Joomla : The Pros and Cons
Joomla is a powerful content management tool which is used to develop various kinds of websites. Needs like Blogging, professional, individual, training, e-commerce etc. can be catered using this content management tool. When it comes to complexity, Joomla! Places somewhere between simple WordPress and comprehensive and advanced Drupal. This Open Source script is very popular among programmers who create even quite advanced websites with it.
As noob in the field of Website development you can check out the below list of pro’s and con’s for using this CMS. So that you are more equipped to talk with your developer for the next project
- Joomla is quite simple to install. It takes only about ten minutes from downloading to having a working script on a server. It is not as easy as WordPress, but is still much simpler than Drupal.
- Joomla helps you to create hierarchical menus consisting of various menu items pointing to different locations internally (to the website) and externally.
- A standard CMS does not care about data integrity. Joomla, on the other hand, ensures the integrity (safety) of your data by locking content when someone is editing – which means that no one will be allowed to edit content.
- Editing content with a standard CMS is easy, but Joomla makes it even easier, simply because Joomla uses powerful editors that will make the person editing the website feel as if he’s editing a Microsoft Word document, and not content on his website.
- Joomla is created using PHP and uses MySQL for data storage. PHP is the most important open source web scripting language at the moment and MySQL is the most powerful and most used open source database. Thus, it is easier for developers to do problem solving.
- Joomla’s cache is one of the most important – and yet most dreaded – features of Joomla. It makes any Joomla website much faster, and it avoids overloading the server that is hosting the Joomla website.
- As of version 1.6, Joomla is natively multilingual. This means that you can build a website in English, and create another version of the same site in other languages, such as French and/or Spanish. Joomla thus will easily give you access to a broader audience.
- Joomla’s engine is scalable, and can be modified to sustain large amounts of traffic – we’re talking about hundreds of thousands of visitors per day. Of course, the modifications need to be heavy – very heavy to handle this amount of traffic.
- You cannot allocate different pages to different CSS when you use Joomla CMS development. Hence the design look in all pages need to be similar
- Many users, beginners especially, are terrified by multitude of possibilities and functions. So if the website is to be simple and you are a first time user WordPress is much more easier
- There may be frustrating compatibility issues between some of the plug-ins. It may turn out that it will be impossible to get some functionality without some serious work on the PHP code.
- Modularity and expendability often means bigger demands on server parameters. This certainly is the case. Still, if the website is not too large and there will not be thousands of visitors, there should be no problems.
- Out-of-the-box Joomla is not very SEO friendly, although the SEO will be greatly enhanced with the SEF plug-in installed.
To conclude if you have intermediate site and you are looking for more functionality than WordPress offers but have less technical know-how than is needed for Drupal then Joomla is a great solution. It is free and has a ton of add-ons available. This CMS is the preferred CMS of choice for multimedia sites or sites with lots of user-generated content.
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