Content management system downloaded 25 millionth time
By ECM Plus staff
ECM Plus +++ Joomla, the open source content management system, has been downloaded more than 25 million times.
According to the organisation, there are now more than 225,000 registered developers at the joomlacode.org site where open source developers work together to build extensions and the core codebase.
852 commercial development firms and individual developers serving 2,714 commercially now support Joomla extensions registered at Joomla’s extension directory. There are more than 8,000 extensions available for Joomla.
Also, there are some 3,000 individuals who have directly contributed to the development of the core codebase via project tools at joomlacode.org.
However, the organisation said that these metrics do not reflect the massive international Joomla communities who are not part of the English-speaking world, as well as the thousands of web design firms, freelance developers and web development consultancies that build services around Joomla.
“Joomla has created a brand new industry for our employees to not only make a living, but be passionate about building a community” commented T.J. Baker of Joomlashack, a provider of free and commercial Joomla templates and extensions used in more than a million websites. “Joomla is the reason we were able to start our own business and there are thousands more development firms who share this same history with Joomla.”
Joomla is used for everything from small personal websites to some of the largest enterprise, highest trafficked websites including those operated by Citibank, eBay, General Electric, Harvard University, Ikea, McDonald’s, Sony, many large nations and more. Given that the Joomla community does not rely on contributions from large software development companies, the project is a true collaboration by thousands of open source developers and millions of everyday users who account for the more than 25 million downloads to date.
“What makes Joomla unique is that it has attracted a community of hundreds of thousands of developers over a relatively small amount of time, many of whom make a good living off the project,”
said Ryan Ozimek, president of Open Source Matters, a not-for-profit created to provide organizational, legal and financial support to the Joomla project. “Being able to contribute to so many people’s livelihoods around the world and seeing the project grow despite the economic downturn is not only rewarding — it is a testament to the community and the product that community has built.”
Joomla began keeping track of the number of CMS downloads in 2007. However, the Joomla CMS was first made available in 2005, which means the real number of downloads is presumably much higher.