About Joomla!

Joomla! is an award-winning content management system (CMS), which enables Web sites and powerful online applications to be developed. Many aspects, including its ease-of-use and extensibility, have made Joomla! the most popular Web site software available. Best of all, Joomla is an open source solution that is freely available to everyone.

What's a content management system (CMS)?

A content management system is software that keeps track of every piece of content on your Web site, much like your local public library keeps track of books and stores them. Content can be simple text, photos, music, video, documents, or just about anything you can think of.

What are some real world examples of what Joomla! can do?

Joomla is used all over the world to power Web sites of all shapes and sizes. For example:
Corporate Web sites or portals
Online magazines, newspapers, and publications
Small business Web sites
Non-profit and organizational Web sites
Community-based portals
School and church Web sites
Personal or family homepages

I need w website, how will Joomla! help me?

Joomla is designed to be easy to use. Once a web developer has built a site for a client, following a certain amount of instruction (depending on client experience and complexity of the site), clients can manage their own sites themselves.

If clients need specialized functionality, Joomla is highly extensible and thousands of extensions (some for free under the GPL license, although a number of excellent extensions are commercial) are available in the Joomla Extensions Directory.

Many companies and organizations have requirements that go beyond what is available in the basic Joomla package. In those cases, Joomla's powerful application framework makes it easy for developers to create sophisticated add-ons that extend the power of Joomla into virtually unlimited directions.

In such cases where specialised functionality has been added to a website (usually for reasons such as a more complex catalog structure, advance visual elements, etc), it is unlikely that the client will be able to manage all of the website themselves. Yet certain aspects of the website, such as a blog, will remain manageable.