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What is Joomla?

by: Hostwinds Team  /  April 17, 2020

Did you know the term 'Jumla' means "all together" in Swahili? Did you know the altogether fantastic CMS, Joomla, got its name from the word 'Jumla?'

"All together" seems to be considered relevant terminology at present, doesn't it? While people aren't all together (except for in spirit ?) for the time being, it's nice to discuss things that pertain to togetherness. Hence, a blog piece about putting together a website with ease using Joomla! Ta-da!

Before we launch the Joomla feature festivities, some words of wisdom from Mother Teresa:

"I can do things you cannot. You can do things I cannot; together, we can do great things."

Wow, do you feel as inspired as we do? Most definitely? Perfect. Now let's learn more about Joomla.

What is Joomla?

Like WordPress, Joomla is a CMS (Content Management System) framework for building websites. It was written in PHP and used MySQL for data storage. This content management system was built using MVC (Model View Controller) framework/design architecture. Whether you want to develop a complex or simple site, Joomla can help you bring it all together without any coding required.

The following excerpt from our "Introduction to Joomla" guide expands on the above definition a bit:

"Joomla is a Content Management System, otherwise known as a CMS. A CMS allows you to easily get a website up and running, with little to no coding needed. Joomla can handle all of the necessary codings that would be needed for the site on its back end."

READ MORE: Introduction to Joomla Guide

More Information Found Within Our "Introduction to Joomla" Guide:

"Aside from being able to accommodate the various languages, Joomla is like a mix between Drupal and WordPress. Drupal is known for being a little on the technical side, however quite powerful. WordPress is more beginner-friendly. However, there is not as much that can be done with it. Joomla fits in the middle of them, in that it provides an easy-to-use interface like WordPress, with some of the power that Drupal provides."

Joomla was first released in 2005, and millions of people have used it since its debut. One thing worth mentioning about Joomla is that it is somewhat more challenging to learn than other CMS options like WordPress, for example. Perhaps this is because Joomla is catered more toward web developers, making it a little more intricate.

Developers love Joomla because it offers advanced features and customization that other CMS options don't necessarily have. For instance, Joomla supports object-oriented programming languages.

The CMS is also very secure. It offers 2-factor authentication and supports various 3rd party security plugins so you can protect your site from potential security threats even more.

More Features As Detailed in Our Comprehensive "Joomla Content Editor" Guide:


  • Image Manager Extended (IME) is used to create thumbnails to any part of the Image. You can also insert multiple images with it. You are also able to develop responsive and pop-up images.
  • Media Manager is used for inserting a wide array of files, including Adobe® Flash®, Apple Quicktime®, Windows Media Player®, and HTML 5 Video and Audio. You can see just past in Youtube and Vimeo videos. Along with HTML5 video and audio with several source options.
  • File manager, allowing you to create links to images, documents, media, and other common file types. Also, Include a file type icon, file size, and modified date and Insert as a link or embed the document with an iframe. Along with creating downloadable files using the download attribute.


READ MORE: Joomla Content Editor Guide

Speaking of features, there is a lot more where that came from. We'll fill you in on some of the many features that make Joomla stand out.

Joomla Features

Joomla supports many extensions, AKA thousands – AKA over 8,000 extensions, all available within JED (Joomla Extensions Directory). As the name suggests, these extensions extend Joomla's functionality.

Additionally, this popular CMS is also known to be scalable. Don't take our word for it, though – this is what our "Joomla Features Overview" guide had to say about Joomla's scalability:

"Joomla will fluidly grow as your business or operations grow – this is because of its stable core and dependability."

Here are some more Joomla details listed in that guide:


  • With integrated ACL – you can define access rights for Joomla.
  • Through the API and solid code base, you can produce quality solutions that last and are extendable.
  • Through modern techniques and minimum requirements like PHP 7.x – you can expect a stable development environment.


READ MORE: Joomla Features Overview Guide

Joomla Offers a Wide Variety Of Features Including but Not Limited to:

  • Page Caching
  • Data Analyzing Options & Data Reports
  • The Option to Easily Add a Contact Form to Your Site
  • Inventory Management Options
  • A Help Menu, A Large Amount of Documentation, & A Helpful Community to Assist
  • An Awesome Admin Area
  • RSS (Really Simple Syndication OR Rich Site Summary) Tools
  • A Contact Manager – This Area Enables You to Make Different Types of User Access Levels
  • Easy URL Redirection Options
  • Helpful Image Features
  • Options for Managing Various Media Types All in One Area
  • The Ability to Create PHP Applications Using Joomla
  • Article Management Options
  • Lots of Third-party modules For Taking Care of Back-End Items Like Setting Up Shopping Carts or Creating Login Inputs
  • Over 70 Language Options Available by Default So Users Can Create Multilingual Websites (This is Called Language Localization)
  • A Category Manager
  • The Ability to Add a Reservations Function to Your Site
  • Smart Search
  • Support For Many Third-Pary Plugins
  • A Very Comprehensive Menu Options
  • Mod_rewrite Support
  • Frequent Updates (Joomla Offers Updates More frequently Than Other CMS Options)
  • Access Control Options
  • Built-in eCommerce Features
  • Several Free Templates & Templates You Can Pay For
  • Website Backup Options
  • The Option to Code a Module That Meets Your Specific Requirements
  • Calendar Options
  • Intricately-Designed Directories
  • User Permissions
  • Forums to Get Help
  • Unlimited Amount of Menus That You Can make Your Own
  • Joomla Also Has a Plugin Management Section, a Component Management Section, and a Module Management Section

On top of all that, Joomla is responsive, so your site will look nice on your smartphone, tablet, etc. Furthermore, Joomla has copious amounts of SEO features, including the option for keywords and metadata and the optimization of images, files, titles, etc.

The last thing we'll say about this content management system is that IHOP, Harvard University, and eBay use Joomla for their sites.

P.S. If you are thinking about using Joomla to build your blogging site, you might consider choosing WordPress in this particular case. Although Joomla is more customizable than WordPress, the latter is known to be better for blogging.

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Suppose you are convinced that you need Joomla in your life after reviewing its phenomenal tools and features. In that case, we'll walk you through how to install it onto a Hostwinds VSP or cloud server.

Joomla 1-Click Install Template in the Cloud Portal

Here is the most efficient way to install Joomla onto a VPS or cloud server in the Hostwinds Cloud Portal:

1. Visit >> Click the 'Client Login' link at the top of the page.

2. Enter your Hostwinds email address and password to log in to your Client Area.

3. Locate and click the 'Cloud Control' drop-down menu on the royal blue navigation bar >> Click the 'Cloud Portal' link.

4. Click on your server's nickname.

5. Click the blue 'Actions' button on the top-right of the page >> Click 'Reinstall.'

6. A pop-up window will appear. Click the 'Applications' tab and scroll down.

7. Click the 'Joomla' box on the top-right of the pop-up window >> Click the green 'Confirm' button.

8. Your server's status will begin at 'BUILDING' and change to 'RUNNING.' This can take anywhere from 10 to 15 minutes to process. Once your server's status is 'RUNNING,' you are all set.

If you would like to review information about a few other 1-click install template applications Hostwinds offers in the Cloud Portal, click any of the links below!

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That wraps up our Joomla blog post, dear friends. Thank you for taking the time to check it out!

All Together

How fitting it seems that Joomla means "all together." We will be able to celebrate our successes all together one day soon, and it's a safe assumption to say we won't take it for granted. Until then, all of us here at Hostwinds wish you well. We'll talk to you soon, folks.

Written by Hostwinds Team  /  April 17, 2020