At Mark Media Group, we use standard Content Management Systems including Joomla and Wordpress and together with customizations developed in-house, we deliver the most comprehensive and easy to update management for our websites and online-systems.
Joomla and Wordpress are popular since they are easy to use and developed in PHP scripting language, utilizing MySQL databases to store data.
What exactly is Joomla?
Joomla! has become one of the most powerful Open Source Content Management Systems on the planet.
It is a 'free' open source framework and content publishing system designed for quickly creating highly interactive multi-language Web sites, online communities, media portals, blogs and eCommerce applications.
The name 'Joomla' is derived from the Swahili word 'Jumla', which means 'all together'.
Who else uses Joomla!... apart from us?
Joomla! is used all over the world to power everything from simple, personal homepages to complex corporate web applications. Here are just some of the ways this award winning CMS solution is used:
- Corporate websites or portals
- Real Estate Agent Websites
- Online commerce
- Hotel and Tourism websites
- Small business websites
- Non-profit and organizational websites
- Government applications
- Corporate intranets and extranets
- Personal or family homepages
- Community-based portals
- Magazines and newspapers
- the possibilities are seemingly endless…
It can be used to easily manage every aspect of your website, from adding content and images to updating a product catalogue, processing credit card payments or taking online reservations.
So what's the difference between Joomla! and commercial CMS solutions?
Unlike commercial solutions that offer different versions according to your budget, Joomla! is available in just one 'all encompassing' version - and it's free!
Many commercial CMS solutions boast a vast array of modules - in some cases up to 80 of them. Joomla! offers an awesome amount of extensions, currently over 5000!
Joomla! has an active community of more than 200,000 (validated) friendly users and developers.
A big advantage you should not overlook...
If your company or organization hires a third party Joomla! developer such as Mark Media Group or builds in-house software using the Joomla! framework, you are building on an open platform that does not tie you to any one design company, developer or to a proprietary, closed application. You own your site and can develop it with anyone you choose. This is of huge importance if things begin to go wrong with your current design company. Be smart - use Joomla!
Is a CMS website search engine friendly?
CMS offers the best platform to develop sites that meet all the SEO requirements.
HTML layout is well formed with no nestled tables making it easy to read for crawlers.
We can ensure that URL's do not have any query strings. The URL's can be of the type www.yoursite.com/pagename, Such URL's are extremely Search engine friendly.
META keywords and descriptions can be added per page and so, increase your SEO compatability.
Is a CMS web site difficult to maintain?
Once Joomla! is installed and running, it is simple for even non-technical users to add or edit content, update images, and to manage the critical data that makes your company or organization effective. Anybody with basic word processing skills can easily learn to manage a Joomla! site.
Via a simple, browser-based interface you will be able to easily add new press releases or news items, manage staff pages, job listings, product images, and create an unlimited amount of sections or content pages on your site.
Is a Joomla! CMS website expensive?
The emergence of powerful, flexible, Open Source CMS's is truly a revolution in web technology. Many international firms, including Microsoft, have in the past dominated the CMS market with offerings that start at €12,000 (plus plus PLUS)! Whilst it may seem too good to be true, highly functional CMS platforms are now available without licensing costs. It is true!
Today, Mark Media Group can develop a Joomla based (CMS) web site for almost the same cost as a static site.
What is LAMP technology?
As an effective alternative to expensive proprietary software, LAMP technology (Linux + Apache + MySQL + PHP) Open Source technologies are leading the websites and applications development market and have become the platform of choice for developing robust dynamic web solutions at an affordable cost.
What about multi-lingual web sites?
Probably one of the biggest advantages of our CMS solution is its ability to run multi-lingual web sites - and there is only one 'back office' to manage it all! Joomla recognises a users operating system and automatically displays a site in the users language if it is available. Of course users may switch to other languages as they wish.
Mark Media Group designed and developed several multi-language sites including languages such as English, French, German and also Right-to-Left languages such as Hebrew. Maintaining the sites has been very simple for our clients. The sites also rank very well indeed in the Google search engines in all the languages used.
Decentralised Editing on any browser!
Editing can be done with any normal web browser from anywhere in the world!