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Joomla review by Daniel G.
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"Joomla, portales de compras web"

What do you like best?

Seguramente de los primeros productos CMS. Ha evolucionado mucho y todos esos años de experiencia se notan a la hora de usarlo ya que cuenta con muchisima configuración. Si eres un usuario sin experencia te llevará 15 minutos entender cómo funciona joomla y si eres programador web verás que puedes hacer autenticas virguerías.

What do you dislike?

Realmente nada. Como dije, puede tomar un par de días en entender cómo agregar contenido y estructurarlo, pero una vez que esto se resuelve, el resto fue muy fácil. Está claro que nada tiene que ver con portales ya existentes que generan una web semiautomático.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Joomla fue uno de los primeros en salir, y sigue mejorando. El soporte es fácil de encontrar a través de su comunidad activa de código abierto. La configuración requiere una pequeña revisión del manual y navegar un poco por la web de la comunidad, pero una vez que supera este obstáculo inicial, todo lo demás es fácil de usar, intuitivo y súper flexible para satisfacer las necesidades de todos. Recordar también que es totalmente gratuito.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Llegué a usar Joomla cuando necesitaba crear un portal web para que una empresa vendiera sus productos. Me llevó bastante crearles el portal desde 0 pero una vez terminado la calidad era muy buena y el cliente quedó satisfecho. En el futuro el propio cliente podrá administrarse su portal dado que le daremos formación para que el solo pueda modificar contenido.

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Joomla review by Maria  Z.
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"Good CMS for non specialized designers"

What do you like best?

Joomla became in one of the best options to make a website if your know-how of programming and design is not really high. It's easy to start, and very easy of use. To make it possible, there are thousands of webs with templates and extensions that allows you to customize your website to the level that you want. Another important thing is that there are a update system in the core of Joomla, that allows you to maintenance the installation updated and secure with just one click. In the old HTML websites wasn't needed but in this websites with JAVA, PHP and AJAX it's important to keep them updated.

What do you dislike?

The problem of Joomla is that you want to do something more complex, becomes more difficult to use, because you need to develop your own modules or your own templates, and this becomes to much work

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's easy to start to develop websites. For people than never use it there are much information for use it.

Also the amount of websites with content for Joomla helps to make it easy.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use Joomla and other CMS to develop simple websites for people than don't need really complex or interactive websites. It's really fast design a presentation website with Joomla

What Web Content Management solution do you use?

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Joomla review by Travis B.
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"Joomla is a great Website CMS"

What do you like best?

Super easy to use, great template choices, ability to get an entire website up and running within an hour or less! The addition of free extensions and modules is fantastic and enable one to create a professional looking website for a fraction of the cost.

What do you dislike?

The potential for hackers that constantly try to attack the backend of the website can be draining, when attempting to maintain the website.

Recommendations to others considering the product

As with anything, using Joomla will require a bit of a learning curve. But once installed, just go through the panel and play with all the various elements, and you'll figure it out. Be sure to go to joomla . org and read up on using the CMS. Also - add lots of the free components, modules and plugins (extensions) which will improve your site. I also recommend using a free program called "Akeeba" (you can find it online) which, once installed, will backup your Joomla site completely. Install that immediately. That way, if you mess up your site while working on it, you can easily get it back up and running within minutes.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I started out coding my websites using HTML, so when I found Joomla, it enabled me to setup an entire website within an hour. Joomla makes SEO a breeze, because one can post articles in advance, complete with meta tags, and request they post on specific dates, so your content is always kept fresh. Consequently, your webmaster is not forced to work on the site every single day, to try and refresh content and articles!

Joomla review by jasper p.
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"Simple Content Management"

What do you like best?

Its complexity, deep level navigation, sections in sections, categories. It makes no distinction between posts and pages, instead you use articles and modules for your content. Modules are best used for small pieces of content and media.

Great for all sorts of sites, with preference for community sites, eCommerce and portfolio/presentation sites.

What do you dislike?

Importing articles from one site to another is not as easy as with WordPress. There are extensions for it, like J2XML which does a good job, but migrating from one major version to the next can be problematic with respect to third party extensions

Recommendations to others considering the product

Joomla is quite an easy to use CMS. Joomla! is a great choice for website design and development. There would be no amaze if we have had missed out something about Joomla!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

One of the key points of utilizing Joomla as a CMS is that it doesn’t require any specialized technical skills to get help with it. This makes it easy for business clients who don’t know HTML programming or who are less keen on the technical part of the CMS. As an Admin, utilizing Joomla to deal with the site content would be a cakewalk for a nontech-savvy client.

Joomla review by Inma P.
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"Una de las mejores plataformas para iniciarse."

What do you like best?

Facilidad de uso – WordPress es significativamente más fácil de usar, especialmente para los no-desarrolladores.

Extensibilidad – Las comunidades de temas y plugins de terceros de WordPress facilitan la extensión de WordPress sin la necesidad de un desarrollo personalizado. Algunas personas incluso afirman que, con las extensiones correctas, WordPress puede hacer cualquier cosa que Drupal pueda hacer.

Facilidad para obtener ayuda – La masiva comunidad global de WordPress significa que es fácil de encontrar soporte para cualquier problema que surja.

Costos de desarrollo más bajos – WordPress ofrece más soluciones “listas para usarse” y los desarrolladores de WordPress suelen ser más asequibles que los desarrolladores de Drupal.

WordPress hace que sea mucho más fácil pasar de “cero” a “un sitio web completamente funcional que se ve bien”.

Con WordPress es posible encontrar un tema de nicho y tener un sitio funcional, y todo en una tarde de trabajo (obviamente, es poco probable que proyectos complejos se completen en una tarde).

What do you dislike?

No es un servicio gratuito: existen otras versiones sin coste, como WordPress.com u otras herramientas utilizadas para la creación de contenidos (creadores web online gratuitos, por ejemplo), aunque estas también están más limitadas, lógicamente.

Requiere de un nivel de conocimientos medio: WordPress no es una plataforma excesivamente compleja como otras, pero tampoco es tan intuitiva como los creadores web Drag and Drop, por ejemplo. En cualquier caso, tras un breve periodo de toma de contacto, el usuario sabrá desenvolverse con bastante soltura por la plataforma.

Aunque existen plugins que añaden funcionalidades comerciales, como WooCommerce, WordPress no suele ser la opción favorita para tiendas online de cierta complejidad y tamaño. En esos casos, se suele preferir Magento, OpenCart o Prestashop, entre otros.

Flexibilidad de diseño limitada: aunque hay plantillas para todos los gustos, si estás buscando un diseño completamente a medida, será necesario que contrates los servicios de un diseñador web, al que podrás transmitir tus propias ideas para que pueda crear una web 100% a medida. No obstante, existe una solución intermedia, que es la de contratar a un diseñador web para que cree un sitio web a medida pero basado a su vez en WordPress, de modo que el diseño lo puedan retomar más fácilmente otros diseñadores en el futuro o incluso el propio usuario si cuenta con unos conocimientos mínimos sobre WordPress.

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Muy buena plataforma para iniciarse en el mundo web

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Diseño web y plataformas de ecomerce

Joomla review by Christian C.
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"Website Management Made Easy"

What do you like best?

-As a person that is not incredibly tech saavy, this platform makes it easy to implement quick changes to our website content.

-The sorting of pages and articles makes it easy to search for the correct pages to edit as well as keep a running history of what we've created before.

-The integration with other systems we use is seamless

What do you dislike?

-I would like the ability to at least see the back end code so when bugs occur we can identify the problem without hiring outside IT

-The document and file sorting is a bit of a mess and hard to navigate

-In line text editing could be a little more in-depth

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Joomla is a quick and easy way for even the least technical people to be able to manage their website content. It has made it easy for me to be able to create new pages as well as edit content on the pages.

Joomla review by Lucas R.
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"Joomla! is the multitalented CMS"

What do you like best?

I really like the flexibility of Joomla! with all the extensions and templates. Thanks to overrides and custom fields you can do nearly everything with this CMS. In case you need support you can mostly find the solution directly from the great community behind it. Join a JoomlaDay or a Joomla User Group and always stay up to date with the latest trends

What do you dislike?

Nothing in special. Joomla! delivers everything you need from a responsive default template to an ever enhancing extension directory.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Can't wait for Joomla 4 with even more functionalities.

if you consider using Joomla! don't miss out the chance to meet the community. Wether on a JoomlaDay, the JandBeyond Conference or a local meetup of you nearest Joomla User Group.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Easy content management for multiple users. We have multiple people creating content and thanks to the advanced ACL nothing can go wrong.

To display our google calendar directly on the website we simply added a new module to the front-page and added the given code by google without any bigger issues. As already said: You can solve everything within Joomla!

Joomla review by Sarah C.
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"Effective, but not user-friendly"

What do you like best?

Joomla can really do anything you want. If you have someone who can code and customize a website from soup to nuts, Joomla can host it with almost infinite possibilities. Its also an open-source CMS which means you can switch coders or hosts at any time - as long as they know their way around Joomla, they can get around your site.

What do you dislike?

Even once customized to your particular website, the backend of Joomla is not at all intuitive or user-friendly. You absolutely have to be specifically trained to navigate it in order to update or add content. If you do not have a web team on staff, you can quickly get in over your head. I'm a PR manager and so my background is not in the tech side of websites - just the content management. I can use most of the basic features of Joomla and I can keep our website more or less up-to-date, but I cannot make any design changes or extensive updates without outsourcing to a web developer.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would only choose Joomla if you have an in-house development team and need a very customized, high-end website. If you have more basic needs or do not have web developers on staff, go with something like WordPress or SquareSpace.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Joomla was an excellent fix for our organization because it got our website off of a proprietary CMS system and onto an open source one, meaning that it was much easier for us to hire outside contractors to work on it and maintain the site. It also has limitless features - we needed a responsive calendar integrated as well as some other custom coding and our developer was able to put in everything that we needed.

Joomla review by Abhinav T.
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"Amazing Performance Joomla"

What do you like best?

Rather than concentrating on Joomla just I disclose to you why Joomla is a superior option contrasted with Wordpress in numerous situations when you are not searching for blog just arrangement. (Obviously with regards to Blogs there's EasyBlog for Joomla). WordPress was and is in fact second rate contrasted with Joomla on account of – spaghetti codes – no multilingual choice out of the container – nor get to levels and control – nor legitimate menu administration (for those with gateways to oversee 50+ menu things) – no layout, module and dialect supersedes (continually making a kid topic is truly something that shouldn't exist in any case) – nor client gatherings and a considerable measure of different noes…

What do you dislike?

Expectation to learn and adapt is steep. There is a great deal of documentation, however much of the time issues that emerge are not recorded and hard to explain. Most documentation includes utilizing this as a blogging stage and not how to control your vision into a practical website - so it requires a significant stretch of time to figure out how to control things. The bigger your site gets, too, the more odd bugs you're probably going to experience. A non-software engineer can influence things to work, however information of programming and how the back end functions is important to make something that doesn't look cutout..

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is a good website to make blog for ur website...

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This helps in creating blog of my website.. and different types of addon is also helping me..

Joomla review by Katrina B.
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"Joomla is a great website CMS"

What do you like best?

I love that Joomla is free, full of extensions and that it contains the ability to add so many necessary extensions for free. It is easy to use, once you know how.

What do you dislike?

Not much in Joomla that I dislike, except that there are not a lot of free templates to choose from that work well on mobile phones.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Joomla is free, but it offers a plethora of extensions and plugins that help to improve the viability of your business website. Since it is so rich in basic services, there is a learning curve in figuring out how to make your website work. If you stick to it, watch the videos on youtube that show you how to create your website, and then add extensions, plugins and content, you should be up and running in no time!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Joomla CMS offers a lot of free extensions, which help me to create professional-looking business websites that are interactive and have the ability to compete with other, more expensively-created websites.

Joomla review by Steven J.
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"Feature rich open source CMS at the top of the list"

What do you like best?

Highly adaptable framework and very intuitive back-end; with many thousands of well developed Extensions available to boost site features, tending to work out-of-the-box with a highly finished look and feel.

What do you dislike?

Having used other content management systems, the back-end feels in need of a little more development. Clients tend to take longer to pick up management than on Drupal for example. Most Extensions carry additional costs but is relatively minimal compared with Drupal's free Modules which then require further development.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Look at required site features, comparing Joomla! Extensions available with Drupal's Modules and the level of support and bug releases on each. Joomla! has much more well designed Extensions at a cost, which may be more difficult to further extend; Drupal Modules have more extendibility from the ground-up, carry no cost, but require much more time to develop.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Better ecommerce manageability. That compared to some other CMS ecommerce solutions, there is a much wider range of configurations available when integrating VirtueMart, making this one of the top choices.

Joomla review by Vince B.
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"Joomla is everything you need and more"

What do you like best?

The ability to own my content and my platform certainly make Joomla very compelling. I have never had any issues with finding companies who are able to support the application whenever I needed. If there was ever a time I struggled with something, there was always a member in the active community to help out.

What do you dislike?

Since there is no formal company which maintains the platform, you are at the mercy of the community to release new updates. Unlike WordPress, Joomla is a community-based application, so if there are every a security update, you have to hope that there will be someone who can quickly solve it and release a patch to the rest of the community.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Joomla is the perfect CMS for those who are looking to get selling their products online in the blink of an eye.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Joomla does a wonderful job at allowing its users to modify the framework to be completely customizable. Joomla is simply a foundation for what you are looking to do for your application. It can be a simple single-page website, or it can be a highly customized e-commerce application.

Joomla review by Alejandro P.
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"Un CMS no tan fácil para no-programadores."

What do you like best?

Lo mejor de Joomla es quees un CMS Open Source y gratis. Es muy fácil editar la plantilla por defecto que trae el sitio web y tenerlo listo en 1-2 horas. La plantilla por defecto es muy fácil de personalizar incluso para las personas que no tengan experiencia en diseño web. Con el sistema de plugins se puede personalizar completamente para que se adapte totalmente a las necesidades de tu empresa.

What do you dislike?

No es intuitivo. Para personas que hayan practicado con Joomla les será un muy buen CMS pero si no has usado nunca Joomla te será muy difícil hacer cosas más allá que modificar la plantilla por defecto.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Encuentra un desarrollador que sepa manejar el CMS Joomla a la perfección.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Usamos Joomla para crear y editar nuestra página web.

Joomla review by Marco C.
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"One of the most complete, yet easy-to-use CMS"

What do you like best?

Joomla is a very flexible solution, allowing you to build a solid web site without having technical knowledge. Using templates is easy and you will also find plenty of plugins and extensions, allowing you to build a customized system.

What do you dislike?

Joomla can be a little difficult to use at the beginning. It is also very dependent on the template you use. The more extensions you use, the more problems you will have in the long run, especially after updates, so my suggestion is to be careful with extensions and only use the ones that are really necessary to your business. Compared to WordPress, Joomla is not especially SEO-friendly. I'm not an expert in that field, but I suggest you speak to your SEO team before deciding to go with Joomla.

Another weak point, from a localization point of view, is that the visible front-end texts are scattered among many sections (you can have texts in the menu section, as modules, inside components, as articles, etc.), so controlling all this (when you need to translate them) can be daunting.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Being open-source, you should consider the pros and cons of that: there is a huge community, but it is not always easy to find the professional you need.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We wanted to quickly launch a web site without a deep knowledge of PHP and Javascript and Joomla allowed us to do that. We installed Joomla in just a few seconds on a shared hosting space, bought a template, customized it and we were ready to go in really no time. Of course, you need to have a clear definition of your web project before you start using Joomla, otherwise you will lose lots of time finding your way through the menus...

Joomla review by Miles S.
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"A Good CMS For If You Know Some HTML"

What do you like best?

Easy to use with a lot of customization. Joomla is very easy to use once you get the hang of it, but it can take a few days to get used to using it. Once you know where everything is and how it works it really is relatively simply to navigate and understand.

What do you dislike?

Joomla may have too many features for some users. There is so much customization and so many options available in the base installation of Joomla it can be difficult to understand it all. I like the level of customization available, but some people have noted that it is difficult to really understand what everything does.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you have a competent system admin who is familiar with Linux and PHP, Joomla is a solid choice. It is easy to set up and configure, but it can be slightly more challenging to manage content unless you are familiar with HTML, but this is really based on what template you choose.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are using Joomla to host several different small one-off websites. Most of these are event websites, but some are simply informational.

Joomla review by Grace L.
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"For someone who doesn't know code, Joomla is not super intuitive"

What do you like best?

I like that we have a cost-effective way to handle content management for our documentation site and corporate website. As a writer, I can get in and make changes with out always needing to contact our designer to help.

What do you dislike?

Joomla just doesn't seem that easy to use. Formatting can be a massive pain; that's why I say that you should know html really well. However, even when our designer, who knows html, tries to solve certain issues, it can take her a long time to figure out what's wrong. The interface isn't very friendly, and the search function isn't very powerful or accurate.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure that you have the chance to test the product in a sandbox, if that's possible. Try to find out how using it really feels.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We maintain two websites on Joomla. I'm not sure what benefits we've realized. We successfully maintain the sites, but I feel like another solution would probably be better for us. I'd like more flexibility in formats and better ease-of-use.

Joomla review by Ho'omana Nathan H.
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"Great, straightforward CMS that allows easy allocation of management of various pages"

What do you like best?

I love the ability to assign users different levels/areas of access so that they can keep pages updated themselves and I'm not constantly updating something when someone emails me. This is an especially nice feature the bigger the pool of people who need to edit the page gets.

What do you dislike?

Interface looks a little old-fashioned and can be a bit finicky, which is intimidating to less experienced users.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It might be nice to, as we've done, give users a little document with a crash course in basic HTML stuff and addressing some of the quirkier features of Joomla. This can greatly reduce the amount of support requests you get.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use this to manage the pages for the English Department at a big university, so we have total access but each program or individual represented can, if they wish, have control over their own page.

Joomla review by Lisa K.
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"Joomla is highly flexible"

What do you like best?

I've been using Joomla since its infancy, and the open source CMS is my favorite among the crowd. The built-in options for things like templating, menus, and use access control make a ton of sense and allow you almost unlimited flexibility to build a website. It has a strong, supportive development community and I'm not sure there's much that can't be accomplished with Joomla.

What do you dislike?

For the most basic sites, Joomla can be a bit too much sometimes, and over the years the upgrades have not been very smooth. However, upgrading has become pretty simple in recent years. One big concern about Joomla is that users don't maintain it as they should, but this is a concern for any piece of software. It must be kept up-to-date to allay security concerns.

Recommendations to others considering the product

When comparing something like Drupal or WordPress to Joomla, the most important consideration is how well your vendor can support it, how well they can train you to use it, and how much customization is needed to get it to work the way you want.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Joomla is a very powerful CMS that can run almost any type of website. It's highly scalable, so it allows me to offer all sorts of customized sites to my clients with straightforward editing and management. The ability to have multiple templates on one site, multiple menus, and highly-customized user access makes it my first choice for websites that require multiple users.

Joomla review by Patrick T.
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"Joomla is symply the best CMS in 2017"

What do you like best?

With Joomla you can build a simple blog or the most complicate corporate website easily.

• Clear, powerful & flexible architecture and framework

• Back-end/Front-end Administration ergonomic is clear, concise and smart

• Complete Administration accessible by mobile device or Desktop

• Third party modular components & Developers are outstanding in quality and service

• Joomla community will never let you down if you need help on their forum, as a newbie, user or as a developer

• Easy integrated multi-language system

• Easy integrated core & language overrides with straightforward templates system

• Brand New Router for cleaner URL

• Cleaner & faster Code

• Complete easy internal Joomla & Third party components update system

• ALSO INTEGRATED SYSTEMS:

- Content Custom Fields builder

- Article Versioning

- ACL manager

- Banners

- Newsfeed

- Contacts & Messaging

- URL rewriting & Redirect

- Smart Internal Search

- Tags

- Web links

The products and people around Joomla are simply different, in all my years building web sites from simple html/css and trying all important CMS out there, I always come back to Joomla. My vision is simple, I will ONLY propose the BEST SYSTEM to my customers, the one I will be using myself. Today the one I propose is ONLY JOOMLA!

What do you dislike?

In the far past some of the core updates was a little tricky compare to the great easy update system of the newer Joomla version.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Go ahead, try it !

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

My work represent Me and I know my customer get the best product for their money. My business model is not “Hit & Run” style and I know that this system will handle any of their demands and adapt easily to their needs for a long time. Thanks to Joomla.

Joomla review by Frederick o.
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"Most Secure Content Management System for Creating Websites"

What do you like best?

What I have always liked about Joomla is how secure the CMS is. In my history of creating websites with Joomla, I have never had any of my Joomla websites hacked. For my websites whose websites have a high likelihood of being hacked, I always choose Joomla over other content management systems like Wordpress.

Another thing I like about Joomla is that it is open source. I don't have to pay anything to use the platform. The only thing you will have to pay for at some point is the premium templates and extensions. And still, on this, you can always decide to use the free template and plugins and end up paying nothing to have a complete website up and running.

Another thing I like about Joomla is how the templates are set up. The templates are configured in modules which detect the positioning of various components in your website. If you want to check the modules of your Joomla template, you can do so using: http://mydomain.com/index.php?=1. This helps you plan the arrangement of the various sections of your website pages.

What do you dislike?

One of the things I dislike about Joomla is that it is not very good at it's blogging capabilities. If a client wants s a blogging website, I am forced to use WordPress.

Another thing I don't like about Joomla is that compared to WordPress, it is not very well documented. If you face a challenge and are looking for a solution to it online, chances are you may not get it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are looking for a solution to help you set up a secure website that's hard to hack, then Joomla should be your choice.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Joomla helps me as a web designer to set up secure websites for my clients. The stable and secure websites help my clients to have more credibility with their customers.

Joomla review by George B.
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"effective and robust cms"

What do you like best?

Joomla can really do anything you want. If you have someone who can code and customize a website from soup to nuts, Joomla can host it with almost infinite possibilities. Its also an open-source CMS which means you can switch coders or hosts at any time - as long as they know their way around Joomla, they can get around your site.

What do you dislike?

Requires the admin to be more-or-less tech savvy, to have worked previously with other cms (and no longer just a novice).

Recommendations to others considering the product

You absolutely have to be specifically trained to navigate it in order to update or add content. If you do not have a web team on staff, you can quickly get in over your head.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Joomla was an excellent fix for our organization because it got our website off of a proprietary CMS system and onto an open source one, meaning that it was much easier for us to hire outside contractors to work on it and maintain the site.

Joomla review by Tara U.
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"Flexible, but not friendly"

What do you like best?

The joomla platform allows a web developer to do pretty much anything. It's got enough flexibility and add-ons to accommodate lots of styles. Text heavy, menu heavy, image heavy - it can handle it. You can customize everything according to your tastes. All that without much knowledge of coding beyond basic HTML 5 (although more certainly helps). It's pretty easy to create an initial (simple) website if you don't have a lot of put up.

An interesting function of joomla, is that it's mostly user-run. Once you purchase the platform and a template, all support is run off user forums. So there isn't an official support line, but among the various forums it's pretty easy to get some help.

What do you dislike?

It's completely non-intuitive. If you know what you're doing and are joomla trained, it's probably an excellent platform. But trying to figure out how to do anything more than author the simple articles is really difficult to understand unless you've explicitly been trained on joomla. While the basic template is really easy to manipulate, beyond that is really difficult. For example, I was attempting to extend the maximum limit of images on a slideshow, and that simple extension took three steps - only one of which was intuitive.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Definitely find a web developer who is specifically Joomla trained. It's important to know how to use the platform well in order to receive the best return. Because it is extremely technical, flexibility is high, but it is not friendly at all. I would not recommend trying to "figure it out" because you will inevitably end up creating a link-flow or process in a way that makes it really difficult to edit later (yes - speaking from experience).

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

My company is a scientific research and biotech company that puts out all types of content: videos, articles, white papers, and images. Joomla's platform allows us to make the website HUGE, but relatively navigable. It definitely would be easier if the content were less linked and smaller in terms of content, but that applies to every platform, I suppose.

Joomla review by Desmond D.
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"The best CMS ..... after Wordpress"

What do you like best?

Joomla is beginner friendly, is regulary updated,have a good customization options and have a great online community. I used it for month for a little business, it's was good for a basic store.

Joomla offers templates and extensions but because it is less popular than WordPress, there are quite fewer templates and extensions.

You can also use it for blogging.

it's free.

the SEO Options is now implemented in the bese installation, not need a third party plugins.

What do you dislike?

Joomla is for me, the second best option for business and blogging. But i's a very good alternative.

Some third party plugins are expensive.

The community have a tons of modules, but they are hard to find and harder to maintain.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's a very good alternative to Wordpress, you can take a look a it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

My first online business store was made with Joomla, was a good experience. It's a great CMS.

Joomla review by Administrator in Retail
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"Great add-on for flexibility"

What do you like best?

Joomla provides an easy-to-configure front end for us to manage a database that isn't integrated with our current web platform.

What do you dislike?

Nothing really to dislike with this product.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Joomla is anything you want it to be - it is very flexible and easy to work with. It's also easy to integrate into existing web platforms, so you don't need to make customizations to you existing platform. It's great for small projects that don't fit into the mold of the huge platforms.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We had a store locator database that was hosted by our previous order management/web application provider. When we moved to a new platform, this database couldn't be accommodated in the platform. We used Joomla to build a new database as well as a front end to manage it, and then integrated the locator information into our web site. Without it, we would have had to invest far more money and time to build the integration in our new platform.

Joomla review by Quim J.
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"No lo recomiendo"

What do you like best?

Lo que más me gusta es la cantidad de complementos compatibles y la fluidez de todo fluye cuando hay varios usuarios en el servidor al mismo tiempo.

What do you dislike?

El back-end, donde la mayor parte del tiempo de un administrador de aplicaciones web necesita más trabajo, a pesar de que fue una gran mejora en comparación con las versiones anteriores (especialmente 1.5) todavía se siente antinatural o incluso torpe a veces, pero esto es todo desapareció tan pronto como te acostumbras. También habría sido bueno si todo el framework de Joomla se hubiera estructurado de una manera más amigable con los programadores, confiando más en OOP y estándares y / o paradigmas bien conocidos, ya que el MVC de Joomla no es su patrón MVC estándar, aunque entiendo que necesitaría volver a escribir todo el código base del proyecto y que no es un gran problema si planea invertir en aprender los pormenores del marco.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Lo recomendaría muchísimo para uso personal, incluso para negocios pequeños y / o familiares. Si no puede hacerlo usted mismo, el costo de contratar un desarrollador de Joomla es relativamente pequeño, especialmente considerando el desarrollo de aplicaciones web personalizadas. Definitivamente es un gran competidor y una de las mejores soluciones de CMS.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Usamos Joomla para la administración de contenido. Cosas como exhibiciones de autos y otros eventos fueron anunciados en nuestro sitio de Joomla, y pudimos tener muchas galerías llenas de autos para ver que funcionaron sin problemas.

Joomla review by Administrator
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"A versatile manager, with a lot of potential, and easy to upgrade"

What do you like best?

Joomla is a very versatile content manager. Although its modular operation will make it difficult to fit everything together at first, it will later become a tool with a multitude of possibilities. Best of all, you don't need to be an expert to keep the entire manager and modules up to date. Its update system works correctly, and you will be able to update without fear of losing your website's capabilities. The general modular operation will allow you to design every detail of the website without having to modify the code.

What do you dislike?

Its design by modules, although versatile, will make the learning curve slope, since to configure the same module you must access different options and parts of the panel, although it allows for greater customization, it is necessary to understand well how the system works.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's a good choice, with a great community behind it, to at least consider.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The main requirement is that it must be free of charge, and it is. With the wide range of customization you can make an authentic and personalized website to what you need without it looking like other hundreds.

Joomla review by Alfred N.
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"A content management software that attentuates the development and appearance of website content"

What do you like best?

Its an open source software allowing users to modify and distribute the content easily

Supports e-commerce by availing content that pushes the demand/brand growth of a company

Its easy to edit the developed content using the software

What do you dislike?

In a busy website that receives lots of hits per day, it places the demand and traffic on the servers of the website a lot

Recommendations to others considering the product

To enhance the growth of your company and elevate the sales made, Joomla is the software to turn to due to its insight and transformation role in the website content developed and broadcasted to the prospective audience using the web channels. This is the right software in developing authentic website content

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The business problem that we are solving is having web developers who come up with light web content and sometimes glaring errors in the content posted as the platform did not allow the editing of the content before it is posted. However with Joomla we can develop accurate content that matches with our business brand and increases the traffic and visibility of our business to prospective customers

Joomla review by Joshua H.
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"Great Website Builder"

What do you like best?

Easy to use for new users to pick up and learn. Fast updating for websites as well.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes the backend can get a little unruly, but nothing a little patience cannot fix.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This product is really easy to maintain and work with once setup. I was not here for original setup, so I cannot answer for that part of the implementation. The product really does well with updating and working with the pages. Adding new pages and articles is a breeze. The only issues I have with the solution is the building of the pages themselves. Trying to get pictures in a certain way can defiantly be a problem, but again, nothing a little patience cannot fix.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We needed a website for our department and we are still currently using Joomla for those reasons. This product does exactly as needed, and we have no need for anything else to run with it.

Joomla review by Jose  G.
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"Joomla, good CMS for new people in web development"

What do you like best?

Joomla is a Content Manager System ideal to start with developing websites, it's basic but very easy to start. There are much options to configure, and there are thousands of webs with free templates to use

What do you dislike?

If your level is low, there are some things that can be difficult to start, but in the net there are lots of information. Also is difficult to create your own template.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Good to people that needs to make a website fast and isn't a professional website developer.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Joomla it's perfect to make a website fast and simple. Therefore you can sell a website with a reduced price with Joomla

Joomla review by Gediminas B.
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"Expressing your ideas into a website with ease"

What do you like best?

Joomla is easy to setup and manage. It has a huge community and most features (such as plugins and extensions) are free. Furthermore, due to it's ease of use, one can focus more on content and SEO, rather than coding.

What do you dislike?

Just as most other content management systems, Joomla has it's issues with security and vulnerabilities.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's one of the leading content management systems in the world, so giving it a try will surely be a worthy experience. You'll be able to use this platform easily regardless if you are a beginner or an advanced user.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Just as many other content management platforms, Joomla is extremely user-friendly and easy to use. It's also completely free to start using, so you will not need big investments to get started.

Joomla review by Angelica D.
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"Joomla the CMS that would make your life easier!"

What do you like best?

Joomla is a very flexible tool for not technica users and experts web designers. Once you get the hang of how the different features, modules, compponents, plugins, and content are structured, it becomes very easy to maintain an active website with lots of updates. Also it is possible to find a lot of components, and modules for free, you can integrate another applications, create your own code, it is easy to setup, and very fast to generate a change in a website, just in seconds, but the best is that is free.

What do you dislike?

Maybe updates because always I have to make my backup just in case that my upgrade can generate some errors, if I want to create a ecommerce store, I cannot integrate the code from the banks, It only allows paypal and this kind of payments methods, but If I want to integrate the banks code it is not possible, also I hate the problems with permissions.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Joomla is a good tool if you want to have a website fast, to a low cost, and with a professional look.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have been able to create a webpage in 15 days which was very fast for my client and he was surprise with the results. Also it is very fast to make changes in my websites which is great because everyday i can change the look of my website and publish blog articles in matter of seconds.

Joomla review by Agency in Automotive
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"Easy and Flexible open source CMS"

What do you like best?

Joomla has adaptable framework with user friendly back-end; I really love that Joomla is free opensource CMS, with thousands of extensions and that it contains the ability to add so many necessary extensions for free to boost site features, tending to work out-of-the-box with a highly finished look and feel. It is easy to use, once you know how.

What do you dislike?

Joomla is dependent on the template you use. The more extensions you use, the more problems you will have in the long run, especially after updates as there is no formal company which maintains the platform, you have to depend on the use of the community to release new updates. Unlike WordPress, Joomla is a community-based application.

Recommendations to others considering the product

if you are fairly familiar with content management systems and web design and development then you will find Joomla’s capabilities to be of utmost advantage. If you are inexperienced, it may take some time to get to know your way around. Either way, whether you want to create a personal or business website, blog or e-commerce, Joomla puts a world of possibilities in front of you. Its open source and is free you with lot of free extensions that will help you customize the look and feel of your website

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Joomla was an excellent fix for our organization because it got our website onto an open source one, meaning that it was much easier for us to hire in-house people to work and maintain the site. It also has limitless features - we needed some custom coding and I was able to put in everything that we needed by using joomla user friendly extensions.

With Joomla I could create lot of meta tags and customized extensions helped in updating the look and feel of the website with huge ROI.

It is very easy and you can find a lot of templates on the internet.

If you are considering an open source free CMS jo for Joomla! you will find what you are looking for based on capabilities, look beyond this to the community available to support and extend the functionality of the CMS. This is the real power behind Joomla.

Joomla review by Jennifer C.
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"Joomla Is Robust and Extensible."

What do you like best?

Joomla is an excellent tool that interacts with your company's network that allows you to build online applications. Joomla uses a standard website content generator similar to Word Press that allows classified fields to be entered by the end user. The content can be managed by users authenticated or authorized for publication purposes. With all its add-ons and modules, it can solve almost any customer need by simply installing it. The content can be synchronized with the company's intranet or with the Internet, which guarantees a fluid synchronization between two platforms through PHP and SQL.

What do you dislike?

The biggest problem is the many underdeveloped extensions that one can find online. There is no way to know in advance if they are reliable or not. Yes, they are qualified and publicly reviewed, but experience tells us that you can not always trust the public.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I highly recommend Joomla for associations and small and medium businesses, which can pay a Joomla expert to keep the software updated and help with the initial configuration and design.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The ability to create websites with greater personalization and features, the client was extremely satisfied with the result.

Joomla review by Administrator in Public Relations and Communications
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"Joomla! is cumbersome and complicated"

What do you like best?

The only thing I like is Joomla! can handle a huge database and pull content reliably.

What do you dislike?

With Joomla! being open source, its developers keep reworking it (some for good reason-security), but when they put out an update it often completely changes the user interface and it scrambles the display of components, requiring time on the users part to go back in, reorder everything, and get the web page to display "as normal." I would never choose this platform, though I have to use it as my client's web page, a huge one, is written in Joomla! Other organizations I have supported have used it, too, but many of them are now defunct. Some of the components are so complicated I cannot prepare them myself and have to turn to a paid expert to add special features to the web page.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Look for another solution. While I'm not a fan of the new scroll down multiple image with text section format, there are many platforms that can help you accomplish your communications mission that will be easier to use.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I inherited Joomla! The organization uses it for its comprehensive web page for all its programs, membership lists, program announcements and more. The only benefit I can define is having a unified place for all the information to be held.

Joomla review by Michael J.
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"Great product if you want a nice custom website but without all the cost or coding"

What do you like best?

Once you get the hang of how the different features, plugins, and content are structured, it becomes very easy to maintain an active website with lots of updates.

What do you dislike?

Building and/or modifying templates can at times be a real pain if you are looking for a very specific look.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Do a test site first and load in the sample data that comes with it (an option during installation). Having that data in will help you get a feel for how to add new content and how it will appear in the site. Then try installing a bunch of different free plugins and ad ons. Don't get discourage if one of the first plugins you install doesn't work the way you want. Some are just better designed for different versions.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Need a website that allows a lot of user interaction, but don't have the staff to maintain anything that is hand coded.

Joomla review by Alvaro R.
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"Great content Builder"

What do you like best?

I like this constructor CMS site because I can edit content for our company and generate news of interest in general. What I love most is the ability to place content as a digital media or digital journal, this makes it special for companies that have a blog in its brand.

What do you dislike?

I do not dislike this CMS at all I think it is an excellent constructor of content where we can edit and publish many articles in a practical, simple and professional. We should always know that this software uses database connection where it is advisable to have a little knowledge about it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I recommend Joomla in a big way for those people who want to publish content in a dynamic way like a digital newspaper news, informative blog among other factors that help the general information of the public technological

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

With this constructor of site I have solved many commercial problems because thanks to the I have generated interaction between my users in such a way that they have been able to informace of our blog of news, FAQs, some technological tips that we could Publish with Joomla.

Joomla review by Cristina C.
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"Joomla is the best software solution for my web sites"

What do you like best?

For me Joomla is the best software solution for my web sites, it provides me the possibility to create a web site even if I don’t have a web design knowledge. I like that I can use many templates, plugins and functions.It makes my work much easier. I can customize my pages as I wish.

What do you dislike?

I don’t like that I have to pay for some temples, I also can find free templates but these are limited with not too many customization options. Joomla has a huge amount of data and it takes a while until you will set up your data into a ftp server. WordPress is much simple than Joomla

Recommendations to others considering the product

I recommend you first to ask your supervisor before start using Joomla for your projects. Maybe Joomla will be your best solution or maybe not, it depends on your web site that you want to develop.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

My team decided to quickly make a webpage site with no knowledge of HTML, CSS or Javascript. Joomla helped us to do this. I have installed Joomla to a cloud storage and I’ve got a template, the customization was easy and we had the site on air very quick. All we have to do is to have a clear view about our project and we can implement it fast with Joomla.

Joomla review by Sofia V.
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"Simple y fácil"

What do you like best?

Es muy fácil crear cualquier proyecto usando Joomla. Fácil de usar, publicar y mantener.

Me gusta la capacidad de asignar a los usuarios diferentes niveles / áreas de acceso para que puedan mantener las páginas actualizadas por sí mismos. Posee un panel de control muy completo y fácil de usar una vez lo manejas.

What do you dislike?

Necesita actualizarse para ganar terrero con respecto a sus competidores. La comunidad necesita estar más activa y apoyar más la plataforma. También podrían mejorar la interfaz por defecto y la optimización general del programa.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Si no eres un experto en este tema es una herramienta adecuada para iniciarte al desarrollo web, posee muchas funcionalidades y cumple sus objetivos perfectamente.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Buen CMS para páginas webs, si tienes conocimientos de programación o cuentas con equipo especializado será una muy buena herramienta.

Joomla review by Davide T.
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"one of the most popular PHP open source CMS"

What do you like best?

Joomla! has a great community with a vast range of choices of plugins. There is a native framework with ORM, MVC templating system, file caching system and other useful classes for developers.

The plugins system based on events allows you to intercept the software flow and change it basing on you needs. Joomla! is more than a CMS, it's an ecosystem with the CMS at the core, where you can pack and install almost every feature you need.

What do you dislike?

As more as you install extensions you will have problems to maintain them because not all of them are updated when are released new major versions. Another problem you can easily run through is SEO: while you use native Joomla! articles component you wouldn't have big problems, but while you install third party components you will need a plugin for SEO that supports the plugins you installed or you should install plugins (if available) for the SEO plugin to support your plugins. That is very bad situation and if you can't code (or you don't have a budget for someone that can do this for you), you will find difficult to achieve your SEO goals.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Install only the extensions that you need, and use it only if the CMS core supports 90% of you needs, dependency on plugins can be very uncomfortable in Joomla!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Company websites are very easy to build with Joomla! and a lot of extensions are very useful to add key functionalities. The medium-high level of programmi knowledge required for customizations allowed me to participate to very interesting projects.

Joomla review by Rachel J.
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"No my preferred website backend."

What do you like best?

Joomla has a lot of plugins and templates available. Since it is open-source, anyone can develop anything they need to help enhance the front end user experience or the functionality of the backend. The Joomla learning curve is not very steep and there is a lot of support available for assistance. For someone who doesn't know much in the way of code, Joomla is a handy tool to build powerful websites with lots of add-ons, though.

What do you dislike?

Joomla can be slow and clunky, adding a fair amount of time that amounts to "hurry up and wait" when building or editing websites. It can be frustrating. The other thing I do no like about Joomla is that when they are done supporting a version, it leaves your site open to vulnerability, but upgrading from one version to another can be a daunting task, as simply clicking "upgrade" can totally render your site useless if your template and/or plugins are not supported. For some uses, Joomla may not be the best option.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would thoroughly research all options before selecting Joomla, and do a trial period to be sure Joomla is the right fit.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

In one instance, I was able to help build a Joomla-based web template for franchise companies to be able to update on their own after initial setup. Admin remained with the franchisor, to ensure compliance with the program, but the franchisee was able to go in and update info, add photos, and more, giving them some control and keeping everyone happy.

In another instance I was able to build a fully functioning, responsive, ecom website in a very short period of time. The company did not have an ecom site prior to that, but was a Joomla user. Having the ability to set up the site in the latest version of Joomla, in a "sandbox" environment, gave me the ability to fully test the site before launch. We were also able to use various plugins, like Virtuemart, to give customers an easy shopping experience.

Joomla review by Administrator
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"It's confusing and clunky"

What do you like best?

Joomla gets the job done. It is a basic website development tool, and will get your content on the page.

What do you dislike?

It is clunky, confusing, and doesn't have a lot of support features. It is not an intuitive system at all, and is very difficult to use. I consider myself very tech savvy, but I struggled a lot in learning to use Joomla, and there are some features I still don't use because they are difficult to learn and I don't have the time to study them online, if they are even described there.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would definitely suggest going with another product if you can.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use it for our company's intranet. It is a basic service, but we are looking to move to Sharepoint or WordPress, which are much easier to manage.

Joomla review by Autumn S.
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"Powerful and very easy to use"

What do you like best?

Joomla makes it really easy for me to take control of my website maintenance and updates. I rarely need assistance because it is so intuitive and easy to use.

What do you dislike?

Occasionally, the updates for some of my extensions aren't compatible with the latest version of Joomla, so I have to choose new extensions or fall behind, which is a security concern.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Setup can be a little tricky, and knowledge of CSS will allow you to modify the templates to fit your needs more closely. It is a very powerful product, but watch for compatibility between your extensions and your Joomla version.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Using Joomla allows me to have control over my website without needing to call a web developer. In-house control saves money and time.

Joomla review by User in Law Practice
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"Decent Software but Updates Are Annoying"

What do you like best?

It's pretty simple once you have it set up and have it all formatted. It's pretty simple layout and you can navigate it pretty easily. It works well and it adaptable and runs fast, isn't slow at all.

What do you dislike?

We've been using Joomla for years and while it worked well for us as a small business, as we've grown and wanted to add more to our website, it's struggled. There are always new updates and changes we have to make to keep our website looking the same and its difficult to make big changes to the format of our website. Its a good base for our website, but it's not user friendly and we often have to ask for help.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure you have someone who knows how to code and format things correctly. We had some trouble figuring this all out so we had to get outside support to do it. PLay around with the site, but also have a plan for what you want.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Our digital platform is based off of our website so it's become a pretty vital piece of our company. It allows us to reach people nationally and help bring in clients who may not catch our commercials or see our ads in the newspaper. It helps us communicate on a larger scale

Joomla review by User in Computer Software
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"An Important CMS to learn and utilize"

What do you like best?

Joomla is a relatively easy product to learn and there are lots of plugins which you can install to improve your website and it's performance.

What do you dislike?

Like most CMS's, security can be at risk. However, security might be less of a risk on Joomla than Wordpress since Wordpress is so popular. There are pros and cons, but you definitely want to be cognizant of security. I also wish the media manager was a little bit less clunky and more user friendly.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would consider weighing the pros and cons of Joomla and reading up on other CMS's. There are many CMS's out there. Joomla may be the best one for your needs.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am able to solve SEO challenges by utilizing specific plugins with Joomla. I am also able to have my site backed up on a constant basis with this program.

Joomla review by Sarah F.
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"Great flexible CMS"

What do you like best?

Joomla is a fantastic content management which we use to host several website throughout our company. It is flexible, Negates the need for advanced coding knowledge and building facilities such as forms are made simple.

What do you dislike?

I have found it difficult on occasions to find modules and template parts on websites which I have inherited and it is not always easy to navigate the backend.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Personally I much prefer Umbraco or even wordpress but joomla has its uses for someone who is more experienced in its use than I am.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Joomla makes it easy for our copywriters and editors to update our websites without the need for specialist coding knowledge.

Joomla review by William F.
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"CMS of the future?"

What do you like best?

Joomla provides all of the important things you need in a website. From security's AAA (Authentication, Authorization and Accounting) and two factor authentication built-in, to the WYSIWYG (MS Word type text editor) it makes updates and changes so easy.

Beyond Joomla itself is the huge developer community that provides often free, sometimes trivially priced add-ons that expand the functionality to nearly any capacity you can imagine.

What do you dislike?

Occasionally an update will render old versions of add-on useless with no warning. I feel like there should be some system where the components, modules, and plugins must certify compatibility across versions of Joomla and a database tracks these things to avoid updates breaking things.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Take a look at the CMS systems you want to review. When you find what you are looking for based on capabilities, look beyond this to the community available to support and extend the functionality of the CMS. This is the real power behind Joomla.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We build website for our customers based on this platform. It provides content management and an nice development platform to shape a custom website for our clients.

Joomla review by Cristi A.
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"Amazing tool, make your own web site or blog"

What do you like best?

With Joomla I like that I can make my own blog in a company without any effort because I don't know to much code so I think that this is the right tool for me. It can be used in a lot of platforms like cell phone or desktop, notebook. Has a lot of functions like: widgets, news feeds, banners. Has an clear back-end and front-end part.

What do you dislike?

It's a bit hard to install it. You need an access to a ftp server. The documentation is not so clear. It can be improved.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try to use it, it's very easy and you can find a lot of templates on the internet.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

At the moment I am using Joomla for a website for my department as an intranet page . It's low cost and easy to use. Simple support, quick improvement, fits to all needs.

Joomla review by User
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"Excellect CMS For Building Websites!!"

What do you like best?

I love the flexibility that I have to create exactly the kind of website that I want. Having access to numerous extensions only adds to the possibilities.

What do you dislike?

I think, compared to other Content Management Systems, Joomla is probably more complex. For the advanced user, the complexity may only be considered to be a CMS with vast capabilities, but for more inexperienced users, Joomla could easily be seen as far too overwhelming.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are fairly familiar with web design and content management systems, then you will love Joomla’s capabilities. If you are inexperienced, it may take some time to get to know your way around. Either way, whether you want to creat a personal or business website, blog or e-commerce, Joomla puts a world of possibilities in front of you.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The business problems I am solving with Joomla includes such things as effectively creating multi-dynamic websites that look professional and also, being able to create not only informational websites but also e-commerce ones as well. When speaking about e-commerce, Joomla has solved our need for inventory control and data collection.

Joomla review by Administrator in Events Services
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"Outdated, clunky but functional"

What do you like best?

The advanced ability to go into the code and edit any CSS on the pages. It is very well suited for a technical designer.

What do you dislike?

Mostly everything. Not being able to upload files with spaces in the title, having to add an image to the library before uploading it on a page, complicated page nesting, etc. The dashboard is confusing for a first time user to say the least. It took me a few months to navigate comfortably in the menus. Perhaps there is too much 'customizeability' which makes not so user-friendly for a beginner.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you have a technical background, you will find it easy to set up Joomla. If you are a beginner looking to just get a website up and running with pre-made options, go with either Drupal or Wordpress.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

My company's website is controlled via Joomla CMS. It is very easy to change out features, text and other aspects of the website on the fly and have the changes be reflected immediately.

Joomla review by Molly H.
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"Great software...really!"

What do you like best?

Not hard to learn on the job. I started using it with very little coding experience and could do a ton within a couple months. Let's just say my boss was very pleased with my work.

What do you dislike?

There could be some limitations that you would have to find answers for. But there is an amazing community that has posted tons of questions and answers so it would only take a quick google search to find the answer I was looking for.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you're coming from wordpress you will need to learn a few things. It's not the same at all! take your time to learn all the different features and I'm sure you will love it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Much easier to publish a dynamic website that is unique. It's much easier to make things custom and I feel you can do more complicated things than with other platforms.

Joomla review by User
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"poco intuitivo, hay opciones mejores"

What do you like best?

uno de los mejores gestores de contenido para elaboración de sitios web, un panel de control muy completo. programación php sencilla aunque complicada de comprender si quieres editar algun fichero. por lo demás es una de las mejores opciones para el desarrollo web con gestor de contenido.

What do you dislike?

se han quedado anticuados, los menus son poco intuitivos, y frente a otras opciones carece de muchas opciones y configuraciones. además hay muchos plugins que no son compatibles con versiones anteriores, y a la hora de actualizar a nuevas versiones es muy complicado. incluso siendo mejor rehacer de nuevo la web con una plantilla y un motor mas actual.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

perfecto para elaborar webs dinámicas y que requieren programación sin necesidad de conocimientos de programación.

Joomla review by Gillian L.
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"CMS for Dummies"

What do you like best?

We use Joomla to build and host websites on behalf of our clients. One of the main reasons we selected Joomla as our platform of choice is because of ease of use. It's something that we can very easily train our own internal, non-technologically savvy staff to use (once site is up) or the client.

What do you dislike?

Can be difficult to find the answer to bugs or how to set-up modules. Need to be really resourceful in tracking down articles online or forums.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Creating, launching, and hosting websites in a timely and cost efficient manner. We've been able to add an entire core competency to our roster of services which has resulted in net new revenue via projects we wouldn't have previously been able to handle.

Joomla review by Mark W.
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"Great Product and easy to use!"

What do you like best?

Ease of installation. Perfect guides for install and usage for the product. Updates are very easy to accomplish

What do you dislike?

You have to install a module or plugin for everything. It would be nice to have a lot if it integrated already, and just turn on when you need it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is very simple to use. If you are considering it, do it. You will not be disappointed!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

There isnt an option to email all your customers. With the other expansions that are available, there is great tracking of orders and locations of users.

Joomla review by Awwad A.
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"content tool manager"

What do you like best?

easy to use

easy to integrate varieties of media data into one tool that demonstrate the information through the desired media channel.

permanent availability of solving admin and techno issues.

I'm sure there are more advantages that lead to use the Joomla but above features were discovered from a beginner user. although the overall marketing needs are meet in Joomla.

What do you dislike?

I not go deeper into more feature yet, but since there more feature for sure there is one of the features has issued in somewhat comprehensive monitoring will solve any issue lead to dislike the tool

Recommendations to others considering the product

it is not designed for company and business individuals can use this valuable tool to start a new home business or social media business or promoting your idea via media tool.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

marketing solution

content manager

digital media content

Joomla review by Administrator
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"It depends on the use you want of it not desired for complex web sites"

What do you like best?

Is a framework that evolved to a CMS so you can easily create custom components. Besides, there is a lot of people using it. So you can easily find modules and components developed by other people. These may fit your needs.

What do you dislike?

its logic is a mess. Most of of relationships with menus or articles just does not make sense. If you combine it with Virtuemart it's terrible for complex stuff. Sometimes you are forced to hack core in order to achieve what you want to do. Since you cannot customize view.html

Recommendations to others considering the product

Use it just for basic web pages

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Our main page is working with Joomla right now. We are looking for moving to another platform

Joomla review by Erin H.
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"An ok CMS for free/cheap"

What do you like best?

I suppose the best thing that can be said about Joomla is that it's easy for non-technical users. The content management system is likely better understood by the average person who hasn't dealt with a CMS before, and for the price (normally free + however much they spend to get a template for their site), it's a decent choice.

What do you dislike?

If I compare joomla to another free CMS such as umbraco, I feel like it has a lot of shortcomings. And as someone who easily understood sitecore, kentico, and umbraco, joomla was very confusing until I did some reading and research. It isn't organized in a logical way but rather in a way that makes it friendly to a non-tech user, as mentioned before.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure you read up on Joomla and either get some training, or just give yourself time to fiddle around with Joomla before you're on a tight deadline for content completion.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We needed a CMS that was cheap/free for a side project I was working on, and the project lead selected Joomla. I was put in charge of the initial setup and management of the site in Joomla, so in that regard, it solved the problem of a need to manage and display content that would respond well to mobile devices.

Joomla review by Aaron B.
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"The best CMS for advanced users."

What do you like best?

The ability to customize my website to my needs and be able to take my site, share the database and build apps for my needs. Joomla allows you to do everything for your site with advanced knowledge of CSS, HTML and more. Most template providers offer their own framework, the current one we use is based on Bootstrap 3 which allows us to customize and build custom modules based on Bootstrap 3.

What do you dislike?

The design of the admin panel and lack of admin modules. Feel forced to use the Joomla articles instead of third-party components due to the lack of available modules from developers for the admin panel. SEO can also improve but works great using a third-party component. Out of the box, Joomla only has Bootstrap 2 built-in which causes lack of ability to future-proof but third-party templates can upgrade to newer Bootstrap so you can have better customization.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Read all about Joomla, know what Joomla can and can't do. Do much research about all different template frameworks and have knowledge about CSS & HTML so you can customize your whole experience.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Our entire website is built with Joomla, allows us to show our product to the world and using third-party components built custom to our needs, allows us to have apps custom made for iOS, Android and more. Joomla is a complete suite for the advanced web designer. Having a Extension Showcase on the Joomla website also helps find the right components, modules or plugins to tailor the needs of my company.

Joomla review by Molly N.
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"Great for New Web Designers!"

What do you like best?

I like how user friendly it is. It's easy to teach to others and play around with yourself, you just have to try things on your own first.

What do you dislike?

Modules! They are very tricky to me for editing and manipulating.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Go for it! As long as you have staff who can really dedicate time to learning and adapting your site, use Joomla for it!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We built our whole new site using Joomla, so it's solving marketing and info problems for customers and potential donors.

Joomla review by Administrator
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"Great platform, but needs a complete revamp!"

What do you like best?

Joomla is and has been a great CMS platform for those looking to have a stable and strong CMS product to build their websites on. There are many developers in the community and there are a great number of options and looks you can add to your site with Joomla.

What do you dislike?

The platform has become a little outdated. The advancement of their biggest competitor has essentially driven Joomla away from the end-user. The platform has over recent years been buggy and and heavy load on servers. It need major simplification if it desires to get the every day user back and not be just something developers enjoy to use.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Be sure to have a knowledge of web development. Because the platform has started to lag behind, you may need skills beyond simple design or css.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Joomla has allowed me to contact and connect with my audience and customers quickly and easily over the years.

Joomla review by Michelle "Mitchie" C.
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"Joomla umm what?"

What do you like best?

I've had it for a year and have experienced no constant challenges, so that's what I like best! I still don't understand it or what I am supposed to do with it.

What do you dislike?

There is so much to remember and this has to be here to link to this if you want it to match up to this. I dislike that very much. I am looking at the panel now wondering how on earth did I make this happen? There has to be an easier system to use. Plu and play drop and drag are more my speed of things. Why when I click on ZOO does it tell me I'm not authorized? How do I make the font bigger for my viewers?!

Recommendations to others considering the product

Be sure it's what you want. If you are looking for drop and go, this is not the product for you. It takes time to build. A great deal of time can be backtracking to ensure you have all of your content matched up and linked.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have no problems to solve with this product. Benefits so far have been somewhat smooth sailing. Because I have no idea what this is for. My IT buddy made me install and use it. IT guys know best?! I am looking at it now in bewilderment. There has to be an easier program out there for someone like me. I came from the Vistaprint platform, and regret leaving.

Joomla review by Shane S.
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"Joomla! the second place Open Source CMS that may not have a future."

What do you like best?

Joomla! has an exceptionally well curated collection of extensions (templates, plugins, and components) that can take a vanilla Joomla! website very far in the first strides of a project. The official Joomla! extensions directory is like the Amazon of offerings and reviews for the Joomla! community of website owners, builders, and developers. In an afternoon you can launch a Joomla! website and fill it out with a collection of free and paid extensions that will get you quite far... perhaps 75% of the functionality and design needed for a complete website project.

What do you dislike?

With the panoply of extensions and templates, Joomla! websites can quickly become a spaghetti mess of 3rd party tools fighting each other under the hood. Many of the extensions and templates offer competing ways of doing the same activity. What's more is that these components are necessary because the basic site building tools needed for most projects are not present in the core Joomla! toolset. Joomla! does not have a built in Content Construction Kit, unlike Drupal with it's node and views tools in core, so you will have to choose a 3rd party tool. This puts you in the position of being dependent on the overall Joomla! project community for support and a 3rd party developer that could abandon their extension at any time. These 3rd party tools, and Joomla! itself, do not always stress developer thinking flexibility... if there is not a checkbox for what you want to do... you may not be able to do it in Joomla! without hacking apart an extension.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I am not sure Joomla! has a strong future, it is deployed widely... but it seems to falling in usage an popularity according to Google Trends. Joomla! is free so it gets lots of deployments, but I am not sure they are all that well supported or have much commitment. WordPress has the same ambiguity about the weight of its install base, but there seems to be much more committed high end developers for WordPress and Drupal.

If you need a brochure with a blog, use WordPress.

If you want an enterprise class website that your business or organization can grow with in the long term, choose Drupal.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Joomla! is great at getting up to speed with a website that needs more functionality than a blog at launch. Many potential website owners are going to be directly comparing Joomla! to WordPress at first. Joomla! offers more flexibility in my opinion than WordPress, but it is not as good at blogging... and probably will never be. Joomla! can do more faster, but it does not really do any of the functions best or at an enterprise caliber. If you want a world class blog, you can do it in WordPress. If you have a complicated web application with multi-site and multi-user deployment, Drupal can handle it. Joomla! is a middle player that is adept at handling middle player (small to medium business issues) quickly.

Joomla review by User in Information Technology and Services
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"The Powerfull Tool which reduce developement time and faster the progress of business"

What do you like best?

the best thing about Joomla is that it is free and opensource so i like to contribute then i can develop and help the community. This makes the price of a product much cheaper and this doesn't mean that it is not that best it provides all the features packed in itself like security and UI/UX.

There are thousands of templates to use to reduce the design timing and cost.it provides flexibility and one of the best CMS to date

What do you dislike?

what i dislike about it that it requires so much of plugins which make it a little complex to use. and the customization also limits a user to design or do the changes according to his/her desire

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I can achieve the results so much faster using this tool and deployed so much of applications already so overall i am using it for web development and similar tasks

Joomla review by Jordyn G.
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"Powerful Content Management System for Business"

What do you like best?

Having a prebuilt front and backend is wonderful when building websites. Themes can be easily implemented and there are many free options for expanding the site. Functionality is fluid with a database created automatically allowing you to avoid the complexities of SQL. Extensions are available for both front and backend functions that can be added or deleted at any time. The customization is expansive, such as delegating user privileges by select individual accounts to modify. Perhaps the best aspect is that Joomla is free and often provided by popular hosting sites to automatically be installed.

What do you dislike?

While the program itself has updated nicely, extensions and plugins can feel outdated or are incompatible with the latest version. Perhaps the biggest hurdle is learning the vocabulary that is unique to how Joomla operates. Doesn't take too long, but it can be a hassle at first.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would encourage business to try Joomla for commerce reasons. Blogging and basic sites can seem overwhelming through this. The more complex the site is, the better the plugins and features you will find for free or reduced prices.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Small business will benefit greatly from such a powerful tool. This is regarded as one of the best free e-commerce content management system for a reason. I used the extension Hikashop to quickly build a functional mock store for testing purposes. The integration was seamless and I was able to mange products, carts, warehouse, and more for free.

Joomla review by Corey B.
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"Joomla user"

What do you like best?

Find it very easy to use and develop the template around. Clients seem to understand how to utilize the CMS easily and the articles/components/modules setup is easier to use from an end admin user perspective than most other options out there. There are also a large number of plugins, components & modules created from 3rd parties that help speed up development

What do you dislike?

Nothing really innovative has come out in a long time, each version does have its nice perks and updates, but i wouldn't consider them the leaders in CMS innovation. I've also recently found the sites have been getting hacked often if I don't install rsFirewall

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try it out, old mambo, and 1.x builds have a bad wrap and people have wrote it off from time to time, I invite you to install it on a dev server and see how easy it is to use and develop around

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We utilize it for a majority of our clients basic site needs, it allows clients to easily update and maintain their website while still allowing us to have a revenue stream adding features.

Joomla review by Chris B.
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"Great CMS for website design"

What do you like best?

I've been using Joomla since 2007. I've tried using other content management systems, such as WordPress and Drupal, but I think that Joomla is a better solution than those for my needs as website designer. I like that I can create categories and assign articles to those categories. I also like that I can find extensions all in one place.

What do you dislike?

To be honest, I think Joomla just gets better with each new software release. But I would like to see some security features built in to the core. I also would like to see better layouts for mobile design.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you're new at it, give yourself some time to learn how to use it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

My biggest problem is trying to find new clients, but I've found that advertising on Facebook helps somewhat. Joomla helps me develop a website in about a week's time once I do get a new client.

Joomla review by User in Internet
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"Does the job, but not very user friendly"

What do you like best?

The framework is very powerful, flexible and extensible. There are many plugins and extensions that allow you to add another level of interactivity to your website.

What do you dislike?

In terms of user experience, Joomla is one of the worst and less intuitive content management systems I have worked with. The learning curve is really big and you need to invest a lot of time in order to learn how to get around.

Recommendations to others considering the product

You should consider looking at other CMS alternatives, especially if the client or users who will be using the backend are not very tech-savvy. Joomla is hard to understand and maintain unless you have good experience using it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Once you understand how to use the back-end, it's

Joomla review by Mark Z.
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"As far as content management Joomla is first choice"

What do you like best?

I like best is the amount of supported add ons, and how seamlessly everything flows when multiple users are on the server at the same time.

What do you dislike?

Ecommerce add ons weren't so great, I had a hard time implementing them, but I was still able to use their software for other content management needs.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Do it, but make sure you have extra funding for things like add ons if you want your site to vary from others as a lot of people use the basic templates available.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We used Joomla for content management. Things like car shows and other events were advertised on our Joomla site, and we were able to have many galleries filled with cars to look at which ran smoothly.

Joomla review by Diana D.
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"I'm new to Joomla"

What do you like best?

There are features that make it easy to create web content for our business.

What do you dislike?

Some features are much more complicated for me and I need our Lead Tech to assist me with certain features I want to add.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Joomla has some great features for website content. You should know HTML, but it's not necessary to use this program.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are getting our business name out there and creating more followers. We have customers who have called because they found our website and it's easy to use.

Joomla review by Michael T.
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"Great at what it does"

What do you like best?

Choosing a CMS is quite difficult these days, having an abundance of choice. Each is quite good and has it's strengths, but Joomla, in my opinion is far superior due to one single fact - it is an all around CMS, where others were built for a single purpose and are trying to emulate or implement additional features based on an older code base. You can setup your personal or small company website in a matter of minutes, having all sorts of widgets and features, having an extreme amount of free or paid plugins, addons, components at your disposal. The forums are full of custom feature implementations and the community behind Joomla is superior to many of it's competitors.

What do you dislike?

The back-end, where most of the time of a web application administrator is spent needs more work, even though it was a great imporvement in comparison to previous versions (especially 1.5) it still feels unnatural or even clunky at times, but this is all gone as soon as you get used to it. It also would've been nice if the whole Joomla Framework would've been structured in a more programmer friendly way, relying heavier on OOP and well known standards and/or paradigms, since Joomla's MVC is not your standard MVC pattern, although I understand that i would require a re-write of the whole code base of the project and is not much of an issue if you plan to invest in learning the ins and outs of the framework.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would greatly recommend it for personal use, even for small and/or family-owned businesses. If you can't do it yourself the cost of hiring a Joomla developer is relatively small, especially considering custom web application development. It is definitely a great contender and one of the best CMS solutions out there.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Smaller personal or business websites with basic or intermediate functionality. Some smaller components can be written for such projects too, but the lack of git for such custom features is becoming a greater issue for larger projects. It is great at what it does, being an entry point for those only starting in web development or looking for a fast and easy implementation of their idea. You can setup your project without writing a single line of code in a matter of minutes.

Joomla review by Sarah O.
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"Great CMS for extra functionality"

What do you like best?

The downloadable extensions, free and paid. You can make your site function exactly how you want it to with as little effort as you want.

What do you dislike?

Troubleshooting problems or changing core files. It's easy with the forums but probably the hardest thing I have to do.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Joomla can be used as is, or with some code knowledge, you can do a lot of enhancements and customization.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Joomla allows our two person department to seem like more. It also enables me, with limited code knowledge, to build a beautiful site with extra add-ons built by programmers.

Joomla review by User
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"Very Versatile CMS That Lacks The Level Of Support Its Competitors Have"

What do you like best?

I love Joomla and being able to do so many things its able to make your website anything you want it to be. I have been using it a long time and being free to start off with is a big winner, and many of the addons are free, so it doesn't take much to set it up and get going.

What do you dislike?

It is so complex, as much as I adore Joomla this is not for everyone and is not as popular as say wordpress and its complexity created issues for ourselves in finding developers that work with it and we had to sadly move on.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Building websites, we realized as good as Joomla is its lack of popularity among developers means that it is harder to find help online in forums and getting actual developers compared to wordpress.

Joomla review by User in Higher Education
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"Joomla is a well-rounded platform for your content needs"

What do you like best?

Joomla has hundreds of plugins, all of which are created to serve a certain purpose, such as forms, ecommerce or blogging. Joomla is generally more secure out of the box than more popular CMS platforms like Wordpress. Easy to create and mage your own templates, which makes it a snap when using Joomla with large teams

What do you dislike?

Joomla is definitely a more technical platform than, say, Wordpress. Support can be filled with tech babble, or nonexistenet. Some features, like blogging, aren't baked in and will require plugins and additional setup to get started.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Learn as much as you can about setup before committing to ANY CMS - there are definite pros and cons to each, and what works for your business may not work for others. Same goes for plugins- fully evaluate them and comapre their features to your goals.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I used Joomla as part of an enterprise-level web design/CMS solution for a large public university for three years. During that time we used the CMS to publish news stories and web pages, as well as handle email subscriptions, forms and donations using various plugins and in-house development.

Joomla review by Agency in Computer Software
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"Powerful CMS has pros and cons"

What do you like best?

Joomla is a robust CMS that is popular enough to have a decent selection of templates, plug-ins, components, and extensions available.

What do you dislike?

Not as known, popular, or easy to use as WordPress, so fewer options available for the items above. Clients are not typically familiar with it either. If clients have any preference at all about CMS, they will want to use WordPress rather than Joomla, so it takes convincing.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Read the user reviews, look at what available out there. There is a rich and informative community of Joomla users who have written tomes of useful directions, reviews, "how-to" guides, etc. Take the time to understand your needs clearly and choose the system that will best meet them.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Similar to the Apple to Microsoft comparison, fewer users mean less hacking, though it's a concern on every system, of course. Joomla works very well with complex back-end programs and databases - far more robust than WordPress for this, but not as complicated to use as Drupal or similar.

Joomla review by James D.
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"Joomla tries to make websites quick and easy."

What do you like best?

Makes managing websites easier than manually coding them.

Allows clients without technical knowhow to do minor changes to text and images. (Although they do struggle).

Lots of nice themes.

Secure(ish)

What do you dislike?

Our site is now filled with 3rd party modules to make it look and feel how we want it to. This now means that staff without technical knowhow struggle to update it themselves.

It is know where near as user friendly as the alternatives.

Security is generally okay however there have been exploits in the past and I wouldn't be surprised if there is more to come.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Joomla is a useful tool but don't expect it to be as straight forward to manage as advertised.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We tried to use joomla to remove the need for a 3rd party web developer and do manage the site ourselves. This is not an issue for the staff in the IT department however we don't necessarily have time to make the changes that should be simple enough that anyone can do it.

Joomla review by User
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"Creating web pages with ease, Joomla please!"

What do you like best?

A lot of add-ons available

Different layouts available

An open source CRM

What do you dislike?

Tideous process

Takes a lot of time

Needs pre work of installing the setup files

Recommendations to others considering the product

Since years the website management has been static using Adobe Dreamweaver and similar products but with Joomla it is easy to build dynamic websites on the go. Y adding and deleting components easily

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It is database driven

It is menu based thus the content can be displayed in several ways

Often also called site navigation

3rd party components can be easily added like forums, stores etc

Different modules can be created thus the site can be made professional, simple or fancy according to users requirements

Joomla review by pratik d.
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"Awsome CMS with all the possible customization facility"

What do you like best?

I like Joomla admin panel a most, it is very easy to use and all the possible things which is needed is available at one click.

What do you dislike?

I dislike a default design of some joomla component like Jomsocial, J review, may be it can be improvable.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have developed many websites using Joomla and Mobile apps as well, so I have provided many solutions for many businesses. Implemented Jomsocial, Sobi, Sobipro, Jreview, K2, Kunena forum etc.

Joomla review by User in Wholesale
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"Best CMS templates"

What do you like best?

Joomla's community is very active. There are lots of addons / plugins created by different users and it is easy to find what you need. Same applies to Joomla templates. You will find a template to every subject you desire.

What do you dislike?

Often there are problems when using too many different plugins. They clash in their dependencies and it might take some time when a bug appears on your website and you have to find its origin.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Start by using an easy template and do not use too many plugins at the same time.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Joomla offers a great user management. You can create user group that work on specific parts on your website simultaneously without interfering each other.

Joomla review by Anderson G.
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"Joomla Developer since 2006"

What do you like best?

Joomla's code is being refactored to use some modern design patterns, built on top of a good framework, with many good extensions available. It has a good event system which allows to intercept events and create plugins to customize almost everything.

What do you dislike?

Its native content component is not so flexible. You need to go throw a custom component or 3rd party extensions to customize the content in a deeper level.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Don't look for free extensions only. There are a lot of good free extensions, but I'm sure the price of some extensions worth the benefits. You will be supporting the commit too, feeding the developers :)

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are using it as our default base platform for our own sites and client projects. A good benefit is that it fits well from small to big sites. It is robust enough for big projects. Probably not so customizable and powerful like Drupal, but a lot easier. For new users, it is not so easy compared with WordPress, but is more robust for future growth.

Joomla review by Administrator in Information Technology and Services
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"Jomla, a cms with everything you need"

What do you like best?

Joomla is a content management system that has everything. With a few basic php notions you can create a good site where you have useful and complete modules.

What do you dislike?

The only thing that can dislike me joomla that being a very popular content manager can have security problems. Being a prefabricated product it can be exposed to vulnerability. Although in many it can be solved with an update but not enhancing it creates this problem.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I recommend joomla to create a personal or corporate website quickly

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I always recommend joomla to people or companies that wish to start a web presence. You can create personal or corporate sites in a short time and very personalized

Joomla review by William S.
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"Joomla - Simply the best"

What do you like best?

Easy to use, make daily changes on the fly and easy to control user accounts.

What do you dislike?

Was difficult to get used to but after training, reading and doing a lot of hands-on it was much easier. Not something to pickup on overnight.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Keep program up to date and read ALL documentation

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Easy to design cutting edge websites that meet my customer needs and easy to train the customers on how to add/change content.

Joomla review by Rodrigo D.
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"It can get tricky really fast, but its worth it"

What do you like best?

It offers so much customization for content creators, developers, designers, etc. Its modular system makes it easy to put on new content. There are a lot of templates that you can use, for every type of website you might run. Also a lot of plugins for enhanced functions that you could imagine.

What do you dislike?

If you are not carefull it can get tricky to customize really fast.

Difference between versions are huge, so its recommended to stay within one version if possible.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Its not easy to customize themes, but its great to know how to add new modules. There are lots of tutorials to start from scratch. Free themes are also available to start customizing them and learn how to create your own modules.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Allows me to put modular content in the theme without writing special functions or so.

Joomla review by Alberto S.
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"Joomla "

What do you like best?

Me encata joomla porque es perfecto para hacer paginas web completas y con mucha cantidad de modulos

What do you dislike?

Me disgusta que para actualizar de versiones antiguas a la nueva es complicado

Recommendations to others considering the product

Tiene muchas facilidades y no como otros proveedores.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Mi pagiina web esta creada con joomla y me encanta la cantidad de plugins que le estoy poniendo

Joomla review by User in Higher Education
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"D Best For Websites :D "

What do you like best?

Joomla is truly so much better than any and all website portals I have used to create and manage content online. It has been since 2013 that I have been using this and I can tell you that I am not going back. The new 2.5.6 is so updated and the version lets you be as creative as you can think. The installation process is super easy. And trust me -- you are not going to want to go back to any other portal.

What do you dislike?

Not one yet.. Using this for 3+ years. There has to be really something strange for me to not like this. Because I think this is better than so many other SEO portals.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It has helped me create search engine friendly URLS. It is also easy in its various settings where I can manage who and what appears to what party. The permission tab, maintaince tab, and user management are so well done -- that is rare to find such great tool out there.

Joomla review by Yiannis C.
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"I've tried most of open source CMS, but I can't find a better than Joomla!"

What do you like best?

In general, I like the community, I like the people who contribute on Joomla! Project, are very wonderful people. Technically I like the impressive features, the plethora of extensions, the stability of versions, and on every release is getting better and better.

Also, I want to say a big thank you, and wish happy birthday to Joomla!. Ten wonderful years with Joomla. I remember, I was a student when I started to build my first website with HTML. I didn't know PHP/MySql at all. Then I found Joomla, a CMS based on PHP. I tried to quickly learn the basics of PHP. If you love what you do, you learn faster. After PHP, it took, no more of six weeks to enter the Joomla world. Since then, I'm with Joomla 10 years. I have made amazing things with Joomla. More than 40 sites for clients, about 60 custom extensions and 12 pro/free extensions. Now Joomla is the main source of my income.

What do you dislike?

There isn't something I dislike, really, but if I have to say something about this question, something I dislike is that there is not variety templates as the WordPress has.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Joomla! is one of the top CMS. You can easy create extensions based on the MVC model.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I like to build websites and applications with Joomla. I'm the founder and lead developer of Web357, where we have created 12 useful extensions for Joomla! and most of those are free.

Joomla review by Manuel T.
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"The best CMS to develop webs"

What do you like best?

Joomla it's a CMS that allows you to make a full website with not much time neither much know about web developing. Just you have to download the files, from the website of Joomla, uncompres in your server and run the installer. Its easy and fast.

What do you dislike?

The structure of the website it's static and difficult to modify. Some modifications needs much work

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's a good alternative to Drupal, and much better than the simple websites done by Apache and PHP

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Allows me to develop small websites for projects in very short time.

Joomla review by Brandon M.
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"Joomla, and my experiences with it"

What do you like best?

Probably the best thing going for Joomla is the wealth of third party extensions and templates. Not only are there a massive amount of free ones, but the commercial extensions and templates are second to none. There is also a great community to utilize for getting answers to problems that might arise.

What do you dislike?

Unfortunately Joomla's back-end can be awkward and cumbersome at first. With any content management system there is a learning curve, but I found Joomla to take a bit of getting used to.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Be sure to have a plan in place to cover your requirements, and make a concerted effort to investigate the available extensions and templates thoroughly.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

With Joomla there is a large amount of commercial extensions and templates to make a vast array of different types of web apps. With the right combination you can overcome any shortcomings you may encounter.

Joomla review by Regan M.
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"Joomla For Web Development"

What do you like best?

For the most part, Joomla is very user-friendly and is compatible with a variety of different extensions for more robust web development.

What do you dislike?

In my experience, the interface is slightly outdated. Many web development platforms these days use drag/drop options rather than code.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Familiarize yourself with HTML and CSS.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We host all of our client sites through Joomla which is great for consistency.

Joomla review by Richard G.
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"A more grown up alternative to Wordpress"

What do you like best?

You have far more flexibility in page control than wordpress allows and once you've learned the different naming protocol for components, plugins etc it's a doddle. Also more secure than wordpress.

What do you dislike?

Although there is a massive library of add-on components available it's not as large as Wordpress.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are starting to build more multilingual sites and joomla can do this without breaking a sweat.

Joomla review by luca m.
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"Ottimo per fare un sito in 10 minuti!"

What do you like best?

Joomla è fantastico perchè ti permette di realizzare un sito in 10 minuti davvero! Ma parlo di un sito funzionale ed efficiente!

What do you dislike?

Sinceramente per un programma free tutto quello che offre joomla è davvero tantissimo. Sono davvero felice di quello che offre. Se proprio devo trovare qualcosa che non va è il fatto non di avere un vero e proprio catalogo per moduli ed addon. Poi noto un leggera difficoltà in caso un utente richieda piccole personalizzazioni!

Recommendations to others considering the product

Un grandissimo cms che dovete assolutamente provare.!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Abbiamo scoperto che tramite il nostro server hosting c'è la funzione di autoinstallazione di app. E tra queste è presente anche joomla. Si puo' quindi in alcuni server installare joomla automaticamente e velocemente quante volte si vuole!

Joomla review by User
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"Buen inicio, pero superado actualmente por otras plataformas."

What do you like best?

Hace años fue un gran CMS, pero en la actualidad esta superado por otras plataformas. Wordpress ofrece mucho más contenido y facilidad de uso. Tiene sus ventajas, pero actualmente está anticuado.

What do you dislike?

Le falta ponerse al día respecto a sus competidores. poco contenido y la comunidad no apoya la plataforma como hace años.

Recommendations to others considering the product

No lo recomiendo. Es mejor usar Wordpress y apoyarse en Prestashop u otras plataformas. Joomla actualmente está un poco abandonado bajo mi punto de vista.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Dificultad de instalacion, algunas incompatibilidades, falta de contenido en la web....etc

Joomla review by Alhandin D.
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"Uno de los mejores CMS del mercado"

What do you like best?

Permite desarrollar cualquier plataforma web de manera muy intuitiva, hay gran cantidad de material, plantillas, modulos y complementos gratuitos al alcance de todos que permiten su condifguración y uso con apenas pocos pasos y conocimientos.

What do you dislike?

A veces el soporte es algo escaso y se depende mucho de la comunidad para avanzar. Muchos módulos gratuitos están desfasados y el SEO no es gran cosa.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Si tienes escasos conocimientos es una muy buena herramienta para iniciar el desarrollo web, con muchas funcionalidades.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Desarrollo web completo, tiendas online y e-commerce

Joomla review by Thomas M.
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"Backend is not user-friendly, documentation lacks severely"

What do you like best?

The user access levels is good, it is a pretty good system for giving rights to different groups of users. Also, the multilanguage side of Joomla is pretty easy to set up.

What do you dislike?

The documentation on Joomla is horrible. It is almost like the Joomla developpers do not want people to learn how to use the CMS. Most of the time, when you google for answers, you find old outdated solutions. The documentation is what I hate the most about Joomla. Also, I really dislike that all the content is only available through menu items. The modules system also can be a pain, once you have multilanguage.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I haven't figured out why Joomla could be preferred to other CMSs like Wordpress or Drupal.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Very few. We are really trying to get rid of all our websites using Joomla.

Joomla review by Administrator in Hospitality
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"Great way to start an online business"

What do you like best?

Joomla offers a great, full functional method of getting your website off of the ground with multiple integrations like shopping carts, emailing software and blog opportunities it's a big web-based software application that allows you the full opportunity to take your website to the very next level. Joomla is a well supported application that allows multiple apps/wigits to be running siultaneously on your website to allow your users a one-stop opportunity and to encourage them to return day after day after day.

What do you dislike?

I like most aspects of Joomla.. It would be nice if they had an auto-update to the latest minor version enabled.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Virtuemart, Google analytics, facebook integration.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

None