What is Joomla?

Joomla is an award-winning Content Management System (CMS), which 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. The benefits of Joomla! include:

* Easy Installation
* Simple website maintenance
* Top-notch security and stability
* Powerful free and commercial extensions
* Plentiful templates to easily change the look of your website

Where does the name come from?

The name Joomla! is a phonetic spelling for the Swahili word "Jumla", which means "all together" or "as a whole". It was chosen as the entire team behind Mambo was unanimous in their commitment to protecting the interests of the project and community.

This name was chosen from thousands of recommendations by the community, and even went through an arduous review session by branding and marketing professionals who also felt that Joomla! was the best choice of the lot.

What sets Joomla! apart from the rest is our dedication to keeping things as simple as possible while providing the most features possible. Finally, non-technical people can have complete control over their websites without paying exorbitant amounts for closed, proprietary software.

Joomla! is more than just software, it is people. The community behind Joomla! includes developers, designers, systems administrators, translators, content writers, and most importantly the end users. We welcome you to our community, and look forward to the future with great excitement!

Where to get Joomla?

* Download Joomla: http://www.joomla.org/download.html
* Download Joomla language pack for East Afrika and all Swahili speaking countries: http://joomlacode.org/gf/project/jtranslation3_x/frs/?action=FrsReleaseBrowse&frs_package_id=6550

Where to get extensions?

* Download extensions: http://extensions.joomla.org/

Where to get documentation for Joomla?

* English documentation: http://docs.joomla.org/

Where to get support for Joomla?

* Free English support: http://forum.joomla.org/
* Free Swahili support: Angalia tovuti hii
* Commercial support: http://resources.joomla.org/ (website in English)

Regional Events / Joomladays

Local communities worldwide organise Joomla Days. A Joomla Day is an event created exclusively for Joomla users and projects and usually draws a regional audience. More information: http://events.joomla.org/all-events

Joomla User Groups (JUG)

Local Joomla User Groups (JUG) are a great way to meet new people, get help with a project, or share your own knowledge with other Joomla users. Joomla is everywhere so check to see if there's already a JUG in your area. If not, you might want to consider forming one.

* JUG FAQ: http://community.joomla.org/user-group-faqs.html

How to contribute to Joomla?

* Answer Questions in any Joomla!
* Write or Translate a Tutorial or Documentation
* Develop an Extension or Template
* Test or Add a Comment to an Issue Report: http://docs.joomla.org/How_do_you_report_a_bug%3F
* Join a Joomla! Working Group
* Help Out at a Joomla! Event
* Contribute in Other Ways, see http://contribute.joomla.org/

For more information in English language, see Jooma! homepage