Joomla: Is it Still Worth Using?

Joomla was initially released in August 2005, and it is the second most used content management system (CMS).  Since its release it has been downloaded over 50 million times, and it has been utilized by reputed businesses such as IKEA, Barnes and Nobles, Guggenheim Museum, governments around the world, and others.  There are many content management systems on the market today, and many users have switched over from Joomla to other CMSs because others seemed “better.” Regardless of how many former users there are, many of Joomla current users and newer users still see potential and use in the content management system.  Others see it as a dying system. But being the second most used CMS, it must still have some worth to it, right?  Today, we are going to explore and review Joomla to see if it is truly a dying system by examining the good, the bad, and their new update.

The Good

One of the positives of using Joomla is that it supports object-oriented programming language. A language that helps developers manipulate objects, thus making it easier to code.  Its themes are user friendly and makes it easy to navigate, add content, edit features, and make it mobile code3compatible as well thanks to embedded software like Proto Star and Beez3.  When using a Joomla site on a mobile device, the mobile user experiences great responsiveness.

They have some impressive security features, including password hashing, which prevents any passwords stored from being stolen if your database is compromised.  It also features multilingual compatibility, news RSS feed application, and documentation microdata.

As far as the basics go, Joomla seems like a good CMS, but will the cons of it outweigh the good?

The Bad

Joomla’s search engine optimization tools are not the best for various reasons.  1) The ending portion of your site’s URL does not tell the search engine the contents of your page.  Therefore, when someone searches keywords that are related to your page, your site will not pop up. 2) Your website name is used as your title tag.  If people are looking for a certain article, your article title will not show up in the search engine.  These are seo_detective-324x242only some of the SEO problems that users face when using Joomla.

There are few problems with their plugin and extension repository as well.  There are thousands of plugins and extensions that are outdated, and there are others where users face a lot of restrictions.  Also, many of their plugins are not familiar among developers.

The Joomla system itself is not regularly updated.   We tend to hear about new updates coming soon, but soon is actually really far away.  This is one of the top reasons that users switch over to other CMSs.

The New Update

Above are some of the most common phrases and complaints made about Joomla today.  Now let’s see if Joomla’s new update will make a significant difference. It supports PHP 7, the newest PHP release.  Users 1430220587Screenshot-2015-04-28-13.29.15can drag and drop images, insert modules into articles, editor tools added to toolbar, random ordering options and more.   From the looks of the new features added from the update, there is hardly any issues that address or aim to fix the short comings of Joomla.

Overall Joomla is a good system, but it is definitely not the best. The shortcomings of Joomla can become major issues for many people.  SEO and extensions are what many developers and other users utilize to make great sites for themselves or their clients.  If you’re building a small e-commerce site, then Joomla may be worth using.  But if you are a blogger, or anyone else who relies heavily on SEO, then you may want to look for another CMS.

I love the web. I have been obsessed with it since dial-up. How do people create this site? How can such a space contain all this information? How is it possible I can connect with so many people globally? It was a fascinating time. I was obsessed. I would look up anything and everything on the web.

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