Joomla is an open source content management system referred by tens of thousands as the best CMS in the world. Once installed, the website administrator can login to the backend administration console and set up sections, categories, content items, polls and much more; administrating the entire frontend of the website from a point and click interface. When new content is created, a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor allows for simple edits without the knowledge of HTML. While it is not mandatory the user have knowledge of HTML, it is recommended to engage in a few HTML primers in the event that something needs to be edited on a more custom level.
The Joomla community forums are available with thousands of programmers and designers to help new and advanced users when possible. Joomla is a free, open source content management system written in PHP for publishing and managing content on the web and intranets using a MySQL database. Joomla includes features such as page caching to improve performance, web indexing, RSS feeds, printable versions of pages, newsflashes, blogs, forums, polls, calendars, website searching, and language internationalization.
The name is a phonetic spelling of the Swahili word "jumla" meaning "all together" or "as a whole". It was chosen to reflect the commitment of the development team and community to the project. The first release of Joomla (Joomla 1.0.0) was announced on September 16, 2005. This was a re-branded release of Mambo 188.8.131.52 combined with other bug and moderate-level security fixes. In the project's roadmap, the core developers say Joomla! 2.0 will be a completely re-written code base built with PHP 5.
Joomla! is released under the GNU General Public License.