Joomla is a content management system that can be used independently. Its main virtue is to allow integration, add or edit the content of a website easily. It is an open source PHP programmed mostly in under a GPL license. The content manager can work on local networks or internet and intranet tell yourself requires a database created with a MySQL manager and an Apache HTTP server.
In Joomla includes features such as: web performance improvements, printable versions of pages, flash news, blogs, forums, polls (surveys), calendars, website searching and language internationalization. His name is a phonetic pronunciation for Anglophone Yumla Swahili word meaning “all together” or “as a whole”. Was chosen as a reflection of the commitment of the development team and the project community.
Joomla arises as the result of a fork of Mambo, Miro corporation of Australia, who kept the Mambo brand name at the time and the core group of developers. Joomla comes with this division on August 17, 2005. Miro Corporation formed a non-profit organization with the primary purpose to fund the project and protect it from lawsuits. The development team claimed that many of the clauses of the structure of the foundation were previous agreements made by the steering committee of Mambo, which has no necessary consultancy who maintain the project and includes clauses that violate the core values of open source . The development team created a Web site that is called OpenSourceMatters to distribute information to users, developers, web designers and the community at large. At that time the leader Andrew Eddie, known as “MasterChief” wrote an open letter to the community, which appeared in the ads section mamboserver.com public forum.
The next day, 1000 people entered the website opensourcematters.org to express their support and encouragement for the actions taken by the development team. The website received a notice temporarily down due to excessive traffic. This event appeared in newsforge.com, eweek.com, and ZDnet.com. Miro CEO Peter Lamont gave a reply in the article titled “The Mambo Open Source Controversy – 20 Questions with Miro”.
On January 22, 2008 is 1.5 stable released version of Joomla, incorporating significant improvements in the area of security, management and compliance with W3C standards, and was the version Joomla gave his “personality” of its own, as up to that time code appearance and were very similar to those of Mambo.
The 10 January 2011 published version 1.6 stable Joomla, which again introduced many improvements over its predecessor, among which we can count: nested categories, system access control list (ACL) granular, improved support language and SEO, redirection pages integrated template styles. It has also completely redesigned the environment (user interface), and improved the Extensions Manager.
One of the great potential that has this CMS is the large number of existing extensions programmed by its user community that increase the chances of Joomla with new features and that easily integrate into it.
There are hundreds of extensions and with various functionalities such as:
- Dynamic Forms Generator
- Companies and Organizations Directories
- Document Managers
- Multimedia Image Galleries
- Motors and electronic sell-trade
- Forums and chat software
- Software for Blogs
- Directory Services
- Data Logging Tools
- Ad Systems
- Subscription Services
At the same time these extensions are grouped into:
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