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International Growth Helps the Open Source Joomla! CMS Hit 30 Million Downloads

With a 40 percent increase in downloads over the past year, Joomla is seeing most growth internationally and in the government space.

"India, Russia, Romania, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Greece are where geographically we are seeing the most growth," explains Paul Orwig, the President of Open Source Matters, a non-profit created to provide organization, legal, and financial support to the open source Joomla project. "Joomla is now available to develop in 64 languages, so we are certainly seeing a lot of international growth," he explains.

Orwig says that the industry with the biggest area of growth for Joomla is in the government space. According to Joomla, more than 3,107 government websites have been built with Joomla. The Italian government is the biggest fan of Joomla, with approximately 765 sites built with the CMS compared to 94 US government sites.

"We are also seeing continued strength for small- to medium-sized businesses and non-profits that want the power and flexibility that Joomla offers, along with the ability to get a great site built quickly," Orwig adds.

Andrew Eddie, Joomla co-founder and member of the Platform Maintenance team, says that the new generation of stand-alone applications that can be built on the Joomla platform is still in its infancy, but there's big potential for the platform to penetrate into the cloud and the mobile device app market.

"More energy right now is being given to strengthening the Joomla platform codebase so that it will be able to support all that's required as developers look to build cloud and mobile apps powered by Joomla," he says. "Right now, the Joomla CMS can cater for a mobile web browser with the change of the template, but a Joomla Platform application would actually allow you to write a web service to support iOS/Android games, the next Farmville maybe. Developers are fast approaching the point where they can choose between building extensions on the CMS for browser-based solutions, or choosing a native Joomla Platform application that, through web services, can support any type of device, including browsers, in ways that are just not possible with CMS architectures."

In July 2011, we looked at a comparison of Drupal, Joomla, and Wordpress, and noted that Joomla came out looking pretty good. Check out the Devious Media infographic that shows how Joomla compares to its older competitors.

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