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  • 1.0 stars

    "Not Impressed"

    June 24, 2010  |   By thealexbaron

    Version: Joomla 1.5.11

    Pros

    Lots and lots of features.

    Cons

    Too many features to deal with at once. Not user-friendly. I shouldn't have to "Learn Joomla" to add a page and put it on the menu.

    Summary

    Bottom-line is that I had a bad experience with Joomla due to it's poorly designed interface(buttons seem to be unexpected places), strange and lengthy procedure for building, and so many features thrown at me at once.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Not impressed with this at all."

    January 9, 2010  |   By snodinn

    Version: Joomla 1.5.11

    Pros

    None that I can think of. Even if a program is free, if it isn't user friendly then why use it?

    Cons

    The website hasn't been updated in I would dare say years.

    Summary

    They should pay me for wasting my time to download it.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "For excellent and secure CMS, Joomla is top notch."

    November 11, 2009  |   By sclemance

    Version: Joomla 1.5.11

    Pros

    Joomla is powerful, flexible, extensible, and tidy. It has extensive community support for add-ons, superb support forums, and frequent updates to ensure the best security and stability. By far one of the best CMS solutions out there.

    Cons

    Joomla is not for the faint of heart or the novice. While it rewards patient people with a flexible and future-friendly CMS solution, there is a learning curve involved. Joomla is not an out-of-the-box fix for any situation - some assembly required.

    Summary

    Joomla is definitely one of the best content management software packages out there. It sports a user friendly interface, tonnes of community supported plug-ins and modules, (both free and commercial), and frequent updates as well as great support forums.

    The setup is straight-forward and is supported by most good hosting services. Many hosting packages even include Joomla as an installable option making installation and support a breeze. (Remember to update your Joomla package if you use a host's installer - sometimes it will be a few versions behind).

    The main advantages to Joomla reside in the flexible way in which articles are posted and categorized. Not only are the WYSIWYG editors simple and easy to use, but assignment and scheduling of articles is seamless and simple.

    Novices looking for web-design software will be disappointed. Joomla can be used in this way, however, it is NOT a replacement for Dreamweaver. On the surface it seems complex to people just trying to make a simple website, however, Joomla is first and foremost a content management solution - and this accommodates a whole range of needs, many of which require a more in-depth approach to website organization.

    Can Joomla be used for single page websites? Yes. Is this where it's strength lies? Definitely not. Don't expect Joomla to replace the requirement for fundamental web development and coding skills. Using Joomla, you can do a surprising amount without knowing ANY HTML at all, however, this is NOT the reason why Joomla was created.

    In short, I would recommend Joomla to anyone looking to replace their current CMS solution, or to anyone looking for a way to simplify and accommodate the growing complexity of a website without a CMS back-end.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "An amazing piece of software"

    October 11, 2009  |   By awebdesigner

    Version: Joomla 1.5.11

    Pros

    Ease of use & Flexibility. 4000+ extensions allow a joomla site to become just about anything. A large range of companies also sell advanced, ready to go templates.

    Cons

    Flexibility has a tradeoff with simplicity. If sticking with an off-the-shelf template & basic structure, it's very easy, but to customise a template definitely requires coding skills, and a bit of RTFM to get familiar with basic concepts.

    Summary

    Joomla hits the sweet spot between ease of use, robustness and flexibility.

    For a simple, idiot proof CMS > Wordpress
    For a secure, scalable, robust, large scale CMS for techies > Drupal.
    For the best mix of the two > Joomla, (by a country mile)

    Joomla really isn't hard to learn the basics, but if you start trying to do stuff just by jumping straight into the admin area, you'll be lost. For anyone who bothers to watch a few quick tutorials on youtube, it's very easy to get a basic site up or even one with a fairly complex structure.

    For coders, its a great foundation to deploy really complex sites really quickly, by adapting an amazing array of off-the-shelf options (extensions or templates) to achieve just about anything.

    For non coders, most templates and extensions are designed for non-techies to use, and you'll still get a dazzling array of options, but don't expect to be able to easily customise a joomla template if you're someone who just "knows a bit of html".

    Updated on Oct 11, 2009

    For those who find it hard to setup, just find a host who offers Fantastico & setup will take you about 2 minutes. (just follow the prompts, nothing complicated).

    For those who are are trying to setup their own web server on a windows computer and get Joomla running at home - you're probably entering a world of pain unless you've got a good understanding of joomla's server requirements, apache, php, mysql and a bunch of other things, but doing this is completely pointless unless you're trying to avoid paying hosting fees while you're building the site.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Frustrating, frustrating... Way too complex for me!"

    September 4, 2009  |   By Doudard

    Version: Joomla 1.5.11

    Pros

    It's free. Did not cost me a cent. I got what I paid for.

    Cons

    This is way too complicated. Someone needs to make this as easy as an IPhone. Make it as easy as Constant Contact, and I will be happy. Holy Cow, the mumbo jumbo these people use. Simple and intuitive it is NOT.

    Summary

    An expert installed this Joomla thing for me so I could edit my website. Well, I decided I was going to do it. I managed to load a picture. Then I tried to change a templates. Now my site is down. All I did is changed a HTML function which I thought was a pixel size from 11 to 15. Save the file. Applied it an Bam! Error message galore!
    I use Constant Contact for my mass e-mails. I pay upward of $85 a month for that service. I am not against being charged if the stuff works. Constant Contact is great. Really easy to work with. I took their online tutorial, but it's so simple and intuitive you do not need a tutorial for Constant Contact.
    It seems that expert like this thing. I do not know why.
    I tell you what though. If some wiz-kid wants to make money programming, let him develop a website CSM that work as easily as Constant Contact. You can try Constant Contact for free for 30 days I think. No, I am not a Constant Contact reseller or anything like that. They just have achieved a level of easy rarely seen in other software.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Does not measure up to all the hype!"

    August 23, 2009  |   By sandy7171

    Version: Joomla 1.5.11

    Pros

    it's free, but beyond that it is useless if you want to offer it as a content management system.

    Cons

    I don't like anything about Joomla. It's basically just wasting space on my computer.

    Summary

    I don't like anything about Joomla. Freeware is useless if you have to go to school to learn to use it or become a full time trainer to teach clients to use it. Very time consuming and difficult to install, then very complicated to actually use it. I don't see why the media is pushing that this is so easy because it's just the opposite. It will be a sad day if this becomes the norm for web design and development. You will have to spend more time training clients to use it than it takes to build a real website using real industry standard software. Much easier to teach clients to use Adobe Contribute as a CMS than to bother with this useless freeware.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Don't even Bother"

    July 17, 2009  |   By BruceNZ

    Version: Joomla 1.5.11

    Pros

    It's free but thats about it....oh hang on support is free too but you need hours and hours as there is millions of pages to read for a simple answer that won't work,

    Cons

    It's free....and very very hard to use.
    Takes hours to setup correctly and sucks up data...and then takes days to learn how to use it...weeks if you install a "add on" or "plug in".

    Summary

    Don't even Bother trying to install this unless you are a website wiz and have a webhost that will let you install it.
    You would have a better chance of finding family history on 5 generations of cousins cousins cousins then you will of getting this thing to work correctly.

    Not sure what the developers had in mind but it was not to make it user friendly at all.....come on up to 5 levels of changes to get a banner advert to work...or over 4 levels of movement to edit the frontpage!

    SOMEBODDY NEEDS TO INVEST $$$ INTO THIS to bring it up to 2009 standards...

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