Joomla Expert Admin Since 2006 - Technical Support Specialist
October 23, 2019

Joomla Expert Admin Since 2006 - Technical Support Specialist

Jason Montoya | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Joomla!

Joomla (inspired by the Swahili word meaning all together) is a community-driven (as opposed to a corporate backing) content management system that gives its users and managers complete control for building and sustaining simple and complex websites. Out of the box, this open-source CMS provides an intuitive admin experience with an array of active components to deliver the user experience and functionality required for something as simple as a blog or as complex as an online news publication and community. Working with Joomla almost since its 2005 inception, I've witnessed the progress and leaps this tool has managed over the last 13 years. As I look forward to Joomla 4 and beyond, I see a powerful back-end engine most websites will want under the hood of their digital platform.

Here are many of the situations where I've been involved in Joomla projects with clients paying me to guide them and serve their digital platform building needs.
  • Comprehensive online websites with sophisticated front and back-end functionality (with ecommerce, event booking, email marketing, etc..).
  • Basic small business websites
  • Online product gallery websites (non-ecommerce)
  • Online blogging platforms
  • Online content repositories
  • Complete control over your website content, menus, SEO elements, and site layout.
  • A logical and intuitive admin interface for creating and managing the website.
  • An engaged and supportive community and marketplace of people, tools, and extensions.
  • A module management system to provide more control over a page layout and content in flexible ways.
  • A flexible design layout paradigm easily allowing for different design use across different pages.
  • A strong community of design template creators and page builders.
  • Joomla eliminates antiquated code with two-year deprecation pathways. This ensures all active components stay up to date and are currently supported.
  • Out of the box Joomla lacks a powerful built-in page editor like WordPress' Gutenburg (the one technical advantage of WordPress). But, with an array of marketplace extensions, this can be easily overcome.
  • The functionality power of Joomla can make users feel overwhelmed that they may break something.
  • Joomla doesn't have a corporate backing, so the growth and future of the tool is based on community involvement. It is currently strong and well-organized, but has had issues in the past.
  • Through the community built system, Joomla has made it inexpensive to build powerful website with extensive functionality.
  • Joomla empowers small businesses to compete with larger organizations by providing a free tool to manage and sustain their website and operationally related technology systems.
WordPress is designed in a way to make it fairly fool-proof for the admin, but in this approach, it handcuffs the user from having control or making it easy to do, in many cases, what are basic things (changing the title, URL segment, etc...). With the exception of the Gutenberg editor, Joomla is superior in every technical and admin experience way (this comes from someone who works on both platforms regularly). I also find the admin interface much more logical, scalable, and professional than WordPress.

I'm not familiar with Drupal, but I've often heard it can be more technically oriented and hard to use for intermediate and beginning users. While Joomla does provide a large amount of control over a website, it's also fairly simple to use. And with terrific permission controls, basic users can be shielded from functions and tools that may overwhelm them or give them abilities to break things accidentally.
Joomla is quick and easy to set up on a server. With, it's even easier. If you're looking to start a website for your small business or a blog, it's a great out-of-the-box tool to get started.

With the countless extensions, Joomla's functionality can be extended to provide you with more advanced tools the default install lacks. This includes email marketing, event booking, online store, online community, and popup boxes. It is, by far, has the best multi-lingual support system in a CMS.

Joomla, out of the box, has terrific access control and privacy settings. This allows you to tier both admin access and public user experiences based on the level of the user and in many cases, the level of their paid subscription.

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
Role-based user permissions