Joomla Website Design
I am a Web Developer & I own a Web Design & SEO firm based in Melbourne, Australia. Over the last 9 years, I have developed many websites and worked with many different content management systems. I have designed and built my own content management system and I have seen many half done open source systems come and go. So, it comes as no surprise that over the last 9 years that the calls by many clients for a more complete open source CMS solution have been answered. This article is about one of the best open source content management systems available, Joomla!
So, what is Joomla! ?
Well, Joomla! is an award-winning, web based, Content Management System (CMS) that provides its users with the ability to add, edit and delete content. What is content? Content is the meat of a website, everything on the site, from page titles and images to text and placement on the page. It is simple for even non-technical users to add or edit content, update images, and to manage the vital data that makes your company run. Anybody with basic word processing skills can easily learn to manage a Joomla! site. So what this means to the many non-programmers in the business World, is freedom. The freedom to modify your website without need of hiring an html developer or web programmer just to update one image or change some text. So where is the catch? well, there really isn't one! Joomla! is open source and is released under the GPL/GNU Licence so that means its free too!
Currently Joomla powers millions of websites Worldwide, from the United Nations and Porsche Brazil to websites for smaller businesses with more modest design budgets. Joomla offers a versatility in how it can be used and who it can be used by. Of course for more complex jobs of modifying design and your own look and feel you might need to hire a designer, however this task is made easier because Joomla is so popular. To find qualified designers who have used Joomla in the past, it is very easy, a simple search on one of the many freelance designer-for-hire websites on the Internet.
Most people have no trouble understanding the basics necessary to edit content and pages and give that Joomla has such an active and growing community of more than 40,000 friendly users and developers it is easy to find information online. Using the simple, browser-based interface you will be able to easily add new news items, manage staff information, job listings, product images, and create an unlimited amount of sections or content pages on your site.
Straight out of the box, Joomla! does a fantastic job of managing the content needed to make your business website hum. But for many people, the true power of Joomla! lies in its ability to be modified with components and modules. There are literally hundreds & hundreds of addons and plugins that add to the base Joomla system framework so that it can be molded into suiting your business processes better. For example, there are extensions to make the website an ecommerce website, to make the website a property management website or a complex download repository.
With Joomla! the possibilities truly are limitless!
Chris Diprose's site is Website Design & SEO Joomla website solutions with hosting and ongoing support. He also offers Search Engine Optimisation and Search Engine Marketing.