According to wikipedia , Joomla is a free and open source content management system (CMS) for publishing content on the World Wide Web and intranets and a model view controller (MVC) Web application framework that can also be used independently.
Joomla is written in PHP, uses object-oriented programming (OOP) techniques (since version 1.5) and software design patterns, stores data in a MySQL or (since version 2.5) MS SQL database, and includes features such as page caching, RSS feeds, printable versions of pages, news flashes, blogs, polls, search, and support for language internationalization.
As of March 2012, Joomla has been downloaded over 30 million times. Over 6,000 free and commercial extensions are available from the official Joomla! Extension Directory, and more are available from other sources. It is estimated to be the second most used CMS on the Internet after WordPress.
• The main advantage of Joomla is to manage the website content, to administer the website and you can also edit the content with user interface. You can edit, link and format the content easily. With the aid of Joomla, you can add the template easily. In Joomla, there are number of design templates available which are easy to download by the users. You need not to invest much on graphic or flash. You can alter the design with using interface. Joomla is freely available in the market with open source medium. You can easily donate, host and advertise to install the Joomla Software.
• The Joomla software is constantly updated by the users. Most of the developers are involved in the development and up gradation of Joomla system to make it more user-friendly. Developers are keen to get update the Joomla CMS to make it more interactive and user-friendly. With open source code, a developer can easily make and customize the applications. You can get latest information and help from the Joomla communities. The website developer can get help from the forums to solve the problems. You can get the answer by searching your problem over the search engine. Joomla is the best amongst the other CMS tools.
Open source essentially means it has been created by developers across the world and is not owned by a profit-hungry software company eager to charge for each update and add-on. This means that joomla is 100% free.
A lot of developers today seem to look down on the Joomla because they feel 'you can't build a real site on joomla. '
That is a very wrong belief and here is why I say so. Below you will find a list of real world user of joomla that simply trash that crazy belief.
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
Who uses Joomla?
Here are just a few examples of Web sites that use Joomla:
• MTV Networks Quizilla (Social networking) - http://www.quizilla.com
• IHOP (Restaurant chain) - http://www.ihop.com
• Harvard University (Educational) - http://gsas.harvard.edu
• Citibank (Financial institution intranet) - Not publicly accessible
• The Green Maven (Eco-resources) - http://www.greenmaven.com
• Outdoor Photographer (Magazine) - http://www.outdoorphotographer.com
• PlayShakespeare.com (Cultural) - http://www.playshakespeare.com
• Senso Interiors (Furniture design) - http://www.sensointeriors.co.za
More examples of companies using Joomla can be found in the Joomla Community Site Showcase.
My quick rundown of why you should use joomla.
• My first reason is Joomla is an Open CMS.
This means many of the elements of Joomla are free or low-cost, and, because of its huge popularity, developers are always working on new functions. And other developers are working on improving these! In all, there are over 6000 add-ons ? more than enough to meet the needs of any website. So they are practically giving you gold for free
• My second reason is that Joomla has a lot of great components,
both free and commercial (I'd stick to the well knowncommercial ones). For example if you wish to make video site you could use all videos plugin wich you just download and install ? a great component by the way.
• My third reason states that Joomla is very easy to setup and administer and you get great support from a large community.
• There is also a huge range of templates available whether you want a free one or a commercial one joomla has it all.