We had earlier discussed on the utility of MooTools and JQuery as compact, JavaScript frameworks for rapid, client side code development. While on the one hand having a website with a professional “look and feel”, sliding menus and fade in/out effects will definitely add a competitive edge, however, on the other hand, what about its content?

You need to have your website content updated regularly if you want your visitors to keep visiting your website. This may be easy as it seems, but imagine a situation where regular updating of content may overload the server with information that might be quite cumbersome for you to manage. This is where the need for a Content Management System (CMS) arises and Joomla is one such CMS tool, that we shall be discussing here. Whether you are a professional web designer, delivering high end service oriented websites to your clients or a naive user, just starting off to develop your own personal website with minimal programming knowledge, Joomla can assist you in more ways than one to publish as well as manage the content of your website, right from the word “go”.

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Intro to Joomla

We had earlier discussed on the utility of MooTools and JQuery as compact, JavaScript frameworks for rapid, client side code development. While on the one hand having a website with a professional “look and feel”, sliding menus and fade in/out effects will definitely add a competitive edge, however, on the other hand, what about its content?

You need to have your website content updated regularly if you want your visitors to keep visiting your website. This may be easy as it seems, but imagine a situation where regular updating of content may overload the server with information that might be quite cumbersome for you to manage. This is where the need for a Content Management System (CMS) arises and Joomla is one such CMS tool, that we shall be discussing here. Whether you are a professional web designer, delivering high end service oriented websites to your clients or a naive user, just starting off to develop your own personal website with minimal programming knowledge, Joomla can assist you in more ways than one to publish as well as manage the content of your website, right from the word “go”.

As a matter of fact, Joomla doubles up as a complete website application builder, allowing you to rapidly develop web applications right from scratch, with an easy to use, self explanatory and a simple to understand interface.

Joomla is free and open source, and can be used for publishing content both on the World Wide Web (the internet) or intranets. Some of its features include RSS feeds, caching features to improve performance, polls, blogs, website searches, news pages and even language internationalization. It has been licensed under the GPL. Joomla is written using PHP and uses the MySql database as its default data repository. With exhaustive online documentation and forums for your assistance and troubleshooting, extensive set of templates, extensions, plugins and free to use source code, Joomla is one of the most popular CMS  available.

Ever wondered the meaning of the word “Joomla”? It is the English spelling of the Swahili word “jumla” meaning “as a whole”. True to its name, Joomla has all the tools you would need to create, manage and maintain your website content under an authorized user level control hierarchy, under one roof.

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