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A Powerful Tool for Content Management


Joomla is one of the world’s most popular open source CMS (content management systems). Joomla is free, open, and available to anyone under the GPL license. With millions of websites running on Joomla, the software is used by individuals, small & medium-sized businesses, and large organizations worldwide to easily create & build a variety of websites & web-enabled applications.

Our Joomla Installer makes the setup process simple and keeps your version of Joomla patched and up to date. You also have the option of performing a manual installation and maintaining your own patches and updates.

What is Joomla?
Joomla is an award-winning content management system (CMS), which enables you to build Web sites and powerful online applications. Many aspects, including its ease-of-use and extensibility, have made Joomla the most popular Web site software available. Best of all, Joomla is an open source solution that is freely available to everyone.

HostSellers includes Joomla Installer for FREE with all SilverLite hosting plans and higher.

What is a Content Management System (CMS)?
A content management system is software that keeps track of every piece of content on your Web site, much like your local public library keeps track of books and stores them. Content can be simple text, photos, music, video, documents, or just about anything you can think of. A major advantage of using a CMS is that it requires almost no technical skill or knowledge to manage. Since the CMS manages all your content, you don't have to.

Differences Between Automated Installer and Manual Self-Install
Automated Installer Manual Self-Install
Ideal for the Novice User Ideal for more Advanced and Pro Users
Simple Point and Click Installation Manual Installation using Joomla Installation Guide
Beginner CMS. No Themes. No Plugins. Just basic installation package. No expandability You install whatever theme and plugin you wish to expand your CMS
Older, stable version of Joomla installed
Ability to install latest version of Joomla
We maintain security patches. Lessens likelihood of being hacked You maintain your own patches. If you miss a critical patch or upgrade you are more likely to be hacked
You can always move towards a self-installed, self-patched model  
FEATURES & BENEFITS
User Management: Joomla has a registration system that allows users to configure personal options. There are nine user groups with various types of permissions on what users are allowed to access, edit, publish and administrate.

Authentication is an important part of user management and Joomla support multiple protocols, including LDAP, OpenID, and even Gmail. This allows users to use their existing account information to streamline the registration process.
Media Manager: The Media Manager is the tool for easily managing media files or folders and you can configure the MIME type settings to handle any type of file. The Media Manager is integrated into the Article Editor tool so you can grab images and other files at any time.
Language Manager: There is international support for many world languages and UTF-8 encoding. If you need your Web site in one language and the administrator panel in another, multiple languages are possible.
Banner Management: It's easy to set up banners on your Web site using the Banner Manager, starting with creating a client profile. Once you add campaigns and as many banners as you need, you can set impression numbers, special URLs, and more.
Contact Management: The Contact Manager helps your users to find the right person and their contact information. It also supports multiple contact forms going to specific individuals as well as groups.
Polls: If you want to find out more about your users, it's easy to create polls with multiple options.
Search: Help navigate users to most popular search items and provide the admin with search statistics.
Web Link Management: Providing link resources for site users is simple and you can sort them into categories, even count every click.
Content Management: Joomla's simplified three-tiered system of articles makes organizing your content a snap. You can organize your content any way you want and not necessarily how it will be on your Web site. Your users can rate articles, e-mail them to a friend, or automatically save a PDF (with UTF-8 support for all languages). Administrators can archive content for safekeeping, hiding it from site visitors.

On public Web sites, built-in e-mail cloaking protects email addresses from spambots.

Creating content is simple with the WYSIWYG editor, giving even novice users the ability to combine text, images in an attractive way. Once you've created your articles, there are a number of pre-installed modules to show the most popular articles, latest new items, newsflashes, related articles, and more.
Syndication and Newsfeed Management: With Joomla, it's easy to syndicate your site content, allowing your users to subscribe to new content in their favorite RSS reader. It's equally easy to integrate RSS feeds from other sources and aggregate them all on your site.
Menu Manager: The Menu Manager allows you to create as many menus and menu items as you need. You can structure your menu hierarchy (and nested menu items) completely independent of your content structure. Put one menu in multiple places and in any style you want; use rollovers, dropdown, flyouts and just about any other navigation system you can think of. Also automatic breadcrumbs are generated to help navigate your site users.
Template Management: Templates in Joomla are a powerful way to make your site look exactly the way you want and either use a single template for the entire site or a separate template for each site section. The level of visual control goes a step further with powerful template overrides, allowing you to customize each part of your pages.
Integrated Help System: Joomla has a built-in help section to assist users with finding what they need. A glossary explains the terms in plain English, a version checker makes sure you're using the latest version, a system information tool helps you troubleshoot, and, if all else fails, links to a wealth of online resources for additional help and support.
System Features: Speedy page loads are possible with page caching, granular-level module caching, and GZIP page compression.

If your system administrator needs to troubleshoot an issue, debugging mode and error reporting are invaluable.

The FTP Layer allows file operations (like installing Extensions) without having to make all the folders and files writable, making your site administrator's life easier and increasing the security of your site.

Administators quickly and efficiently communicate with users one-on-one through private messaging or all site users via the mass mailing system.
Web Services: With Web services, you can use Remote Procedure Calls (via HTTP and XML). You can also integrate XML-RPC services with the Blogger and Joomla APIs.
Powerful Extensibility: These are just some of the basic Joomla features and the real power is in the way you customize Joomla. Visit the Joomla Extensions Directory to see thousands of ways to enhance Joomla to suit your needs.

Joomla requires PHP and MySQL to install and run. Available on SilverLite hosting plans and higher.

HostSellers does not offer any training or assistance using Joomla. We offer the installer to make the setup process simpler for you. Users should maintain full backups of their public and database directories. We include phpMyAdmin in your control panel for the download and backup of your database folder. Please consult the documentation at the Joomla website for further use and instructions on their software.

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