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Why You Might Want to Know About Joomla!

[1]From a brewery [2] to mental health therapy to cloud technology, all kinds of small businesses in all kinds of industries are using Joomla! software.

But you might be wondering, “What’s Joomla?”

“Joomla!” (that’s how it’s written, with an exclamation point), is a content management system (CMS) for creating websites. It’s become a popular system.  At least one source claims that millions of sites use Joomla! globally.

I’ve never had the chance to use Joomla! myself, but I’ve wondered about it.  So when we had the chance to catch up with Kevin Rice, who is a Joomla! enthusiast and developer, we jumped at it.  Kevin is co-founder of Hathway [3], a digital media agency and custom site designer that uses Joomla! to build sites. Dive into the super-quick interview below and learn a little more about this platform.

Question:  Joomla! has been described as an open-source software.  We hear the word “open-source” and many of us benefit from it, but in layman’s terms what does it mean?

Question:  Would you suggest Joomla! to a small business owner who is an Internet novice?  In other words, is it a do-it-yourself option for building a site?

Question: Today WordPress is a popular content management system and perceived as easy to use. What is the main difference between Joomla! and WordPress?

Question: What types of sites do the best on the Joomla! Platform?

Question: You said once that “Some small businesses shy away from Joomla! because it is such a powerful platform, but that should only be more reason to choose it.” What is the most basic way Joomla! is used – say, for a simple site use that can grow into something more robust?

Thank you, Kevin, for that quick interview.

One of the best ways I’ve discovered to learn the capabilities of a software program is to look at existing examples. It will open your mind and imagination to the possibilities. I strongly suggest heading over to the Joomla.org [1] website and spending time looking through the Community Showcase [4].  That is a gallery of sites that have been built using the Joomla platform.  Looking at those examples will give you an idea of the types of uses Joomla! is good for and how it’s been deployed by others.