Chapter 1: Introducing the Joomla! Content Management System


Understanding open source content management

Discovering the Joomla! CMS and what it can do

Reviewing Joomla! functionality and basic architecture

Exploring the Joomla! community and how you can get involved

Joomla! is an award-winning content management system that brings powerful website creation and management tools to the masses. You don't have to be a programmer to use Joomla! because you don't need to work with the code to install, set up, or manage your site. To get started, all you need is access to a web-hosting service to install Joomla! and a web browser to create and manage your site. Moreover, the Joomla! content management system is open source, and therefore free of licensing fees and restrictions on use.

Joomla! is one of the most popular content management systems in use today, with millions of successful implementations. With the arrival of Joomla! 3, the system entered a new era, with greatly enhanced usability, extended compatibility, and an emphasis on the ability to create mobile-friendly, responsive websites. You can also use Joomla! as a framework for the development of powerful web applications, via the Joomla! Platform.

This introductory chapter explores the advantages of using both Joomla! and open source, and provides you with the big picture of how Joomla! works and how you can use it to build or manage your own website.

Discovering Open Source Content Management

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