Joomla!, the World’s Most Popular CMS Platform Surpasses the 50 Million Download Milestone

By HTMLGoodies Staff

Joomla, one of the world’s most popular open source content management systems (CMS) used for everything from websites to blogs to custom apps to Intranets, today announced that its CMS has been downloaded more than 50 million times.


“This is a huge milestone for the Joomla community that can be traced back to the tireless work of hundreds of thousands of contributors,” said Paul Orwig, President of Open Source Matters, a non-profit created to provide organization, legal and financial support to the Joomla project. “Joomla and its collaborative community have continued to build truly versatile software that fuels its widespread adoption. We are encouraged by the rate of growth and will continue to provide the most powerful and flexible tools needed to improve the digital world.”


Downloaded at a rate of just less than 1 million downloads per month, and now powering more than 3.1 percent of the Web, Joomla attributes this milestone and continued growth in the number of websites using the CMS to:

  • The flexibility and openness of its software—The Joomla Framework, enabling developers of custom-built apps or CMSs to more easily combine Joomla features with features from other open-source frameworks, launched in December 2013. The software is free, open source and separate from the Joomla CMS platform.
  • Constantly innovating—Adhering to its six-month release cycle, Joomla released version 3.2 of its CMS in November 2013. The newest version adds a record number of new features and improvements, making it the most simple and secure Joomla CMS yet. The new enhancements include version control, Rapid Appplication Development (RAD), an extension finder, bcrypt and two-factor authentication. The CMS even offers revamped extension development capabilities. 
  • Growing developer community and number of extensions—The Joomla developer community collaborates and contributes through its more than 2.8 million forum posts and about 630,000 forum members. The community also holds hundreds of regular events across the globe, such as user group meetups, JoomlaDays and conferences.


Joomla continues to see adoption in every imaginable industry from nonprofits to some of the world's largest financial institutions. With government adoption, the CMS now powers around 3,200 government agencies’ websites, blogs and Intranets across 204 countries.

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