Joomla CMS 3.0 Solutions & Options
July 20, 2015

Joomla CMS 3.0 Solutions & Options

Mark Goldsmith | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

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Overall Satisfaction with Joomla!

I provide freelance contractor services for global businesses and organizations. I have been using Joomla CMS from J1.0 to current release of J3.4. I also have experience with both responsive Joomla templates and frameworks and the over 8000 possible extension solutions.

Open Source Advantages:
• Integrated Store (eCommerce)
• Social Networking
• Responsive Mobile Compliant
• Non-Proprietary
• Cost Effective
• Reduced Development Time
• Built In Solutions
• Modular Framework
• Global Support Network
• Training & Tutorials
• 1000’s of potential solutions
• and much, much more
  • Cost effective, fast build, large support from contractors, developers and designers.
  • Hosting support and options.
  • As secure as any open source products and options
  • Provides integrated solutions like, eCommerce/Store, newsletter, community, events, forms...etc, over 8000 extensions and 3rd party integrations.
  • Free, while it can be customized, upgrades are released by the Joomla organizations.
  • Feature and upgrade cycle is dependent on the Joomla organization timelines and based on their priority feature releases.
  • General purpose core, good for many options, but some limitation for full customizations
  • Free, open source core, along with many free extension solutions
  • Very flexible with fast development and project publishing with solutions
  • Able to deliver complete project derived from core and extensions with inexpensive costs and budget requirements, scaleable and customizable to meet requirements above core offerings.
  • Since it is open source and built using PHP, customizations can be done based on what open source features allow.
WordPress is the next competitor, a more complete and robust CMS, with extension solutions to add increased functionality. Well supported by the Joomla community, and strong contractor support for building site projects. It's not as programming friendly as Drupal, but a good option for more limited custom code requirements. Joomla is a nice alternative, depending on requirements, between several top solutions like WordPress, Drupal and Magento platforms.

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

Using Joomla!

1 - Developer & Designer