Anyone use Joomla as CMS?

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I made a site with Joomla today. I've been using wordpress. I think I like Joomla better for sites that aren't blogs, but it's a little less user friendly than wordpress. Just curious if anyone uses it, and if you have any tips?

I think I'll be sticking with wordpress, but Joomla seems a little more customizable.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rich Struck
    I tried to use it but could never get the hang of it.
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  • Profile picture of the author akazo
    Joomla is powerful and has many many plugins. I use it for all sites that are not bloggish. The only tip is to keep at it. The more you use it the more powerful you realize it is. Having used both, Joomla, to me, is far more flexible and powerful than Wordpress.
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    I've used it and created a couple of sites that look completely awesome that I sold on Flippa. Problem is, especially with flipping them, Joomla is not that user friendly and finding people to buy them who knew how to use Joomla was not real easy.

    It also took me quite awhile to get good at it and I'm not sure it was worth the effort. Some great add-ons and plugins to add some nice features to the sites though. Has pluses and minuses and the minuses outweigh the pluses for me.
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    • Profile picture of the author Mike Anthony
      Originally Posted by sbucciarel View Post

      I've used it and created a couple of sites that look completely awesome that I sold on Flippa. Problem is, especially with flipping them, Joomla is not that user friendly and finding people to buy them who knew how to use Joomla was not real easy.
      The admin skin can be changed and made much simpler. The average admin skin shows too many options and thats what makes it confusing. You can also flip out the standard editor and replace it under plugins.
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  • Profile picture of the author mywebwork
    I started using Joomla's predecessor Mambo around 2004 and then switched to Joomla. Until I "discovered" WordPress it was the only CMS I had ever used.

    Now I build almost everything out of WordPress, but would still consider Joomla if I were building an community (using Community Builder) or a membership site.

    In building sites for clients however I'd stick with WordPress as the learning curve is nowhere near as steep. And now there are so many plugins and themes available for WordPress that the incentive to use Joomla (or Drupal, another fine CMS) gets less and less every day.

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    • Wordpress is perfect for blogging. Joomla is a solid CMS with good themes. For bigger sites for me it is Drupal FTW.
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  • Profile picture of the author JonMills
    Originally Posted by packerfan View Post

    I made a site with Joomla today. I've been using wordpress. I think I like Joomla better for sites that aren't blogs, but it's a little less user friendly than wordpress. Just curious if anyone uses it, and if you have any tips?

    I think I'll be sticking with wordpress, but Joomla seems a little more customizable.
    Yes.

    Here is my take on it and I go into joomla in depth in my ebook.

    Personally I lean towards wordpress by far its the best

    yet i will say this.. Joomla sites have some serious serious serious STICKING power in the search engines from my testing

    But yes the learning cure is slightly higher and not as friendly to use
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  • Profile picture of the author cbjack
    I have played about with Joomla and found it very easy to use.
    It is very simple to install easy to edit and personalise.
    I don't personally know about the security but I haven't been able to find to many people complaining about it.
    Another good one to try is Wordpress.
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  • Profile picture of the author Darrell Hagan
    Originally Posted by packerfan View Post

    .....I think I like Joomla better for sites that aren't blogs.....
    Many sites which are not blogs are powered by Wordpress. Wordpress is the mainstream these days and there are so many themes and plugins available for it that it can be transformed into nearly any type of site. I tried Joomla a few months ago and found it to be very flexible and powerful also, but it just doesn't have the mainstream support, tutorials, popularity, and vast range of third party products available which Wordpress has.
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  • Profile picture of the author kenny44
    Have toyed with Joomla but keep going back to Wordpress for ease of use and "lightness".
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  • Profile picture of the author margocales
    I agree with several posts in that I find it hard to use and need to keep at it to find out what everything does.

    Wordpress is very easy and with more and more plugins becoming available it is possible to do a lot that is similar to Joomla and other packages.

    I suppose if you are creating a lot of different sites then maybe Wordpress is the quickest method to use.
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  • Profile picture of the author bbboy484
    It is truth that Joomla is harder to use but once you get a hang of it and the power it offer you can't use any others system. I'm not a Joomla pro yet but I really like using Joomla. The system is a bit complex but there is good extension and plugin for it. I made a site with joomla would post it here for a sample but it gambling related so I can't.
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  • Profile picture of the author spearce000
    I've built several sites with Joomla, and think it's great. True, there is a learning curve, but once you get your head around how it works it becomes quite easy to use. What I like best about Joomla are all the add-ons and plug-ins you can get: membership scripts, shopping carts, forums, the list goes on and on. They're usually free, too.
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  • Profile picture of the author moneyhunter
    I used Joomla for creating a website for myself but it was hard work for me. I prefer wordpress as of usefulness and large study resource available on net.
    But as far as looks goes I think Joomla score on that front still...
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    • Profile picture of the author packerfan
      I've been using it some more, and I think it's far superior to WP, but the learning curve is much higher. Still not sure what I like better, but I think Joomla generally provides a better end product.

      The reality is I still suck at all this, so I probably don't know enough to have an opinion.
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      • Profile picture of the author diverdan
        Going back a few years I had a look at wordpress, mambo in them days and decided to go with mambo/joomla because of the quality of the extentions. Maybe wordpress has caught up, I am not sure because I still use joomla. I will install a wordpress site in the next couple of days and bring myself up to speed with it.

        Maybe I did not evaluate wordpress enough but found after you get over the initial learning curve with Joomla you can deploy a website in about 3 - 5 minutes. Change the template, or build one, add your content, jobs done.

        I changed all our static customer sites to joomla and then trained them how to administer it. The motivating factor in those days was that the Australian tourism year ends on the 31st March, so traditionally our office
        was flat out taking phone calls for customers wanting their prices changed on their static sites for the next tourism year. We converted the sites to CMS and then they could change it themselves. I know you can do this with WP as well.

        Anyway to cut a long story short, I ended up owning a joomla hosting company. Sold the whole thing a couple of years ago and am still using joomla
        while learning IM from this fantastic forum. Wish I had found it a few years ago.

        Thanks to you guys

        Cheers Dan
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  • Profile picture of the author karenhudson
    The biggest advantage with Joomla is the fact that the software has already been used productively by thousands of people around the world. Therefore its efficacy is proven.
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    The biggest advantage with Joomla is the fact that the software has already been used productively by thousands of people around the world. Therefore its efficacy is proven.
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    The biggest advantage with Joomla is the fact that the software has already been used productively by thousands of people around the world. Therefore its efficacy is proven.
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  • Profile picture of the author massivemarketing
    You can't go wrong with Joomla and yes, the more functionality you add to it, the more complex it becomes. It is a very powerfull platform and there are a ton of extensions for it. Once your good at it, you can build a world class website in weeks.

    I have a Joomla development team and if you want us to customize your site, let me know.
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  • Profile picture of the author hastla
    Hi,

    I build nearly every site with Joomla - there are a lot good components available for this CMS. It always depend what is premade in front by others, then I choose the right CMS-software for it. Nowadays I also make wp-sites, but when I make some for business clients - most time I go for Joomla. Don`t hesitate to ask me if you have questions left. My only expierience is that there should be more components for Affiliate available too..... If this would would be ok in future, Joomla is definately my primary choosen CMS. Have fun with testing and also have a look on various Joomla template clubs, what provide you cheap and good templates every month. So you can build up a whole network of sites for less money. Ok, bye!
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    • Profile picture of the author donnan
      Joomla has great security, is very user friendly, search engines love it, you can customise it to suit whatever project you have in mind. It has many programmers supporting it and is rugged and sturdy.

      Lots and lots of components and modules available for it to do with what you need. Even for blogging, it can handle that no problem.

      If you are looking to create a community website it is perfect for the job.
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  • Profile picture of the author thebitbotdotcom
    For static websites, it is great. Most people would consider it to have a very steep learning curve compared to Wordpress. The simplicity of Wordpress is the choice over Joomla for most. Personally, I feel that Joomla has more power and diversity than Wordpress and if you are looking to make an e-store or something of that nature, it doesn't look so bloggy, which is a quality that many IM sites unfortunately have.
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    • Profile picture of the author hastla
      Originally Posted by thebitbotdotcom View Post

      For static websites, it is great. Most people would consider it to have a very steep learning curve compared to Wordpress. The simplicity of Wordpress is the choice over Joomla for most. Personally, I feel that Joomla has more power and diversity than Wordpress and if you are looking to make an e-store or something of that nature, it doesn't look so bloggy, which is a quality that many IM sites unfortunately have.
      Yes I also mentioned a lot of people decide wordpress because it`s simpler structured - but finally when having users just for writing and publishing content, it`s in Joomla also not bad to teach them in short time. I often use some great tutorials (videos) to enhance their knowledge. I would be very interested in a own video series for learning Joomla (white label) for my clients. Anybody knows good video tutorial copier`s?
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      • Profile picture of the author sonic74
        Yes, I've been using Joomla for five years....you can build from a blog to a very complex site.
        I like that has a tons of extensions the most of them are free.
        So you can build a very good site very cheap!
        Wordpress is more user friendly though.
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  • Profile picture of the author kfinney1
    Joomla is a great CMS but it is a lot more bloated than wordpress and has a steep learning curve. For dynamic sites it works great because you can scale to a pretty large site but wordpress is far easier to work with and manage. I'm sure this is not another Joomla versus Wordpress thread as there are many of those out on the web already but suffice to say that it really depends on your goals for the particular site you are building.
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  • Profile picture of the author iAmNameLess
    Here are the facts. Wordpress originally is meant for blogs. Can you use it as a full site? Absolutely. People can get adsense sites up extremely fast with it, but typically it looks the same as the millions of others who use wordpress.

    Joomla, here is another fact, not opinion, it is more robust, you can do more than what you can do with wordpress with a lot less effort. Is there a learning curve? Yes. Saying wordpress is better than joomla, is like saying html4 was better than PHP. Just because one is easier, doesn't mean it is better or more functional.

    I LOVE JOOMLA. My clients LOVE joomla. Is Joomla the best? It is better than wordpress for full sites and interaction, but no, it is not the best.

    Every CMS you use, has a purpose.

    Wordpress - blogs, and quick adsense sites
    Joomla - Community driven sites, full sites, user registration, smaller ecommerce
    Drupal - Very robust CMS, you can do almost anything you want in every other CMS. Drupal offers a cleaner look, but you will experience a longer learning curve with Drupal. In the end, you can get a little bit more out of it than the others.
    Magento - For a Full CMS ECOMMERCE website, magento, hands down, is better than the rest!
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    • Profile picture of the author diverdan
      Very well said. Thanks Dan
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  • Profile picture of the author donhx
    I have used Joomla for about 6 years now, which is as long has it has been around. It was a branch of the Mambo Open Source Project and is an advanced CMS.

    Most people don't realize that WordPress was a pretty light-weight blogging platform until fairly recently. It was a one trick pony, and not all that versatile. It's pretty good now, but still not up there with Joomla as far as being a hearty, well supported CMS.

    I'm smiling a bit when I hear that Joomla has a bit of a learning curve. Actually, I have done probably a hundred Joomla sites, so working with WordPress is like working with a toy. Joomla is just that much more sophisticated.

    No, I'm not putting down WordPress. It has made giant strides since about version 2.5 and is excellent to use for quick, relatively uncomplicated sites. I like WordPress a lot and am using it more often since it becoming more like a real CMS rather than just a blogging platform.
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  • Profile picture of the author AverageGuy
    like above posts, joomla and wp are somehow different. joomla is an advanced cms, wp is a kind of cms, but mainly blog. because of this, joomla is much more complex then wp. and it takes time to get into joomla.


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  • Profile picture of the author godwinsam
    Hi Mates
    I am Using Joomla CMS in Last 8 Years. p { margin-bottom: 0.21cm; }We have worked on several projects and have built many successful websites and CMS solutions on top the Joomla CMS and we know the code inside out. We have developed portals, directories and complex applications that requires custom components, modules and addons, which has taken out experience to the next level.
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  • Profile picture of the author jimba
    I've been using Joomla here since Mambo days and have about a dozen sites running it.

    If it's a simple 3-10 page static site for a customer then I chop it up and use CMSfromScratch.
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  • Profile picture of the author majurski
    Both are very powerful, both can be costumized great. It`s your own choice.
    Prepare the content and go on, no matter which one.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sandra Martinez
    Originally Posted by packerfan View Post

    I made a site with Joomla today. I've been using wordpress. I think I like Joomla better for sites that aren't blogs, but it's a little less user friendly than wordpress. Just curious if anyone uses it, and if you have any tips?

    I think I'll be sticking with wordpress, but Joomla seems a little more customizable.
    I use Joomla for everything.

    Tips:
    -look only to the top menu, the pretty boxes in front of you are redundant.
    -change the global metatag information fast after installing before google picks up the default.
    -less is more, if you want to test cool stuff don don´t it in a money making site. Even when you delete a component, the database tables stay and you don´t want that mess around for the long run.

    mmmm there is a lot more... but it helps if you make questions

    Sandra
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