About the Technology

ShofarSites is dedicated to open source software and development. Behind the scenes, we run LAMP – the Linux operating system, the Apache web server, the MySQL database server, and the PHP web programming language. The ShofarSites synagogue package is based on the Joomla! framework.

Joomla! is a powerful, open source Content Management System that provides an excellent base for building sophisticated websites. In 2006, Joomla! won the Open Source Content Management System Award, due to its ease of installation and use.

Joomla! includes traditional CMS functions such as storing and sharing articles, images, news content, events, and schedules, but also goes far beyond traditional CMS, to provide easy management of e-commerce, data reporting, directories, online reservations, and catalogs. Joomla! has been used for millions of sites, including thousands of non-profit and religious organizations.

Joomla! was designed to provide an easy to use interface for non-technical users to update and manage content. Through the Joomla! Administrator application, authorized users can change content, without any html or programming skills required.