On 7 January, Joomla 4 beta 6 is released, along with Joomla 3.10 alpha 4. Why is it so important? As Joomla 4 is the next major version of the Joomla which stay 3.x for years. According to the official release news, the beta 6 will be the last beta version, which means the final Joomla 4 is on the way.

What’s Joomla?

You may not know Jooma. But if you are writing blog, you must know WordPress. Joomla is a WordPress like content management system for you to write blog, publish web content, or setup own online shop. It’s free and open source for anyone to use. The first major version of Joomla is release on 2008. After 13 years development, it has been downloaded over 110 million times. Joomla has a large community to provide support. There are 10 thousand modules, plugins, extensions and templates, so that you can setup a free website with any manner in 5 minues.

Joomla vs Shopify

Shopify indeed is the hottest eCommerce system in last year. It can help you to build a online shop in one click, even you don’t have any website knowledge. For example, you don’t need to worry about the domain name, hosting, cpanel etc. But you have to know these tech skills if you choose Joomla.

However, Shopify is not free. Here are its latest price options:

I am not kidding. You have to pay $29 per month to enjoy their service, almost $350 a year. But Joomla is totally free.

Joomla vs WordPress

It’s hard to say the different between Joomla and WordPress. From my point of view, WordPress is easy to build blogs. With help of thousands of themes and plugins, we can easily setup a very stylish personal blog.

Joomla is more suitable for complicated website, with different categories, modules, and features. For example, the joompolitan is a joomla website which sells products, and provides tutorials, faqs and news.

Why Joomla?

Joomla is free, powerful and easy to customize. You can easily build website, blog, photo gallery, or online shop with Joomla. For example, if you want to build a website to show your gallery or artwork, you just upload your pictures and use a free gallery plugin to show them in gallery mode. Or if you want to insert a buy button to sell your artwork, you can easily use a PayPal button plugin to do so. By the way, it’s totally free.

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