Joomla is one of the most widely used content management systems, but it was never meant to be a PHP-only codebase. This is why there are many extensions that are made to make it compatible with other platforms. The latest version of Joomla 3.4.4 (released in March 2020) seems to be the most compatible.
Why is compatibility important? It’s important because most people who install Joomla only use it for blogs. When they don’t have access to any more extensions and the PHP version is not that flexible, they might have to move to a different CMS altogether.
A lot of the extensions these days focus on adding features that were missing or didn’t exist in previous versions: very powerful web and Flash features, just like other PHP based CMSs. There is also a plugin called ThemingWP, which adds theme options to your Joomla site. Other extensions let you choose from a menu of different templates that are very well organized.
New themes can be downloaded and installed immediately, with just a few clicks: the system updates automatically. After the installation of a theme, you don’t have to worry about updating the codebase, because it is made in the CMS itself, so it’s fully backwards compatible.
It is an open source project and it allows everybody to contribute, so the developers are always making changes. This helps the community to have a large pool of contributors who will be the ones to update the extension and make it compatible with newer versions of Joomla. Plus, every time a new version is released, the new version also includes the new features.
But how do you get these JS scripts to work? Well, you can use the provided modules to add features to your site. The Extensions API is very intuitive, so you can access the different APIs in the framework, but there are also some complicated APIs that require more advanced codes to be written in order to make use of them.
In order to get rid of that pain, you can use third party extensions that are compatible with Joomla. They include the Extenze for Joomla Framework, which can be installed directly in the platform and offers a wide range of extra features that can be integrated to help increase the productivity of the Joomla users.
Another solution is to use a mod_rewrite for Joomla. This module has an amazing number of features and makes it possible to customize the homepage content even before the site is launched.
New Woofers can also be created to perform certain tasks. This feature can be used to update a customer’s profile and perform additional tasks.
If you want to use Joomla with multiple platforms, then you can use the Platform Updater to make sure the codebase is always up to date with the newest features that are available in the platform. There are many versions that are compatible with multiple platforms: now you don’t have to keep trying to tweak the code base to get the full capabilities.
Another nice feature of Joomla is the ability to deploy both the website and the extensions. This is a great feature, because it makes the platform truly flexible, allowing you to add everything from forums to blogs, widgets to maps – it all works very smoothly and is quite easy to handle.