Joomla

Open source multilingual CMS platform

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Joomla Overview

What is Joomla?

A content management system is software that keeps track of every piece of content on your Web site, much like your local public library keeps track of books and stores them. Content can be simple text, photos, music, video, documents, or just about anything you can think of. A major advantage of using a CMS is that it requires almost no technical skill or knowledge to manage. Since the CMS manages all your content, you don't have to.

What are some real world examples of what Joomla! can do?

Joomla is used all over the world to power Web sites of all shapes and sizes. For example:

Corporate Web sites or portals
Corporate intranets and extranets
Online magazines, newspapers, and publications
E-commerce and online reservations
Government applications
Small business Web sites
Non-profit and organizational Web sites
Community-based portals
School and church Web sites
Personal or family homepages

Joomla Overview

Pricing

Starting from
N/A

Pricing options

Free Trial
Free
Subscription
Open Source
Value for money

Users can create websites for free, hosted on their own servers or on a Joomla subdomain. Upgrading to private hosting through SiteGround is also possible.

Personal: From $99
Business: From $199
Agency: From $399


Joomla Features

Devices
Business size
S M L
Markets
United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, China and 5 others, India, Japan, Germany, Brazil, Mexico
Supported Languages
Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Czech, Danish and 21 others, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian

Media

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Joomla Reviews

Joomla Reviews

Overall rating
4,1
/
5
Excellent
182

Very good
160

Average
78

Poor
17

Terrible
6

Value for Money
4,3
Features
4,1
Ease of Use
3,6
Customer Support
3,9
77% recommended this app
Emeka O.

A Content Management System for building websites

I used Joomla to build my website. It was relatively easy to get started with. Joomla works with extensions and templates which allows them to be easily customisable. Joomla saved me the cost of having to outsource my website design to a website developer.


Stacy M.

A little work goes a long way!

I was a faithful user of Joomla for 8 to 10 years. I actually got very good at working within the CMS. Once you learn how it all fits together, it can be a productive CMS, but it's simply not as easy as Wordpress. Wordpress is much less complicated and can do what Joomla does.


Ralf T.

Powwerfull but not user friendly

I only ever use this in large and complex systems with large user/clients bases. The data is very structured and not everything packed all in just one or two tables and you need constantly join tables to get just one information. This is a system to use for something like real estate with massive of data that need to be pulled from the database very quickly.


Verified Reviewer

Use Joomla if you like structured and guided onboarding

Joomla has quite alot of features out of the box so you can get started quickly without worrying about installing additional add-ons.


Viktoria J.

A good CMS

We used it for the first version of our website, but we decided to switch to Wordpress after a while.


Emeka O.
Industry: Information Technology & Services
Company size: 2-10 Employees

A Content Management System for building websites

Used Other for 1+ year
Reviewed on 2019/12/29
Review Source: Capterra

I used Joomla to build my website. It was relatively easy to get started with. Joomla works with extensions and templates which allows them to be easily customisable. Joomla saved me the cost of having to outsource my website design to a website developer.

Pros

Joomla is a Content Management System (CMS) that can be used to build websites. The things I like about Joomla are:

1. Ability to build a website with no technical knowledge required: The first time I worked on Joomla, I didn't know how to write the programming languages on which Joomla was built, but I was still able to build a website with it using available Joomla templates and extensions.

2. Easy learning curve: I learnt everything I needed to get started with Joomla, and also built my first Joomla website in one day. There are available YouTube tutorials, and plog posts on the internet that can help one to get going with Joomla.

3. Free domain name and hosting: Joomla provides users the option of using Joomla customised domain names for their websites, and also provides them with free hosting. I leveraged Joomla's free domain name and free hosting to build my first Joomla website.

4. Easy to customise: Joomla is very easy to customise. Joomla works with templates and extensions. The templates helps someone to decide how his/her Joomla website will look like, while the extension helps someone to add some functionalities to his/her website.

5. Security: Joomla constantly updates their CMS to provide security patches, and also to keep it from the attack of viruses. This increases the level of confidence with Joomla.

Cons

Joomla is an awesome CMS, but that is not without its cons. The cons of Joomla are:

1. Despite the fact that Joomla is easy to learn, it's learning curve is more complex than that of other CMSs like WordPress, Wix, and Weebly.

2. Poor layout: For me, the outlook of a website designed with Joomla seems to be less elegant than that designed with other CMSs like WordPress and Wix.

These are the two cons I can point out with Joomla.

Rating breakdown

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Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 7.0/10

Stacy M.
Industry: Events Services
Company size: 11-50 Employees

A little work goes a long way!

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2019/10/17
Review Source: Capterra

I was a faithful user of Joomla for 8 to 10 years. I actually got very good at working within the CMS. Once you learn how it all fits together, it can be a productive CMS, but it's simply not as easy as Wordpress. Wordpress is much less complicated and can do what Joomla does.

Pros

Joomla was the very first CMS I ever used. Being open source doesn't hurt, as it's always updating and evolving. The biggest pro for this product is that you have an enormous extensions catalog, both free and paid, which means you can create a one of a kind website.

Cons

For me the same thing that makes it great, is also the same thing that makes it less great. With Joomla being updated quite often, it happens often when extensions fail to update as quickly as the CMS itself, which renders them inactive until updated. Plus, there is a learning curve to working with Joomla, and it doesn't take long to forget which extension controls what element of the site.

Rating breakdown

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Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 8.0/10

Ralf T.
Industry: Internet
Company size: 2-10 Employees

Powwerfull but not user friendly

Used Monthly for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2020/12/01
Review Source: Capterra

I only ever use this in large and complex systems with large user/clients bases. The data is very structured and not everything packed all in just one or two tables and you need constantly join tables to get just one information. This is a system to use for something like real estate with massive of data that need to be pulled from the database very quickly.

Pros

This is a very powerful system with great data model and database structure. Everything is well separated in the database and easy to optimize. File and folder structure is also very clear and structured. This is the system to use if you have a large client/user base need different access roles.

Cons

This is a developer system. Standard user will find this very complicated and complex. Its not user friendly and the concept are very powerful but very technical.

Rating breakdown

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Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 5.0/10

Verified Reviewer
Industry: Computer Software
Company size: 51-200 Employees

Use Joomla if you like structured and guided onboarding

Used Other for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2020/01/20
Review Source: Capterra

Joomla has quite alot of features out of the box so you can get started quickly without worrying about installing additional add-ons.

Pros

I've used Joomla from time to time, when I have no say over what CMS to use. It's fairly popular in the early 2010s. The fact that it is still around now, though it's market share has been dwindling over the decade, shows that there is still value. I love how the setup process and admin panel are so structured and guided. So it is really easy to get started with zero knowledge. The menus are all well categorised and labelled properly so you know where to find what. You won't get lost: system, users, content, etc. Just click on every single category and page, and your website will be done in no time.

Cons

The actual website layout is pretty boring and lacks creativity so it may not be suitable for all kinds of website. However, if content is more important than aesthetics or presentation for you, then Joomla may be what you're looking for. People say there is a steep learning curve, it does take awhile. Funny thing is, if you're IT saavy or know some basic coding, I find I take longer to customise Joomla than its competitors. But if you're not so good at computers, then use Joomla.

Rating breakdown

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Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 6.0/10

Viktoria J.
Industry: Information Technology & Services
Company size: 2-10 Employees

A good CMS

Used Daily for 1-5 months
Reviewed on 2021/01/19
Review Source: Capterra

We used it for the first version of our website, but we decided to switch to Wordpress after a while.

Pros

Joomla is a good CMS, with many modules and plugins that extend the functionality however you need it.

Cons

The UI felt very dated and unintuitive. Using it was sometimes confusing and menu items were in places where you would not expect them.

Rating breakdown

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Likelihood to recommend: 7.0/10

User recommendation
7,4/10
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Joomla Pricing

Joomla Pricing

Starting from
N/A
Free Trial
Free
Subscription
Open Source
Value for money

Users can create websites for free, hosted on their own servers or on a Joomla subdomain. Upgrading to private hosting through SiteGround is also possible.

Personal: From $99
Business: From $199
Agency: From $399

Users can create websites for free, hosted on their own servers or on a Joomla subdomain. Upgrading to private hosting through SiteGround is also possible.

Personal: From $99
Business: From $199
Agency: From $399

Value for Money
4,3/5
Based on 443 user ratings
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Joomla Features

Joomla Features

API
Activity Dashboard
Automatic Notifications
Content Management
Customizable Branding
Customizable Templates
Data Import/Export
Drag & Drop Interface
Electronic Payments
Inventory Management
Order Management
Product Catalog
Reporting & Statistics
SEO Management
Search Functionality
Social Media Integration
Template Management
Third Party Integration
Website Management
eCommerce Management
Features
4,1/5
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Additional information for Joomla

Additional information for Joomla

Key features of Joomla

  • Banner management
  • Commenting through Disqus integration
  • Contact management
  • Content management
  • Google Analytics integration
  • Google Maps integration
  • Image upload
  • Multi-language interface
  • Polls
  • Search
  • Social media links & sharing buttons
  • Syndication & newsfeed management
  • Text editor
  • User management
  • Website dashboard
  • Website hosting
  • Website management
  • Website templates

Joomla FAQs

Joomla FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for Joomla.

Q. What type of pricing plans does Joomla offer?

Joomla offers the following pricing plans:

Pricing model: Free, Subscription, Open Source

Free Trial: Not Available

Users can create websites for free, hosted on their own servers or on a Joomla subdomain. Upgrading to private hosting through SiteGround is also possible. Personal: From $99 Business: From $199 Agency: From $399

Q. What are the main features of Joomla?

Joomla offers the following features:

  • Banner management
  • Commenting through Disqus integration
  • Contact management
  • Content management
  • Google Analytics integration
  • Google Maps integration
  • Image upload
  • Multi-language interface
  • Polls
  • Search
  • Social media links & sharing buttons
  • Syndication & newsfeed management
  • Text editor
  • User management
  • Website dashboard
  • Website hosting
  • Website management
  • Website templates

Q. Who are the typical users of Joomla?

Joomla has the following typical customers:

Small Business, Large Enterprises, Public Administrations, Non Profit, Freelancers, Mid Size Business

Q. What languages does Joomla support?

Joomla supports the following languages:

Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian

Q. Does Joomla support mobile devices?

We do not have any information about what devices Joomla supports

Q. What other apps does Joomla integrate with?

Joomla integrates with the following applications:

1CRM, Bookeo, Checkfront, CogniDox, HelpOnClick, HiringThing, LiveAgent, Mailigen, Mailjet, Post Affiliate Pro

Q. What level of support does Joomla offer?

Joomla offers the following support options:

Forum, Knowledge Base, Video Tutorials, Online Support