Monday, 16 June 2014 12:32

How Joomla Lives up to its Hoopla! - 4 Ways it Stands Out as the Top CMS

Written by  Ryan Berkness

There’s a reason why Joomla is one of the most popular CMS’s on the web.

Second only to Wordpress in its volume of users, Joomla has earned a reputation as one of the most practical content management frameworks available. Not only is it easy to use, its also powerful and versatile, with a full force of features that allows you to maximize the potential of your site. Here at PR Caffeine, we use Joomla over all other CMS’s, like Wordpress, Drupal, or Expression Engine.

In fact, we’re such big fans of Joomla that we’ve sponsored Joomla Day Minnesota, an awesome event being held on July 19th, 2014! At Joomla Day, attendants will get to hear from Joomla experts about all of the amazing benefits and innovations this platform has in store. You won't want to miss it!

What is Joomla?

In our opinion, it's the best CMS system out there as far as versatility, power, and performance. Here's a quick video from Joomla.org:

Here are our top 4 advantages of Joomla:

1. Easy Installation and Implementation

Many hosting companies enable you to do a quick 1-click install of Joomla on your website. This means that you can get all of the functionality and potential of Joomla at your disposal within a single minute.

After you’ve got Joomla up and running, you’ll find a clear and concise top menu bar with quick link icons. This makes navigating your control panel simple and less confusing than in CMS’s like Wordpress, where the menus are nested in a crowded sidebar. Joomla also makes actual content management more streamlined by keeping all of your posts, articles, pages, and media contained within a clear “Content” section. Joomla simplifies article management by providing more options for sorting, ordering, and granting access.

2. Quality Themes and Extensions

Where other CMS’s may offer an ever-growing number of themes and extensions/plugins, Joomla focuses more on efficiency and value. While there is no lack of quantity in Joomla (over 6000 extensions and hundreds of theme templates), you will discover that each of its themes and extensions is much more useful and effective than those of other CMS’s. In Drupal for instance, you may have to install many extensions/plugins to put a certain feature on your site, and most of them won’t be free. In Joomla, you can often find a single quality extension that does heavy multi-tasking, without costing you a penny.

3. Speed and Efficiency

Joomla offers developers a way to significantly cut down on the time and effort they need to put in to building and maintaining a site. This makes it great not only for people who are building their own website, but also for designers and devs who regularly create websites for clients. Joomla will decrease your workload, and enable you to provide a greater value to your clients by slashing the hours needed for project completion.

At the SXSW Web Content Management System Showdown, Drupal, Joomla, and Wordpress were compared side by side in the development of a community website. Here are the results of the competition:

  Drupal  Joomla!  WordPress 
Total Hours   79.25  57.25  90.5
Hours spent on front end  21.75  15  36.5
HTML Validation  No (8 errors)  Yes  No (8 errors)
CSS Validation No (7 errors) No (7 errors) No (21 errors)
Page weight 180K 140K 154K
Lines of custom PHP/JS code 220 30 1,808


Joomla outperforms Drupal and Wordpress on every level, making it easy to see why it is highly favored among developers around the world. Furthermore, since Joomla is easy to use, it’s also easy to teach. That means that you can educate clients and employees on how to use the system themselves without any hassle.

4. Strong SEO

Making your site easily accessible involves top notch SEO, which is readily available at Joomla. Instead of wrestling with the clunky SEO systems and extensions of other CMS’s, you can use simple SEO functionalities that are built right into Joomla’s site and content editors.

Joomla URL’s come out SEO friendly, thanks to a lack of string queries. Not only is this great for SEO purposes, it’s also great for making your links look more “clickable” to the human eye. After all, doesn’t http://joomladay.mn/schedule look much more appealing than www.randomsite.com/w/index.php?title=Main_page=action-raw-Drupal?
 
Want to learn more about why Joomla is the CMS industry’s top contender? Come join us at Joomla Day Minnesota! The event will be held on July 19th, 2014, from 9:00AM - 5:30PM, at the Aloft Hotel (900 Washington Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN 55110). Head on over to http://joomladay.mn/ to get in on the excitement!

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