What Does Joomla Mean?

Joomla is an open-source content management system used for creating Web content. It is written in PHP and makes use of a MySQL database for storing data and uses object-oriented programming techniques. It is one of the most popular content management systems owing to its features such as page caching, multi-language support, plugins and extensions.


Techopedia Explains Joomla

Released under the GNU General Public License, Joomla is based on a model-view-controlled Web application framework. It is very user friendly and flexible and is also one of the fast growing content management systems. Like other content management systems, Joomla also removes the technical aspects of creating and running websites. Joomla has a good navigation system capable of managing several hierarchies and subpages. It also provides an administrative panel that comes with several handy features for users.

There are many advantages for using Joomla. It is free and is an open-source platform with reusable source codes according to requirements. With plenty of options and features available, Joomla can be deployed to make any type of website, blog or even e-commerce website. Joomla is easy to install and easily deployable. Its content management systems are highly accessible and can be used by anyone without any knowledge of Web development or programming. In order to make websites attractive, Joomla also provides various templates and themes. A vast supportcommunity is available for Joomla.

However there are few drawbacks associated with Joomla. Some of the plugins provided can only function with specific scripts. Joomla may not have advanced functionalities that one may need in customizing complex sites. Joomla may not be very SEO friendly and could face problems while simultaneously installing plugins or extensions. Joomla can make the website heavy to load and run, as it takes large amounts of server resources.


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