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Joomla Hits 30 Million Downloads

Sites include . Published on April 20th, 2012. Written by Anthony West.

There has been lots of talk lately about the dominance of WordPress and the emergence of Tumblr, that few people have given Joomla a look-in. But Joomla is very much alive; so much so that it now counts over 30 million downloads.

The platform as you may know is an open-source content management system (CMS) and is very popular among users who like to get their hands dirty. Not one of the easiest platforms to use Joomla is known in some circles as the ‘Coder’s CMS’. The platform now powers of 1.6 million websites according to data released from its developers.

Joomla credits the growth in downloads to aggressive expansion and a wider offering of themes and extensions that make the platform very customizable. It also has strong organizational support behind it, having appointed Paul Orwig, the new president and former treasurer of Open Source Matters. This organization was setup largely to provide organization, legal and financial support to the Joomla project and is purely non-profit.

According to Orwig, “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. 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.”

Coders aside, Joomla’s new reach will help spread another viable alternative to any individual or organization looking to establish a web presence online.

Joomla, Tumblr or WordPress; which do you prefer? Let us know below.

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