There are several free and open-source Content Management System (CMS) available on the Internet these days, with the more popular ones being WordPress, Drupal and Joomla, not necessarily in that order. I don’t need to be a physic to predict what some of you are going to ask. “So which one of these is the better CMS?” It’s probably one question that I hear so often that I’m prompted to write this article.
For those who are not familiar with Joomla, it’s developed in 2005 as an open source CMS for publishing content on the Internet and is freely available. Since then, it has been downloaded more than 30 million times.
I won’t go that far to say that it’s the best CMS. But I will certainly put it on record that it’s one of the leading open source CMS today. Each CMS has its advantages and drawbacks. Likewise, Joomla is able to perform certain task really well and not that well in other tasks. We’ll look into this shortly.
If you are still not convinced of Joomla’s abilities, take a look at their customer base. They count international organization like ebay, Barnes & Noble, GE, Ikea and McDonalds as some of their clients!
That’s because Joomla has a few advantages. Here are a few reasons why many find Joomla is the perfect CMS for their project.
For those who are not very well-versed in programming, you’ll be surprised how easy it is to develop and maintain websites through Joomla.
Active community and support
Being an open-source application, the support of an active community is crucial. There are thousands of add-ons and plugins for download that would satisfied even the most advanced website owner.
Because it is open source, developers and the more experienced users are able to scale and customize the system to fit how simple or elaborate their websites are.
I have said it before and I will say it again now. A good publishing system will need an equally good hosting system to bring out the best website building experience. The same goes for Joomla. If you are thinking of installing Joomla, then you may want to consider SiteGround’s hosting.
SiteGround first started in 2003 and now, almost a decade later, has grown to be the leading Joomla hosting provider. They have over a thousand servers in 3 data centers located in 3 different continents ie USA, Amsterdam and Singapore. So when other hosting providers are able to boast on their hardware and software, SiteGround can take it a step further and leverage on their location too besides state-of-the-art hardware and software.
Why SiteGround is a good web host for Joomla?
Why not? SiteGround sure has lots of reasons why you should host your Joomla website with them. Here’s a take on some of them.
Pricing is always the first thing that hosting seekers look at and thus, we will also review SiteGround’s pricing packages and see how it compared to other major hosting providers.
SiteGround’s shared hosting cost $9.95 per month (standard pricing). However, there is currently a special offer of $3.95 per month. That’s a huge 60% discount!
For the features that SiteGround offers, that’s very affordable. Do note that this is applicable for the 24 months package and that there is no setup cost unless you choose to sign up per month basis, on which you will incur a one-time cost of $14.95.
But since they also offer a 30 days money back guarantee, you won’t have any worries about signing up for the 12 or 24 months packages.
Amazing Hosting Features
Firstly, there’s the free domain name. In an industry where most hosting providers are removing this feature due to increase of domain name cost, SiteGround is still offering it. As long as you have an account with SiteGround, you will receive a free domain (for popular extensions like .org; .net; .biz; .info; .us; and .nl).
The domain name is FREE for as long as you have a hosting account with them. This is so much better and saves you money, as most other web hosts only offer it for the 1st year.
Then there’s unlimited web space, unlimited monthly bandwidth, unlimited parked domains and unlimited subdomains. For uptime, you don’t need to worry as there’s also a 99.9% server uptime guarantee! I myself have a couple of websites hosted with them. Although my websites are not particularly big websites, but their uptime are really great… I didn’t even experience any noticeable downtime since hosting with them 2 years ago!
SiteGround has 24/7 support just like any other major hosting providers who are worth their salt. So what’s so special about SiteGround’s support? Well, the support team here is highly experienced in Joomla and therefore, will be able to assist you better and faster!
Free Joomla Templates and Extensions
The hosting provider has one of the largest in-house designed Joomla templates around. Regardless of whether you are having the latest Joomla 3 or the old 1.5, there’s definitely some beautiful templates for you to choose from.
You know what? SiteGround also creates free Joomla extensions. The extensions that I particularly like include jHackGuard (which protects your website from hackers) and jNoRightClick (which prevents
your visitors from right clicking on your website to avoid misuse of information and images).
Secure Hosting and Joomla Optimized Servers
SiteGround is one of the hosting providers who views hosting security as a priority. Besides the jHackGuard plugin mentioned above, SiteGround also incorporates the 1H Hive software which allows isolation between server users. This reduces the risk of one bad account affecting all other account on the same server. Doesn’t that give you more peace of mind?
On top of that, if you are starting a Joomla website, they will put your account on a Joomla optimized server. What this means is that your website will run faster and in the environment that’s tuned specifically for Joomla!
Hosting a Joomla site? – Check out SiteGround
While SiteGround is pretty in demand as a Joomla hosting provider, they do provide other various hosting services such as general shared hosting (Linux based) for WordPress and Magento, VPS, dedicated servers, reseller hosting as well as other business solutions. They have earned numerous hosting awards and positive reviews over the years. I would wholeheartedly recommend that you check them out to give it a test ride!