Joomla 1.6

There are several content management systems out there that provide great functionality for both the end-user and website administrators.  Amongst the many only one stands out in the crowd as a true performer that delivers functionality, flexibility, and performance – Joomla 1.6 Its much anticipated public release version was officially made available to the general public on January 10, 2011.  After many months of testing across a community of over 250,000+ developers and contributors across the globe it was able to reach a stable version to be made available for use on the web.

The Joomla 1.6 CMS – An Intro to Content Management Power

For those new to Joomla in general let me give you a brief background of its course to success as the #1 content management system on the web.  Previously known as Mambo the Joomla CMS was officially born around 2005.  Six years in improvements and perfections simply isn’t enough for most advanced applications although this one in particular truly delivers and meets the challenges of the web.  Built using the PHP language and driven by MySQL this powerful application meets every challenge that comes across its path.  Whether you’re looking to build an e-commerce store, mobile website, or an advanced enterprise website Joomla 1.6 can handle the task.

Some Core Features of Joomla 1.6

There’s really alot more to this content management system than I’m about to go over.  The best way to get acquainted with Joomla 1.6 is to take a test drive of the application itself.  Below are some of its top features and ones that most users seek in a content management system.

  • User Management – an advanced multi-user support systems that allows up to nine user groups within the CMS itself.  Each user level allows individual permissions for Publishing, Editing, & Administering specific sections of the website.  Authentication for each user is a must priority and a security precaution therefore Joomla 1.6 gives the ability of each user to authenticate thru LDAP, OpenID, or GMail when logging into the CMS.
  • Media Manager – support for all popular media types using MIME and active management of folders within the root of your website.  Forget about the old ways of uploading and downloading images via your FTP client.  Joomla’s media manager gives you the ability to Upload, Edit, & Manage your media files from within the administrator interface.
  • Language Manager – multi language support via UTF-8 encoding type is available for those seeking to have a Joomla website in a different language.  Currently Joomla provides language packs for the World’s Top 10 most spoken languages.  This includes but not limited to English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Bulgarian, Russian, Greek, and many more.
  • Banner Management – the ability to place banner ads within any specific area of your website.  In addition to this you have the ability to include special destination URLs for each banner with built-in tracking for clicks and impressions of your performance.

The remainder of all features can be found at the Joomla 1.6 Core Features page.  If you’re really curious and want to find out whether or not Joomla 1.6 will fit your business needs then I suggest that you take a tour of the content management system.