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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
April 22, 2020

Joomla! Is the best CMS that you don't know you need.

Score 10 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Moderate control of features.
  • Extensive customization.
  • Robust and secure structure.
  • Should have better interface, automatizing more features
  • Should have a better customer service, even when it's an open-source project.
  • Should have better outreach for beginner customers.
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Lisa Keyser | TrustRadius Reviewer
October 16, 2019

Joomla! is a great open source CMS for businesses

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Pros and Cons

  • Multiple templates assigned on a page-level basis allow fine-grained control of your site design
  • Excellent ACL out-of-the-box means you can have a mutli-user website up and running without needing to install anything additional
  • Straightforward control panel and useful help features and documentation make it easy for people to manage their own websites
  • Because Joomla's user community is smaller than WP, it lacks as many choices from 3rd party developers, meaning it can be a little more difficult to find the right extension for what you need to accomplish
  • Along the same vein, most of the best 3rd-party software for Joomla! is paid
  • Simple features such as Add to Menu and Cache cleaners should be adopted as part of the Joomla! core, though they are available as extensions
  • Joomla! could use a simpler and easier URL rewriting process
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Miles Szkoda | TrustRadius Reviewer
October 15, 2019

Easy To Deploy, Easy To Use CMS For Small And Large Sites

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Pros and Cons

  • Joomla is relatively easy to deploy.
  • Joomla has a lot of developers and templates available, so it is easy to get support or find answers quickly.
  • Joomla offers a ton of add-ons/extensions that help build things a lot quicker.
  • Joomla has a pretty complicated back-end that could be more user friendly.
  • It can be difficult to initially dive into a Joomla site for new users without a thorough guide.
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Jason Montoya | TrustRadius Reviewer
October 23, 2019

Joomla Expert Admin Since 2006 - Technical Support Specialist

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Pros and Cons

  • Complete control over your website content, menus, SEO elements, and site layout.
  • A logical and intuitive admin interface for creating and managing the website.
  • An engaged and supportive community and marketplace of people, tools, and extensions.
  • A module management system to provide more control over a page layout and content in flexible ways.
  • A flexible design layout paradigm easily allowing for different design use across different pages.
  • A strong community of design template creators and page builders.
  • Joomla eliminates antiquated code with two-year deprecation pathways. This ensures all active components stay up to date and are currently supported.
  • Out of the box Joomla lacks a powerful built-in page editor like WordPress' Gutenburg (the one technical advantage of WordPress). But, with an array of marketplace extensions, this can be easily overcome.
  • The functionality power of Joomla can make users feel overwhelmed that they may break something.
  • Joomla doesn't have a corporate backing, so the growth and future of the tool is based on community involvement. It is currently strong and well-organized, but has had issues in the past.
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Josh Randall | TrustRadius Reviewer
October 17, 2019

Joomla is a great CMS which can be used for free or a very low ongoing cost.

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Pros and Cons

  • Joomla is great for managing various website pages and updating content regularly.
  • We've also used it to sell items in our store. We installed a shopping cart and integrated it with PayPal.
  • We have users register to be able to get access to all features of our website, such as posting on the forums. Works great for that.
  • Updating Joomla and some extensions can be a little clucky at times.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
October 21, 2019

Excellent, Easy To Use CMS

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Pros and Cons

  • Joomla! is easy to install. It takes about ten minutes from installing to get it up and running.
  • Joomla! uses modules, they are easy to install, configure and use.
  • Results are excellent and SEO friendly.
  • Because there are many options, beginners may find it overwhelming.
  • Some modules are paid only (though there are many free).
  • Customization of themes and modules can be confusing.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
October 18, 2019

Jammin' with Joomla!

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Pros and Cons

  • Joomla! now does automatic updates very easily by just clicking one button. Vulnerabilities are patched quickly with automatic notifications.
  • There are so many additional plugins, many of which are free or for a nominal cost, that extend your business capabilities. These plugins are mostly a perpetual license model so they continue to work after their support date has expired so it gives you the freedom of choice to either continue to use it without any strings attached by hosted services.
  • The framework that is available to Joomla! such as the Gantry framework makes it easy to rapidly deploy and structure Joomla to our liking.
  • Joomla is doing a great job so far. They should continue to improve their guidelines in which they have the developers conform to their policies and motivate the developers to make use of automatic updates of their extensions. In turn, it's easy for the end-users to keep their extensions up to date in order to reduce any vulnerabilities with outdated extensions.
  • Any system requires some level of a learning curve. Like many people, in regard to complexity, I feel that Joomla! is in the middle ground compared to other CMS. If there's a way for Joomla! to make it really simple to adopt, then I think it will be a big win for them.
  • If Joomla! can capture the market where it's a matter of drag and drop or a friendly WYSIWYG, then it's a huge win for them. While drag and drop environment is extremely useful for a novice or someone who just needs a basic website, we love the extensibility that Joomla! provides so having both would be immensely valuable.
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Brittney Collier | TrustRadius Reviewer
April 25, 2019

Perfect for content management beginners!

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Pros and Cons

  • Joomla's top strength is its simplicity. Even if everyone on your team is a beginner, they will be able to easily adapt to using Joomla. It mimics WordPress, but it's easier to use.
  • Joomla is also great with helping beginners optimize their site for search engines. If your content does not already include keywords that your audience typically searches for, Joomla has a section where 'tags' can be added to a page so that potential visitors are more likely to find your site.
  • Joomla is great at organizing content for a large website. Everything you publish can be listed by title in alphabetical order so you can search for different pieces of content easily.
  • Joomla needs improvement when it comes to SEO features in comparison to other CMS's like WordPress. The features it currently has are great for beginners, but over time, users will realize that they need a more advanced system to continue to grow their site. I wouldn't choose Joomla if your team is already accustomed to using a CMS. It's only best for beginners or interns.
  • I feel a little limited with Joomla as far as adding a personal touch to the website. It's more difficult to make layout changes to your website with Joomla than it is when you're using other platforms like WordPress or Wix.
  • The most difficult part of using Joomla, for me, is that there aren't many good web developers who specialize in Joomla. If you want to make big changes to your site that require a developer, it's much easier to find someone who's great at building WordPress sites.
  • There are not as many plug-ins for Joomla as there are for WordPress so, if you need to add any special features to your site using Joomla, you will be limited.
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Chris Putnam | TrustRadius Reviewer
February 11, 2019

Make sure it's the right fit for your team - for many, it's not

Score 3 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • The menu/category/article structure provides a decent organization.
  • The check-in/check-out system can work well to prevent overwrites with large numbers of editors.
  • Creating a community-driven site - with large numbers of contributors.
  • The Process is smoother with the latest versions.
  • There is a bit of a learning curve in order to make edits as compared to other CMSs.
  • Upgrading from older versions is very difficult.
  • The framework is decent, but it's not the most flexible, nor the most intuitive.
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Shawngela Pierce | TrustRadius Reviewer
December 21, 2018

Joomla is a Robust Open-Source CMS

Score 9 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Joomla has great core functionalities and is free to use.
  • Joomla has a built-in user management system which allows you to control who accesses certain aspects of your site.
  • Joomla is search engine optimized out of the box.
  • Joomla is continuously updating itself and I am amazed at what has been accomplished for the better since I started using it.
  • Joomla allows me as a simple website designer and developer to build complex sites without much of a need to hire developers.
  • The out of the box blogging situation with Joomla definitely needs improving. It is pretty basic, however, there are extensions both free and paid that handle this gap. Joomla 4 is fast on the horizon so I hope this feature is addressed there.
  • Joomla's media management system has improved, however, it could use more updating. It would be nice to be able to make simple edits for images.
  • Joomla needs more modules to choose from for certain things users may be trying to create.
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Jen Garfinkel-Canseco | TrustRadius Reviewer
November 06, 2018

A great CMS with an even better community of developers behind it.

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Pros and Cons

  • Joomla provides a strong core to get website development started quickly and easily.
  • The possibilities that the many Joomla extensions offers are unlimited.
  • Joomla's templating system is quick and easy to create a custom design for your website.
  • The community of experts are second to none, the community offers excellent support.
  • The administration can be difficult for non-technical people to use, some of my clients find it daunting and not very user-friendly.
  • Security...Joomla is a really big target to hackers...I do know that Joomla works hard to get security patches out as quickly as they can though.
  • Speed, I'd like to see the core Joomla sped up with out having to put in tons of work to speed it up.
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Sean Pomory | TrustRadius Reviewer
October 18, 2018

Joomla Offers Hassle, Headaches and Stress

Score 5 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Document indexing
  • WYSIWYG editor
  • Page version control
  • Multiple language support
  • Massive learning curve to get ramped up on the product. In my opinion, is more difficult than Drupal.
  • Terrible experience upgrading between versions.
  • Migrating content into Joomla is not easy.
  • WYSIWYG editor is a pain. Almost always errors editing content in this fashion as extra code is generated around functions such as bold, italicize, header, etc.
  • Document management can be a pain with files uploading into multiple spaces.
  • Overall, not user friendly for tech leaders and content managers.
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Rahul Kumar Singh | TrustRadius Reviewer
December 05, 2018

The latest Content Management System equipped with powerful front-end and back-end

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Pros and Cons

  • Joomla! does some things like content management, banner management and templates management very well. So these features are strength of Joomla!
  • If I talked about details then managing and creating menus is very easy in this tool.
  • Templates are flexible to use so one can easily use templates according to one's need
  • Joomla! has a problem with installing plugins that may [cause] problems sometimes when you try to install a plugin that is incompatible
  • Once you [have] made your website layout and then if you change your mind to change the layout then it's a big pain in Joomla!
  • I have not observed it but people say it is not [very] SEO friendly
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
August 28, 2018

Missing the Mark - Joomla!'s SEO and Mobile Optimization Capabilities Need An Upgrade

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Pros and Cons

  • Speedy publishing (ability to push content live)
  • Joomla extensions providing flexibility
  • Various permission levels for content access
  • Not necessarily SEO-friendly
  • Various extensions are not always compatible with one another
  • Overall UI and UX of the CMS itself is confusing and often takes way too much time to ramp; it's not very "user-friendly" to borrow a buzzword, and it often takes new team members longer than anticipated to ramp up and feel comfortable using the platform
  • Lack of safety and security features to protect site content and user/member information collected through the platform
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Ilham AB | TrustRadius Reviewer
June 28, 2018

Joomla! for CMS... Simple and easy...

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Pros and Cons

  • It is very easy to create any project using Joomla. Easy to use and easy to publish and maintain.
  • Joomla! has many add-on and extensions to support the full range of features.
  • It is based on Open Source with the strong support from many communities
  • Some of the Joomla! plugins and extensions are not free and not cheap as well.
  • Difficult for own customization.
  • Security concerns.
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Ho'omana Nathan Horton | TrustRadius Reviewer
January 24, 2018

Great, straightforward CMS that allows easy allocation of management of various pages

Score 7 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • I love the ability to assign users different levels/areas of access so that they can keep pages updated themselves and I'm not constantly updating something when someone emails me. This is an especially nice feature the bigger the pool of people who need to edit the page gets.
  • Joomla's interface looks a little old-fashioned and can be a bit finicky, which is intimidating to less experienced users.
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Eli Aschkenasy | TrustRadius Reviewer
September 19, 2016

Joomla!, a view from the trenches

Score 6 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • In my opinion, the diversity of joomla! is its strength. The fact that we can have a marketing 'website' with minimal customization on the same platform as we have a transactional 'application' allows us to diversify the services we're offering.
  • Another big advantage is the amount of knowledgeable people in the community. While being a FOSS (free open source software) assumes an active community, the joomla! community is eager to help at any level of question and for any user level.
  • One of the biggest problems in my opinion is the requirement of backwards compatibility which has two side effects. First, it can't take advantage of new design (programming) principles and changes are very slow to be incorporated. Second, the code base is bloated and 'heavy'. Sometimes the wheel is being re-invented and outdated solutions have to be maintained because of code/functionality dependencies that have to stay active.
  • Another (maybe even more problematic) issue is the lack of talent in certain markets. The US is a prime example for this. It is extraordinarily difficult putting a team of good developers together when announcing the project to be joomla based. (Tip: framing the project as PHP based and then on-boarding the team by explaining the nuances has been a proven remedy)
  • Europe, on the other hand, has an abundance of talent, so if you're contemplating outsourcing, joomla! is a very good option.
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James Fauria | TrustRadius Reviewer
December 23, 2015

Why Joomla still matters and the benefits of its use!

Score 9 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Joomla has a Built in Media Manager that allows you to create your own folder, name it whatever you like, and then configure the settings of your Media Manager to redirect to the new folder. Then, after that is complete, you can create other folders inside of the “Main Media” folder in a proper organized hierarchical manner.
  • Joomla’s Menu Manager is extensive and configurable. Joomla allows for an Unlimited amount of Links to have in your Unlimited amount of Menus.
  • No Separate “Page” and Separate “Post.” There’s only one type: “Article.” ALL “Pages” are “Articles.” All “Posts” are “Articles.”
  • Joomla has Unlimited Custom Module Management – Joomla gives you the ability to create your entire website out of Modules or simply create and manage as many modules as you want. You could put them anywhere you want, in any place, on any page you want. You can even put Modules into the Menu Items.
  • Joomla has a Built-in Access Control List (ACL). This allows you to create Specific Groups and then you can add Specific Users to those groups and manage with a fine granular approach, which group can access which individual part or element in the website.
  • Joomla lets you Sign-in to the website from the Front-End and edit/update content in Articles and Modules.
  • With Joomla there is one central place for installing Templates, Components, Plugins, or Modules: the Extension Manager
  • Joomla has built in Cache Control. This gives your site a quicker response to requests, if nothing has been change to an article or other element.
  • Joomla has a built in Contact Manager that includes Google’s new reCAPTCHA v2. This is the modern version that helps to block spam and other malicious submissions.
  • Joomla has built in Global Check in for items. Useful if you want to quickly return articles and release them from users editing it.
  • Joomla has a built in Language Manager. Very useful for International Websites or websites that welcome people who speak different languages.
  • Joomla is compatible with Microsoft Windows SQL Server and Microsoft Windows IIS Server so it could be seamlessly used in a Microsoft Environment. Most corporations run on Windows Networks with Windows Servers.
  • Joomla has a built in Authentication – LDAP plugin that synchronizes with Microsoft Windows Server’s Active Directory so you can just use your standard A.D. Login to sign in to Joomla on your organization’s Intranet Website. Implementing a Joomla based "Intranet" is a great low cost solution.
  • Joomla has built in Nested Categories. This provides for a more organized hierarchical atmosphere.
  • Joomla has built in Revision Control. In case something goes wrong in an article, you could revert back to a previous version.
  • Joomla has built in Tag Management. Tags help users to find articles pertaining to specific subject matters.
  • Joomla has built in Search Engine Optimization (SEO) settings on important parts of the Website including: Articles and Menus. This is where you can insert keywords and metadata. This helps with search engines.
  • Joomla has Search Engine Friendly (SEF) URL abilities that use Apache Mod_Re-Write. Instead of the user trying to read "?=itemid1" they will easily read "about" or "services" in the url of their web browser.
  • For Developers and Software Engineers:
  • Joomla is Object-Oriented Designed - Unlike Joomla's main competitors: Drupal and WordPress, Joomla, is an Object Oriented Designed (OOD) CMS. Object-Oriented Programming (OOP) takes the view that what we really care about are the "objects" we want to manipulate rather than the logic required to manipulate them. One of the principal advantages of object-oriented programming techniques over procedural programming techniques is that they enable programmers to create modules that do not need to be changed when a new type of object is added. A programmer can simply create a new object that inherits many of its features from existing objects. This makes object-oriented programs easier to modify.
  • For Developers and Software Engineers:
  • Joomla is MVC - Also unlike Joomla's competitors, Joomla's architecture is MVC. Model–View–Controller (MVC) is a software architectural pattern for implementing user interfaces. It divides a given software application into three interconnected parts, so as to separate internal representations of information from the ways that information is presented to or accepted from the user.
  • Joomla is SLOWER than its competitors. Although, with the implementation of new Solid State Device Hard Drives in Modern Website Host Servers, the slowness is becoming less noticeable.
  • The Image Editing abilities of the built in Media Manager are USELESS. WordPress is much better at built-in Image Editing.
  • The ability to either turn off or turn on, Automatic Menu Item Creation does NOT exist. WordPress is much better at that.
  • Sometimes, it seems like Joomla or its database becomes confused and\or Cache Build Up becomes a problem, and then the cache has to be cleaned out.
  • There is no built-in Automatic Cache Cleaning at configurable intervals.
  • The updating and upgrading process is easier than it ever has been, but it’s still not as flawless and as easygoing as WordPress.
  • NO Automatic Update abilities for Components, Modules, or Plugins.
  • Joomla is NOT nearly as popular or as used as WordPress.
  • Joomla lacks a comprehensive Preview ability. And there really isn't a good plugin for it. WordPress's Preview ability is far superior to both Joomla and Drupal.
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Rita Lewis | TrustRadius Reviewer
September 30, 2015

Joomla!, An Open Source CMS For The Rest of Us

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Pros and Cons

  • Joomla! is a content management system based on a database so it creates web pages dynamically based on a single editor and keywords. This allows users to update the site themselves and let Joomla create the pages from their input in a familiar environment.
  • Joomla! is Open Source software managed by a non-profit organization called Open Source Matters. Because it's free under the GNU GPL license, there are millions of programmers worldwide working on the platform honing it and maintaining it. Open Source also means that there is a strong community of approximately 8 million users who cooperatively share this free software platform.
  • Joomla! is modular. You only use what you need for your particular project. Joomla! has an extremely strong value-added software community providing add-ons for security, editing, forms, newsletters, storefronts, payment gateways, SEO, and so forth.
  • Joomla! is currently split into a framework and kernel and because it is Open Source, programmers are using Joomla!'s framework to build enterprise-level content management systems and cloud-based systems such as Nooku. Joomla! complies with most standard modern software protocols and runs on LINUX/Apache/MySQL/PHP so it is highly secure and easy to set up.
  • Joomla!'s organization consists of a front-end and a backend (called the Administrator). The Administrator area is meant to be intuitive but falls short because of the complexity of its structure -- areas where you perform work. There is a strong learning curve to get used to modules, plug-ins, and components plus articles and categories and how they work together.
  • Joomla! has a rigid structure that allows only certain types of pages, namely blogs and lists of articles based on how you classify subjects. Everything in Joomla! is an article. You have to know content strategy to add appropriate keywords to ensure that your articles show up on the appropriate pages either with others tagged similarly, or by themselves. Navigation is based upon these keywords as well. You need to design the site before you jump in and add articles.
  • Joomla! is built using PHP and runs on an Apache server. As such, it is not totally secure from malicious attacks at the server level. Extra care has to be taken to set up passwords, roles, and permissions to ensure that spammers and hackers cannot touch the database or Administrator.
  • Joomla! is not meant to handle more than a medium- to small-sized website with up to one million concurrent users. It can be placed on the Cloud, such as Amazon Web Services, where instances of the platform can take more users, but it is not enterprise-level software.
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Feature Scorecard Summary

Role-based user permissions (36)
8.8
API (32)
8.3
Internationalization / multi-language (33)
8.9
WYSIWYG editor (38)
7.3
Code quality / cleanliness (36)
7.7
Admin section (36)
8.3
Page templates (37)
7.7
Library of website themes (35)
7.5
Mobile optimization / responsive design (35)
7.6
Publishing workflow (35)
7.2
Form generator (32)
7.1
Content taxonomy (37)
8.4
SEO support (36)
7.7
Bulk management (35)
7.9
Availability / breadth of extensions (37)
8.4
Community / comment management (35)
8.3

About Joomla

Joomla! is a free, open source content management system used to publish web content. Joomla is written in PHP, uses object-oriented programming (OOP) techniques and stores data in a MySQL, MS SQL, or PostgreSQL database. Included features are page caching, RSS feeds, printable versions of pages, news flashes, blogs, polls, a search function, and support for language internationalization. Its dashboard organizing administrator tasks into context menus, from which content is edited, permissions set and changed, contacts managed, and messages sent to users. Extensions modify functionality in widely varying ways and provide flexibility.
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Joomla Integrations

Joomla Competitors

Drupal, Kentico, Plone, Magnolia (V4.5 and prior versions), Magnolia (V5 and later versions)

Joomla Technical Details

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Mobile Application:No