An article by Top Web Hosting.
If you are new to the online world and you would like to create your first website, or you are looking for an alternative to the web design software that you are currently using, you may consider a script-driven content management system (CMS).
A CMS (Content Management System) is a set of tools managed through a single Control Panel that allows you to create and manage websites easily. You can look at it as a framework, or a pre-made website, on top of which you start building and customizing your own website. The most popular CMS script is Joomla, and it is one of the best options you can choose from to create your website.
Joomla is an open-source script developed and supported by hundreds of volunteers working together in the Joomla Project organization. It can run on any hosting platform that supports PHP and MySQL databases, so you can use it with any hosting package ranging from a free web hosting to a shared hosting plan. And why not to a VPS or a dedicated server? The installation takes only a few minutes, or if your web hosting provider offers this option, you can use a script installer that would do all the work for you.
Once Joomla is installed, you can log in to the administrative panel and start creating dynamic web pages, articles, or any other web content you can think of. A few examples of sites that you can create with the script are family or church websites, school portals, online magazines and newspapers, e-commerce websites, or community-based portals.
The power of Joomla comes from its large community and the countless number of people who create Joomla templates and plug-ins that allow you to add a lot of different functions to your website and give it a unique look. There are literally thousands of plug-ins to choose from, and since the script is open-source and free to use, so are all the plug-ins and the templates available on the Joomla website. The installation is really easy - all you have to do is upload the plug-in files to the appropriate folder in your hosting account, then log in to the Joomla administrative panel and activate that particular plug-in from a list with all the plug-ins that you currently have.
Both the back-office and the actual website that you create can be in any language, which makes Joomla the ideal choice for localizing a website in different languages so that if you want to create a company site, for example, you can target people from different countries. The management is done through tools called Managers, which allow you to control every aspect of your site – media, languages, templates, plug-ins, users.
'Lonex' is one of the companies that offer Joomla with each and every hosting account of theirs. It can be easily installed via their 1-click PHP script installer, and you can select it during the registration process, or you can install it later. The company provides unlimited web hosting plans at low prices so that you could create any type of website using Joomla and not worry about system resources.
Although Joomla is very easy to use, it also offers a lot of advanced functions and allows developers to create custom catalogs, reservation systems, data-reporting tools or e-commerce platforms. This functionality makes the script the most popular content management system and it is the first choice of both beginners and experienced web developers.