What if Joomla Was a … Hotel

Yesterday the ThemePartner team had a discussion about a good metaphor to describe Joomla with. After a couple of hours (and just as many beers) we decided the metaphor ‘Joomla as a hotel’ was the best way to describe Joomla. When we get enough positive feedback, this item will become part of a returning series on the blog. Suggestions for other metaphors to describe Joomla are more than welcome, and should be posted in the comments below.

How many people are checking in and out daily?

The ‘2009 Open Source CMS Market Share Report’ states Joomla is downloaded 189.429 times per week. This results in about 27.000 people checking ‘checking in’ daily to the Joomla hotel. The amount of people checking out will be harder to estimate. It would involve getting an exact number on how many websites use Joomla and keeping track of that number over time, while constantly adjusting for both increasing or decreasing percentage of websites on the internet using Joomla and the estimated 27.000 people checking in daily. Since I would consider this an interesting number to know, I am wondering if somebody knows a valid way to determine this number?

What are the best agents to book a room at?

Worldwide there are far over 100 Joomla template providers to choose from. The best Joomla templates can be purchased from companies such as RocketTheme, YooTheme, JoomlArt, Gavick and of course our own company ThemePartner.

Who about the management?

Hannes Papenberg wrote a guest blog on the blog of Brian Teeman about the management of Joomla. In this guest blog he pointed out that the management of Joomla is a mess. Issues such as features, the release team, and accountability appear to be major problems in the management of Joomla.

Hannes concludes his blog with the following statement:

“I don’t think that we should start development of a future version of Joomla without having solved these issues beforehand, because otherwise it will fail similar to 1.5 and 1.6.”

What is the history of this hotel?

An excellent historical overview of Joomla is presented on Wikipedia. In short: Joomla was forked from Mambo on August 17, 2005. On August 18, a request to the community was made to think up a name for the project, which agreed upon September 1, 2005, as “Joomla!” meaning “all together” or “as a whole” in Swahili. On September 6, 2005, a request for logo submissions was made, and a final set of logo resources was published about three weeks later on October 2, 2005. On September 16, 2005, Joomla 1.0.0 was released, followed by version 1.5.0 on January 22, 2008. Since May 2010, beta versions of 1.6 were made available for testing purposes.

How is the security?

Pretty tight. As the Security and Performance FAQs points out, Joomla uses mostly industry leading technology. In the FAQs many tips are given to improve the security of your Joomla website. These tips include best practices for site backups and changing the name of the default ‘admin’ for the Joomla back end.

How are the reviews for this hotel?

Overall very good. The ‘2009 Open Source CMS Market Share Report’ states that:

“While the race is far from won, it does seem that a leader is emerging from the pack and that leader appears to be Joomla!”

Furthermore, Joomla! won the Packt Publishing Open Source Content Management System Award in both 2006 and 2007. Joomla! is also rated as the number 1 CMS on OpenSourceCMS with an almost perfect 4.8/5 rating (8396 votes cast). Criticism often includes notions about the non-intuitive interface, the bloated nature, the lack of integrated updates for extensions (fixed in Joomla 1.6), the outdated code and the performance.

How is the hospitality?

Good. New guests to the Joomla hotel are welcomed at the Joomla! forum and can read more about Joomla in the Joomla! docs. As mentioned earlier, there are several providers of joomla premium templates and joomla extensions to increase your comfort in the hotel.

Is this hotel expensive?

No, it isn’t. A room in the hotel is free, as Joomla is open source software and therefor it has no costs. The price of Joomla templates are virtually all below $100, and with some providers it is possible to take a club subscription. Thousands of paid and free Joomla extensions can be found in the Joomla! Extensions Directory.

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