Get Your Website Base Right With Joomla

Here’s how. You ask us to do it for you! In all seriousness, finding the right website base is important.

Get Your Website Base Right With Joomla
Giles Taylor writes for W/Brand Design Blog
Giles Taylor, September 09, 2020

There are lots of different platforms for building websites, such as WordPress, or Squarespace.

Joomla! is one of those, but it’s one with a big difference. And this is why we use it for all our client’s websites. Let us explain.

What is Joomla! best used for?

Joomla! is a free resource and it can be used for anything from intranets to small business websites, to online magazines and community portals. That’s a lot of different websites, for different purposes, and varying sizes.

From a developer’s perspective, it offers a lot more than your average platform. You need the advanced skills as we have at WithBrand to unlock Joomla!’s full potential. But with that skill set, you can do anything from building in data reporting tools to customised product catalogues.

The best part is that it's user-friendly too. That means that as a business owner or marketing department, you can access the tools we build and custom design without extensive training or waiting for developers to action requests for you.

Joomla! website examples

If you’re curious to see a Joomla! website in action, just look at some big brands using the framework already to get an idea of flexibility and scale. IKEA is one. Holiday Inn is another. Lipton Ice Tea is one more.

The beauty is that each of those examples has a different spin on the functionalities Joomla! offers. From product catalogues to booking systems or glossy brand sites. This is because the content management system (CMS) Joomla! is built on is flexible. It can be scaled up, it has great security credentials and powerful SEO tools.

All this means that it’s a no-sweat alternative to many other platforms. There are customisable settings for things like meta descriptions and keywords. There’s a dedicated security team at Joomla! keeping an eye on everything. You can easily publish content yourself, and work to set or custom templates.

How do I create a website using Joomla!?

Joomla! is open source, which means it’s free. From our point of view, we can use it’s advanced settings to create something beautiful and bespoke for your business, then hand it over to you to work with. Or manage it for you, if you don’t have the time.

There’s a useful 12-step process for creating a website on Joomla! if you fancy getting the lowdown. But if you want to take the hard work out of fiddling with its more advanced settings, an agency like ours can get you market-ready.

In conclusion...

As an agency, we use Joomla! because it’s a powerful framework that gives you great customised features. It’s free, and yes, you can build a website yourself using their templates and user guides.

But by hiring an expert to do the initial work for you, you can get an exceptional website built around your business that’s good to go and simple to maintain.

Just call us now to find out how we could create the perfect website for your business.

Giles Taylor writes for W/Brand Design Blog

Giles Taylor

Giles is the founder and creative director for W/Brand. A graphic designer from Reading in Berkshire, UK, he's a dad with two wonderful children who enjoys walking and playing the guitar.  

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