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Information about the Joomla Platform from Version 1.5 through 2018.

Joomla is a powerful web platform. You can run content management systems, online stores and just about anything else you can image.

However, Joomla has it’s limitations:

Small base

The number of Joomla based sites is a small percentage of the total. If you look at Google Trends for Joomla, Drupal, WordPress and Ruby, you will see that Ruby and WordPress sites are far more popular that Joomla.  Keep in mind that Google trends shows what people are using as search terms but it is a good indicator of popularity and usage.


For a generic site such as a site for a small brick and mortar business, WordPress is a much better choice. It is much easier to find a WordPress developer than a Joomla developer.

For a data driven site, Ruby on Rails outstrips Joomla by far.


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Jupgrade for Joomla didn’t work under chrome

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We are migrating a site from Joomla 1.5.25 to Joomla 2.5. When I went to run the jupgrade extension, it seemed to just hang. There was an box with about 6 boxes under it with captions such as “Checking” and “Downloading”. I checked everything and it seemed to be configured properly.

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Joomla Fix – H2 tag in the Milkyway template cuts off ys and gs

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I was using the Milky Way template and an H2 heading tag. When I looked at the page in IE7, I found that lower case descending characters were cut off. (y’s and g’s). I played around with the CSS with no luck. I did some searching and found that there is a pretty simple fix. Simply remove the width:100% from the H2 tag (Found that here)

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Pharma hacks explained – How to fix

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There has been an increase in the number of Pharma Hacks on Joomla sites.

Many of the hosting companies are scanning their user’s sites and sending notices if the Joomla install is not up to the latest version. They are threatening to take the sites down if the updates aren’t done.

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