The website content management administration interface is very user friendly and easy to use.
If you are familiar with leading word processors you will be familiar in using the editor. It allows you to format the text and insert tables, images and hyperlinks and more.
You can read more on the benefits on using a Content Manager in a previous article Why You Need a Website Content Management System (CMS).
Joomla has a fantastic template based system for designs. Designs can easily be installed and switched between at ease.
There are also thousands of free and low cost Joomla designs available on the internet to download and install.
So for low budget website owners, there is no need for graphic design and additional cost. You can choose from thousands of designs to use easily.
If customization of the design is required, Joomla is built in such a way to make creating or changing designs very easy for developers to do, also reducing cost to having a bespoke website built.
With a development community of thousands of people there are in turn thousands of excellent and functional “add ons” that can be easily added into the Joomla website making it a far more powerful tool than a simple brochure website.
Most of the add ons are free, although many commercial ones are low cost and worth the investment.
Using these add ons means there are no development costs to create your own functionality. Such add ons are:-
⦁ Shopping Carts
⦁ Document Managers
⦁ Image Galleries
⦁ Forum/Bulletin Boards
⦁ Business Directories
⦁ Search Engine Friendly URLs
The full list of extensions can be found on the Joomla website.
Joomla is a Free. This is an advantage if most open source software.
The developers make their money from donations, support, hosting and advertising.
This allows them to release the actual software for free. It in turn means more people will use their software resulting in more donations, support, hosting and advertising. Clever.
Because it’s open source and free, thousands of developers have downloaded it, tested it and improved it.
It is a continuous development and improvement process so updates and new versions are released often.
This ensures the product is of high quality with bug fixes, security patches and extra features added often.
With commercial and closed source software you are generally left using the software as is out of the box, and are at the mercy of the developer to make changes which is usually unlikely.
Open source software means the code is open, so developers can access the code and change it.
This means if the system needs to be changed to work how the website owner wants it to work, it can!
With so many people using and developing with Joomla, the online support community is vast.
Whatever question or issue a website owner has, it is likely the question has been asked and answered already and can be found with a simple search online.
If not then there are many people ready to answer your question on the support forums.