The Joomla CMS has been successful in supporting topic areas as diverse as property management to children's television. Because the Joomla community is so varied, it is sometimes difficult to know where to begin when studying peer sites to better your own. This chapter provides a window into many successful Joomla sites. Visiting these sites will help generate new ideas for layout and functionality.
Each site spotlighted in this chapter is evaluated in terms of its use of Joomla technology, including the extensions used on the site, the Internet service provider (ISP) that is hosting the site, the template used by the site, the virtual community and e-commerce features, and more. I have also tried to ensure that each site has been around for at least two years because that makes it more likely the site will continue to exist.
Web sites included in the survey had the following characteristics:
Significant presence among the community to which the site caters—The site must feature a decent amount of content that has been updated at least semi-recently, so "ghost sites" were avoided. As a rough guide, I tried to pick sites with a Google page ranking of 5 or above.
Clean use of the Joomla interface and professional design—With the widespread availability of both free and commercial templates, a Joomla site has little reason to look shabby.
Adoption of one or more Joomla extensions to supplement site functionality—Visiting these sites allows ...