Joomla is a content management system (CMS) that allows you to build websites and online applications. Content Management System software enables one to keep on top of all content on a website like text, photos, video, music, documents etc. Because a CMS doesn't require any technical skill or knowledge to operate, it allows many people the ability to manage their own site without having to go to a web developer/master every time changes or updates are needed.
Joomla is an open source content management system that is free and available to all. It is a very popular CMS and is considered the second most used on the Internet after WordPress. Based on PHP and MySQL, Joomla is an open platform that allows developers to create an unlimited variety of add-ons/extensions that increase Joomla's power and capabilities. It is estimated that there are over 9,000 free extensions (software components that add specific abilities) for Joomla allowing it to be a very customizable system.
Joomla is used to power almost any kind of website you can imagine: corporate sites; intranets/extranets; online publications, newspapers, magazines; e-commerce sites; government sites; small business sites; community-based portals; school & church sites; personal or family sites.
Joomla is considered fairly easy to install and set-up with a large growing online community for general support. Joomla has been with us since the beginning of the year 2000, seems to be growing in popularity, and will most likely be around for a while.
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