This week, Joomla announced that its open source content management system has passed the 25 million download mark.

Joomla claims some 2.7 percent of the web runs Joomla and it is not just being used by small businesses or start-ups looking for a cheap alternative. The modular appeal and proven stability means it has been used for the backend management of websites for brands including McDonald’s, eBay and Ikea.

The Joomla community has thrived over the years, with apparent competitors offering support, help and technical know-how to one another in traditional internet style. Over 225,000 developers are now registered at the joomlacode.org site where developers are encouraged to contribute directly to the development of the core Joomla codebase. Meanwhile, Joomla developer communities exist in almost every nook and cranny of the web on forums and blogging networks.

Joomla’s announcement included a rider – it may be even more than 25 million downloads. Although first released in 2005, Joomla admits it only started tracking the number of downloads for its CMS system in 2007.

You can of course build your own Joomla-based site with 123-reg web-hosting with Joomla available as one of the free to install 123-apps, 25 million others can’t be wrong.

Have you built your site with Joomla? We’d love to hear from you. Is Joomla capable of running a full corporate site?


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  • Janette

    I wish Joomla had worked for me; it didn’t prove to be a cheap alternative. I handed over thousands of pounds to a company who used Joomla to build my website; it never worked, and I have had to go to another company for a complete rebuild. The company wasn’t up to the job and altered code and used obsolete bits of code. I am delighted that it worked for others and provided good well-priced websites. But for me; I’m not a happy bunny!

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    September 16, 2011 at 12:46 am