Is Joomla a Good Choice?

Sometimes, we have some business owners or even IT Managers in non IT companies (such as law firms) asking us about Joomla. The first and most important question they ask us “Is Joomla a good choice?”

Our answer is, as always, it depends.

We tell our customers that Joomla is a good choice if:

  • You’re not running a huge business on your website.
  • You don’t have a lot of visitors accessing your website.
  • Your website is to promote your business online, but is not your business.
  • You (or someone working for your) has some basic computer and Internet skills to maintain the website (creating/updating new articles, installing/uninstalling extensions, updating Joomla, etc…). This is because Joomla can be hard to learn.

In the above cases, Joomla is a good choice because:

  • It is easy to update any article and add any functionality (provided an extension for that functionality exists) if you have some basic Internet skills.
  • It will definitely promote your business. All of our Joomla customers have an offline business complemented by their Joomla website. For example, we have a lady that offers monthly subscription to healthy meals (for those professionals who are unable to cook healthy food for themselves) selling these subscriptions online. In this (and many other cases) Joomla is actually great for ecommerce.
  • Joomla websites can handle an average amount of visitors/day. Which is what most businesses need.

Joomla is not a good choice if:

  • You have zero Internet knowledge and you want to update your website yourself.
  • You expect to have a huge number of unique visitors (30k+) accessing your website daily.
  • You want a lot of custom (non standard) functionality on your website.
  • You’re using the website solely for blogging (better use WordPress in this case)
  • You want some change done and you want it now, and you don’t want to pay for it (However, if you’re willing to shell some money for that change, there are several companies that will help you do this, including itoctopus).
  • You think that you can just create your website and forget about it. This is very important, because most forgotten websites get hacked, and it’s very hard to get a website back to Google’s indexes if it got hacked.
2 Responses to “Is Joomla a Good Choice?”
  1. Comment by Seb — March 25, 2015 @ 6:24 am

    My website has 100 000 daily visitors and Joomla handles them just fine. Leads to conclusion your article is a bull.

  2. Comment by Fadi — March 25, 2015 @ 8:05 am

    Hi Seb,

    That’s not our experience – unless, of course, the Joomla website is heavily modified at the core level or it only has a few pages and it makes extensive use of Joomla’s cache (global cache and System cache).

    We have yet to see a large and high traffic Joomla website working smoothly without any serious modification.

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