Do we celebrate the Downfall of Joomla!?

June 15, 2008 marks the one-year anniversary of the downfall of Joomla! On June 15, 2007 Joomla! made their infamous "Open Source Does Matter" post that infuriated extension coders to no avail; the post that limited Joomla!'s coders (and users) options in the name of the GPL.

So should we have a cake?


When I was looking for an all-in-one type CMS to run a site, it cam down to Drupal and Joomla. I picked Drupal. I guess that was a good choice. I could never get the hang of Joomla and from what I have experienced, you can do a lot more customization of Drupal without actually coding.

Matt Oakley's picture

Phew... after wrestling with Silverstripe, which had been voted 'most promising CMS' a couple of years ago, I've finally gotten around to trying Zikula. I used Zikula, in it's former incarnation known as Postnuke, several years ago. Damn, I missed it!

Silverstripe is IMPOSSIBLY slow, and I had some issues with install, too. Zikula was a dream to install, very easy to understand interface, and I know it's power and speed from when I used it before. It has excellent multilingual features, and I need that coz I'm building an English / Korean site. I think the developers are the real deal.

I haven't seen much hype for Zikula, so I thought I'd leave this post with my twopenneth worth.

david's picture

While I've looked at Silverstripe, I never got passed the playing with it stage so I can't comment on its slowness.

And after the Zikula name change, I still haven't seen much press/hype about it.

But I'm glad it works for you.

ACT Test's picture

so we started using joomla (mainly because of its ease/intuitiveness). now we are considering moving/migrating to drupal. is it worth it?

david's picture

Joomla's easy? We must live on different worlds.

Best I can say is to set up a test drupal site and see if it works for you.

I've always had a relatively working relationship when using Joomla, but I have to admit to only using it in its very basic format. It does have a lot of good features but can get a little fiddly at times

We should have a nice cake!
I hate joomla, i love wordpress.
but drupal is nice though.
right now, I am using WordPress and it is very easy to use.
User friendly features and great themes.

metin2 yang 's picture

I always have a relative working relationship, but the long-term use, I must admit, it only USES the basic form of it. It has many advantages, but it might be a bit of a troublesome

Bryn Thomas's picture

True,it was pretty disappointing post, not that my opinion matters all that much but I’ll give it anyway. Some of the themes listed are not really good at all. I guess Wordpress has more good quality free themes than Joomla, but how about not target a high number like “40″ and remove the shabby looking ones?

Steve Austin's picture

One possible disadvantage of Joomla is that it will be so different than Mambo. In a few years, Mambo and Joomla will continue to evolve, and one or the other will turn out to be the dominate one.

david's picture

Joomla has already dominated Mambo - does anyone actually use Mambo - at least, does anyone ever start a new site with it? Not many.

Mambo might as well get its tombstone ready.