Joomla Announcements

Joomla! offers FREE hosted website solution on in partnership with SiteGround

New York, NY, - January 20, 2015 - Joomla, one of the world’s most popular open source content management systems (CMS), announced today the launch of its new service: Users can now create and build freely hosted Joomla websites. The project is run in partnership with SiteGround web hosting company, who has built the server infrastructure that will accommodate the free Joomla sites.

By providing an option to have a free hosted website for unlimited time, Joomla aims to become even more popular and to substantially increase its user base. The target users of the new service are people, who are currently choosing free hosted options with other website building solutions. The new service not only removes the hosting cost of setting up a Joomla website, but also makes it easier to get started. Launching a website takes just a few clicks.

The President of Open Source Matters Inc. Sarah Watz says: “I’m very excited because the new service at makes Joomla! CMS a more accessible option than ever. service provides all the basic standard publishing features of Joomla! CMS but has a limited expandability. It includes a nice set of pre-selected templates and several very useful pre-installed extensions like Google analytics, Google maps integration, Disqus powered comments and social media sharing options. The service may not be the proper solution for users who would like to create an advanced website with their custom code and their own choice of templates and extensions from the very beginning. However, websites started at can easily be developed later into full-fledged self-hosted Joomla projects without any limitations on extendibility.

According to Sarah Watz, the President of Open Source Matters Inc., the main reasons to use instead of a self-hosted Joomla CMS are:

  • Hosting of the website is FREE.
  • Free site name at the subdomain (ex:
  • Comes pre-installed with additional extensions, templates, and all available languages.
  • Automatic updates.

You can see a more detailed comparison between the two options at:

Some of the other great benefits of the new hosted free website service by Joomla are:

  • No Advertising.
  • The Joomla backend is translated in more than 50 different languages making a great opportunity for people all around the world to start their online presence easily and freely.
  • Easy to upgrade to a fully hosted service with custom domain.
  • Can be moved at anytime to any hosting service.
  • Joomla is one of the most popular open source CMS platforms used by millions of people around the world for almost 10 years and users can take full advantage of the already collected knowledge and the existing big and helpful community. server infrastructure is built and will be supported by SiteGround web hosting company. The hosting partner of the project was chosen by Open Source Matters, Inc. (OSM) among several candidates through a public RFP. users, who at any point decide to go self-hosted, will be free to move their website to any hosting company of their choice. However, if they choose to use a paid shared hosting plan by SiteGround for such a move, a substantial part of their hosting fees will be contributed directly back to the Joomla project.

We are very proud to be a partner with Joomla in this project. It has been a great way for us to contribute back to the community with what we are best at: our web hosting expertise!” says Lilyana Yakimova, Marketing Manager of

About Joomla!

Joomla is one of the world's most popular software packages used to build, organize, manage and publish content for websites, blogs, Intranets and mobile applications. With more than 3 percent of the Web running on Joomla and a CMS market share of more than 9 percent, the free open source software powers the web presence of hundreds of thousands of small businesses, governments, non-profits and large organizations worldwide like Citibank, eBay, General Electric, Harvard University, Ikea, McDonald's and Sony. The award-winning CMS is led by an international community of contributors helping the most inexperienced user to seasoned web developer make their digital visions a reality. Joomla's power and extensibility has resulted in its software being downloaded more than 60 million times.

About Open Source Matters, Inc.

Open Source Matters, Inc. (OSM) is the not for profit organization, created to provide organization, legal and financial support to the Joomla project.

About SiteGround

SiteGround is a leading web hosting company with a special focus on Joomla CMS. It has developed multiple security, speed and management optimizations for its customers who use Joomla. SiteGround has also been actively involved with the Joomla community by sponsoring, attending and/or lecturing at more than 40 Joomla events during the last three years. SiteGround is currently the official hosting partner of Joomla! for its demo service and its new free hosting service.

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Joomla Community Magazine | December 2014

JCM December 2014

The December issue of the Joomla Community Magazine is here! Our stories this month:

Editors Introduction

Focusing on Joomla!

Feature Stories

Joomla! Selling the Solution, NOT the CMS!
A Fond Farewell to Joomla! 2.5
Let the World Hear Your Voice!
What do Italy and Mexico Have in Common?
Joomlers on the New Joomla! Volunteers Portal
Interview with Michael Babker


How to Install an SMTP Server in Joomla!
Why Migrate? And Then…How?


One Joomler's World Conference 2014 Experience
Happy As a Joomler, On a Beautiful Trip...
Upcoming Joomla! Events - December 2014
Latin Power in Joomla! World Conference 2014
CMS-Garden 2014 - It's growing!
Joomla Day Brasília: Rocking the Capital of Brazil!

Project News

Leadership Highlights December 2014
Taking over the Joomla! Bug Squad Lead


Adding Fields to com_content The Smart Way

International Stories


Un chaleureux adieu à Joomla! 2.5
Pourquoi migrer ? Et... comment ?
Un frenchie au Mexique
Comment renforcer le mot de passe d'administrateur de votre site...
Heureux qui, comme un Joomler, fait un beau voyage...
Comment Penguin 3.0 affecte vos sites Joomla!

Portuguese (Brazil)

Joomla Day Brasília: Rocking the Capital of Brazil!
Joomla Day Brasília movimenta a universidade


Зачем мигрировать? А затем ... как?
Как укрепить пароль супер администратора Вашего веб-сайта...
Применение основанного на ролях ACL...
Докaзательство основанного на ролях ACL...
Инвестирование в HTTPS важно для чистоты Вашего веб-сайта


Checklist antes de entregar tu sitio
Nuevo Virtuemart para Joomla! 3
Joomla! y Multisitios
Fuerza Latina durante la JWC14
Creando una plantilla frontend desde cero
Uso de imágenes para mantener el formato blog en Joomla! 3

In our next issue

We want to publish your Joomla! story in the next JCM issue! So take a look at our Author Resources content to get a better idea of what we are looking for, and then register to become a JCM author and submit your Joomla! story!

Joomla! 2.5.28 Released

Joomla! 3.3 - Do More

Image credit: Helvecio

The Joomla! Project is pleased to announce the immediate availability of Joomla 2.5.28. This is a maintenance release for the 2.5 series of Joomla! and is the final scheduled release of the series. Support for Joomla! 2.5 is scheduled to end on December 31, 2014.

What does this mean for me?

End of support refers to when Joomla! no longer provides bug fixes, features, or security updates for a release. This is the time to make sure you have the latest available update of Joomla. Your website will continue to work as normal.

Read more: Joomla! 2.5.28 Released