Big Benefits Of Using Joomla To Manage Your Website

Big Benefits Of Using Joomla To Manage Your Website

Big Benefits Of Using Joomla To Manage Your WebsiteThere are a lot of content management and eCommerce systems out there. With so many available these days, it’s sometimes hard to choose which one to build your website with. Believe me I’ve been there, and as a result I’ve used a lot of them. Perhaps the one I’ve used the most, is Joomla. I thought I would take a minute to talk a bit about what Joomla is and how it can be used to run a pretty hefty web property.

Joomla: The CMS

Joomla: The CMSJoomla was built with one function in mind: content management. Because of this, I have found it to be my own favorite tool for managing websites.  You can manage multiple users with various permission levels. This will help you to make sure that your marketing assistant doesn’t accidently change something they shouldn’t. Because it works on a template system, it lets users simply drop in their content and the website wraps the rest around it automatically. Building your website in a hierarchical manner (pages > sub pages etc) is also very easy with Joomla because it was built to do that in the first place. I particularly like the lack of code experience required to use it. Once it’s been built and skinned (a design applied), the client has full control over their content, menus, modules and the positions of all elements through the administrative panel.

Joomla Modules and Components

Joomla Modules and ComponentsBecause Joomla is open source users all over the world can create new add-ons and toys - similar to how WordPress works. A quick visit to the Joomla extensions directory and 9 times out of 10 you’ll find the tool that you need. To install a new plugin, simply install the .zip file through the admin panel. The only downside with this feature, which also goes for other CMS systems as well, is that for every few good modules, there are a few terrible ones. I have had the odd time where I’ve installed and uninstalled a few photo galleries to find the one that works the way I need it to.

I’ve also found that it takes considerable programming knowledge to re-design the look and feel of many of the downloadable features to match the look of your website. This is where the actual building of a Joomla website does require a professional hand. With that being said however, let’s say I have a quick contact form in the left panel of my website. Now let’s say that I want to move it to the right side. No problem. Since everything works on a serious of pre-defined zones known as “positions”, I can simply set the position of the form to “Right” and it will move to the other side of my screen. This makes it very easy to move content around as more important elements become available. One of my personal favorite components worth checking out is a complete project management tool called Project Fork. I’ve used this quite a bit myself and it’s a great little tool! If you’ve used programs like BaseCamp, you’ll find that this is very similar and even, in some ways, superior to it.

Integrating WordPress

Integrating WordPressWhile I have built many websites in WordPress and continue to do so, sometimes I do want to use another system like Joomla. I don’t however, want to lose the fantastic blogging functionality of WordPress. The solution is actually quite simple - use both! You can actually run a WordPress blog from within Joomla and manage everything with the one administrative login. To do this, you simply have your developer install the WordPress for Joomla plugin and link everything together. This allows you to use Joomla as your CMS and WordPress as your blog. Each system is doing what they were initially made to do, all within one admin.

eCommerce For Joomla

eCommerce For JoomlaBut what if you want to sell online? Not a problem, there are actually several eCommerce components available for Joomla. I like the ability to manage my products and my content in one place and other systems simply don’t do that very well.  For example, most stand alone eCommerce solutions do have some form of static page management but it’s almost always very basic – borderline useless. The standard for Joomla is Virtuemart.  Virtuemart is a great little eCommerce solution which offers many of the standard features for product management, shipping, payment gateways such as PayPal and Google Checkout, and even downloaded products like eBooks.  It’s fairly flexible and very easy to use.  Another eCommerce solution for Joomla is RokQuickCart.  While I haven’t run this through the same paces I have with Virtuemart, it does come highly recommended.

Let’s Wrap It Up

As you’ve seen, Joomla can be quite powerful. You can manage your content, blog and eCommerce all in one convenient place. The one drawback, which is the same for most other content management systems, is that considerable skills and experience are required to incorporate a custom design into it and setup many of the modules and components. Once you’ve done that however, managing it can be quite easy. While I do like Joomla a lot, I won’t necessarily recommend it for all websites. For some, Joomla may simply be the wrong fit or overkill and I may recommend building your website on WordPress.  For many others however, Joomla is a fantastic solution for managing your website and all the various tools and toys required to help your business grow.

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    I agree that Joomla might be seen as a bit of an overkill for very basic projects, that would usually be suited to a basic cms like wordpress, but Joomla is somewhat better in my opinion. I like using it for both simpe and complex projects (WordPress was my first test subject but it really didn’t seem to fit together well, back in the day).

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    As my experience says, Joomla is easy to use when comparing with Drupal. Also, Joomla has the most simplest and compelling menu creation tool. Anyone can easily create stratified menu items as per the requirement.

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    Thence Joomla is a persuasive tool in web design and development This post is so effective gratitude for sharing.
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    I have been using Joomla for my websites. Although it takes some time to understand Joomla but at end you come to know that it is completely customizable, Its template is completely separate. You can place a module (Module mean a place to show web content) anywhere on page you want and can give any look and feel you can imagine. A lot of extension are available to extend its functionality. The developers who make these extensions should be paid for their work if you want to use them for you. I appreciate developers who have given their extensions free for use whereas they have spent valuable time to develop. Joomla is best

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    Joomal is an awar-wining content management system , which enables you to build web sites and powerful online application.
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    Thanks for sharing this post.

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    I would say Joomla is the most user friendly CMS other than WordPress. Moreover there are a lot of modules or extensions available for Joomla.

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    I want to use joomla for my CMS website, but facing tonnes of problems in implementing, this information really helped me to develop my site, thanks!

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    Informative read Chris. Most of  the popular CMS platforms have an easy-to-operate practicalities if it is customized properly to fit our requirements.  I think some of the Joomla applications are not so easy to incorporate in site. Moreover, manual installation of Joomla is a nightmarish affair  for people like me.
    Thats a recommended option, having a Joomla site with a WordPress blog.

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    Good Post Chris!!! But from my personal experience Joomla had burned many, and I know people who have moved to other CMS platforms like WordPress.  I do accept the fact that Joomla is very much robust and scalable when compared to other CMS. But tweaking Joomla is really difficult and needs the realtime experience. From my experience I know people who started in Joomla, invested their money, time and resources for tweaking Joomla. But have failed and moved to other CMS which are easier… 
    Don't know the latest developments, addons and plugins in Joomla. Might have changed a lot by now.. But from my personal experience Let me tell the people who are reading this, Go with Joomla only if you/(your programming team) has enough experienced in Joomla.

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    Thanks Chris for sharing your knowledge on Joomla. As you mentioned there are many ways to control the site and install add-ons, also it is updated with current seo trends and is much seo friendly. In short it's a great opensource software. But as you mentioned it depends on the requirement whether to use joomla or not. For small / less functionality websites, joomla is not the right choice. Moreover those who are going to manage the site needs to have a training on how to control the site from the admin. But once we get used to it, we’ll fall in !

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