Building a website that facilitates the best possible transmission of your ideas in the virtual space is a challenging task. It needs careful and minute detailing. To create a website, one needs to have the knowledge of using a web content management system (CMS). When it comes to website development, text, images, videos – all come under the umbrella term ‘content’.
WordPress, Symphony, Drupal, and Joomla are all familiar examples of CMSes used by people currently. There might be other such tools as well. If one compares, then there are many similarities and differences between all of these.
The decision to choose a particular CMS for website development is crucial; developing an appealing website is a goal wherein one needs to be precise about the instruments or methods to be used to achieve the desired result.
Some sources contend that a person with ‘average knowledge’ about web content managers would suggest that WordPress is the ‘best platform’ to create a website. However, when it comes to website development, ‘popularity’ alone should not be the deciding factor in choosing the tool to be used. One must know the reasons why a particular CMS is relevant or preferable over another for a specific website development project.
In this article, I intend to share with you the important, technical reasons due to which Joomla becomes relevant for your website development requirements. Joomla is the CMS for you because:
1) A Plethora of control list features and extensions are at your service!
With Joomla’s CMS framework, your website development work is going to proceed at a dizzying pace! You can create a website that is compatible to carry blogs, all kinds of media, user account management, etc. All this is possible because Joomla is equipped with “multiple Access Control List (ACL).
Also, the extensions directory has an immense variety of extensions which can be used to create any website, be it a gallery site, a membership site or an e-commerce portal! (García, 2016). Once you are in the extensions directory, choosing the extension that you want for a website is like a journey through an infinite matrix! The possibilities are endless!
2) It allows you to exercise Variability of Templates
If your requirements include repeated changes in the website design, then Joomla is the CMS to use! Using Joomla, you can use several templates and settings that allow you to create customized design for a particular page, multiple pages or individual sections of the website. One can develop creative designs for the landing pages, or one could also easily consider making changes to the site for a particular time!
Thus, the variability of templates is a unique feature of Joomla, as many CMSes allow the use of only one template throughout the website (Pfeifer, 2016).
3) A CMS with a high degree of Linguistic Inclusiveness!
Joomla provides the option to develop websites in a variety of languages. Apart from English, one can develop websites in French, Chinese, Spanish, among others.
This is one of the reasons for Joomla’s popularity across the planet. The option to use different languages exists in Joomla development in different scenarios. For instance, one can create website content in different languages by implementing a variety of settings; or the language settings of your Joomla could be such that a person in U.S. would be using English to develop the website while another person working on the same website from a different location could be using Albanian!
Undoubtedly, this linguistic flexibility makes Joomla a truly inclusive and a global web content manager.
4) It has a versatile Interface!
Joomla’s user interface offers several options like switches, buttons or settings for anything you can think of! Its interface is your control station from where you can orient and re-orient the design-and-structure journey of your website.
Joomla’s interface has ‘standardized controls’. In other words, this means that you do not need to learn different techniques to master different features. If you learn to use one feature, you are essentially, simultaneously, learning various other features.
Moreover, Joomla uses “Model View Controller” (MVC) standard that allows for easy customization or the creation of one’s extensions. Creating one’s website using Joomla is like choosing never-seen-before design and materials for the construction of your dream abode at an exotic locale!
5) You are a ‘Do-It-Yourself’ person
Are you a beginner in Joomla website development and are worried about how to use a CMS or how to use Joomla? Are you tensed because the open source website project you are working on is incredibly complex and has a large number of pages? Quit worrying! As must be evident by now, Joomla is ready – and waiting! – to give you a lot of power through its features, components, and interface, provided you are willing to explore it. Lastly, Joomla can be installed easily in three steps.
6) Sharing and free facilitation appeal to your philosophical sensibilities!
Joomla has been made freely available to all those who want to use it under a public license termed ‘GNU’. Once you have obtained its source code, you can use it, enhance it or customize it, according to your requirements, and even distribute it to others!
These are some of the features which make Joomla the best choice for certain website designing projects. However, as mentioned earlier in the article, the selection of a CMS depends on the project specifications.