Joomla - the mature, responsible older sibling in the CMS family
Updated November 11, 2015

Joomla - the mature, responsible older sibling in the CMS family

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Modules Used

  • wide variety

Overall Satisfaction with Joomla!

We use Joomla as the primary platform for the development of client and internal websites. It provides a robust framework for creating dynamic websites and meets the needs of web projects from simple informational sites to complex action driven projects. Over the years we have used a variety of Joomla versions to deliver web solutions and have enjoyed the new features that each upgrade brings. We find it to be the best overall CMS on the open source market.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Reduces Maintenance Expense - Simple interface saves clients money on site management by allowing inhouse management where desired
  • Ease of Updating - Reduces website upgrade expense by allowing template upgrades without the need for redevelopment of content
  • Scalability is huge - Client gains entry to an enterprise level web presence with a smaller budget and can grow/add functionality as the budget allows without a redevelopment of the entire site.
  • WordPress,Open Cart,Drupal,oscommerce,Apricot,wix
Many CMS platforms are worthwhile contenders but we have found that Joomla consistently provides the most stable framework with the best options for accomplishing whatever we throw at it. There are times that we will choose WordPress. When the budget is very small and the need is very simple. Other than that scenario, we turn to Joomla every time for a consistently competent end result.
Joomla is well suited for 90% of website development projects. The only time I use WordPress is when I want to create a quick and dirty landing page type website and only then because I have a smooth extension that converts the WordPress environment into a basic landing page development platform. Otherwise, I am a Joomla lover and will always turn to it to rely on it's flexibility and robust options. Once you grasp the basic concepts of how the platform works, the sky is the limit in terms of development of function. It just makes sense.

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
Internationalization / multi-language
Role-based user permissions

Evaluating Joomla and Competitors

  • Price
  • Product Features
  • Product Usability
  • Product Reputation
  • Third-party Reviews
When I opted to go with Joomla, I downloaded an tested a few other CMS platforms. Drupal was the head to head contender at that time. I opted for Joomla initially because of the community support and responsiveness of the developers. It has been an excellent decision and I've watched that community grow along with the growing community of professional extension developers. Joomla is a solid platform and will continue to be as long as it's community stays vibrant.
I wouldn't change anything about my decision. I have used Joomla for nearly a decade. I have watched it grow and morph into what it is now and with every new feature I am only happier. I recommend taking the time to get past the initial learning curve to fall in to the true potential of the platform.

Using Joomla