploading associated files The only frustrating thing I encountered was teh documentation. I couldnt access it when I needed to but I got by without it Installation 10/10 Great work guys!
Keith on May 9 2006 11:17 am
Joomla simply rocks. It looks like a dedicated FUD campaign in here. I understand that the separation from mambo may have cause bad vibes. Joomla is very intuitive. If you can setup other LAMP applications then you can setup this one. A lot of flexibility. I am using Joomla for multiple high traffic commercial and non-profit sites. P.S. I am a web developer, not a programmer.
Don Ho on May 6 2006 08:02 am
as a career programmer, I understand that Joomla has a lot of really great features and functionality, but the code is terribly poor. I support the project, open source in general, but the architecture could use a lot of work.
One Who Waits on May 4 2006 01:21 am
After using Joomla I am compelled not to recommend it to any serious developers. If you want to get a very simple site up, Joomla is the way to go. If you are a developer and want to be able to customize Joomla than you are in for a rude awakening. The documentation is piss poor to say the least. There exist no developer documentation for the current stable release. Even the user documentation is sparse but enough to get going. The only developer documentation that exist is for their upcomming Alpha release. Why document the alpha and not the stable version is beyond me. They have promissed the release the Beta version of their new version yet its been held back constantly. If you ever take a dip and look inside the hood of Joomla you will be encountered with spaghetti code land. Its a mess. To summarize, if you want to get an easy site up than Joomla is a good choice. But if you ae a developer who wants to build a robust and large dynamic site that can be accessed and managed by multiple users than look elsewhere. Because Joomla is a developers nitemare.
Me on May 3 2006 02:10 am
Seriously, anyone that can't configure Joomla and considers him/herself a technologist needs to pick a new career track. The application is robust and easy to implement; the documentation is clear and concise; Joomla long ago eclipsed Mambo as the leading GNU-based, open source free CMS and it has the following to prove it. If you're having a problem with Joomla, the problem isn't Joomla.
Jon Fernquest on May 1 2006 01:43 am
'I must say that if the team behind Joomla, and also the other developers that use it, want to see it beeing widely used and really apreciated by the rest of us an effort torwards clear, adequate and effective starting documentation must be in place. I would love to start using it, since there are so many good opinions about its strengths, unfortunatly good documentation not being one of them.' 'I'm a programmer and ever reading through what little documentation I could find I still could not get the site configured in any sort of decent manner.' I agree. I've had a hard time customizing it without delving deeply into the code. I can actually write what I need in fairly simple PHP so I think stanadalone system is the approach I'm going to take unless I can find a simpler system to customize. The rude replies are probably by people who've never had a job in their life or incredibly socially inept. REALITY: Increasingly non-programmers or programmers who have a only a limited amount of time to spare from other duties are being called on to customize CMSs. CMSs that adapt themselves to these peoples' needs will survive, those that don't, won't. The documentation is written by people who can't write and explain the big picture of how the whole thing operates. Once you know the big picture, everything else should be common-sense. Movable-Type is an example of a CMS like this. The presentation of content on web pages also usually violates long established principles. Take for instance, Anna's Joomla! Tips which should be in h2 or h1 and visible on this page when it displays without scrolling: http://forum.joomla.org/index.php/topic,5503.0.html Jon Fernquest http://joomlafordummieslikeme.blogspot.com/
Timothy on April 28 2006 10:19 am
I don't understand what is complicated about the admin interface! Obviously people don't like to spend time. Just an advice: RTFM! The admin interface, the functionality and the community is the not one of the best but THE BEST. Belive me, once you get used to it you will never go back.
jeff on April 27 2006 11:56 am
Based on usage by one of my colleagues, I attempted to use Joomla for our Lions Club site. It did not go at all well. The admin interface is a disaster. I'm a programmer and ever reading through what little documentation I could find I still could not get the site configured in any sort of decent manner. Good documentation would be less of a problem if the administration was not so convoluted. I appreciate the efforts of the team but I can't recommend this for the average user without significant changes to administration.
warren on April 26 2006 04:24 am
to those who dont like Joomla or Mamba due to the lack of documentation - all i can say is, if you refuse to use it because some text file doesn't explain it in 6 easy steps, then you must be one of those kids that took a dump in a sandpit while everyone else used their brains to create a sandcastle. its ridiculussly easy
Kenneth Jones on April 21 2006 12:21 pm
A poster here said that joomla is difficult to place an image. I guess if you were just browsing it and did not invest any time to learn it it can be as difficult as using a microwave for the first time. 'But how long did it take you to get past THAT learning curve' there are serveral editors for Joomla and Mambo that make MEDIA placement easy. I typed MEDIA because that includes FLASH, IMAGES and VIDEO and those are from open Source providers. all you have to do is take the time to type who do i do such and such in google or a joomla forum. Mambo & Joomla have to be the most versatile CMS's I have ever come across that dont require heavy coding skills. you can really make a site look like anything and there are both commercial and Open Source Add-ons that will make creating major web-sites too easy to believe. goto my site and take a look at the web portfolio. Those are all joomla sites. Oh, and so is my website.
SufiPoet on April 21 2006 04:32 am
Currently the best! I am a pnuke convert and the thing i like about Joomla is the ease and power of the templates and its use of CSS. Sites designed don't look like 'canned' sites (pnukes sites are obviously canned) and doesn't look like 'an IT guy trying to be a graphics guy' (if u know what i mean). i highly recommend this to all levels of users!
I hope good documentation is a priority for the very near future on April 21 2006 02:55 am
I must say that if the team behind Joomla, and also the other developers that use it, want to see it beeing widely used and really apreciated by the rest of us an effort torwards clear, adequate and effective starting documentation must be in place. I would love to start using it, since there are so many good opinions about its strengths, unfortunatly good documentation not being one of them. Like someone said on another post: 'Above all you should never, ever react like stung schoolchildren. You may be 1337, and you may have programming gold there, but if you dont polish your own presentation and make it as easy as you can to get on board you just have a huge, expensive hobby.' This is not a comment to infuriate anyone, just a call to reality. It would be like selling Coca-Cola in an unopenable bottle, no one would ever know how good it was if they couldn't try it.
sudhanshu kushwaha on April 19 2006 05:36 am
joomla is a classic cms. Everone should use this cms good raelly good
S. Ural on April 18 2006 10:34 am
Intuitive admin, very customizable.. The best CMS I have ever seen. Waiting now for version 1.5.
Tim on April 18 2006 03:57 am
I started with Mambo.. Now switching all my sites to Joomla..Joomla ppl offer better support on their website.. Both are great applications.. and they offer the best templates... Thanks Tim
Dele on April 15 2006 08:49 am
There is no doubt that this application has a clean interface. But it is over hyped. Creating Section is an headache. After working on it without any way out of the loop I was forced to remove it from my system. It is good for those that do not know what they are looking for.
mulder on April 14 2006 06:41 am
This is THE cms I used for several years now, first I used Mambo, well you all know what happened to that. So it's JOOMLA all the way, sure it's easy to install and adjust, but the template stuff needs some exploring. You can do ANYTHING with Joomla!
Rafmeister on April 10 2006 08:18 am
I use Joomla for ALL of my freelance work now. Couldn't and wouldn't switch to anything else, especially as the forthcoming v1.5 release will take Joomla a large step forward away from the history of Mambo CMS! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
maggie on April 7 2006 11:35 am
have used joomla for a while and like it overall. Has some limitations - have had to go to commercial (paid for) components to have dependable functionality in some pretty pretty critical areas, eg forms, newsletter, SEF url's, etc.
Ragap Chettri on April 5 2006 06:12 am
J-O-O-M-L-A Now I have gotta say I have redefined the web2.0 presence with this preety lil' imp called 'Joomla'. Its fantastic, incredible,scalable,comphrehensive,justifiable,modifiable,.... allabliable.:-) Love you tastes that sweet like no other!! Ragap
Yazid Ikhwan Bahari on April 3 2006 04:46 am
I have being using Joomla for about 1 year and a half and i think it is easy & excellent content management systems i have used by any other open source. Please check my site [at] http://worldcup2u.net & old one [at] http://dansonians.com p/s but sorry, it is written in Malay Language..
reniam on April 2 2006 09:14 am
Removed Joomla because it was clunky and hard to navigate. I disagree with something one of the other posters said - that it is easy to manage graphics. this is mostly untrue, it is rather difficult to just place an image.
Robert on April 2 2006 05:30 am
Overall rating: although Joomla is not perfect, it is really good enough if you're not too demanding, i.e. if you want a small to medium size website, and do not need many features - unless you have some technical skills and time. + + + + Advantages: quick and easy to install, and dito installation procedure for add-on's; sufficiently intuitive and good-looking back-end interface; many add-on's available; relatively large user community with live forums (so you're not the only one with a particular problem); regular production of new releases with security patches, easy to extend with your own custom-made scripts if you have some php-knowledge. - - - - Disadvantages: content has an awkward rigid 3-layer structure of sections, categories and items (even if you only need a flat or 2-layer structure); there are many editors with high technical quality available, but none suits all needs (for instance, not every editor allows you to insert a link to another item by a pull-down menu), requires technical skills if you want a more or less professionally looking site; some (popular) add-on's have poor quality so you may need to improve that yourself which takes more time than you've planned; and last but not least: Joomla seems to create multiple URL's for the same page, which is not Search Engine Friendly - although there are many add-on's that try to improve this.
Ryan on March 30 2006 12:00 pm
I have been using joomla for about 6 months and am pretty happy. I have experienced a couple instances where my site got hacked, but that was simply because I had not paid attention to upgrading it. The biggest features that swayed me to joomla were that it uses the FCKEditor and it had fantastic support for uploading media like images for use in pages. This made the system simple enough for novices to use. I do not use alot of the features of Joomla. I mainly use it to put up a couple pages and frankly I should probly use a blog instead for what I use. I also like that joomla doesnt include its own blog, photo gallery, or forums software. In my opinion there are better open source options out there like phpBB and coppermine.
Nick on March 27 2006 12:34 pm
You need to install the bot. The component is the underlying application logic, the bot is the simple page trigger that calls the component. Its in the documentation for Akocomment. Joomla is simply one of the best out of the box experiences with loads of 3rd party tools. Lacks granula, extensible user permissions.
Jan on March 23 2006 10:00 am
I have being using Joomla for about 1 year and i think it is excellent one of the most flexable content management systems i have used.
go blog on March 22 2006 08:48 am
joomla good looking, and easy installation, but for newbie... this joomla is cracking my neck, i canot install the comment componnet, succes installed but canot use it. lol. why joomla not make it as a part of the joomla installed, look just for one component akocomment for what ? wasted time to installed and configure it in your site. For me.. the easy install is MDPRO at maxdev.com. and suit for my need
penar on March 22 2006 03:34 am
joomla is pretty solid. gotta love the vast amount of extensions and components available. it's very flexible and i think that's it's main advantage.
Jamie Makin on March 21 2006 12:05 pm
I've just started using Joomla and I'm thrilled with it. Installation was very simple. I even integrated PHPBB with little trouble. My site is still just getting started but I like having a lot of options and flexibility for the future additions I am planning. My only complaint is that there isn't much documentation on how to create your own templates. But I'm starting to figure it out on my own just by playing around.
David on March 20 2006 01:26 am
I have being using Joomla for about 1 year and i think it is excellent one of the most flexable content management systems i have used.
paimages on March 19 2006 03:22 am
I'can only recommended Joolma. It's a flexible and powerfull CMS.
arfenton on March 16 2006 08:14 am
Well I've been working with Joomla for a few days now... has very nice admin interface, and a lot of templates (although they are hard to find, IMHO). Here's my advice: if you want forums SKIP JOOMLA. It's a gaping hole there, and integration with SMF and other forums is a nightmare (and I am an experienced programmer). Once they get a good forum, it will be one of the best systems around.
Slayde on March 16 2006 02:32 am
Ive tried many different CMSs and Joomla was by far the easiest to navigate and populate. I didnt like the fact that free templates were hard to find though. Im not a rich person, cant really afford to pay people to make layouts for me, and I tried briefly making them myself enjoy doing graphics but its time consuming to create content plus have to customise a brand new layout as well. Is there a resource of free templates for Joomla that anyone knows about that I might be missing?
alpna on March 13 2006 11:34 am
I have tried lot of CMS's (PHP-Nuke, Drupal etc) but I really like Joomla (Mambo) better. I think Joomla is easiest CMS to work for Newbie's and it also has huge # of free and commercial Add-on's available which make your life easier. I have one site based on Mambo and two on Joomla and I do not think I will use another CMS system. Joomla team is working on new version 1.1 which will have huge # of enhancement's.
Janek Franek on March 9 2006 03:58 am
Really the best open source CMS ever made.
Tracy on March 7 2006 03:29 am
One of the best open source CMS out there. After trying a lot of CMSs, I end up using Geeklog, and Joomla.. PS: I switched from Mambo to Joomla ...Thx to opensourcecms.com for their great review site... Thanks Tracy
Tim on March 3 2006 04:12 am
I find Joomla! the best CMS among dozens of those I have tested before. To me, Joomla! is one of those tools that help your business grow without an effort
Doug on February 28 2006 04:30 am
I have used Joomla for many sites in the past, its a great tool make for really good development speed, iut has plenty of addons and can do just about anything any cms can. Im considering using it for a Stock Phot Site next
Jason on February 21 2006 01:35 am
I knew absolutely nothing about web apps, cms's, php, etc. I started with Mambo and it was quite a learning curve for me. I eventually migrated to Joomla and am becoming more familiar with the system. I would rate it very well and say that I am quite pleased with ease of use (after a sharp learning curve), available modules and components, and free templates. I would check it out if you are looking for a wicked nice CMS.
Craig Bell on February 15 2006 05:11 am
I have been playing around with joomla for the last few days. While I admire the clean admin interface and the selection of professional looking themes, there's too many niggles! The templating system is a nightmare, templates should be about html, not php, php should be seperated into files to keep the templates simple, IMHO. Forum integration is a sore point, joomlaboard is limited (especially where themes are concerned), you can integrate smf, again thir theming is a nightmare, and if you wanna integrate phpbb, well you got to let phpbb own the users tables, which doesn't make sense as the cms is the bulk of the site, it should not be operated by phpbb in this way! Definately not a good choice for community sites, IMHO.
Suhairul Hanim Bin Kamaruddin on February 14 2006 03:09 am
I've set-up a local Intranet for our Community School here is Shah Alam using Joomla... Quite a good CMS and easy to managed. Hope that it will be more easier next version....
Jeremy Curtis on February 8 2006 03:17 am
I've built an online child care magazine using Joomla now and it works well. I've learnt that SEO is not Joomla's strong point but with a few hacks I can get what I need. The number of add ons to Joomla is very strong point. There is always a module or component to do what you need already available somewhere and most of it GPLed. One such component is jobline which enables you to setup an easily managed job vacancies database. So I've been able to include free job advertising in the hope that this will increase traffic to the site.
Joseph Rzeplinski on February 6 2006 08:48 am
I was referred to your web page by a friend in order to begin doing some research for his page and host service; the comments are especially helpful when put together with the three number categories. Our aim is durability(low maintenance) over months, and these descriptions attract attention.
paranoidandroid on February 5 2006 05:19 am
I tried Joomla out for a bit. It has a wonderful interface and some good features, and I have high hopes for its future, but a cms script that's not capable of creating subcategories is NOT, in my opinion, ready for prime-time, sorry.
Martin B on February 5 2006 04:29 am
Having used PHP-Nuke, e107 and PostNuke I am now a fan of both Mambo and Joomla. One drawback in both is that code is not fully W3C compliant, although the Joomla dev team say this is being addressed for future releases. On some shared hosting ISPs Mambo/Joomla sites can be slow, but I have proved that this is more to do with the host than the CMS. I started my site with Mambo and decided to migrate to Joomla as they seem to be making more of an effort for compliancy, and all of the Mambo components/templates either work or are being ported over. The main shopping cart system (VirtueMart) has also migrated to Joomla (although still works with Mambo). This is a testing time for these two CMSs as they will inevitably go different ways, meaning that some components may not continue to work and it'll be down to the relevant developers to either stick with one or other, or develop for both. In short, in comparison to the other systems I have tried, Mambo and Joomla are extremely slick and easy to train others on - I've now set up several sites using these systems without problems - all are stable.
andy murray on February 4 2006 12:20 pm
Joomla is by far the best CMS program I have used of the 5 that we have tested in the past month. A very stable design, easy to navigate and extremely quick. For those who just want to install and not do any real work, then maybe Joomla will not be their first choice. It does take a small amount of effort to get to understand the basics, but for such a power small program it is definitely worth the effort. Some of the others work easier straight out of the box, but we found after running for 7-10 days on a 'real' web site that they started to slow down and bugs started to creep into the system :( For the Joomla version there have been no problems after running now 20 days+ and it is still very quick and slick. Looking into the future, the Joomla core team who originally built Mambo and have decided to branch away, have started to really move ahead quickly in the last 3 months in presenting a newer and more polished CMS thans its old stable mate. I would expect this to become more apparent over the next few months and into the future. If you are looking for a 'pure' Open Source Software CMS program, then you should really have a serious look at Joomla. Just my 2 cents worth, zenboomerang :)
Ron Seigel on February 3 2006 06:23 am
This is *easily* the worst CMS listed here. I've tried them all and I've never come across one with as many bugs as Joomla. The admin is a joke! Was this slapped together by a bunch of 12-year-olds? Sure seems like it. I'd use phpNuke before I'd use this hunk of junk (and that's saying a LOT considering how much I hate PHPNuke). STAY AWAY! Not worth the time it takes to download it!
Troy on January 28 2006 08:59 am
I switched from Mambo to Joomla... It has very nice features I need, like google sitemap tool, SEF URL tool, etc. + very professional templates... It is a little slow, and buggy... I think it is too early to use it in an important production environment. Thanks
Marco on January 20 2006 07:24 am
I started with Mambo then migrated to Joomla a few weeks ago. The admin interface is spot-on, there are still a couple of buggy actions but its getting better with each release. It does not have the best built in WYSIWYG editor but this can be switched off and the user can copy the HTML straight into the admin sections, i find this works much better and allows me to create some nice 'static' pages as well as dynamic. Performance was a bit slow at first, but i managed to find a couple of tweaks which helped greatly to speed up the site. Templates are plentiful and quite easy to modify look and feel see my site for an example below. All in all a very good CMS.
Amy on January 19 2006 08:14 am
Fantastic! Great support at the forum from project members and community. Excellent add-ons. Need to (like they are planning) move towards standards compliance. Way cool.
blacksword on January 18 2006 02:52 am
joomla is the really the best I have seen nuke system. I tried lots of nuke, cms but JOOMLA is the best. 0t is my idea
Nick Stone on January 6 2006 09:37 am
I found Joomla dead easy to install but in order to bend it around a template design you seem to have to jump through hoops, as with many CM systems that are listed here! As I'm a bit overweight these days, hoop jumping frankly isn't ideal. That said really nice admin and despite some difficult documentation most things are there - just have to persevere.
Zoltan on January 4 2006 07:58 am
I have tried out a number of CMSs, among them XOOPS, Lenya, OpenCMS, Drupal, Mambo, and Joomla! Until now I am most comfortable with Joomla, because of the following reasons: (1) very nice admin interface, (2) powerful features, (3) large number of open source modules, components, etc. (4) many forums which are helpful in figuring out how to solve problems. As an example, check out my web site. It was amazingly easy to create a Finnish language version of my site, using the MambelFish component (after I overcame the hurdles of installing it). When I discovered that search was not working with the Finnnish language content, I found another module which helped me overcome this problem. I am a Java programmer, and was preferring, at first, Lenya - a java based, Apache project. However, it is not comparable to Joomla! with regard to number of available free components and level of developer activity. It might be that I will use it when a client requests it, but for most type of work I find Joomla! far superior.
David on December 31 2005 02:04 am
I'd say it's a polished tool but lack of categorisation can let it down. If the way you need to organise your articles and content is straightforward, then take a close look. If you are after a complex hierarchy you need to consider something like Drupal.
Chris on December 30 2005 04:45 am
I used to be a heavy XOOPS user. I'm looking for something different because I'm not too happy with it anymore. I tried installing Joomla but I couldn't figure out how to do anything.
SydneySider on December 28 2005 07:31 am
I used many other CMS's but found Joomla to be the best so far. The administration functionality is very intuitive and easy to use. It has alot of free add-ons such as Gallery (another one of the best gallery management system out there). I must agree that the template system is so hard to use. Also, alot of add-ons use their on CSS so need to tweak manually the CSS to fit with the rest of the site.
Frank Topel on December 22 2005 01:37 am
I tried Mambo and decided to use it for a customer's project. In the process, Joomla evolved, and I migrated. Despite of most users here, I found it quite hard to learn. Installation is easy, yes, but then... Documentation is scattered all over the web. I couldn't find a really helpful template tutorial. If reverse engineering is your business, take a complex template and learn from that. Seems to be somewhat buggy, for example uploading a template that contains errors results in a template uploading failure, but nonetheless Joomla creates the specific folders, and if, after correcting the mistakes in the template file, you try to re-upload it, the system tells you
Shutterstock on December 12 2005 02:33 am
Fantastic cms, recommended Have used mambo on many sites Joomla is just the same :()
Omid Kosari on December 11 2005 04:44 am
Joomla is the best but i think , it is time to do some AJAX on it.
AMCDeathKnight on December 9 2005 04:41 am
Joomla was easy to install but very hard to use and understand for me. With no past experiance of CMS and Mambo.
In$ane on December 6 2005 11:58 am
I used other CMS (PHP-Nuke, xNuke, RusNuke, XOOPS, LDU, Drupal), but Only Joomla (ex Mambo) I found best perfomance & stability. Many free add-ons, good perfomance, good administration module - It's Joomla! My site on Joomla 1.0.4.
yazid bahari on December 6 2005 08:34 am
yet to be convert to Joomla. there's something wrong at Mambo right now. mybe because Jango will be produce in coming time.
Joseph Mikulas on December 6 2005 04:21 am
Joomla! is the most user-friendly CMS I've ever seen. I think that Mambo users should migrate to Joomla! because there won't be much support for Mambo in few months.
achiel on December 5 2005 06:21 am
flexible & overwhelming. best cms off all.... many thumbs up for this cms
PlayerGame on December 3 2005 08:01 am
The best cms I had never see before. Easy, and powerfull.
Lek C.K. on November 27 2005 11:20 am
Migrating from Mambo to Joomla couldn't be easier. I completed the feat in less than 15 minutes! Backup all files & db, replace with Joomla, restore components / modules / templates / mambots, patch the database (optional) and, viola, Joomla is now up and running. Although I was thinking about benefits of soon-coming 4.5.3, the securities patches in 1.0.4 outweighs all other features.
martiNL on November 26 2005 03:39 am
In one word? excellent..
Joe on November 23 2005 12:53 pm
I am very pleased with Joomla, I have no prior experience with WebSite Development and like most of people started making a site using HTML templates but I knew it will be very difficult to grow with this approach. Then my friend told me about Joomla and I can not thank him enough for referring me to this site and Joomla. I think Joomal is an excellent CMS, very easy to work with for Newbies like me. Look at my site for more info.
iwanosky on November 21 2005 06:49 am
Joomla! what about this? This is the best CMS that I have use... Thanks to the joomla development team and to all the people working in the opensource world.
jsource on November 2 2005 03:33 am
Joomla! is a great and powerful open source CMS with a very active community. Thanks to the joomla development team and to all the people working in the opensource world.
Princy on October 29 2005 10:33 am
I am very happy with Joomla, I had no experience with Web Development but Joomla made my life very easy. I looked at number of CMS but and narrowed my choice between Mambo/Joomla. But Joomla's Admin interface made it a winner, especially the ability to assign different editors to different users.
Gcom on October 24 2005 07:56 am
Really the best open source CMS ever made. Thanks so much to the developpers! Easy, Reliable, and templates are so simple to adapt...
Willi Firulais on October 23 2005 02:17 am
A realy, realy good CMS as long as you do have SafeMode=ON set at your provider - if not forget it - be warned you will get frustrated.
denis on October 22 2005 08:23 am
I think joomla! is an excellent open source content management with so much to offer. Looking foward to so much more to come from the joomla development team.
Van B. on October 21 2005 12:38 pm
after having a look on Joomla, I believe this may be the best CMS for me! How about all those existing modules and components for Mambo. Are they 100% compatible to Joomla? or may I encounter problems while installing them?
Ben Cox on October 11 2005 08:35 am
I have just set up my first real CMS site and I chose Joomla. I am glad I did. It is very easyo to use and set up. Because it is a Mambo spin off alot of the components and modules that have been written for Mambo work with Joomla. It is a very powerful and flexible CMS and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a new CMS.
Jeremy on October 8 2005 08:54 am
I recently upgrade my site from mambo to joomla. Joomla has less bugs than mambo and runs faster according to my review.
wally on October 6 2005 09:20 am
I made websites with Mambo and going on with Joomla, for me it is better than other cms, I have tried some. You can make all with Joomla: a blog, a website, a .... and there are sooo many Templates, Modules, Komponents - all very easy to handle. Joomla! is the Best!
chankit on October 5 2005 10:47 am
Now I started migrating my main site to Joomla by following the instruction in their website. It only took 20 minutes to complete the migration.
Seems to me Joomla is the winner, at least comparing 1.0.2 against Mambo 184.108.40.206.
BSB on October 4 2005 08:33 am
I have used Mambo on my existing site very successfully and will try Joomla for my next one.
Owen Waring on October 4 2005 07:55 am
Wow, they really made that admin section kinda sexy. Plus they're moving towards more standards-compliance... I might just have a new tool for my toolkit, huzzah!
JLee on October 4 2005 01:07 am
I haven't tried it. It is based on Mambo 4.5.2?
Steve on September 30 2005 03:16 am
After 2 years of security headaches with php-nuke, I switched to mambo/Joomla. I fell in love with it from the start. Easy to use, yet very powerful. The first thing I noticed was how easy it was to completely change the layout of your site. So many other CMSs lack this ability. When browsing the internet, it usually takes all of 2 seconds to identify what CMS a particular site is using. Not with Joomla. Website developers have the freedom with Joomla to really and easily customize the layout. Joomla is a breath of fresh air when it comes to security and bugs. After using php-nuke for a few years, one almost begins to believe that bugs, exploits, and constant security patches on a weekly basis are normal. Not with Joomla. Credit must go to the development team for taking the time to concentrate on bugs and security and not rushing a new version out to the public just for the sake publicity of a new release. php-nuke has one of the largest communities of any CMS out there. But in my short time using Joomla, the old saying proves to be correct - "It's not the quantity, but the quality". I have found the Joomla community to be one of the most professional, helpful, and passionate communities around. The Mambo or Joomla question wasn't really a question for me. The corporate entity (Miro) that held the rights to mambo suddenly decided to grab control back of mambo in the form of a foundation (which they control with 3 of the 5 board seats filled by Miro officers or hand picked board members) after mambo began to win recognition and awards. So when the core development team that made mambo into what it was, left to re brand mambo into Joomla, following was not much of a decision I had to dwell on. And with what appears to be the vast majority of the mambo community and 3rd party developers following the new roadmap of Joomla, Joomla's future looks very bright and exciting indeed. Power, security, simplicity, and community. Joomla is my pick for a Content Management System.
Omid Kosari on September 26 2005 06:35 am
i was so sad and i was going to buy bitrix or movable type or something else but when i see Joomla i punch everything else. now i am a Joomla LOVER
dhom on September 24 2005 12:36 pm
I think one of the most impressive things about Joomla (vs. Mambo) is the community. Joomla users are quite dedicated and are constantly working on addons and documentation to make everyone's life easier. Some people on the core dev team have even responded to my posts in the forum. Also, check out the template in Joomla 1.0.1: It's built using divs! :)
keliix06 on September 23 2005 12:25 pm
They have done a great job at implementing several ideas from the old 4.5.3 CVS, especially on the administrator side of things, that have helped speed up the system greatly. Also improved the look of the admin panel quite a bit with the new CSS.
Harry on September 23 2005 07:12 am
I was a long-time Mambo user who recently switched to Joomla. I find that the support forums at Joomla are much more responsive and answers to technical questions are addressed in a much shorter time-frame than at Mambo. Also, the Joomla developers apprear to be much more active in the forums than the Mambo developer ares. And Joomla is well on its way to surpassing its Mambo predecessor as an easy to use, stable CMS.
Anthony Warren on September 23 2005 06:23 am
My comment follows on from Stuart's. My view is Joomla was the same as Mambo - however the Joomla development team have worked incredibly hard in a short space of time and have made many changes (in my opinion - improvements) to bring Joomla to the community. For info about the changes please see http://www.joomla.org/content/view/154/52/ I must also point out that since the initial release of 1.0 they have released version 1.0.1 which is available http://developer.joomla.org/sf/frs/do/viewRelease/projects.joomla/frs.joomla_1_0.1_0_1 So - give the demo a try, see what you think - I think it is a fantastic CMS. Go Joomla!
bluesaze on September 23 2005 05:09 am
Joomla is one of the best CMS around. All the core team members working for Mambo have left and Joined Joomla to make it completly opensource and free with no strings attached. Unlike The Mambo foundation which charges 10-1000$ to join the foundation. As far as I can see it has a more focused Roadmap on Mambo. If your looking for simnplicity and power Joomla is the way to go.
stuart on September 21 2005 11:50 am
Just FYI, Joomla is, essentially, Mambo. It is the result of a disagreement between most of the developers and Miro, the company that started the Mambo project. The developers, in an effort to keep the project as open source as possible, split from Miro and rechristened Mambo as Joomla. This is why the projects currently appear to be identical if you download them. Over time, Joomla will certainly mature into a different beast but for now it is effectivly Mambo with a new name. Once again, this is just FYI in case you download them both and are confused.
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