Robust and Versatile Content Management System
Vince Ginsburg | TrustRadius Reviewer
July 24, 2013

Robust and Versatile Content Management System

Score 9 out of 10
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Software Version

1.5, 1.6, 1.7, 2.5

Overall Satisfaction

  • Solid core website, up and running within minutes
  • Versatile and customizable
  • Vast library of third-party plugins and components for every need
  • Many resources of third-party templates for just the right look
  • Open Source and Free
  • No central customer/tech support
  • Not all plugins, components, or templates are free
  • Saves a great deal of time from having to code a site complete from scratch
  • No cost, no licensing to get a powerful website up and running
Because Joomla! is constantly maintained and updated the code remains robust, efficient, and secured. The versatility of this platform makes it ideal for small businesses and those needing capabilities above many Wordpress sites.
Robust website with many features baked in, and many more available from third-party plugins.

Product Usage

  • Complete website framework and content management system
  • Allows you to get a fully-functional website started within minutes
  • Has vast user-made plugin and component library, for versatile scalability.

Evaluation and Selection

Switched from older versions starting at version 1.5.
Also considered Wordpress and Drupal. Wordpress was deemed to blog-oriented and didn't provide enough functionality and scalability needed. Drupal demanded too high a learning curve and would've delayed starting the project by too great an amount.

Implementation

We ultimately made several custom tweaks to the underlying PHP code, the engine of Joomla!, to fit our business needs, in addition to adding third-party plugins and components (as is the norm).
  • Implemented in-house
Self-implemented

Training

There is a little bit of a learning curve to acquaint oneself with the Joomla! back-end admin panel, and to understand its methodologies and terminology.

Some technical background is preferable, but not crucial.

Support

While there is no central support for the Joomla! core platform, there are official user forums. Across the Web are also many unofficial support forums for Joomla! users.
No - None is offered for the Joomla! core platform