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13 Reasons Why To Choose Joomla! {Infographic}

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Confused! Which would be the best CMS for your website? From the wide variety of CMSs out there which one would fulfil all your website’s requirement. But you also don’t want to choose just any of them. Well then,

Let’s me introduce you to Joomla!. It is the best Free, Robust & Open source CMS which comes with unrestricted rights to use for any commercial or non-commercial purposes. You are allowed to modify, distribute or can even enhance it so that other developers can also avail the benefits.

Apart from the fact that it is free and open source, there are many other reasons why you should choose Joomla over other CMS.

13 Reason Why to Choose Joomla

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What Web Developer Said About why to Choose Joomla?

I have asked the question to the experts that why one should choose Joomla over other CMSs? And here is what they have to say.

Søren Beck Jensen From Component-creator

Joomla has a very well documented, structured and extendable MVC framework that allows for overwriting or extending almost any feature or output. There is never any doubt about how a certain feature should be developed if you follow the development standard. The community is excellent and it is always easy to get help on either Stack Overflow, GitHub or the forums.

Brian Peat From Peatcreative.com

This one is a tough question. For the most part, I use Joomla because I know Joomla and it always feels to me like it won’t break as easily as Wordpress.

Things I like about Joomla:

  1. I don’t have to leave the module title empty to hide the title
  2. I don’t need a plugin or template add on in order to assign modules to specific pages
  3. I can assign different variations or templates to specific pages
  4. Overrides are usually fairly simple and don’t require knowledge of PHP functions
  5. Modules can be unpublished without having to move them to some weird bin, and they can be left assigned to the page they were assigned to before they were unpublished.

Things I don’t like about Joomla:

Stuff is just tossed into the components menu (I’d love to see us allow ccks and other content type components moved to the Content menu, but that’s for another discussion)

Things I don't like about WP

  1. The entire widget system. Get more than 5 or 10 widgets or more than a few widget positions and it’s a nightmare of scrolling
  2. Pretty much everything I like about Joomla requires a plugin or learning PHP functions
  3. Many templates hard code features that in Joomla can be easily done with a module
  4. Unless you learn how to custom code things into your template, EVERYTHING seems to require a plugin

Things I love about WP

  1. Custom taxonomy
  2. The ability to bypass or override a function, though this requires some learning of PHP and WP functions/hooks
  3. That there are some really nice extensions that look good.
  4. There are some templates that come with LOTS of cool options. This can also go in the don’t like the list because some templates come with WAY too much stuff.

One thing I go back and forth on. Joomla ties URLs to the menu, WordPress ties it to the post or page structure (nested pages get you nested URLs). There are plusses for both, but for smaller sites, I’ve found I actually like WP’s way of doing it because in Joomla I end up making hidden menus or hidden menu items and then aliases in the visible menu.

Alison Meeks from AM-Graphix

"Why should a developer choose Joomla over other CMS?"

There are many reasons why AM Graphix chooses Joomla over other CMS for my clients’ websites;

Security: The biggest reason I chose Joomla over others is security. While any CMS is vulnerable if not maintained some also have a poor code. The quality of the extensions chosen is just as important. If your CMS is solid but your extensions have holes they compromise the whole site.

Extensibility: In Joomla, I can build a basic blog or brochure style site but when the client is ready to grow their site we don’t have to start from scratch and use another platform.

Ease of Use: I’m not saying Joomla is easy because in my opinion all of the CMS have learning curves, but learning any skill set requires an investment in learning. There is more to building a website than to just make it look pretty. I have gained many clients not because their previous site was unattractive but because it was ineffective. Once you have your basic styling and structure in place adding content to your Joomla site is quick and easy. This is especially important going forward so you or your client can keep their content up to date without a major time investment for every change.

To use Joomla for a basic site you don’t have to know all the advanced functions. Build your basic site and be sure to sign up to get the newsletter and/or follow Joomla on social media to keep track of updates. Keep your site and extensions up to date and backed up. Want more? Keep learning. Life is about learning and tech is never-ending learning.

Joomla! The flexible platform empowering website creators

Thanasis Constantinou

Hi. I wanted to start with WP but my friend that provided me hosting he gave me Joomla. My tour provider uses WordPress. He asked me once to check his website and fix issues. I said, what a mess. I prefer to start my own website. And I did. I never regret that I started and stayed with Joomla. The only downtime I have that I think WP has an advantage is the Free good SEO. I am still experimenting to rank well. Still learning and every time I make better and better articles. I wish I could start from scratch but I can't now.

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