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Building websites in Joomla

In the last post on open source Content Management Systems, I will tackle Joomla. Joomla was part of the original Mambo and has not looked back after that.

I used Joomla when I first started using Content Management Systems.

What is Joomla?

Joomla is an open source Content Management System which uses PHP and MYSQL.

Advantages of Designing a website in Joomla

  • Easy Set Up - Easy to install and configure
  • Admin out of the box - user management, search, polls etc.
  • Lots of plugins - There are over 10 000 extensions in the extension directory.
  • Joomla is easy to maintain and update.

Disadvantages of Designing a website in Joomla

  • Security is a real problem. Joomla is prone to SQL injections
  • Not SEO Friendly. Unlike Drupal and WordPress, Joomla is not SEO friendly, but you can improve it by using some SEO plugins like SEF.
  • Too many Commercial plugins and not enough free plugins to extend your website. Can become extremely costly to build.
  • Compatability Issues with plugins. Some plugins have compatibility issues with the versions of Joomla you are running.
  • Support - Alot of the plugins, especially the free plugins lack proper support from the developer once it has been released in the repository.
  • Slower Loading time on websites.

Examples of Joomla Websites


Joomla is a stable content management system but has a long way to catch up to the leaders, mainly Drupal and WordPress. Security is a real issue and it is for that reason alone, that I normally choose Drupal or WordPress.


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