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Joomla! is the Best Free CMS and Best Open Source CMS by 2021 CMS Critic Awards

While Joomla has made it a habit to win one of the key CMS Critic awards in years gone by, this year, we’ve doubled up and won two awards!

In December 2021, everyone was invited to nominate their favourite platform across a set of categories, with the top three nominees being selected and featured for general voting.

On March 29th 2022, CMS Critic announced that Joomla! won Best Free CMS and Best Open Source CMS.

Here is what the CMS Critic People’s Choice Awards had to say about Joomla winning the awards:

‘Best Free CMS: Joomla’

‘Surprised that Joomla carried this category? Don't be. They've cultivated an enthusiastic fan base with a rising fervour for their favourite platform. Joomla continues to have a strong community of open source users, making it one of the top three most popular content management systems in the world - and winner of our "Best Free CMS" category’

‘Best Open Source CMS: Joomla’

‘Despite the far-casting shadow of WordPress, Joomla won big with its community – in no small part to its continued investment in innovation. In fact, 2021 saw a host of new features added to the "Best Open Source CMS" platform, including the Joomla! 4.0 release with notable improvements. We would like to congratulate the Joomla development team on their win in two categories.’

Other winners who the Joomla community voted for are:

Best E-Commerce Solution: Hikashop

This was an interesting one, but the people have spoken: HikaShop, the e-commerce solution for Joomla, was triumphant over two worthy competitors – WooCommerce and PrestaShop. While the competition was tight, there were surprisingly more fans from the Joomla community throwing their support in the ring.

And a regular topic in Joomla User Groups (Jugs)

Best Website Builder: YOOtheme

Always a perennial fan favorite, the "Best Website Builder" category has evolved to include some amazing tools that are getting progressively easier to use. This year, the crown goes to YOOtheme - the popular page builder for WordPress and Joomla. While other popular platforms like Webflow and Gantry were in the running, YOOtheme won out with a sizable margin. Congrats to the community of fans that made YOOtheme a winner!

Thank you to our volunteers and Joomla! enthusiasts who voted for us once again.


See the full list of winners in all categories on the CMS Critic Website.

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