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March 07, 2007

Joomla!

In my search for a good Content Management System (CMS) I stumbled upon Joomla! and the more I play with it, the more I like it. Installing it on a commercial, commodity host was a relative breeze (it is a MySQL/PHP combo, and most hosts support that). Installing it in-house (on our own server) wasn't very challenging, either. Compared to Drupal it seems much more intuitive. It is actually not that difficult to "figure things out" in Joomla!, without resorting to help files and tutorials. In Drupal I felt almost completely lost most of the time.

There is a substantial community of developers behind Joomla!, which means that there are a lot of modules that can be added to the system. There is also a good selection of attractive templates, some free, some very reasonably priced (starting at mere $15).

We're going to try and build a collaborative website for SI Computing using Joomla! - I will report on our experiences with the system. As of now I'm pretty impressed.

Posted by wlodek at March 7, 2007 09:55 PM

Comments

Joomla is a fork of the Mambo Content Management System. While both are very popular, my experience has been that Mambo installations here at the University of Michigan get compromised often. My recommendation is that if you are planning to set up Joomla, make sure that you will get automatically informed of new versions and upgrade immediately whenever there is a new release. (I just visited the Joomla web site, and could not find an announcement mailing list... the closest thing I found was the General News & Events RSS feed).

Alternatively, you could protect a Joomla site from most attacks by putting the entire site behind cosign and not having any unprotected pages.

Of course, everything above is good advice for any web application. I'm just saying that it is particularly important for Mambo (and, hence, presumably, Joomla).

Posted by: markmont at April 25, 2007 01:18 PM

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