Chapter 1. Introducing the Joomla! Content Management System


  • Finding out about Open Source CMS

  • Discovering Joomla!

  • Exploring Joomla!

  • Getting involved in the Joomla! community

Joomla! is an award-winning content management system that enables you to easily create and manage the contents of a web site. 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 a site. To get started all you need is access to a web hosting service and a web browser. Moreover, the Joomla! content management system is open source, free of licensing fees and open for you to modify as needed to meet your requirements. The low cost and ease of use are the primary reasons Joomla! has become so popular, with more than 10 million downloads to date.

This introductory chapter explores the advantages of using Joomla! and open source, and provides basic information about how the Joomla! CMS works.

Discovering Open Source Content Management

A content management system or CMS, is a software tool that is installed on a server. A CMS enables you to publish pages on a web site and to manage the web site's features, content, and users through an easy-to-use browser-based interface. Historically, full-featured CMS products were expensive affairs, dominated by major brand names such as Broadvision, Vignette, and Microsoft. Over the last five years, however, this market has begun to shift, as robust open source products have arrived on the scene, ...

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