If you have a small business, whether online or brick and mortar, it is important to have a website so customers can find you and your products or services. Even if you simply choose to hire a professional to design and maintain your site, which is highly recommended for everyone but the most tech savvy of business owners, it is still important you understand how your site operates so you have the power to make changes and decisions which will keep your business growing in the right direction. Joomla is a content management system (CMS) that is growing in popularity for small business owners with websites for good reason. Choosing Joomla to manage for site is a great choice, even if you have a professional on board helping you out. Here are 10 reasons to choose Joomla for your small business’s website.
Free – Joomla is free. No base package with advanced up-sells – get everything for free as well as over 4,500 add-ons.
Open Source Code – Open source code means the code for Joomla can be seen and edited by anyone. This means you have a whole support community of tech experts completely for free. Bugs and other issues which come up in the CMS will be quickly fixed by an expert and you don’t even have to worry about it.
User Management – If reading code and speaking computers isn’t your thing, then the user management system for Joomla is sure to impress you. You, and other people you allow to manage your site, can access the back end tool and quickly make website changes and upgrades.
Search – A good search tool on your site is invaluable to users and a difficult thing to achieve. The search tool which comes with Joomla is complete, accurate and ready for use.
Plugins – Similar to WordPress, Joomla also has many plugins available so you can easily enhance your website with functionality and improvements. Whether you need to help your websites visitors contact you, improve SEO or anything else, there is a wide library of add ons to help you out.
Templates – There are plenty website templates already out there and ready to operate using the Joomla platform. Although it is a good idea for many businesses to have a custom website design, sometimes smaller operations can get by with a template just to get started.
Built In Features – Joomla is prepared with a range of built in features to make your website run smoothly from day one without the need for endless troubleshooting. Caching, debugging, compression and more is already included so your site gets fast download times and improved usability.
Power – “Powerful” is a common adjective used to describe Joomla because there are so many add-ons and more available to turn a simple website into a full-fledged e-commerce store, portfolio and more. Even if you don’t plan on using Joomla at its full capacity initially, it is good to have the option to expand further down the road as your business grows and your site requires more features.
Language Manager – Overseas and international commerce can be a big money maker for many small businesses. Joomla allows you to have a website in one language with the administration panel which you access in your native tongue.
Proven – Joomla is the CMS of choice for many companies, organizations and individuals including Harvard University, Citibank’s intranet and beyond. It currently works for a lot of people and companies; there is a good chance it will work for you.
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