What is Joomla?
Joomla is an Open source CMS (Content Management System) developed in PHP & MySQL. Using Joomla we can build fantastic websites and web applications. Easy to understand and extensible Joomla has established itself as one of the best CMS software. And the best part is it being Open source which makes it free to use. Joomla is always in a constant battle to win every CMS award (CMS awards by Packtpub.com). And it has won the battle many times. In 2006 Joomla won the “Overall Winner” and 2007 Joomla won the “Best PHP Open Source Content Management System”. As the amount of users using Joomla have increased tremendously Packtpub.com now has an award “Joomla! Award” especially for Joomla sites. No doubt Joomla is the best cause it crossed the 1000000 number mark for the amount of users downloading it.
This was the first CMS which we worked on. Beginners love the first look of Joomla. May it be the backend or the front-end. The folder structure is also very easy to understand. Peeping inside the backend you will find excellent features like the Media Manager (Manages media files like images, videos, etc.). The Control Panel gives you all the settings you want to see regarding the installed site and server. We have User Manager for user management. Menu manager takes care of the site menu.
It does not take much time in understanding how Joomla works. Now, this is what happens on the screen. This is what we see the client sees. Let’s see what actually happens behind the scenes.
A developer working on Joomla should be through with PHP skills and MySQL query firing. The HTML & CSS skills are also required if the person is going to develop a template. Joomla is divided into Components, Modules, Plug-ins and Template. We will talk about Joomla 1.5.x version which is the latest. Not to forget that we have Joomla 1.6.x on the cards and coming soon. The beta release is already there to download. When Joomla jumped from 1.0.x to 1.5.x it was like upgrading from Windows 98 to Windows XP. So the latest Joomla 1.6.x will have something exciting.
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