What is Joomla??

Boy, I struggle with this question to this day..   Joomla’s standard answer from their website is:

Joomla is an award-winning content management system (CMS), which enables you to build Web sites and powerful online applications. 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.

But what does that mean??

They go on to say:

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. A major advantage of using a CMS is that it requires almost no technical skill or knowledge to manage. Since the CMS manages all your content, you don’t have to.

And then:

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
  • Corporate intranets and extranets
  • Online magazines, newspapers, and publications
  • E-commerce and online reservations
  • Government applications
  • Small business Web sites
  • Non-profit and organizational Web sites
  • Community-based portals
  • School and church Web sites
  • Personal or family homepages

But then they leave it up to you to figure out the hows.  They include sample data in their installation but this data is limited to propaganda about Joomla and really only stands to confuse the average user.

From what I’ve gathered over the weeks of using it and trying to make it work for client’s websites, is that is is made very flexible so that it acn accomplish anything with the proper plug-ins..

With that being said, my opinion is why would anyone need software that is all things to all people..  If i wanted to create a blog, why would i use the popular WordPress.  It’s easy to install, easy to use, and is very sophisicated.  If i wanted to create a ‘store’, why wouldn’t i use Zen Cart?  After a short learning curve, it’s pretty slick to use and works with all kinds of stores.  If i wanted to create a classified ads site, why couldn’t i use any of the hundreds of classified ads scripts, like PHPads, that work great and are simple to use.

So until I am hear from others and am convinced of it’s useability, I’m going to stay away from Joomla.

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