Joomla! is a content management system (CMS) that is used as a back-office for millions of websites on the World Wide Web and intranets. Its ease-of-use and continuous improvements have made it one of the most popular CMS software solutions. According to the Usage Statistics and Market Share of Content Management Systems for Websites report conducted in February 2012 Joomla! is the second popular CMS after WordPress.
The key factors of Joomla! popularity are:
The leader of the Joomla! project Andrew Eddie was working on another CMS project called Mambo which was rather successful in 2005. In August 2005 some changes started to occur. The new stakeholders of the Mambo project changed the previous agreement and wanted the software to be a proprietary product. As a result, the team of developers led by Eddie decided to leave Mambo and continue their work on an open source, free CMS. Their efforts resulted in the first release of Joomla! on September 16th, 2005.
In August 2005 the team asked the community to suggest a name for the CMS. Their rapid response brought several hundreds of potential names, but the final decision was made for a name that wasn't on that list. The team decided to choose the name 'Joomla' that is the English version of the Swahili word "jumla" which in Swahili means 'all together' or 'as a whole'.
By 2012, Joomla! had been downloaded more than 30 million times and the number of Joomla!-powered websites is over 100 million.
The latest version of Joomla! (2.5) was released on January 24, 2012. According to the plans of the community, in September 2012 there will be a new release of Joomla! (3.0).
Softaddicts.com has extensive experience with both simple Joomla! based sites and complex social websites created with a combination of Joomla! and JomSocial.
Do not let your social network website turn into a support forum. Both Joomla! and JomSocial have been well tested and commented. They also offer an intuitive and user-friendly interface. Don't forget to have an experienced specialist install and configure one of these plugins for your website development project. Sometimes, a solution is simpler than you think.
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