What is Joomla?

Hello, dear readers.

As you know, every developer, who needs one way or another to create a web project, will use a CMS system for programming. It's recommended to use CMS that is open source. One of such systems is the Joomla content management system.

Joomla is a system that represents a set of instructions written with the help of PHP and JavaScript programming languages. The data is stored in the MySQL database. The system is used for writing web-projects, respectively, client and server parts are being developed. For client-side, developer needs to know CSS, HTML and JavaScript. When you configure the server side, you need PHP to be istalled. In the initial development of a Web project, you can use a basic set of tools which can be extended later. And that is very comfortable and does not over complicate work with the administration panel and saves space on the server for your online application. Joomla is distributed under the GPL license and is very simple and easy to use. Also, it contains localization by language and there are many language packages available.

History of Joomla began in September 2005 when the first version was released. Initially, the system was built basing on the Mambo. The transition to a separate CMS was caused by some disagreements. So, later Joomla was published, which is a copy of Mambo 4.5.2.3 with some errors corrected. At the moment of writing this article, the latest version of Joomla is 3.0, which was released in September 2012.

With a content management system, you can create web projects of various types. This can be sites for small businesses, corporate, information, commercial projects. Or community sites, personal pages, news, school, student, theme, and others. Also, it's possible to develop online resources for enterprise customers, because it is very convenient and easy to use, giving you the ability to easily train your clients to use their own project without your help.

Let's define the main features of the Joomla CMS.

There is the security module to authenticate users and customers in this system.

Also, another good feature is the possibility of positioning the corresponding blocks in the left, right, center, and any other side. This opportunity is provided by the layout schemes and can be configured to your specifications.

The functionality of the system can also be increased by usage of additional components.

For the design of your website, you can use the built-in free templates, or you can create a unique design that will fit your taste and your needs. You can also customize an existing commercial template, what would not take a lot of time and extra funds for the development of an absolutely exclusive theme.

If your project needs additional functionality in the form of patterns, programs, components, or modules that are not provided in system, you can write them yourself and place in the directory of extensions. And there is ability to extend existing modules.

It should be noted that multilingual system has been built since version 1.6.

Regular Joomla updates every time give more and more flexibility of easy development of online applications. As well, you are always can easily update your version of the content management system to a new one. The built-in bug tracking system is very useful. This is an option where customers can leave their wishes and problems, which later will be transferred to the developers of CMS. And then they can decide how to correct this found errors.

The presence of database support, namely Microsoft SQL Server, has been added since version 2.5. It was planned also to support other database systems.

From the basic user point of view, you can create an unlimited number of pages on your website and add content to them or assign their description and keywords.

There are clearly defined organization structure. Also, easy and convenient ability to set metadata and templates. The menu for your project can be created without any efforts.

There is support of creating a news feed from an external site or on your own. Also, you can archive or delete old items, data, etc.

You can assign access rights to your customers, administrators or developers. Specific access rights can be set even for users or categories on your site.

In addition, support of SEO exists. You can generate randomly shown news or any other type of information. Also, built-in debugging system and the ability to compress pages exists.

As conclusion, it's important to note that the Joomla system has a lot of advantages and it may be wise to consider using this system. It is very powerful, comfortable and fully supports localization, contains good set of modules. This is more than enough for the development of good web projects. All of the CMS features will allow you to easily create your own nice websites and applications.

Best regards, DYAMAR Engineering.

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