- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
Yes what zeca said.
What is CMS?
In non jargon terms, a Content Management System is a web site that will let you edit its content without having to dive into the jargon code that makes the page display. (abbrieviated to CMS)
How it works is that it keeps all the content of your web pages in a database, and then uses its programs to find the content and display the page when anyone clicks on a link on the web site. When you edit a page, you are editing the database of content.
So non IT professionals can edit a web page with a "What You See Is What You Get" editor, that looks much like MS Word (These are often abbreviated to WYSIWYG which you may have come across)
Joomla! is open source, which means it is free, and you can download it and use it AND if you are an IT techo sort, you can look at its internal code and suggest changes, find errors and suggest fixes, and become one if the team.
It is a really good program, and is supported and used internationally, so there is a lot of information and help in many many languages.
Component Add ons
There is the "standard" joomla! download, and then nice people in the community write "add ons" that add other functions to the main program - like a Photo display gallery, paypal donations, youtube inside your web page, event calendars, newsletter programs, online talking programs (called Shout boxes), the list is long.
The look of joomla! web sites is defined by their "templates' and you can get a lot of free templates, or pay a firm to make one that is just for your company.
On the main joomla! web site, you can click on "Demo" and actually try it out.
You will need to be fairly computer literate to download it and implement it, but it does have good instructions. If you are confident to have a go, it wont crash anything important! When you get stuck a search in the Forums (see the joomla! main page) will probably turn up a person with the exact same question - AND an ANSWER! All for FREE!
Free hosting sites exist so you can try it all out - see the link below to choose one.
I have used awardspace.com (ok ) and byethost.com (quite good)Source(s): http://www.joomla.org/ - joomla! main web site http://www.joomla24.com/ - free templates list http://www.100-best-free-webspace.com/ - to find a free host with free MySQL databases
- 1 decade ago
"Joomla! is a free, open source content management system for publishing content on the world wide web and intranets. The system includes features such as page caching to improve performance, RSS feeds, printable versions of pages, news flashes, blogs, polls, website searching, and language internationalization. Joomla is licensed under the GPL, and is the result of a fork of Mambo." - WikipediaSource(s): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joomla
- 1 decade ago
more of a content management software
it's one of the popular ones, together with mambo