Joomla

Joomla

Open source multilingual CMS platform

4.1/5 (330 reviews)

Joomla Overview

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

Pricing

Starting from
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Pricing options
Free Trial
Free
Open Source
Subscription
Value for money

Devices

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Markets

Asia, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China and 5 others, Europe, Germany, India, Japan, Latin America

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

Joomla Reviews

Overall rating
4.1/5
78% positive reviews
142
Excellent
116
Very good
56
Average
11
Poor
5
Terrible
Sergey M.

Zero $0 investment, resulting in a great looking website

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2018/07/12
Review Source: Capterra

Not only I learned something new, which I've never known before, I was also able to present a great looking product to a higher level management, which really didn't cost company a penny.

Pros

I came to use Joomla when I needed to build a web based portal for my company to organize internal resources and data. While I can't call myself a Linux guru, it really took me 15 minutes to get my initial Joomla website up and running. Instructions are very clear and simple. Joomla was my first CMS product to evaluate. While it did take me a couple of days to understand it's structure, from that point, building a website was as easy as 123. Everything is visual. You don't have to be a great programmer / web developer to get along with this product. With the amount of available free and paid plugins, sky is really your limit to your web site customization. While my website was fairly simple (as that's the way I wanted to have it), I've seen examples of very complex high end websites, built on Joomla. My favorite feature is a backup. It so happened several times, that I managed to break my website. Restoring from a backup and going back live was so easy, it was hard to believe. Provided this was a totally free solution (Ubuntu Linux + Joomla CMS), I couldn't ask for a better software for my project.

Cons

Really nothing. Like I said it did take me a couple of days to understand how to add content and structure it, but once this was figured out, the rest was a breeze.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
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Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Verified Reviewer

‘Thanks to Joomla Community’

Used Other for 1+ year
Reviewed on 2019/07/20
Review Source: Capterra

Wouldn’t exaggerate. A community who believes that the web should be for every one, works tirelessly to afford that opportunity free of cost. Go get it and experience for yourself. Go to https://downloads.joomla.org/ and understand your limits or nolimits. Then just leave a note of appreciation @ Joomla.

Pros

Thanks to Joomla community we have open source CMS to build websites at free of cost. Imaging the cost we have to incur if we had to rely on a multinational SW developer? This community of developers have come together and given us an exceptional CMS in building a site be it personal or commercial but free of cost. All you need is a hosting plan (free or paid and in most, Joomla is included as the CMS together with WP etc.) and you can get going building your site but you may need some coding skills if you want to customize your site. Having said so, Joomla has its own resources even for an average person to learn through errors. ‘If you are keen, Joomla is lean’. Why worry, you don't need to pay for your trials and errors. There are tons of learning material available at https://training.joomla.org/, https://forum.joomla.org/, etc where Joomla community is behind you to help you in making your project get going. There are enough of layouts and extensions/plugins free and paid, choice is yours. Don’t ask questions about SEO, all built-in. No need to pay for third parties to bring your site to the front. Don’t get caught to advertising, and if you, you will end up paying for what is offered free at Joomla. Now don’t worry about where you come from and the language you speak. Joomla will speak FOR YOU. Now, try Joomla for the endless features and resources.

Cons

Ideal for webmasters. That doesn’t mean you cannot utilize Joomla. Joomla is never downgraded. Its not an insult to Joomla community. But what I meant was for webmaters, the limit is beyond the sky.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
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Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Verified Reviewer

Joomla is a great cms alternative to Wordpress

Used Weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2019/02/13
Review Source: Capterra

I’ve used it for years with great results for myself and clients. I feel that my joomla sites have been more easy to update and more stable than the Wordpress ones as the years have went by. I’d much more rather troubleshoot a joomla error than a Wordpress one :) any day

Pros

I love Joomlas structure both from a content editors perspective and a coders perspective. Joomla is setup out of the box to handle and organize large amounts of content and is seo friendly. It’s templating system is easy to work with and makes it so much easier for designers and users. It’s admin is customizable and is logical. I’ve tried to love Wordpress but find myself always going back to joomla. In so many ways it’s core features and overall structure is just more logical to me and cleaner. Many times there isn’t a need for plugins cause the core will do most things which helps later on with site migrations and upgrades. With either Wordpress or joomla of one finds themselves needing super advanced feature sets such as for e-commerce or other things then I’d recommend looking into a customized saas service since they will be a lot more stable and better in the long term for maintenance and security. But for content sites and most business applications I love joomla over most other cms choices. The latest versions of joomla have also added nice core features making it extensible in a myriad of ways. As a non coder by trade I was able to learn joomla well and customize things myself since they are laid out more logically,

Cons

I think akeeba backup should partner with joomla and make akeeba a core feature of the cms :) but it’s still easy to install myself and run backups :) so no problem.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
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Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Alvaro M.

CMS that is fully customizable

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2018/07/10
Review Source: Capterra

Joomla! CMS is one of the first out there, and it keeps improving. Support is easy to find via their active Open source community. The setup requires a little reading up, but once you get past this initial hurdle, everything else is easy to use, intuitive, and super flexible to suit everyone's need.

Joomla! is also a good choice in teaching young IT and Web enthusiasts since it is open source and fully extensible and customizable. It will run on older hardware, and minimum requirement will not be a problem.

Pros

Joomla! has been around for decades, and the reason for such popularity and continued use is that it is easy-to-use and manage, it is open source and has a huge and active community that maintains it. The community provides extensive documentation, FAQs, and support for almost any question or issue you may encounter.

Joomla! can be set up locally and easy to deploy to the Internet publicly. The security features have significantly improved through the years.

This CMS comes with an intuitive dashboard. And there are many third-party integrations available for setup. Since this is open source, the elements are customizable to suit your needs.

Cons

Setting up may require an initial (steep) learning curve. May be not as easy to set up as Wix or Weebly. Hence may require the admin to be more-or-less tech savvy (and not just a beginner).

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
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Likelihood to recommend

9.0/10
Candace E.

Exceptional web developing software application!

Used Weekly for 1+ year
Reviewed on 2018/04/03
Review Source: Capterra

The benefits of using Joomla include managing content within a secured database. Other benefits of Joomla include learning about site analytics, metadata, structure and navigation of building a professional website. Additional benefits of utilizing Joomla include receiving a certification for the completion of certain exams. Furthermore, the benefits of utilizing Joomla consist of being able to clone or download repositories from GitHub to assist with more website development.

Pros

Joomla is an open source content management system that non-profit, state agencies, small-businesses, or corporations. Organizations can benefit from utilizing Joomla because the features within the applications are relatively simple to utilize to distribute company's information on a website. Joomla is an excellent tool that interfaces with your company's network that allows for online applications to be built. Joomla utilizes a standard website content builder similar to Word Press that allows for classified fields to be entered by the end user. Content can be managed by authenticated or authorized users for publishing purposes. Content can be synced with the company's intranet or internet ensuring smooth synchronization between two platforms using PHP and SQL.

Cons

Promotional materials may be forwarded to the company's legal address as providing an address is required upon registering with volunteers.joomla.org. IP Address may be utilized to identify possible abuse, which may be shared between third parties. IP Addresses my be shared when commenting on features, which also includes the users name and email address. Other information may be collected, but the "other information" is not specified within the terms of service agreement or privacy policy. Sharing of other information can be allowed with third parties regarding advertisements of goods or services.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

8.0/10

Joomla Pricing

Starting from
N/A
Pricing options
Free Trial
Free
Open Source
Subscription
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

  • Activity Dashboard
  • Content Management
  • Customizable Templates
  • Search Functionality
  • Social Media Integration
  • Website Management

  • API
  • Access Control
  • Automatic Notifications
  • Custom Forms
  • Customizable Branding
  • Data Import/Export
  • Drag & Drop Interface
  • Electronic Payments
  • Product Catalog
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Template Management
  • Third Party Integration
  • eCommerce Integration
  • eCommerce Management

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

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, Open Source, Subscription

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:

Freelancers, Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business, Non Profit, Public Administrations, Small 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. What type of pricing plans does Joomla offer?

Joomla has the following pricing plans:

Free, Open Source, Subscription

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, Cloudware City, CogniDox, HelpOnClick Live Chat Software, HiringThing, Mailigen, Mailjet, ShrinkTheWeb PagePix

Q. What level of support does Joomla offer?

Joomla offers the following support options:

Forum, Knowledge Base, Online Support, Video Tutorials