Thursday, November 3, 2011

Flexibility Drawbacks of a Joomla CMS

Because it was made from the beginning to serve as a CMS, it has had the development time and modifications necessary for Joomla to build its customizable, application rich platform. Web designers like to use Joomla because it can create both fantastic looking websites, complete with multi-level, collapsible menus, and modules that can be placed anywhere on the site, similarly to widgets.
Developers like Joomla because it has a powerful API, so that it can easily integrate into other systems, additional or pre-existing software, and applications from other software manufacturers. This alone easily creates endless possibilities, when you consider how many different types of software can be combined with Joomla applications for unique site features and functions. Joomla can also integrate with other websites and user systems. This gives websites and business owners a clear advantage for more complex options, which is ideal for businesses who need to customize products, product categories, menus, and so forth.
Drawbacks of a Joomla CMS
One of the biggest drawbacks of a Joomla CMS is that it lacks SEO friendly URLs and code. While SEO plug-ins can be added to make a Joomla CMS more optimized for search engines, not everyone will know to do this, nor will the plug-in compare to a CMS that is internally designed to be SEO friendly. This is not a small detail. Regardless of how fantastic a business website is, or how many bells and whistles it has – if Google can’t find it, then consumers can’t find it. Another potential drawback is that even if an SEO-plug-in is added to a Joomla CMS, it may require a lot of manual changes in addition to what the plug-in modifies. Additionally, most SEO plug-ins only deal with one or two aspects of on-site SEO, such as page titles, meta descriptions or meta-data, and URLs. This means several plug-ins would have to be installed in order to really optimize a website for the search engines.
The other drawback for some webmasters and small business owners would be the installation and regular upkeep of the CMS. Because Joomla is not a CMS that anyone can install without prior web design or development knowledge, it usually requires hiring a developer or designer. Depending upon the custom solutions desired by a business, costs for initial Joomla installation range between $2000 to $20,000, and monthly servicing is estimated at around $500. This kind of budget may not be affordable for a lot of small businesses and entrepreneurs.

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