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Joomla – Helping Businesses Manage Website Content

Joomla is a content management system (CMS) that many companies use to make it easier to manage their website’s content.  Often, websites are the responsibility of people who are not experienced in programming or website maintenance. Without a CMS like Joomla, they would be stuck rolling up their sleeves and learning to become a webmaster, including crash courses in HTML, CSS, FTP and all manner of other acronyms and technologies that most people would prefer not to have to learn.

With Joomla, you can maintain your website as easily as you maintain a directory of Microsoft Word documents. A website manager can login to the administration section within Joomla and modify anything on the site. You can create new navigation buttons, new pages and even upload images and documents to insert into web pages.

Because Joomla is extensible, you can even add new features to your website without requiring a programmer. Joomla has a large database of third-party add-ons that you can search through and select from. Once you find an add-on that you want, it can be as simple as clicking a button in the Joomla admin to add that feature to your website. Most add-ons are free or available for a nominal cost ($20-$80). Add-ons include things like a calendar of events, a blog, a membership management feature, a photo library and many others.
 
Joomla has become a popular platform for developing websites because of the tremendous value it offers. The software itself is free and open-source, which means that the full code used to create the software is also freely available. This enables developers to easily modify the software or add features to it that may be required by a particular client. Many of these custom features are what have become the basis for Joomla’s extensive library of add-ons. It’s often the case that if you need something on your website, someone else has probably also needed something like that and some developer has created an add-on for just that purpose.

Some people believe that because the software is free and open-source, it can not be as good as commercial equivalents. In fact, the opposite is true. Because the software is freely available, it encourages developers from around the world to contribute to improving it through testing, bug fixes and add-ons. As a result, Joomla is one of the most stable and feature-rich content management systems available at any price. If you think you might want to use Joomla in your website, give us call at 805-962-8565. We’re Joomla users and developers ourselves and can assist you in implementing this incredibly valuable tool in your website.