What do websites look like when they are created with Joomla?

This question can't be answered easily as most websites are based on the Joomla! software, but the design is created by an agency and then "transformed" into a Joomla! template. Therefore, the exterior of a website can be deceiving. Nevertheless, here are some screenshots to give you an idea.

Alliance for Catholic Education - University of Notre Dame

The Alliance for Catholic Education, or ACE, uses Joomla 1.7 to manage their multifaceted web presence. ACE is a collaborative effort of twelve different programs all working to strengthen and sustain Catholic schools in the United States. Joomla!, along with the Gantry template framework, allows ACE to maintain twelve unique sites in one through the use of Joomla and Gantry's multiple template options (eg: is a unique homepage for one of the programs within the site). All of ACE's units build off the same Joomla instance and database, maintain a strong visual connection to the main homepage and also share the same features for all members of the organization including: an integrated news feed, online membership, a JomSocial Network, several blogs, a job-board and an online catalogue of publications.

Some of ACE's favorite extensions are: Yootheme's Zoo, Sh404sef, JCE, JSPT and Socialable's Autogroup.

Future plans involve integrating a CRM (CiviCRM) to function within the Joomla framework.

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Figure 1: University of Notre Dame

3000+ Government Websites built with Joomla!

JoomlaGov is a showcase for Government sites powered by Joomla! around the world. More than 200 countries are represented and, one month after its launch at 'J and Beyond' ( 2011, it contains more than 3,000 sites.

This site is a great example of how the Joomla! community ( can collaborate, to highlight the qualities of the Joomla! CMS. For instance, the Citizen Portal of the Federal District Government Mexico City, Mexiko ( is well worth a look.

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Figure 2:

Website built using Joomla!, K2 & Google Maps (API version 3)

The video was recorded at Joomla! Day South Africa 2011

Case Study - How we built the Website - Dwight Barnard (ZA)

The Eiffel Tower

Well, probably you know this building!

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Figure 3: Eiffel Tower


A Danish online shop based based on Joomla! and the RedShop component.

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Figure 4: eCommerce with Joomla!


Kokoro stands for: chocolate that comes from the heart and soul.

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Figure 5: Kokoro Chocolate


Zmags helps the most progressive retailers, brands, creative agencies, and digital publishers achieve the bottom-line results that come from creating a deeply immersive brand and shopping experience and they are helping consumers discover and seamlessly purchase products directly within a digital catalog, brochure or other rich media.

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Figure 6: zmags


INCONTO is a leading software solution, which specializes in procurement services since 1998. This knowledge has led to the development and sale of procurement- and contract management software.

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Figure 7: inconto

Tranquillity Blue

Tranquillity Blue is a site to showcase activites and adventures in a small coastal town on the South West Coast of Africa. The aim was to make the site manageable by the client and flexible enough to grow and encompass advanced functionality if needed.

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Figure 8: Tranquillity Blue

Modern standards using CSS3 and HTML5 built on top of the latest version of Joomla in conjunction with K2 (CCK) make this project stand out.


These websites look how websites are supposed to look. :-)
If I had not told you that they were created with Joomla!, you probably would not have noticed it consciously.

Have a look at an article from January 2012 in techrepublic: 15 Joomla implementations

How to find Joomla! Pages?

I will show a few ways to find websites made with Joomla!.

Just have a look at the project site! I found a few sites featured above in the Joomla! Showcase. You will find 2,000 websites sorted by category. There is a site of the month, an overview with top-rated sites, and much more.

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Figure 9: Joomla! Showcase


You can search for the term com_content. The component "content" uses this term in the URL of the page. Nowadays, this kind of searching is not really effective because of the various search engine optimized URLs' but the result is still impressive.

Wappalyzer Firefox Extension

Wappalyzer is a browser extension that identifies software on websites (Figure 10).

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Figure 10: Joomla! with Wappalyzer

Check out the website more closely

If you are on a website and want to know whether it was created with Joomla!, have a look at the source code. In the header section, you should find this line:

<meta name="generator" content="Joomla! - Open Source Content Management" />

You can also just type the URL of the link to the administration area:

Here the example of the Eiffel tower site:

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Figure 10: Administration of the Eiffel Tower site

Go ahead and ask your friends

I  tweeted

I want YOUR site :) Looking for 5+ great Joomla! site examples for the showcase chapter plz reply a link+RT

and promptly received the links for the sites you can see above!

Any other ideas?

Do you know any other ways to of detecting Joomla! sites? Feel free to leave comments.