Joomla! a great tool that needs to continue to improve CMS admin usability
June 30, 2015

Joomla! a great tool that needs to continue to improve CMS admin usability

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Software Version


Modules Used

  • Breadcrumbs
  • Banners
  • Footer
  • Resources
  • Example Pages
  • Login Form
  • Polls
  • Who's Online
  • Advertisement
  • Random Image
  • Syndication
  • Newsflash
  • Latest News
  • Popular
  • Top Menu
  • Search

Overall Satisfaction with Joomla!

A professional photographer needed a CMS tool that would allow her to have full control of content. I felt that Joomla! provided the tools needed for her request with expandability to handle her changing needs. There was a lot of good plugins to represent her photos, which was the core of what we were trying to do with her site.
  • Display photos using Lightbox
  • Sort content inside the Joomla! admin tool
  • Allow the developer (myself) alter the code inside the templates easily for personalization.
  • Not SEO friendly
  • Some Joomla! plugins cost while same is free in WordPress
  • Much bigger learning curve than WordPress out of the box
  • Increased sales
  • Strong brand shows serious competitor
  • Point of contact
Joomla! competes against my WordPress developed sites. Joomla! has a harder learning curve than WordPress, but has been better suited for non blog sites up until recently when WordPress went head on to develop a CMS that wasn't geared specifically for blogging. This, I believe, has hurt Joomla!. Joomla! needs to continue to make the CMS user experience as easy as possible for the novice.
The question is always, should I start with WordPress or Joomla!? I normally go to WordPress for big novices and Joomla! for slightly more inept users. This has a big impact on who is using it. Joomla! isn't as intuitive as WordPress but is powerful nonetheless once you dive into it.

Joomla Feature Ratings

WYSIWYG editor
Code quality / cleanliness
Admin section
Page templates
Library of website themes
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Publishing workflow
Form generator
Content taxonomy
SEO support
Bulk management
Availability / breadth of extensions
Community / comment management
Not Rated
Internationalization / multi-language
Not Rated
Role-based user permissions