#1. Joomla is free
The 3 most popular CMS are free. This is the only reason on the list that is not exclusive to this software.
#2. Joomla already includes many common features
Once you install Joomla, your website will be ready to support SEO, contact forms, RSS, blog, media, multi language, etc.
Experienced users may need 1 minute to do the installation and 45 minutes to publish the content. That means a ready working website in less than 1 hour.
Which other platform makes possible that performance for free?
#3. Joomla Extensions Directory
Do you want to build a big website with features that are not included in the default installation?
Do a quick search in the Joomla Extensions Directory (aka JED) to find the right piece of software to match your needs.
- Want to build an ecommerce site? - Got it!
- A membership site? - Got it!
- A gallery site? - Got it!
- A directory site? - Got it!
- Do you need an extension to do backups? - Got it!
- An extension to increase security? - Got it!
#4. Joomla is supported by volunteers
The Open Source Matters; is an honest effort to create software to share with the world.
The code is build and maintained by people who voluntarily donate their time, skills and knowledge. The passion volunteers print by contributing with code, design, support, blogging, training, marketing is very positive!
- The power of a community is based on the people who support it.
#5. Joomla is international
You can build websites not only in english, but you can do so in Chinese, Portuguese, Spanish, Hebrew, Catalan, French, etc. The list of available languages is huge; there is no better alternative [period]
#6. Joomla is well coded
The framework behind is well organised to keep every layer in place by implementing the Model View Controller standard (MVC), having that level of separation is important when you need to create your own extensions or customize the design.
modify the code for the view by doing template overrides without touching the logic. That means flexibility in a safe way.
About extensions, which basically are addons to extend the functionality. You have access to 3 types:
- Components. Create and manage the main content of a page.
- Modules. Create and manage blocks of content around the component.
- Plugins. Add extra features to components and modules.