Out of the Darkness Cometh Joomla!

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How a high profile spat led to one of the world's most popular content management systems.

Once upon a time, not so long ago, there was a content management system known as Mambo. In August 2005, the name Mambo was copyrighted by Miro International Pvt. Ltd. and this led to a disagreement amongst its developers. The formation of a non-profit organisation breached previous agreements, so its developers created an open source software information website known as OpenSourceMatters.org. Spinning off from that, and using a framework derived from Mambo was Joomla, the breakaway group's first content management system.

Its first version was released on the 22 September 2005. Their first version was an immediate success, also helped by extensive publicity on Slashdot and sympathy for the developers, hitherto given short shrift by Mambo. By 2008, the rebel CMS not only outgrew its parents, but also outlived them. It is now the second most used content management system in the world with over three million sites built with Joomla.

Why Choose Joomla?

  • Flexible: in more ways than one, aesthetically and functionally with a wealth of themes;
  • Modular: wealth of modules and extensions available, whether you wish to expand or streamline your website;
  • Support: extensive community involvement via Joomla.org, including social events and forums;
  • Secure: its modular approach allows for ease of updating and swift creation of security patches;
  • A Good All-Rounder: ideal for the most modest and most complex of websites;
  • SEO Friendly: designed to work well with search engine directories;
  • Social Media Integration: as well as the usual Facebook, Twitter and Google+ buttons, facilities are available for linking Google+ accounts and authorship details.
  • Supports Responsive Web Design: mobile device and digital tablet friendly web design.

Among Joomla's great strengths is its level of community support. As well as the official Joomla forums, there is a wide range of third party websites which support the CMS itself. With a number of personal and professional sites built with Joomla, there is an extensive range of templates, extensions and modules, both free and paid-for. Joomla's Template Manager enables you to install templates in a flash, or create your own. Storing external files is a cinch thanks to its Media Manager.

Joomla is modular enough to support any business from a local boutique to a chain of boutiques. Extensions are available to allow for swish visual effects, displaying your prized jewellery designs, or full e-commerce facilities which allow customers to order jewellery, knitwear or complete outfits. One popular e-commerce extension is VirtueMart, which seamlessly integrates with Joomla.

Support for social media integration is also available. As well as enabling users to link their Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn accounts, there is also extensions for for Google+ and Google Authorship integration. Tracking your website's progress is also easy as a Google Analytics extension can be added.

Joomla is the world's second most popular content management system with a wealth of support for novices and seasoned aficionados alike. The latest stable version is 3.3, which is recommended for new sites. Joomla! 3.3 has full support for mobile devices and responsive web design techniques.


  • Launched: 17 August 2005
  • Latest Stable Version: 3.3.6
  • Popularity: 2nd
  • Number of Sites: 3,026,094 (02 June 2014)
  • Used By: IKEA, eBay, Peugeot, United Nations.

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