Joomla is the free open source award winning Content Management System (CMS). Written in PHP, previously used and hosted mainly on Linux Machines, now working well with Microsoft Windows.

Microsoft has teamed up with Joomla and WebsiteSpark to bring you a CMS that works well with Windows as well as free software and a great support network.

What is Joomla

Joomla is an award-winning content management system (CMS). Joomla enables you to build Web sites and powerful online applications. Many aspects, including its ease-of-use and extensibility, have made Joomla the most popular Web site software available.

Best of all, Joomla is an open source solution that is freely available to everyone. Joomla is often compared to Drupal, but many have said that Joomla is easier to use. One of Joomla’s key features is it’s graphical interface, which has less of a learning curve than Drupal’s menu system.

The name Joomla is a phonetic spelling of the Swahili word “jumla” word meaning ‘all together’ or ‘as a whole.’ Joomla was a rebranded release of the Mambo CMS in 2005, essentially Mambo version The Mambo development team questioned the members of the foundation charged with funding the project about planning a capitalization venture. As a result the Mambo development team left the project and released the first version of Joomla.

Joomla on Microsoft Windows

A logical choice to grow your business on Joomla! by being part of one of the largest software ecosystems in the world with millions of customers who run and trust Windows. PHP, Joomla on windows? That’s heresy you say. But, Joomla! is tested to run seamlessly on the Microsoft Web Platform allowing you to leverage your skills to get to market quickly for your customers.

Time is money, customers bring in that money. Joomla and the Windows marriage shorten that time to market and bring you and your customers together quicker. Joomla leverages the unique features of the Microsoft Web Platform to provide your users with even more compelling experiences Select from among the selection of Joomla! Extensions available here.

The Microsoft Web Platform has great support for PHP on Windows and IIS. Take advantage of the WinCache Extension for PHP in the Joomla! Cache Storage Module for even more performance. To Download and install Joomla on Microsoft Windows just point your browser to the Microsoft Joomla website or download Joomla directly with the Microsoft web installer.

Joomla runs great on Microsoft window. I know because I have already installed and run it myself.


So Windows is way too expensive you say. Well, what if I told you you could get a whole bunch of windows software for free to get you started. That’s right, it’s a partnership called WebsiteSpark. The WebsiteSpark program provides no-cost software, support, and exposure to new customers that reduces your risk as you expand your opportunities.

By Joining the WebsiteSpark program you as a developer, potential web service provider, and blogger get a jump-start in your efforts to dominate the world wide web and blogging world. The WebsiteSpark program provides the tools and resources needed to build great websites with no upfront cost.

It includes Visual Studio, Expression, SQL Server, Windows Web Server and much more. All for free. That’s a deal you can’t turn away from. What about support? Receive dedicated support from Microsoft engineers and Network Partners around the world. Then there is promotion and marketing. Increase your visibility through automatic enrolment in the WebsiteSpark Partner Catalogue & Microsoft Partner Network.

What are you waiting for?

This is your chance to get two great, fantastic pieces of software together for free. Be part of the Joomla revolution. Microsoft want you and I to succeed. By providing all the tools necessary for you and I to do just that. With WebsiteSpark and Joomla you and I can have everything we need. The best of it, is that it is free.

It is now up to you and me.

What do you think? Will you try it? Please let me know your thoughts as well as your experiences.