Joomla Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives

Joomla

Open source multilingual CMS platform

4.12/5 (424 reviews)

Joomla overview

What is Joomla?

A content management system is software that keeps track of every piece of content on your Web site, much like your local public library keeps track of books and stores them. Content can be simple text, photos, music, video, documents, or just about anything you can think of. A major advantage of using a CMS is that it requires almost no technical skill or knowledge to manage. Since the CMS manages all your content, you don't have to.

What are some real world examples of what Joomla! can do?

Joomla is used all over the world to power Web sites of all shapes and sizes. For example:

Corporate Web sites or portals
Corporate intranets and extranets
Online magazines, newspapers, and publications
E-commerce and online reservations
Government applications
Small business Web sites
Non-profit and organizational Web sites
Community-based portals
School and church Web sites
Personal or family homepages

Pricing

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Free
Subscription
Open source
Value for money
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Devices

Business size

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Markets

United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, China and 5 other markets, India, Japan, Germany, Brazil, Mexico

Supported languages

English, Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Czech and 21 other languages, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian, Thai
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Joomla reviews

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Emeka Onu

A Content Management System for building websites

Used occasionally for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2019-12-29
Review Source: Capterra

I used Joomla to build my website. It was relatively easy to get started with. Joomla works with extensions and templates which allows them to be easily customisable. Joomla saved me the cost of having to outsource my website design to a website developer.

Pros
Joomla is a Content Management System (CMS) that can be used to build websites. The things I like about Joomla are: 1. Ability to build a website with no technical knowledge required: The first time I worked on Joomla, I didn't know how to write the programming languages on which Joomla was built, but I was still able to build a website with it using available Joomla templates and extensions. 2. Easy learning curve: I learnt everything I needed to get started with Joomla, and also built my first Joomla website in one day. There are available YouTube tutorials, and plog posts on the internet that can help one to get going with Joomla. 3. Free domain name and hosting: Joomla provides users the option of using Joomla customised domain names for their websites, and also provides them with free hosting. I leveraged Joomla's free domain name and free hosting to build my first Joomla website. 4. Easy to customise: Joomla is very easy to customise. Joomla works with templates and extensions. The templates helps someone to decide how his/her Joomla website will look like, while the extension helps someone to add some functionalities to his/her website. 5. Security: Joomla constantly updates their CMS to provide security patches, and also to keep it from the attack of viruses. This increases the level of confidence with Joomla.

Cons
Joomla is an awesome CMS, but that is not without its cons. The cons of Joomla are: 1. Despite the fact that Joomla is easy to learn, it's learning curve is more complex than that of other CMSs like WordPress, Wix, and Weebly. 2. Poor layout: For me, the outlook of a website designed with Joomla seems to be less elegant than that designed with other CMSs like WordPress and Wix. These are the two cons I can point out with Joomla.

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Likelihood to recommend: 7/10

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Stacy Meyer

A little work goes a long way!

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-10-17
Review Source: Capterra

I was a faithful user of Joomla for 8 to 10 years. I actually got very good at working within the CMS. Once you learn how it all fits together, it can be a productive CMS, but it's simply not as easy as Wordpress. Wordpress is much less complicated and can do what Joomla does.

Pros
Joomla was the very first CMS I ever used. Being open source doesn't hurt, as it's always updating and evolving. The biggest pro for this product is that you have an enormous extensions catalog, both free and paid, which means you can create a one of a kind website.

Cons
For me the same thing that makes it great, is also the same thing that makes it less great. With Joomla being updated quite often, it happens often when extensions fail to update as quickly as the CMS itself, which renders them inactive until updated. Plus, there is a learning curve to working with Joomla, and it doesn't take long to forget which extension controls what element of the site.

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Mohamed Othman

Joomla is one of my favorite CMS's

Used weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed 2020-09-22
Review Source: Capterra

I really love joomla, i've been using this CMS for years and still creating new websites using it. It just needs to offer more free plugins and also push major updates like 3.x & 4.x.

Pros
Issue tracker Template Variety Ease of customization

Cons
Free Plugins and add-ons - not enough Lack of major updates

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Likelihood to recommend: 7/10

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Anonymous

Use Joomla if you like structured and guided onboarding

Used occasionally for 2+ years
Reviewed 2020-01-20
Review Source: Capterra

Joomla has quite alot of features out of the box so you can get started quickly without worrying about installing additional add-ons.

Pros
I've used Joomla from time to time, when I have no say over what CMS to use. It's fairly popular in the early 2010s. The fact that it is still around now, though it's market share has been dwindling over the decade, shows that there is still value. I love how the setup process and admin panel are so structured and guided. So it is really easy to get started with zero knowledge. The menus are all well categorised and labelled properly so you know where to find what. You won't get lost: system, users, content, etc. Just click on every single category and page, and your website will be done in no time.

Cons
The actual website layout is pretty boring and lacks creativity so it may not be suitable for all kinds of website. However, if content is more important than aesthetics or presentation for you, then Joomla may be what you're looking for. People say there is a steep learning curve, it does take awhile. Funny thing is, if you're IT saavy or know some basic coding, I find I take longer to customise Joomla than its competitors. But if you're not so good at computers, then use Joomla.

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Likelihood to recommend: 6/10

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Qamar Hussain

Joomla for Perfect web site devolpment tool

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2020-08-10
Review Source: Capterra

Best way to expressing and perform search engine optimization, mostly used for social media marketing, Classic UI and more configurable items make it useful, much secured and convenient working with server side, Lesser extensions are available to add more feature, integrated perfectly with social media like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube perfectl.

Pros
Much secured and comprehensive content management system that supports wide range of websites, discussion, introduction, with personal messaging service, user management, role defining is fully covered including access to pages, detailed pages and customization can be done accordingly to enhanced added feature, direct access and working with server through its configuration.

Cons
Much complicated and hidden type setting, hard to customize it, due to complexity and difficult customization comparatively lesser plugins, extensions are available, so it needs more and more customization and work if you did not found your required features in prebuilt in extension.

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Joomla pricing

Pricing options
Free
Subscription
Open source
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Users can create websites for free, hosted on their own servers or on a Joomla subdomain. Upgrading to private hosting through SiteGround is also possible.

Personal: From $99
Business: From $199
Agency: From $399

Joomla features

Activity Dashboard
Content Management
Customizable Templates
Search Functionality
Social Media Integration
Website Management

API (313 other apps)
Access Control (99 other apps)
Automatic Notifications (115 other apps)
Customizable Branding (169 other apps)
Data Import/Export (148 other apps)
Drag & Drop Interface (137 other apps)
Electronic Payments (116 other apps)
Order Management (110 other apps)
Product Catalog (114 other apps)
Reporting & Statistics (146 other apps)
SEO Management (120 other apps)
Template Management (105 other apps)
Third Party Integration (221 other apps)
eCommerce Management (115 other apps)

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Additional information for Joomla

Key features of Joomla

  • Banner management
  • Polls
  • Search
  • Syndication & newsfeed management
  • Contact management
  • Content management
  • Website templates
  • Image upload
  • Multi-language interface
  • Social media links & sharing buttons
  • Text editor
  • Website dashboard
  • Website hosting
  • Google Maps integration
  • Commenting through Disqus integration
  • User management
  • Website management
  • Google Analytics integration
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