Monthly Archives: May 2012

What is Joomla website design?

Joomla is a very popular CMS used worldwide to build websites of various shapes and sizes. So what is a CMS? CMS stands for ‘Content Management System‘ and traditionally these have been used in big corporates to build Corporate websites and especially Intranets (websites built to manage information internally to the business).

In the past few years, as more and more people start to become familiar with the Internet and wanted to start building their own websites, the facilities provided by ‘Open Source’ software became a boon to individuals and small businesses who wanted to get a relatively low cost option for building their own sites.

Now, let’s just explore some of these concepts.

The difference between the CMS software used by big corporates, and CMS software available under the ‘Open Source’ license, is that of cost. Basically, CMS software used by big corporates are normally Microsoft based, and Microsoft based software are normally licensed based OR very expensive to develop. Open Source software is based on Linux, and Linux software is all FREE.

Does this mean that you can get a Joomla websites for free?

Theoretically, yes. In the same way that you can make your own clothes, for ‘free’. The biggest problem is that although Joomla and other Open Source based CMS systems are free to use and install, they do require a learning curve. So if you are technically inclined, and a bit arty, you can definitely learn Joomla and build your own website.

On the other hand, if you are running a business it might be a better idea to rather outsource this task to people (such as us, for example) who have been building Joomla websites for a couple of years. It might cost more than ‘free’, but it will be less than big corporates are paying for corporate CMS software. The cost, as always, depends on the type and size of website that you require – contact us for a quote!