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 the most popular Web site software available.
What's a content management system (CMS)?
A content management system (CMS) is critical to the success of almost every website and intranet, and yet many organizations are not familiar with this technology.
THE BUSINESS PROBLEM
- You have a website, or intranet. It has grown organically over time, and while it is very useful, it is far from perfect.
- Much of the content is out-of-date or inaccurate, it’s hard to find things, updating the site is complex, and the appearance is becoming outdated.
- Worse yet, you’ve lost track of all the pages on the site, and by having all the changes made by your skilled webmaster, the updates are piling up in their in-tray.
- What was on the site last week, or last year? You couldn’t say. In the back of your mind, you know that this could leave you in a difficult position if a customer sues, but there is little that you can do.
- If this sounds grim, you are not alone. In fact, it’s the natural by-product of maintaining a site using manual tools such as Dreamweaver or Frontpage.
- Thankfully, these problems are what a content management system is specifically designed to solve.
CMS: A WORKING DEFINITION
- A content management system (CMS) supports the creation, management, distribution, publishing, and discovery of corporate information.
- It covers the complete lifecycle of the pages on your site, from providing simple tools to create the content, through to publishing, and finally to archiving.
- It also provides the ability to manage the structure of the site, the appearance of the published pages, and the navigation provided to the users.
- Note that we are focusing on the most common use of a CMS, managing web content. In some circles, these systems are therefore called web management systems (WMS).
- Content management systems can be much broader than this, and Joomla comes with hundreds of components to optimize and give more functionality to your site at a fraction of the cost.
There are wide ranging benefits that can be obtained by implementing a CMS, including:
- streamlined authoring process
- faster turnaround time for new pages and changes
- greater consistency
- improved site navigation
- increased site flexibility
- support for decentralized authoring
- increased security
- reduced duplication of information
- greater capacity for growth
- reduced site maintenance costs
- sites can be upgraded and developed at a fraction of the cost.
Beyond these, the greatest benefit the CMS can provide is to support your business goals and strategies.
For example, the CMS can help to improve sales, increase user satisfaction, or assist in communicating with the public.
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
Joomla comes with integrated database which will allow users to register on your website and be kept up to date with new products etc. via a newsletter component.