Things You Need to Know Before You Get Started with Joomla!


These days, it is no longer an argument on whether individuals or companies should be creating their websites. Almost everyone, from novice bloggers to startups, to large companies and government agencies, build and manage their own websites. Now the big question is, what is the right CMS platform to use that will put your website among the top performing sites?  

Information is overwhelming. Of the many websites created using CMS, 60% are powered by WordPress, followed by Joomla! with 6.4% market share, and then Drupal with 4.6%. The remaining part of the pie is shared by the hundreds of other content management systems.

Over the years, businesses, big and small, have realized that a good content management system is necessary to easily manage their websites. What with the WYSIWYG editor, you don’t need to rely on an expert to update the content of your website.

What Is Content Management System or CMS?

CMS is software that enables you to build and manage a fully functional website without learning languages like HTML, CSS, or Javascript. In fact, you don’t need to know coding at all to build and manage your website based on a CMS. It allows easy updating and publishing of content. In this environment where content is King, having a good CMS platform is as good as half the battle won!

Interestingly, Joomla!, the focus of this article, is a CMS platform with a pretty huge following. With its core features, templates and extendable, easy content updating and publishing, great core functionalities, and strong global support, most everybody agrees that Joomla! is a platform to watch out for.

Let’s take a closer look at what millions of users have been raving about Joomla!.

Essential features that you can’t help but love.

Joomla! is free and open source.

It is a user-friendly platform that is flexible and multilingual. Millions of websites worldwide use Joomla! in building their corporate and small business websites, intranets, online magazines, government, and personal websites.

Customizable design features.

Joomla! allows you to create your own template as far as your imagination can take you and use its template overrides. Its Extension Directory has over 8,000 extensions available should you need to add specialized functionality to your website. Overall, it is a great choice for those who need a quick and easily built framework.

Content management made easy.

Content updating and publishing is pretty straightforward. It provides capabilities to create, edit, publish, archive, and organize your content.

Once you get the hang of it, managing becomes easy.

Strong global support.

Thanks to the millions of Joomla! lovers worldwide who provide support to improve the platform, it is a solid solution to both experienced users and newbies. The community of developers and volunteers make sure that Joomla! is better than what you think and so much more.

Now, are you ready to get started with Joomla!?

Setting up a Joomla! website is not difficult. First, you have to have a hosting service and a domain name is highly recommended. Once your server is up and running, you download and install the software package, install and configure a database and tune the system.

It is really simple for experienced IT/DevOps users but not so much for the novice.

However, when you order Joomla! and a domain name from Westlinks Online, the process will be even easier because we do it all for you. We install the latest stable version of Joomla! on your personal VPS instance. You can start using your website instantly for as low as $10/mo (after installation and domain name purchase) with no contracts or obligations. Get started today!

WordPress, Drupal, Joomla!, Concrete5: Which Should You Choose

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WordPress. Drupal. Joomla!. Concrete5

Open source. User-friendly. Customizable

These would best describe the popular open-source content management systems we have today.

For so many years, only tech people fluent in the languages of HTML, CSS, or Javascript could create a fully functional website. Thanks to technology, you don’t need to be an expert to build and customize one that meets your requirements. This is particularly true if you pick the right platform and you know what you want for your website.

Unless you have been living under a rock, I’m sure you will agree with me when I say that traditional coding has been replaced by user-friendly CMS platforms. The old-school concept of coding has been overshadowed by CMS.

Individuals and business owners are becoming independent with the help of these technologies. They can do the customization: change themes, add new pages, or edit the content of web pages whether they know how to code or not.

While it is true that these CMS are the most popular, does not mean that you should randomly choose one without some comparison. There is no one size fits all solution. One should not be pitted against the others either. There are functionalities that are distinctive and unique to each. And it is important to understand each feature to establish the best platform that fits you or your business.

Before you pick the right platform, you should establish first what you need. Are you a blogger who needs to share his content with the world? Are you looking to open an eCommerce site? Or a business owner who needs a corporate website?

Here is an overview of the most popular open source CMS platforms that will help you pick the best fit for you:

WordPress is a favorite among bloggers and novice users. In fact, it is the most popular open source CMS used by around 75 million websites worldwide.

It may have started as just a blogging platform. But through its powerful CMS backend and highly customizable templating system, it transformed into a complete website management platform. Its interface is simple and user-friendly. The dashboard is pretty straightforward making customization effortless. WordPress has thousands of free themes and plugins that are simple to self-install.

Since it is an open source, it is free. You can set up an account on or self-host. To self-host, it is best to buy and use a domain name and run it on a virtual machine (VM) host. Installing it is not rocket science and only needs a little time using their famous 5-minute install technology. When you order WordPress from Westlinks Online, it’s even easier because we do it all for you!

Its prevailing attribute is the community of users worldwide who are working on it and willing to share tips with fellow users.

Drupal is a more advanced CMS platform suitable for business websites with a large volume of traffic. It is known as the most secure open source CMS.

Like WordPress, Drupal is free. It also has an active developer community that creates free and paid themes and plugins and provides technical support to users.

Joomla! is designed for people with more coding knowledge who are building more professional and interactive websites. It is ideal for corporate and eCommerce websites.

Joomla! has the functionalities of a standard website and add-ons needed in a business website.  

Concrete5 bridges the gap between building and running a website. It is one thing to build a good site, it is another to run a great one. But so far, Concrete5 has done both. As the saying goes, with Concrete5 you get the best of both worlds.

Concrete5 is free and is open-source. It has a lot of themes and add-ons to help you get started. It is simple. Its point and click function make adding and/or editing a page on a website easy. The community of users is growing and will continue to grow as Concrete5 will be around for a long, long time.

So whether you want a simple blog or a complex website, there is an ideal CMS platform that fits for you. Here at Westlinks Online, it is a simple push of the button option. We install it on a VM server of your choice and configure your domain name to it (existing or new one). You will have your site set up and ready to go in just a few minutes.