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Future of Joomla! - Is it Still Relevant in 2019?

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Shifat Jaman


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Since the beginning of Joomla era, it is considered to be a prime choice for many developers as well as business website owners. Alternatives always create competition, and that's the reason now we have multiple CMS platform except Joomla. 

At now, Joomla and WordPress are the top two competitors in the market, yet they have their own purpose of using. According to BuiltWith, around 33.27% of top CMS websites are built upon WordPress, and only 1.77% are Joomla made. Almost 60% of CMS market shares are holding by WordPress while Joomla is yet so far.

However, Joomla offers some distinct benefits, which makes Joomla the 2nd largest CMS platform indeed. Joomla's version 3 is used by 66% of all websites that use the CMS platform. It is also popular in the business-oriented site where 9% option for Joomla.

But, "Is Joomla CMS Still Relevant in the Year 2019?" Eric Nicholls raised the question on Quora. 

The most relevant answers we found from Quora regarding this question,

In my opinion, Joomla in 2019 is at a high state - being more powerful and stable than ever. It is a great choice among the numerous CMS platforms for building websites /platforms/applications of a wide range.

The core product comes with many features built-in out of the box:

  • Content Management that allows a good content organization (categories, tags)
  • Media management
  • Advanced & Flexible Menus System
  • Users & Roles with a good Access Control & Permissions Management
  • Custom Fields
  • Privacy Tool Suite (GDPR)
  • SEO
  • Multi-language websites
  • A decent customizable templates' system, that allow unlimited modules' positions and supports overrides
  • Easily extensible via the Extensions Manager
  • Easy Updates for Core and Extensions
  • Stable and as secure as possible
  • Organized and structured code-base - (MVC)
  • Supporting recent web technologies and software (e.g. PHP 7+) & compatible with the majority of the hosting companies; and many more…

Despite the fact that using the core Joomla allows to build and manage complete websites of many types, there are some really good extensions that add additional functionality and features:

  • Many great templates (with quickstart packages)
  • Page builders
  • e-Commerce
  • Flexible blogging and community builder extensions
  • Powerful Forms extensions that not only allow to setup a contact form, but will allow to build complete applications - integrated into your database tables or based on custom tables.
  • Directories of any type (e.g. business, real-estate, hotels - booking systems, etc)
  • Multi-sites functionality
  • Custom Extensions Builders (Templates, Components, Modules); and many more…

So, I really think Joomla should be considered as a strong candidate for a wide range of websites types in 2019, as it combines flexibility, stability, extensibility, it's constantly maintained and updated and offers a good level of security, considering the wildness of the web today.

My advice though is that if you need to build a really good and efficient website - on whatever platform/CMS- you always need to hire an expert, to have it done right.

Certainly! Joomla fits perfectly in the middle ground between WordPress and Drupal. It is one of the top 3 CMS's.

Wordpress is far more common than Joomla because it is much easier to use than Joomla; especially for small websites. However, Joomla offers far more capabilities.

In general, Wordpress is good for individuals and small companies. Of the three, it is the one best suited to the DIY group. Online page builders like Wix are a sensible alternative to WordPress. Joomla is good for companies with 5 or more employees. It is best when in the hands of an experienced professional. Drupal is good for the largest corporations and is best in the hands of multiple professionals.

Like WordPress and Drupal, Joomla is seeing constant improvement. Version 4 of Joomla will add support for the latest technologies and is expected to be released sometime in 2020 - probably the first half of 2020.

If you need a website that is has more advanced capabilities, and a more advanced "look", than a traditional WordPress website -- and you do not have a "team" in place to develop a Drupal website, then Joomla is the perfect choice.

Joomla is the middle ground in both easy of use and capabilities, And, it is a perfect fit for its role.

Yes, Joomla will be still relevant, being ranked 4th most widely deployed CMS platform. However, it is an increasingly competitive market with WordPress dominating the lions' share of the industry. For Joomla to compete successfully, it must find a niche under-served by WordPress at the higher end of the market. The competition at the higher end of the market is with Drupal.

Joomla continues to support its client base with consistent updates and enhancements, and version 4 is in its alpha stages.

What Do We Think? 

Off-course Joomla is relevant in 2019 and even getting more powerful everyday. You can see the Joomla 4 feature list for it.

Let us shed some light on it:

Disclaimer: At ThemeXpert we work daily with Joomla, WordPress and other platforms and we are working on both platform 10+ years.

Business wise

As a template and extension developer ourself we are seeing constant growth of our business every year. Joomla fit perfectly between WordPress(noob) - Drupal(expert/enterprise). It helps us making complicated website with extensive web development service.

Feature wise

Joomla core comes with lots of necessary features that, if you need in WordPress, you've to install many plugins for it. Installing so many plugins definitely decrease your website performance and add maintainability issue.

For example:

  • Custom Fields
  • Language management
  • Powerful Access Control
  • Privacy tool(GDPR)
  • Advanced menu system

    And the list goes on…

It's 2019, and Now You Can Make

  • Your Joomla website without coding using Joomla page builder like Quix. Quix is a leading Joomla page builder that offers you coding less visually impressive sites. You can create any website using their professionally designed layout by drag and drop approach.

  • You need form you can use Joomla form builder. (Google form). Not every Joomla based page builder offers you that but, Quix does. It is considered to be a useful alternative of google form.

  • SO many Joomla templates to select. A wide range of Joomla templates are waiting for you. They are all customizable; everything you need to do, add your content; customize the design, and watch everything instantly right in front of your eyes. For example, In Quix, you will get 35 of free page layouts with around 80 blocks, and more will come soon.

  • Pretty big 3rd party extensions ( you'll not found hundreds of identical plugin with a different name like WP plugin repo) (Extension, Joomla has a less but useful extension where WordPress have unnecessary copy extension ).

  • Ranked web pages way faster than others as it offers you built in SEO tool. For example, Quix has built in SEO tool which provides unique SEO feature; therefore, you'll make search engine friendly pages without needing any SEO expert. 

    If you need a simple blog, go for WordPress, but if you need a corporate website, I'll definitely recommend Joomla for its stability and features.

What Do You Think?

This is all we have. ​What is your thought regarding this question? Let us know your standpoint in the comment section below. If your comment is relevant enough, we will definitely feature your opinion in our next blog.

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