Joomla 2.5.6

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Category: CMS / Portals
Stable Release: 2.5.6
Started In: 2005
Updated: June 25 2012
Native Language: English
License: GNU General Public License (GPL)

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Joomla is an award-winning content management system (CMS), which enables you to build Web sites and powerful online applications. Many aspects, including its ease-of-use and extensibility, have made Joomla the most popular Web site software available. Best of all, Joomla is an open source solution that is freely available to everyone.

Joomla is used all over the world to power Web sites of all shapes and sizes. For example:
  • Corporate Web sites or portals
  • Corporate intranets and extranets
  • Online magazines, newspapers, and publications
  • E-commerce and online reservations
  • Government applications
  • Small business Web sites
  • Non-profit and organizational Web sites
  • Community-based portals
  • School and church Web sites
  • Personal or family homepages

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Jun 8 2013, 9:04 pm
lelway, Joomla have CCK too, google for SEBLOD, Flexicontent, K2 and others, or see .
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.
Apr 24 2013, 9:14 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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Apr 24 2013, 9:14 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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Apr 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.
Oct 31 2012, 6:30 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.
Sep 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.
Sep 14 2012, 3:49 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.
Jul 9 2012, 7:02 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
Jun 16 2012, 5:46 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
Jun 14 2012, 4:28 am
Joomla is the best CMS on the planet!
May 11 2012, 5:45 pm
The best CMS with many plugins, modules and components.Can be used for everything and everyone
May 2 2012, 8:10 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..
Feb 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.
Jan 31 2012, 4:39 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 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: and 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, 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
Oct 20 2011, 5:14 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!
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