To Joomla or not to Joomla?

Is Joomla a useful CMS for web development and design? There are mixed opinions, so here is a breakdown of the pros and cons.

Advantages of Joomla:

  • Joomla is a great option if you wish to quickly generate a community or a network that has a membership area, newsroom, discussion boards, news articles and guest authors.  Building a navigation framework is simple and it does not require an expertise in html. It is easy to install and set up even if you’re not an advanced user. Joomla also offers a single-click install, getting your new site up and running swiftly.
  • Changing the appearance of your Joomla site is straightforward as well.  Shade configurations and logo switches can be accomplished without website coding proficiency. If you do know html and CSS, the templates have done all the hard work and all you need to do is make code modifications for more specific editing.
  • Technical changes are also fairly simple. Once the template for the website is chosen it is easy to swap modules and components for new ones.  In fact the Joomla home page offers many free modules and plug-ins that can save you a lot of time and effort. These freebies make it easier to upload new files and content that can then be quickly reformatted by the activated module or plug-in.
      • Example: You can set a schedule with publish dates for specific articles, including author-names and breadcrumbs.
  • In addition most templates come with position holders so you do not have to spend unnecessary time adding new content to each internal page on your Joomla site.
  • The SEO value of Joomla metadata combined with off site factors makes it possible to aggressively SEO your Joomla website.

Disadvantages of Joomla:

  • The downside of Joomla is the way the code is created.  Joomla uses tables to construct its layout, which means Joomla code is a bit out dated. This is significant because the latest code standards are an important factor in search results on popular engines like Google.
  • One remaining issue is that the core system itself is very complicated. This requires your server to draw upon a larger amount of its reserve.  If the database is not modified for improved functionality, it is likely the site will stop working if you exceed 50,000 visitors per day.

Conclusion: For the beginning user, Joomla’s advantages may outweigh its disadvantages. If you ultimately wish to host a complex website with high traffic, a more flexible web publishing platform like WordPress may be more helpful.

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