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Joomla Evolution – CMS + Themes, How it Happened?

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In a distant year, 2000, Rice Studios created and released Open Source Mambo CMS, and next year the team has released two versions, distributed in two licenses that fall under the GNU GPL and this project got the name Mambo Open Source. Year after year, developers continued to innovate and create new versions Mambo, until on September 16, 2005 - the first version of Joomla was released. At this moment, the team of independent developers stepped away from Mambo project and started developing the new CMS – Joomla. Because of differences in company policies, the Rice Studios took complete control over Mambo Open Source.

The development team united in an organization called Open Source Matters and their project is 100% open source and GPL-license.

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On the early stages, their Joomla 1.0 was more like a previous project - is was Mambo CMS but with major corrections. Mambo and Joomla - continued carried on their ways, both of them were made on the basis of Mambo 4.5.2.

In 2006 Joomla was recognized as the best Free Content Management Systems.

In October 2006, there came off the new version of Joomla 1.5 [BETA]. 1.5 was very different from the Mambo and Joomla 1.0. The new version presented new features and lots of new classes, as well as it implemented the full framework. From this point for some of the components system required to turn on the Legacy Mode.

By the end of 2008 the number of daily downloads of Joomla hits the top.

January 10th – Joomla 1.6 officially announced. The new version of Joomla! was way more powerful and easier to use than ever before. The kernel was completely rewritten making the new Joomla! version fits both: a small website or web application and a huge enterprise portal. Due to a combination of power and ease of use Joomla! 1.6 CMS successfully maintains leading positions among a number of other CMS’s.

What Happened Next?

Joomla 1.7 was released on July 19, 2011, six months after 1.6.0. This version adds enhanced security and improved migration tools.

Joomla 2.5 was released on January 24, 2012, six months after 1.7.0. This version is a long term support (LTS) release. Originally this release was to be 1.8.0, however the developers announced August 9 that they would rename it to fit into a new version number scheme in which every LTS release is an X.5 release. This version was the first to run on other databases besides MySQL.

Joomla 3.0 was released on September 27, 2012. Originally, it was supposed to be released in July 2012; however, the January/July release schedule was uncomfortable for volunteers, and the schedule was changed to September/March releases.


Main users of Joomla around the world are basically from these categories:

  • Governmental administrative applications;
  • Industrial and corporate networks;
  • E-commerce/e-stores/online shopping and online reservations for all purposes;
  • Small and big production online face;
  • Portals for community foundations;
  • Online media sites like of e-magazines, e-newspapers, and other publications houses;
  • Websites related schools/colleges/ institutional centers and spiritual center bodies;
  • Web portals for nonprofit bodies like welfare association and society support organizations;
  • Web pages for personal purposes.


What's more, we'd like to present you TemplateMonster's Joomla! Themes Evolution, look at the following table. The variety of Joomla templates is presented in this scheme.

Joomla! Package Evolution

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  • Agent 314

    Why is the English on TM and the newsletter so weird? It’s like it’s translated by a machine… or what?

    • Edward Korcheg

      It is a rhetorical question Agent 314 😉

    • RealityCheck

      Written by people whose first language isn’t English unfortunately. Article misses the whole section about Joomla being forked and a branch of it becoming MODx

  • Hemogoblin

    Joomla makes my life so much easier. I couldn’t tell you the last site I coded from scratch. It makes it possible for me to manage more sites and build better sites. My competitors all use WordPress, but it isn’t nearly suitable for corporate sites or intranets. With the massive amount of extensions out there, it makes for a strong platform. The learning curve for me was difficult, but sticking with it rewarded me with a better environment.

    • Frankie Figs

      WordPress isn’t nearly as good as Joomla??? Are you kidding me or what? Man that’s the biggest nonsense I’ve ever heard! Jooma is a lot more buggy and a lot less stable than WP. I’m happy that you’re happy about Joomla man, but don’t compare it to WP – there ain’t nothing good in this comparison for the side you’ve taken.

      Oh, and btw – there’s 10,099 Joomla extensions and 22,587 WP plugins. You do the math.

      • Hemogoblin

        Ever tried to run a large ecommerce platform from it? Ever tried to make it something other than a blog? I love WP. It makes my house payment. I also know that it isn’t suitable for everything. It’s a lousy ecomm platform. It’s a lousy HR platform. It’s a lousy document control platform. It’s a lousy Wiki. In about a week I will sit down and build out an ecomm site with 200 products in about 6 hours. But not in WP.

        • ChrisChristoff

          False. You’ve clearly never tried running a large Ecomm platform with WP. If you use EDD or Jigoshop or Woo, its great.
          In Jigoshop, I can make more than 200 products in 6 hours, thats for sure

      • Bernd W.

        Guy … you need to compare the quality. The joomla extensions are more powerful then the WP ones. When I browse the WP extensions I often stumbled across some very low quality plugins which didn´t work.

  • Ester Andr

    Thanks for good job. 🙂 Nice post.

  • AdMan360

    Hi everyone… new to posting here… and a novice in building out websites… so pls bear with me…

    When building out a site in WP the Home Page is tough, you have to use widgets to build it out which is very difficult. Does Joomla have that same requirement that you really don’t have a Landing/Home Page, you need to build it from widgets?

    Sorry, hopefully this makes sense.

    • daydah

      Hi AdMan360, No Joomla does not have the same requirement. That’s what I love about it – In your article manager just indicate which ones you want for home page, and also other extensions, when you are configuring them, you can select on which pages you want them to display in [including home page], from the menus. And you can choose what order you want them to show, and the positions you want. You do not have to code any widgets for the home page.
      Then I also love the templates structure – for WP, you have several files, while Joomla is easier to understand. Phew! Thank God for Joomla!
      PS: Before my statements start another war – these are MY HONEST OPINIONS. And they are from EXPERIENCE, not hearsay. Thank you.