Joomla, one of the Web’s most popular open-source content management systems (CMS), just announced that it has been downloaded more than 30 million times.
The company attributes its continued growth to the following factors:
• An aggressive development roadmap – With the release of Joomla 1.7 in July 2011, the CMS began adhering to a six-month release cycle meaning more product enhancements being introduced more often. These new features have included multi-database support, one-click version updating, pre-defined search options and language-specific font settings.
• An explosion of extensions – More than 2,000 Joomla extensions have been introduced since March 2011. These extensions developed by Joomla’s community of thousands of developers provide added features not found in the core Joomla CMS. These extensions have driven Joomla’s widespread adoption in every imaginable industry from non-profits to some of the world’s largest financial institutions. Click here to see WM's list of 10 new Joomla extensions worth trying.
• A significant number of government agencies adopting Joomla – Joomla powers about 3,100 government agencies’ websites, blogs and Intranets. Some features that have driven government adoption include one-click version updates, access control oversight, multilingual capabilities and the Joomla platform that enables developers to build multi-purpose, multi-device applications such as mobile and cloud computing apps and enterprise business systems that can run independently of the core CMS.
Organizations using Joomla aren’t just isolated to government agencies, obviously, as one research firm recently reported that Joomla powers at least 1.6 million websites.
“It is an exciting time for Joomla given its strong position powering 2.7 percent of the Web combined with its unique opportunity to influence the next wave of mobile and cloud web development,” says Paul Orwig, the new president and former treasurer of Open Source Matters, a non-profit created to provide organization, legal and financial support to the Joomla project. “The platform split that enables Joomla to be used for developing mobile and cloud computing apps is a welcomed new wave of innovation for the Joomla community.”
Joomla was downloaded about 22 million times as of the end of March 2011, meaning its adoption rate has grown about 40 percent over the last year.