What is Joomla! ?
Joomla! is an award-winning Content Management System (CMS) that will help you build websites and other powerful online applications. Best of all, Joomla! is an open source solution that is freely available to everybody.The name Joomla is a phonetic spelling for the Swahili word “Jumla”, which means “all together” or “as a whole”.
Joomla! provides an easy-to-use graphical user interface that simplifies the management and publishing of large volumes of content including HTML, documents, and rich media. Joomla! is used by organizations of all sizes for Public Web sites, Intranet and Extranet and is supported by a community of thousands of users.
Joomla! in Action
Joomla! is used all over the world to power everything from simple, personal homepages to complex corporate web applications. Here are just some of the ways people use our software:
- Corporate websites or portals
- Small business websites
- Government applications
- School and church websites
- Community-based portals
- Online commerce
- Non-profit and organizational websites
- Corporate intranets and extranets
- Personal or family homepages
- Magazines and newspapers
The possibilities are limitless…
Joomla! Core Features
- RHUK Milkyway (Default)
- Archived Content
- Custom HTML
- News Flash
- Random Image
- Who’s Online
- Email Cloaking
- Editors-XTD (Image, Page Break, Readmore)
- Banners & Feed
- Most Read & Latest News
- Related Items
- Authentication (Joomla!, LDAP, OpenID, GMail)
- Code Highlighter (GeSHi)
- Editors (TinyMCE 2.1 & Xstandard Lite for Joomla!)
- Search (Categories, Newsfeeds, Sections, Contacts, Content, Weblinks)
- XML-RPC (Blogger API, Joomla! API)
Top Joomla! features:
- Completely database driven site engines
- News, products or services sections fully editable and manageable
- Topics sections can be added to by contributing authors
- Fully customizable layouts including left, center and right menu boxes
- Browser upload of images to your own library for use anywhere in the site
- Dynamic Forum/Poll/Voting booth for on-the-spot results
- Runs on Linux, FreeBSD, MacOSX server, Solaris and AIX
- Managing 3rd party components and modules.
- Making search engine friendly (SEF) URLs
Why use Joomla for web design?
The fact is that Joomla is one of the easiest ways to quickly design and create your own website. You can easily create a wonderful looking website with loads of functionality.
You can also log into the administrator section, where you would go to add new content (in other words, text, pictures, file downloads etc) to your site. Select the administrator option and use the username and password provided on the site to play around with the back end of the site.
Joomla comes with a lot of built-in functionality but there are also thousands of free components and modules that you can add on to expand the functionality. There are lots of forums that offer free support and guidance.