CMS: Joomla back in the race against WordPress


Most people who have been interested in the Web have heard of WordPress. Indeed, it is by far the most used CMS in the world! However, there are others such as Drupal, SPIP, Ez Publish, Typ03 and of course Joomla.

Hello Joomla!

Joomla was born on August 17, 2005 on the initiative of a group of developers who were then on the Mambo project (CMS

) but who refused the evolution of the latter because more respectful of the open source values of the project.

Very quickly, the Joomla community grew and many developers contributed all over the world.
Joomla is open source, efficient and quickly becomes the number 1 CMS in the world at a time when many web agencies or other webmasters create PHP sites themselves.

For a brief presentation, Joomla is today :
– 68 000 000 downloads,
– The second most used CMS

in France,

– Communities of developers around the world,
– Thousands of free and paid extensions,
– An association: the AFUJ.

Why did WordPress become the first CMS

before Joomla?

WordPress was originally a blog-oriented CMS and did not offer all the possibilities of Joomla. However, the growing number of bloggers on the Web, and therefore by consequence, users of WordPress

has grown exponentially rapidly and developers have begun to take an interest. The community grew, so did the features until there was a huge amount of extensions available with a simplified and instinctive interface.

Joomla then suffers the competition, rests a little on its laurels for a while and loses ground and its place as market leader.

The return of Joomla to the forefrontJoomla

then released its version 2.5 which corrects a large number of shortcomings and introduces many interesting features, especially its update function

.

Going from one version to another required a lot of work and corrections. So much so that since version 2 Joomla promised its users a certain amount of time before moving on to the next version. This is now history (with some drawbacks).
Joomla is now much more intuitive, maybe even more than WordPress (depending on your taste), and very complete. Natively responsive, SEO oriented and customizable.

There are

more and more Joomla frameworks on the web but three of them are worth a look
three frameworks allow you to modulate Joomla as you wish, and are used by excellent web designers offering superb templates such as Joomlart, Yootheme or Rockettheme

.

It is extremely simple and accessible to all, to create a modern website, responsive to the visual totally customized with these tools.
These frameworks offer many possibilities of customization and optimization of Joomla sites:

Compression of CSS files
, – Compression of JavaScript files
, – Position of modules easily modified
, – Visual customization of modules
, – Compatibility Bootstrap, Font awesome.
It’s up to you to choose the one you are most comfortable with, and the most efficient for your website.

The

extensions…

As stated above, Joomla benefits from a huge community that offers thousands of free extensions. There are absolutely for all the needs (see the extensions in French version, and all the extensions).
It is quite possible to create a quality Joomla site completely free of charge, this is a significant point (and this with contact sheet, Google map, slideshow, Gallery etc.).

…for any type of siteWhether

it is for a real estate agency (ad site), a merchant, an institutional site, it is possible to create a website adapted and tailored to all types of business and profession

.

Content managementJoomla

is natively equipped with an efficient content manager: articles, categories, media… But for more functionality and sometimes ergonomics, there are two main content management kits
:-K2-
two very powerful free tools offer features that improve the quality of content, comments, internal linking of your site, visual effects. It is easy to add additional fields, formatting, and manage articles and categories, search on the site. They also improve in some way, the SEO of Joomla sites.

And by investing a littleYou

will find many paid tools to improve the ergonomics and content of Joomla but there is one particularly complete, light but powerful: Widgetkit YoothemeThis
tool can build a complete page easily while integrating visual effects of the latest generation. Of course, you will have to invest (39 euros for three licenses) if you want all the widgets but there is a free version less complete already sufficient for most sites.
You can create slideshows, accordion effects, etc. in a few clicks.

Permanent security updatesJoomla

natively offers the possibility to update your CMS

and extensions, and offers it to you at each connection to the administration interface. However, be careful to check the compatibility of extensions already installed, and when migrating from version 2.5 to 3, the support of the PHP version of your hosting. You could have a very bad surprise!

It is therefore essential to make a complete backup of your site before each update.
You can do it manually with FTP software, without forgetting to also backup the MySQL

database at your host, or install a free backup plugin like Akeeba Backup that will do it automatically for you in 2 clicks.

ConclusionAfter

a small Wagon of delay, Joomla comes back very strong and is now a serious candidate for the title before WordPress. Its communities, its extensions and tools as well as its new intuitive interface make it an accessible, free and powerful tool.

Fully customizable, it is undoubtedly more “manageable” than WordPress can be and should be suitable for those wishing to really “build” their website

.

However, beware of updates and the problems they can cause, so the basic principle of caution is to make regular backups, which is in any case recommended regardless of the CMS chosen.

Let’s get practical!


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