Joomla Offers Hassle, Headaches and Stress
Sean Pomory | TrustRadius Reviewer
October 18, 2018

Joomla Offers Hassle, Headaches and Stress

Score 5 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Joomla!

Joomla is used to manage our company Intranet. It is used as an information clearinghouse. We both communicate information on the page and use links, documents and videos to further assist communicating what ever is needed. Whether its for Human Resources, Medical Staff, Security or Marketing, we have place for it on our Intranet.
  • Document indexing
  • WYSIWYG editor
  • Page version control
  • Multiple language support
  • Massive learning curve to get ramped up on the product. In my opinion, is more difficult than Drupal.
  • Terrible experience upgrading between versions.
  • Migrating content into Joomla is not easy.
  • WYSIWYG editor is a pain. Almost always errors editing content in this fashion as extra code is generated around functions such as bold, italicize, header, etc.
  • Document management can be a pain with files uploading into multiple spaces.
  • Overall, not user friendly for tech leaders and content managers.
  • Joomla requires a lot of time to manage for technical leaders and content managers. Negatively affects ROI.
  • Is a free software, so we are not technically losing money (better solutions elsewhere though)
  • Takes a lot of time to get ramped up and trained on.
  • Difficult to understand metrics baked in. Hard to analyze what pages are effective, affecting the re-platform and redesign process.
Joomla and Concrete5 have about the same capability and similar issues. Purchasing a SAAS like Squarespace, Weebly or Wix would be worth the price to remove the hassle of Joomla. A more robust free CMS like WordPress or Drupal would be a better solution if you wanted to remain in that realm of software.
Content Author / Administrator
Joomla could be a good solution if someone wanted an entirely free site that could easily support multiple languages. Besides that, it is difficult for me to recommend Joomla. Personally, it has been one of the most constant annoyances in my current position. We are doing everything we can to secure funding to upgrade and move away from Joomla.

On that note, Joomla is not a good use for enterprise organizations with multiple users, a lot of documents and a lot of traffic. The software simply can't handle the load placed on it.

Joomla Feature Ratings

WYSIWYG editor
Code quality / cleanliness
Admin section
Page templates
Library of website themes
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Publishing workflow
Content taxonomy
SEO support
Bulk management
Availability / breadth of extensions
Community / comment management
Internationalization / multi-language
Role-based user permissions