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Joomla CMS in-depth review

Joomla CMS in-depth review

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Joomla has been one of the most popular open source in the web. Is it still popular? Continue reading to find out more about the Joomla CMS. You can have the Joomla administrative interface connected to your computer once it is installed. You have to manage the dashboard screen after the installation and you will be getting this once it is installed and connected.

The administration

You will be getting various menus from the dashboard and you can access to the administrative screens and settings within the CMS. The number of buttons and the configuration of the screen would change accordingly, when you enter by clicking on the menu. For instance, the basic settings can be configuring in the site menu for the Joomla site. You can also put the Joomla site under the different mode like maintenance mode from here.

Site settings

The 3 series has changed and it is new to put the Joomla site offline. You can also customize the settings for the offline messages according to the priority and the usage. There are various ways and options available for customizing the settings for going offline. You can also set a default message while going offline or you can make a message of your own and add images to it in order to go offline. There is an option for hiding also which will only show the home page for the viewers. This will authenticate and the system will be hidden from the users. This will only show the log in screen.

Content editing

  1. Tiny MCE ( default)
  2. Code Mirror (this allow you for writing in HTML and this is also a code editor which will help you to highlight the tags which are mismatched.
  3. None (this option will turn off the WYSIWYG option completely.

The Joomla SEO settings panel is on the other side of the screen and this will give you the basic functions of the SEO for the present site.

SEO setting

This will take to the settings of enabling the debugging within the Joomla site and also the capabilities of the Joomla’s caching. The path for various folders can also be set.

Systems Tab

With the permissions Tab, the configuration of the site wide can be done in the Joomla. You can also configure different site wide functions if they are already set in the CMS. You will also find maintenance option in the site menu. All the content can be checked globally and cache can be cleared from the Joomla site from here.

User manager

The Joomla’s user management features and its extensive are available in the right side of site this is the user’s menu. There are notes, sub menus, access level and the mass mail ability that are available under this menu. This is an awesome and wonderful feature for the users and the super handy feature for using the joomla site. This very useful and this should be available in all the systems.

There are many options that are readily available in the joomla user manager. The options include the ability for filtering the users in the state and the group and filter them with the registration date and they can filtered with their activeness and inactivity. There is a special option in this and that is called the ‘user notes’. There are typical users and group access levels that are available excluding the special feature of the user notes. Though this is very common and available in all other sites too and they are called piece of information in other software.

Mass mail option

The mass mail option is really helpful if you wish to mail to a group or your marketing team or any of the content editors withan editorial change in the upcoming event or article. This option is very handy if you have to send similar notes to a group of people.

Main menu settings

This option helps you to configure the home page. Though there are changes in different version of the joomla site, this option has remained the same in its function and settings. If you want to make any changes, you have to go to the main menu for changing and customizing the settings.

Article manager

This option will help you to filter and customize the articles in a different way. According to your own usage and necessity, you can filter them. There are various options that are available in this page. You can configure the setting of the ordering of the articles and also the access to different articles through this option. You can spend hours together just exploring this option of the joomla site.

Article permission

You can set the permissions for the articles that you are writing below the editor’s window. You can set the articles according to your usage and as per the number basis too.

Media manager

The name of the author and the publishing date can be set within the use of the publishing option. You can upload or delete images with the help of this option. You cannot actually use this option unlike other where there are tons of options. You cannot crop or edit any images with the help of this option.

This has various options in it. You can manage the banners and the number of clicks on it through this banners settings. You can also add new banners using this menu. It helps a lot for the users and their convenience if you have to set up any banner.

Components settings

Under this you can set the contacts and their details in the address book. You can also categorize them, group them accordingly. It is a very handy option for the user.

Final Wrap up

Advantages

  • Joomla is quiet is east to install, though it is not as smooth and fast in working like WordPress but it is way quicker in working than Drupal CMS.
  • There is a huge pool of free plugins available in the home page of the dashboard. Though less than WordPress but it works much faster.
  • The support system is quite good with a responsive discussion board
  • The URL structuring is quiet smart and clean prompt with the present-day SEO strategies

Disadvantages

  • For the advanced users there is less experimentation with minimum number of templates and modules for customization
  • The server response time sometimes create a bug. If the site is small and has less number of visitors then it won’t be issue in the initial days but with time it can take time in loading
  • Some of the plugins of joomla are paid unlike WordPress and Drupal which has all free plugins.

Thus, if you have multimedia site or a site with many content then joomla is the choice for you.

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