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10 Most Popular Websites Using Joomla!

Since March 2007, over 30 million copies of the Joomla software have been downloaded according to Joomla.org. Joomla is the world's most popular full-featured Content Management System (CMS) and powers approximately 2.7% of the 1,000,000 largest websites in the world. These websites are in a variety of fields, such as education, arts, media, sports, business, science, technology, health, etc.

It is clear that Joomla is becoming more and more popular and reliable. There are many well-known labels or brands which are using this free CMS to build their own website. I'm sure that you know at least some of Joomla showcases. Thus, in this article, I will introduce you to a mini showcase of 10 of the most popular websites using Joomla.

1. Harvard University - The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Popular websites using Joomla | Harvard University - GSAS


  • Joomla version: 2.5
  • Featured extensions: K2
  • Template used: customized template

Harvard University, which celebrated its 350th anniversary in 1986, is the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Gsas.hardvard.edu, a sub-website of Harvard.edu, is the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences website. From here, you can access directions, parking information, facts about Harvard University, listings of events and exhibitions, and much more.

The website works with K2 to create website content for announcing news, giving information, showing pictures of the school, etc. - to their students as well as visitors.

2. The Alliance for Catholic Education - University of Notre Dame

Popular websites using Joomla | ACE University of Notre Dame


The Alliance for Catholic Education, or ACE, responds to the needs of the Church's educational mission through service to children in elementary and secondary schools. ACE is a collaborative effort of twelve different programs all working to strengthen and sustain Catholic schools in the United States.

So far, this is my favorite website not only because it uses Joomla 2.5 to manage the web, but also because of their stunning design and graphics. Furthermore, ACE utilizes many different Joomla extensions in the website such as Rocktabs, RokNavMenu to create tabs and menus, JomSocial for social networking, Core Design Login to display the username and password login form, and many others.

ACE worked closely with Cloudaccess to develop the site

3. Joomla!

Popular websites using Joomla | Joomla!


www.Joomla.org is the official website of Joomla! and is also the most famous website in the Joomla community with an average monthly unique visitor number of 2.6 million and 61 million monthly page views*. If you are a Joomla user, you certainly know and visit this site many times, right?!

The web builder uses many extensions; for example, Phoca Documentation to display a table of contents in the Joomla extensions directory, K2 for Joomla! Blogs and Joomla! Magazine, JomSocial for the Joomla! People site, and many others.

4. The Hill

Popular websites using Joomla | The Hill


  • Joomla version: 1.5
  • Featured extensions: Disqus Comment
  • Template used: customized template

The Hill is a congressional newspaper that publishes daily when Congress is in session, with a special focus on business and lobbying, political campaigns and other events on Capitol Hill. The official website thehill.com reaches 1 million unique visitors and 5.6 million page views per month*.

This is a newspaper website, it's full of news, videos and blogs which are well-presented. You can easily find each section via the drop-down menus at the top of the page and the menu on the left-hand side of the page. The website use Disqus Comment as a tool to let readers comment on their page.

5. Linux

Popular websites using Joomla | Linux


For the community, by the community, Linux.com strives to be the central source for informed, reasonable, and intelligent Linux information, software, documentation, how-tos and answers across the server, desktop, netbook and mobile platforms.

It's good to know that they use Joomla to build their website. Moreover, there are some Joomla extensions they applied to the website such as Frontpage Slideshow and Community Answers. Frontpage Slideshow is displayed at the centre of the page and shows the latest news or information about Linux. Meanwhile, Community Answer in Linux answer helps the Linux team to quickly find and answer questions in different categories from visitors and users.

6. It Wire

Popular websites using Joomla | iTWire


Another technology website named iTWire is a powerful source of top-line Internet and Technology news, information and community news for industry professionals. iTWire puts technology news and developments from around the globe into perspective, covering all the important sectors of IT&T in Australia and globally.

On the main page of Itwire.com, to show hot and important news, they use Lof ArticlesSlideShow. This website also allows visitors to comment easily on all articles by using Disqus Comment.

7. Guggenheim

Popular websites using Joomla |  Guggenheim


  • Joomla version: 1.5
  • Featured extensions: JomComment
  • Template used: customized template by Matt Zur from Idsociety

An internationally renowned art museum and one of the most significant architectural icons of the 20th century, the Guggenheim Museum is a vital cultural center, an educational institution, and the heart of an international network of museums all at once.

The Foundation website acts as the front door or gateway to the five museums. A simple menu bar at the top of the site allows for navigation between locations and the Foundation itself. Within the individual museum sites the navigation is more complex, reflecting the unusually deep content of the sites, which allow visitors to browse the online collections of each museum. A blog-like editorial format is used for news of current exhibitions, events and activities.

As a Joomla website, it applies JomComment to the online forum to make conversations between their members and themselves easier.

8. MTV Greece

Popular websites using Joomla |  MTV Greece


MTV Greece is the Greek version of MTV, the most famous music television channel all over the world, and was launched on September 1, 2008. Mtvgreece.gr is the official page of MTV Greece.

This music website uses K2 to built menus and modules such as hot videos, MTV specials, Hot shows, Hot music videos as well as to create articles. Meanwhile Frontpage slideshow is used to show hot news. Besides this, a custom code module displays the social media websites of MTV Greece such as Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and Dailymotion. The website is well-organized, so you can easily find the music information you need and mix with the world of music.

9. The Fashion Spot

Popular websites using Joomla |  The Fashion Spot


Are you a fashion-oholic? If you are, have you ever taken a look at this famous website?

The fashion Spot is a fashion-centric online community that covers designers, photographers, models, fashion careers, and trend spotting. This site with 3.8 million page views per month* updates daily fashion news as well. You can find the newest collections or how-to information for make-up.

Again, Frontpage Slideshow is the websites' favorite for revealing news and information. It's not too hard to notice this popular extension on the homepage.

10. United Nations Regional Information Centre for Western Europe UNRIC

Popular websites using Joomla |  UNRIC


The United Nations Regional Information Centre (UNRIC) services Western Europe and provides information and documentation to the countries of the region. Its information outreach activities extend to all segments of society and joint projects and events are organized with key partners, including governments, the media, NGOs, educational institutions and local authorities. UNRIC also spreads information materials, major UN reports and documents, press kits, posters, fact sheets and brochures.

Your eyes might feel relaxed when you enter this site because of its clean and elegant design. You can easily see the main or hot articles on the right of the page thanks to Roktabs. Also, via the plugin Smart Look, PDF files with important information from UNRIC are found quickly on the website.

*Page views and unique visitors based on Google Ad Planner

In conclusion

We have just had a tour of 10 of the most popular websites using Joomla and also had a general view of each website's look. I wonder if you have ever visited these Joomla showcases before and what you think about them. Please tell me by leaving your comments here.

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