Joomla turns 16 and looks back on the evolution of the CMS market

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Over the years, the open-source content management system (CMS) Joomla has built its brand on a model-view-controller web application framework that can be used independently, and now has a 4.9% share of the CMS market.

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Joomla relies on its community of developers and volunteers to make the platform accessible globally, empowering millions of websites.

With Zion Market Research reporting that the CMS market is set to reach $123bn by 2026, Joomla dives into the specifics of the sector so far and shares what’s to come Nerdshala Pro.

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Joomla turned 16 a few weeks ago. How did the team celebrate?


This is really interesting question. For the first ten years Joomla didn’t even celebrate its birthday. Since then local Joomla user groups have held parties and made cakes. A group in the Netherlands even made sushi with the Joomla logo. This year the global pandemic pretty much killed any ideas – maybe next year?

Did you ever imagine that Joomla would still be as great even after 16 years?

I would have been lying if I said I had considered the question at the time as well. It would mean that we had a plan and a vision for the future. The reality was that it was much more a case of itching than the proverbial scratch.

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Every good piece of software begins with scratching a developer’s personal itch. – Eric Raymond, The Cathedral and the Bazaar”

There is no great overall vision or long-term roadmap. While there is only one person who needs Joomla and there is someone for whom further development scratches their itch then Joomla will exist in some form or the other. This is probably the difference between 100% volunteering Joomla and other projects of financial interest.

CMS is the poster child of the late 1990s (postnuke, phpnuke etc) and yet they are fundamental to the way we experience the web in 2021. Why is it like this? Why is that technology so flexible?

It’s funny that you mention atom. It is because of Atomic that my interest in CMS first started. Nooks solved the problem of publishing your own content on the web but basically they were about building a one-to-many relationship with the reader. Content on a nuke site was not content without reader comments. He did one thing and he did it well.

I was looking for a similar and yet very different ability to publish information about the events and activities of a small non-profit organization. The ability to comment on anything was absolutely inappropriate. It didn’t make sense to me to use an atom for the site and disable/remove the comment functionality – my time and effort would be better spent elsewhere.

Looks like I wasn’t alone in that thought and the rest is history. Blogging platforms have gradually moved into producing more one-directional content and user interactions and commenting is now the home of social media. Sites and platforms that once had their own commenting system now integrate external comments, Facebook, Twitter, etc., into their sites.

Since the first cave, humanity has had a desire to share ideas and information. A website is no different from a cave painting in that aspect. A CMS empowers you to present your thoughts and ideas without needing to know too much about the underlying technology.

Opinions are great but they are best kept to themselves – Leonardo didn’t put a comment box on the Mona Lisa, Michelangelo didn’t encourage the frescoes on St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

So it’s not technology that is flexible, it’s a natural need for people to be in control of what they present.

How has the CMS market evolved over the past two decades? What are the biggest changes you’ve seen?

Without a doubt, mobile is the biggest change in technology of the last 20 years. Without it we would not have always-on connectivity or computing as a utility.

It is the advances in mobile technology of the last two decades that have seen the biggest change for CMS. First you need to be able to offer an alternative mobile version of your site. Possibly on a domain and certainly using smaller media assets, if any.

Then as both mobile data and mobile processor speeds increased, there was almost no need for a CMS to manage two separate websites and instead we relied on responsive design principles to serve websites with appropriate media and designs .

other trends The years have come and gone but the core principles of a CMS have not changed – the ability to quickly, easily and consistently add content to a website.

What sets Joomla apart from the rest of the competition from a technical and philosophical standpoint?

In technical terms Joomla has always been ahead of the curve compared to many others. This doesn’t come from any desire to be the first to offer support for X but rather from Joomla’s volunteer structure.

Developers want to work on “new stuff” and when everyone volunteers nobody can get anyone to work on something they’re not interested in. Plus no one wants to reinvent the wheel and just copy A feature from another CMS.

You always want to try something new. That’s where the challenge comes in and everyone loves the feeling of successfully creating something new or making something old but with a new twist by using new technology.

I mentioned earlier that Joomla is 100% volunteer – probably the largest organization of this type. There is also no corporate backer or business offering that is too unique.

Initially there were many software projects of a similar size that existed in this “hippie” ecosphere but today Joomla may be one of the last. This is something I would personally struggle a lot to maintain but everyday there are new pressures to change.

Version 4.0 launched on August 17th, what new features or improvements did it bring? What direction will Joomla take from now on?

I can list all the technical changes that have been made in J4 under the hood or I can list all the changes that have been made in terms of new features and functionality and you can read more about it at /4 can read. Instead I would like to emphasize a new approach in creating “Joomla4All”.

Joomla means “all together”. With the founding of Joomla, we have taken pride in reducing the barriers to entry. We removed the cost barrier, we removed the language barrier, and we removed the change constraints found in closed source applications.

we’ve talked for many years responsive Web design – Ability to access the website on any device. What we haven’t talked about is rresponsible web design – Ability for all to access a web site equally. With Joomla 4 a huge effort has been made to improve accessibility. in german they use the word barrier free which translates as without interruption And it really describes what we’ve tried to do and what we’ll continue to do.

In 2021 we all agree that you should not discriminate against anyone because of differences in their race, religion, gender or sexuality. So why is it okay to discriminate against someone because of physical differences? It’s not. Nor do I really believe anyone reading this believes that is okay.

Joomla 4 won’t magically make your website accessible. What Joomla 4 can do, and what we are working really hard on, is to make sure that everyone is able to build a website with Joomla. That Joomla will not produce inaccessible code and that Joomla provides you with the tools you need to ensure that accessibility is part of the build process and that nothing is done afterwards.

So is Joomla 4 Barrier Free? Not now and I don’t believe it could ever happen. There will always be more to do, more obstacles we can overcome and new technologies and standards to adopt.

“Doing the right thing. It will satisfy some and astonish the rest.” – Mark Twain

What is the future of open source matters? Does open-source really still matter?

Yeah, maybe we got the name wrong there – it would have been more accurate to say “Free (DOM) Software Matters”. 16 years ago there was little difference between being “open source” or “free”.

Most of the software for the Internet today is “open source” and to some extent “free software”.

A non-proprietary model was adopted for software 16 years ago philosopher or say something political Decision. Today it is the default.

What are your thoughts on website builders?

A bicycle is great for taking you to the local stores for the newspaper, but if you need to go to the supermarket it will require some modifications to carry your purchases.

If the shop is a little far away then doubtless you can even make enough modifications to take it there. The website builders I’ve seen are exactly the same.

I’m assuming you’re referring to software, not people who build sites for others. They are great at what they do – creating simple brochure websites that look good. If you’re happy with cookie cutter creations that you can just make and forget about then they’re perfect.

But if you want a little more control and/or customization then that is where you see their limits.

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