Joomla is one of the most popular open source content management systems (CMS) over the internet. Many website designers and owners use it once they understand how it works as it might need a little knowledge about website structure and maybe some HTML.
I have been using Joomla for a short period of time. In the beginning, I found it time consuming to chase after all those modules, extensions and plugins but once I got used to it, I am satisfied and confident to bring any Joomla website to the next level.
I need to say Joomla has drawbacks in terms of SEO but there are solutions for that issue so let’s create a pros and cons list for Joomla.
– Fast and easy to use once you understand how it works.
– There are hundreds of support extentions, plugins and modules.
– It is very easy to create and operate a multilingual website with Joomla.
– It is an open-source platform and the website can be extended easily.
– It is free.
– Joomla is not SEF in terms of URL’s. You need to purchase SEO plugins in order to optimize your URL’s or do some hacking in with code. I will tell you how to optimize your URL’s effectively without using any plugin in my next post about “Joomla SEO Steps”.
– It is not very easy to understand the section, category structure in the very beginning. You might need to read some Joomla lessons to overcome this issue if you have enough drive.
– You need to rearrange your modules etc. when you change the template so it is better to decide your template before you create the whole website.
– You need to spend some money if you want continious support for most modules, extentions and plugins.
– Those are what I’ve already thought about Joomla. I would love to hear your comments on this issue so the list could be extended with your support.