What is Joomla!?
Joomla! is an award-winning content management system (CMS), which enables you to build Web sites and powerful online applications. Many aspects, including its ease-of-use and extensibility, have made Joomla one of the most popular Web site software available. Best of all, Joomla is an open source solution that is freely available to everyone!
What is a Content Management System (CMS)?
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.
Why should you use a CMS?
Most people find it hard to keep their websites up to date which can cause delays getting new content online forcing your clients get to see outdated information. Using a CMS solution you can log in to an administration area and update content yourself so that you will not need to call and pay a developer to make simple changes or additions to your website. This is why many businesses are now changing to content management websites which cuts out the need for a developer to have to keep adding content.
The main advantages of using Joomla! CMS
Easy Content Management
From the base Joomla! is designed to be user-friendly. Once Joomla! is installed and configured it is very simple to use, allowing users to create new or edit existing content, upload or change images with the WYSIWYG editor, giving even novice users the ability to combine text, images in an attractive way.
SEO & Search Engine Friendly
That your website is found by search engines like Google & Bing is vitally important for a successful business. Joomla! has built-in Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) functionality and makes it easy to manage on-site SEO processes.
Secure Web Sites
Joomla! acknowledges how important security is. They have a dedicated Security Strike Team which is constantly reviewing the Joomla! software, identifying and fixing any potential vulnerabilities, and ensuring that Joomla! is a safe, secure platform on which to build your business, secure your information, and keep your data safe.
Multilingual Web Sites
There is international support for many world languages and UTF-8 encoding. Currently Joomla! supports over 60 languages! If you need your web site in one language and the administrator panel in another, multiple languages are possible.
The real power is in the way you customize Joomla!. There are thousands of ways using Components or Modules to enhance Joomla! to suit your needs. Visit the Joomla! Extensions Directory to get an idea how many options there are!
Integrated Help System
Joomla! has a built-in help section to assist you as a user to find what you need. A glossary explains the terms in plain English, a version checker makes sure you're using the latest version, a system information tool helps you troubleshoot.