Webbing Wednesdays Week #7
Joomla! One of the most fascinating and highly feature-rich CMS back in 2009 has been disappearing from the industry, because of few very obvious reasons it seems. Joomla came up with their first CMS version of 1.0 back in 2009, and was able to grab maximum attention because of its functionalities, backend user friendliness, updates and it was highly robust. This version was pretty much suitable for small to large website.
Joomla 1.0.15 had Mambo, which the team at Joomla completely thought of eliminating with the new version of 1.5 and destroyed the legacy of mambo. However it was just a very amateur behavior from team considering they put stability and continuity at stake. Every single user of Joomla was still happy using 1.5 because of the structural ability and the advancement of Modules and Plugins it had. However, it got worse when they started releasing the new updates and continued with the same practice of completely abandoning the old version and offering something entirely different. This was a wrong practice however, with the new versions they also abandoned the support for 1.5 and 1.0 including the plugins and including the components. So, every loyal Joomla user was left with no choice but to build the entire website from scratch and start all over again. The upgrade of Joomla was not seamless and again because of the backward compatibility issue it was always a nightmare for website owners. This leaves development companies with no choice but to let their customers choose the CMS which they are comfortable with and not the CMS which every time upgrades talks about the new website altogether. In merely 18 months the upgrades were necessary and it has been tough to convince not only the customers but any of the prospects to build the website the way it should be running. Over the period of years we have seen Joomla evolving in terms of CMS but website owners have always been reluctant in using it because of this very reason as it has not come down to the trust factor.
To build small scale website Joomla 1.0 would have been a best fit, however to build a 5 pages website, if we were to use Joomla 2.5/3.0/3.3 we would simply say AVOID, because of the only reason that its too much clustered to be useful for the same. We rather recommend to use CMS like WordPress which has evolved to a greater level and its lite enough to be used for the same.
It is important here to understand that the team of Joomla! has been most innovative and certainly of its kind, however the decisions they took somehow don’t seem to be customer centric and rather it more or less points to what they want to build as part of the CMS. It certainly is a good personal decision however, on a corporate level its really not creating winning situation for the users and because of which the less amount of people have been sticking to Joomla! Clear mode of catching this glitch is checking the Joomla Forums, they might have been dead for few years now or they might have had very less activity in last couple of years.
Techtic Solutions, was the biggest fan of this amazing CMS and we certainly weren’t the only one. Strangely we don’t like saying it, but the way it is at this point, Joomla is certainly dying!