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Joomla! 2.5.4

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04 Apr 2012

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Verdict

Extremely capable website software

Review Rating: rating

Platform: Mac OS X, Linux, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 64-bit, Windows 7, Windows Vista 64-bit

Manufacturer: Open Source Matters

Size: 8MB

Number of Downloads: 1979

Price: Free

Joomla is an impressive content management system that can be used for a small website or websites with an active community of contributers.

Joomla works best on webhosts running Linux, although Windows-based hosts will work without problems. It requires a database to work, so be sure to check with budget hosting plans as they do not always include this.

Installation is simple. Upload the files to the webhost (an ftp program such as Filezilla makes this even simpler) and then open the installation wizard in an internet browser.

There are only a few questions to answer and then the website is ready to go.

It is possible to set the permissions for the different users, so a user may be able to write an article but not publish it to leave control of the site in the hands of the owner.

There is no need for anyone to learn HTML as Joomla comes with an editor that looks like a word processor.

The community is also very active in creating extensions for Joomla to add extra features such as shopping carts or search engine friendly links.

This download is the full installation package. Upgrade downloads can be found on the Joomla download page.

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