Ok for users, not fascinating for developers
May 24, 2021

Ok for users, not fascinating for developers

Nuno Reis | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 2 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Joomla!

It was suggested (more like selected) by a development company as the only CMS for a client with multiple localizations, and I'm running two of those sites (Spain and Latin America). The site was implemented by that company and I am only in charge of maintenance/security for the client.
  • Image gallery
  • Statistics
  • Localization
  • Terrible for updates (compared with alternatives)
  • Poor in links customization (for SEO)
  • A big learning curve (takes time to learn where options are and easily forgotten)
  • Too much time spent on maintenance
  • We got locked in an older version because the upgrade wasn't straightforward
  • Easily breaks when PHP is updated
As a user, it is more than OK for those standard daily operations like publishing and editing or comment management. As a developer, I have a very different perspective. Joomla! is not my favorite platform. Only ready-to-use tools like Wix can be less friendly than having to configure Joomla! for myself or others. It has more potential than BlogSpot (that one has been frozen for a decade now and can't be taken seriously as a contender) but is no match for WordPress.

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Did Joomla! live up to sales and marketing promises?

I wasn't involved with the selection/purchase process

Did implementation of Joomla! go as expected?

I wasn't involved with the implementation phase

Would you buy Joomla! again?


Joomla! can be an option when you have full control (hardware, PHP versions, database) and devote time to it. When you can (and know how to) do everything, it is a powerful tool. When you use it regularly, you will learn where functionalities are.

I enjoyed very much the gallery functionality and some minor article settings (change author, date) but in general, from my experience and compared to WordPress, it was a disappointment. The learning curve is steep for the occasional user and things get hard to find after a few days away from it. It is only a viable option for content creators who use it on a daily basis (agencies, for instance).

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