CMS Web Design – Joomla CMS – Web Designer Getting Started

Joomla! is a content management system for publishing content on the World Wide Web and intranets as well as a Model-view-controller (MVC) Web Application Development framework. The system includes features such as page caching to improve performance, RSS feeds, printable versions of pages, news flashes, blogs, polls, website searching, and language internationalization. It is written in the PHP programming language and uses the MySQL database system to store information. Joomla is the result of a fork of Mambo. Released under the terms of the GNU General Public License, Joomla is free software.

This is the Wikipedia definition of Joomla, not bad, but also maybe not so clear. In layman’s terms, CMS provides you or your clients with a very easy to use and manage system of adding, editing and creating content. That, is CMS in it’s most basic form.

Great for your client as it means they don’t need to pay someone $ 60 an hour to manage their sites content anymore, they can do it themselves. Might seem like a disadvantage at first, until you realize it’s an amazing sales tool!

From a web design standpoint Joomla is an amazing piece of work. One of the greatest features of Joomla is the ability to provide your clients with thousands of free plugins, modules and components for their sites. These things all extend the basic functionality of Joomla, allowing you to create anything from a small business website to a fully functioning corporate website with an integrated backend. The majority of these can be downloaded for free, offering your clients feature rich and interactive tools for their site bound to keep their customers engaged and coming back for more.

Others do have a fee but are often times more reliable as well as more feature rich.

Web Design has never been so easy! Not only are you able to develop amazing websites, Joolma extensions also allow you to do some great things when it comes to SEO (Search Engine Optimization). This way, you can add on an extra service for Marketing Related work as opposed to just Web Design. Are you sold yet, and want to know where to get started? Stay tuned for the next article that will help you get on your way!