Joomla is best now, and will be in the future.
Jerry Janes | TrustRadius Reviewer
Updated July 07, 2015

Joomla is best now, and will be in the future.

Score 9 out of 10
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Software Version

2x-3x

Modules Used

  • Multiple

Overall Satisfaction with Joomla!

If you are new to CMS development, Joomla is a good solution to learn and use. I started in web dev. as a designer with low coding skills. When the time came to make myself more productive to my clients, I knew CMSs were the way, so I researched many and the two I chose to learn were WordPress and Joomla, which I picked because of their open scalability. That was four years ago and I almost exclusively use Joomla today because in my opinion it far exceeds the functionality of WordPress and only is widening the gap with its advances like Joomla Framework, which will soon bring RAD to the masses. I am about empowering my clients to do for themselves and even if Joomla (currently) has a more steep learning curve than WordPress, if trained correctly, I find my clients quickly going from newbie to developer in a short time. I taught high school for ten years and know what and when something works for my students, so trust this former teacher and make your choice Joomla. You won't regret it.
  • Scalability
  • Responsive
  • Functionality
  • Intuitive
  • Open
  • Mobile
  • Modular
  • Steeper learning curve than WordPress
  • Less customization than Drupal
  • Newest 3x versions are lagging with 2x modules keeping up
  • Excellent ROI as far as my clients are concerned. Regarding me, I rapidly complete projects so they incur less billing. For themselves, they find they get more done, more efficiently, more quickly.
Joomla offers more but is harder to learn.
I know others have said this, but I concur: Joomla is middle ground. WordPress is easier to learn but offers less functionality and scalability. Drupal offers more of latter but is harder to learn for the newbie. I choose Joomla time and time again for my clients for those reasons and use it myself for the same.

Joomla Feature Ratings

WYSIWYG editor
6
Code quality / cleanliness
10
Admin section
8
Page templates
5
Mobile optimization / responsive design
10
Publishing workflow
10
Form generator
5
Content taxonomy
10
SEO support
7
Bulk management
8
Availability / breadth of extensions
10
Community / comment management
10
API
10
Internationalization / multi-language
10
Role-based user permissions
10

Using Joomla!

Just yesterday I started developing a new site using Joomla. I still use WordPress but hands down, Joomla is my go-to solution.

Using Joomla

It is not a ten only because of its learning curve but again, that is a wise investment of time.
ProsCons
Like to use
Relatively simple
Easy to use
Well integrated
Consistent
Convenient
Feel confident using
Requires technical support
Lots to learn
  • Once you are up to speed, all functions are easy and elegant.
  • The back end is confusing if you are new and without direction.
Yes - Perfectly, as advertised.