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