Named for the Swahili word “Jumla”, which means “all together”, the content management system Joomla is an open-source labor of love. Designed around the vision of “people publishing and collaborating in their communities and around the world”, Joomla aims to be user friendly and accessible to users with varying experience levels. The system’s ease-of-use and ability to be expanded through a variety of plugins has created a large fan base. There is a very active forum of users and developers dedicated to sharing their knowledge of Joomla, which is an excellent resource for anyone becoming familiar with this popular website software.
A subject of much interest on these forums is web hosting for Joomla-created web sites. The good news is that there are many options to choose from, but this could also be considered the bad news. With so many options, how do you narrow down your choices?
- Not all web-hosting providers are compatible with Joomla and, those that are compatible, may not have the most current version of the software. You will need a server that is equipped with Apache, PHP, and MySQL to run Joomla. If an old version of Joomla is being used, you might not have the stability and reliability of a more current version of the software.
- Depending on your experience level, you may want to find a provider that offers a one-click installation of Joomla. If you are experienced in FTP and MySQL technologies, this is less important as the software installation will be easily managed.
- Because Joomla requires a database to function, it is critical that your web hosting solution comes with more than one database. Otherwise, you will very quickly outgrow its capability. You would be disappointed to discover that a blog or other application might prevent you from adding the CMS you require, stopping your project in its tracks.
- Through advance planning, you may be able to determine whether you will need multiple domains down the road but, in all likelihood, this is a need that could easily evolve. If you are limited to only one domain in your package, you may have to split the administration and billing of your project between multiple hosting companies.
- The open source nature of Joomla means that there is no corporate support number to call if you have questions, but the substitute is a vibrant and knowledgeable group of users and developers. This community will be able to assist you through a wide variety of challenges, but it would be wise to choose a web-hosting provider that offers knowledgeable support on working with the Joomla platform.
Reliability of a web-hosting provider’s infrastructure is a very important issue, because it will affect the function of your Joomla site. It can be tempting to cut corners, but this is an area where quality matters. Your web-hosting provider must be able to efficiently run your platform; otherwise, you are likely to be disappointed in your site’s performance.
Joomla will work hand-in-hand with your web host provider. You want to be sure you’ve chosen a high quality solution to bring out the best in your site.
Posted by admin on February 19th, 2011 :: Filed under Joomla Hosting,Joomla Hosts
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