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Score 7.1 out of 101

Likelihood to Recommend

Joomla

Joomla! is one of the best open-source to create and build web portal and applications. Especially related with e-Commerce project. From the beginning of its appearance until now, Joomla already received many awards in the IT industry. With this extensive and flexible features, this Joomla! platform will suitable for many industries from small to corporate company.Again there will be no silver bullet for all purpose. For someone that require very high customization on their website then Joomla! is not for them.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Joomla
8.6
Role-based user permissions
Joomla
8.6

Platform & Infrastructure

Joomla
7.9
API
Joomla
7.6
Internationalization / multi-language
Joomla
8.3

Web Content Creation

Joomla
6.9
WYSIWYG editor
Joomla
7.5
Code quality / cleanliness
Joomla
7.1
Admin section
Joomla
7.7
Page templates
Joomla
6.4
Library of website themes
Joomla
6.6
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Joomla
6.1
Publishing workflow
Joomla
7.3
Form generator
Joomla
6.4

Web Content Management

Joomla
7.0
Content taxonomy
Joomla
6.9
SEO support
Joomla
6.5
Bulk management
Joomla
7.4
Availability / breadth of extensions
Joomla
7.3
Community / comment management
Joomla
6.9

Pros

Joomla

  • Framework stability and continuous development by a dedicated group of developers
  • Comprehensive network of extension developers providing a wide range of solutions via components, modules and plugins that will accomplish virtually any web related functionality goal
  • Well organized, active support community that is communicative and easy to tap in to.
  • Reasonably priced template options offered by a variety of professional companies focused on the ongoing development of cutting edge templates to reflect the latest trends and features.
  • Easy to customize and build off of without the need for repeated redevelopment when the time comes to revamp and renew a sites' look/feel
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Cons

Joomla

  • It would be nice to see more of the "internet marketing" based extensions that easily incorporate marketing strategies like email list building, user/mobile friendly popups, etc. There are some available now but it will be nice when they become more plentiful.
  • Would like for more SEO options to be built into the core framework but it is simple enough to install extensions to meet those needs.
  • Transitioning from major versions can be a tough transition. (i.e. moving from J2.5 to J3) It can be time consuming and tricky to upgrade. They seem to be working on that in the latest version - J3
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Likelihood to Renew

Joomla

Joomla 10.0
Based on 28 answers
Joomla is a free CMS that is robust and very capable of developing very distinctive websites. Modules, components, plugins all add to the excellent support that the Joomla community provides.
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Usability

Joomla

Joomla 9.9
Based on 7 answers
Joomla! 3.x is easily installed either manually or via a script provided by your host. It contains most of the tools needed to begin creating websites right from the start. Those features that it doesn't have are easily installed via links and buttons from the thousands of extensions available in the community
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Performance

Joomla

Joomla 7.8
Based on 2 answers
Today's Modern Joomla performs very well and is robust and durable. The pages load faster than they ever did in the past and Modern Joomla's integration into other software or systems has become seamless. Modern Joomla sites will last long and will stay running forever.
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Support

Joomla

Joomla 10.0
Based on 4 answers
Between the core Joomla developers who are excellent at answering questions and providing support, you have a whole community of developers who work with Joomla and are happy to help fellow developers out answering questions and supporting the Joomla project. Out of the many communities I am involved in for open-source software, Joomla's community is by far the best.
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Implementation

Joomla

Joomla 8.7
Based on 3 answers
Make sure that PHP.ini is set to at least 60 ms for computer priority, 60MB for maximum downloads and 128MB for uploads. This is the minimum. It is best to run Joomla on a business host if you are using a shared hosting environment so that there are fewer accounts on the server. Make sure you have access to the root on CPanel. Be sure to point the DNS to the host and set up all zones prior to implementation and run your new version in a sub-domain hidden from the live version until you are ready to cut over.
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Alternatives Considered

Joomla

Joomla is much more organized, as far as content, than WordPress and the template customization is much more customizable with Joomla. With WordPress, you have to copy the theme, label it as a child, and configure sometimes over 10 files that make up the theme, plus, you can only have the one theme for the site without use of external plugins. With Joolma, you simple copy the template folder, change the name of the folder and up to 3 files, and then change only ONE file for the actual design aspect. By default, you can have as many templates on your site as you want, and assign different templates to different pages to your heart's content.Between Drupal and Joomla, the distinction comes down to the plugins and the support. Drupal is a good core system, and can out do Joomla in some ways, such as the speed of the loading time for the page. However, since all Drupal plugins are free, the support is not there, because the developers have very little incentive to help or work on them. the same can be said for the support forums. No incentive and no help. Joomla has a wide range of plugins available, some being free and others costing up to thousands of dollars. With the cost to the third parties, you usually will receive support for the plugin. The help forums are free and no one gets financially compensated for posting, however, they respond within 24 hours, usually, and their responses are helpful. I have used Drupal, but have yet to be able to finish a single site using it, because the plugins fall flat and the support is none existent. Joomla has always been there for me and I have many Joomla sites under my belt
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Return on Investment

Joomla

  • It is free to download and install, so the out of pocket cost to practice with it and set up a simple site for a client is $0. Learning how to use this system and being able to practice with it before messing with it on a client's site was invaluable. There is no limit to what you can do with the system, if you have the time and knowledge to invest in it.
  • Installation of Joomla takes me about 5 minutes, when I use a cPanel for the hosting side. First, I download the latest version of Joomla, I set up my database in Cpanel, upload my newly downloaded Joomla zip file to my host via the "File Manager" in cPanel, extract the zip in the directory of choice, go to the my website url (http://site.blahblahblah.com/joomla, for example), and go through the 2 minute installation process, where it asks for database information (which had just been created), and the user name of the main user of the site.
  • That kind of turnaround is extremely important, because the client wants their site quickly, and you don't want to waste your time trying to get the initial site up in the first place.
  • At that point, the rest of the site depends on the needs of your client. If they only need a simple template, and 5 pages, then you are done within one hour, from the time you download the Joomla zip, to when you present it to your client. If you want to custom create the template, then you can up that to 4-5 hours. Joomla is very fast and very efficient.
  • When something is going wrong with Joomla, it is usually an easy fix. A post into the Joomla help forum is usually answered within 24 hours, with a request for more information, or an answer/suggestion to the problem.
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Pricing Details

Joomla

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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