Back in 2008, we researched the options for the best open-source Content Management System (CMS). We settled on Joomla, and became experts in developing Joomla websites using our own custom designs created in Adobe Photoshop. At the time, WordPress was considered a rather lightweight blogging platform. Drupal was well-regarded as a robust, versatile platform with a lot of flexibility. However, it required more work than Joomla to create a basic website or even one with intermediate to advanced functionality.
We created dozens and dozens of sites over the next several years. The open source and Joomla communities continued to update the framework, from version 1.5 when we started to 2.5, 3, and beyond. Plugins, extensions, and components were readily available and well-supported, more or less. Good design templates (themes) began to emerge. Our customers were happy. Many became quite good at using the CMS to make their own changes, with support and guidance from us. Some found the interface too difficult.
And during the next 6-8 years, all three platforms competed for adoption. We got more and more inquiries about WordPress. We kept evaluating it. Eventually, we found that it had caught up with Joomla in terms of its capabilities, and had passed Joomla in customer and developer acceptance. We started developing new sites in WordPress and also began working with WordPress themes, which had improved tremendously.
Our versatility in all three platforms also created some unique opportunities. Although Joomla slipped into second place, we still liked it (and do to this day). We began making a name for ourselves by providing Joomla upgrades, outlining our proposition on the JoomlaMasters website. We also began offering conversions to WordPress, as described on the JoomlatoWP website.
Today, as a purchaser of web companies, we are happy to buy collections of customers, or entire companies, that include websites created on nearly any open-source platform. If you have Joomla sites, Drupal sites, WordPress sites, or Flat HTML sites, the transition to us is seamless. If you work on other platforms, let’s talk. We pride ourselves on being open and learning new things!