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Joomla! Rocks on Its 6th Birthday
Written by Steve Burge   
Thursday, 01 September 2011 14:00

Joomla LogoToday is Joomla's 6th birthday!

On September 1st, 2005 the Joomla name was unveiled for the first time.

On September 1st, 2005 many of us started an exciting journey and we're delighted that you've joined us along the way.

Last year on this day we said a huge "Thank You!" to everyone involved in the project.

This year we're going to briefly look back at where we've been. Joomla is still growing and thriving. In the last month alone we passed three important milestones:

  • 500,000 forum users
  • 25,000,000 Joomla downloads from
  • 8000 listings on the Joomla Extensions Directory

Over the last few months we've taken the time to go back and document much of Joomla's past. In order to know where we're going, it certainly helps to know where we've come from. Much of this data is taken from, old articles on and from individual members of the Joomla team who kept records. Forum Users

During the last month the Joomla forum registered over half-a-million users for the first time. This graph tracks user growth since September 2005 up until today: Forum

Joomla Downloads from

Also during the last month, someone downloaded Joomla from for the 25 millionth time. There are of course many other ways that people can get hold of Joomla, and so actual usage is fair higher, but these stats are probably a fair indicator of Joomla's growth. This graph  tracks the downloads of Joomla from since May 2007. was launched in March 2007. Downloads

Listings on the Joomla Extensions Directory (JED)

A final milestone in August was the JED passing 8000 extension listings. This graph below goes from May 2006 until today. The JED was launched in March 2006. The drop in the middle occurred in July 2009 when the JED started listing only extensions released under the GPL license, but growth resumed again immediately:

Joomla JED

How Can You Help Celebrate Today?

We are asking you to tell us why you think Joomla rocks!

Already people are saying that Joomla rocks because it has helped them build a great website, get a job, start their own business and more.

Join in the conversation on Facebook or Twitter (where the hashtag is #jbday) and let us know why you think Joomla Rocks! We'll retweet, republish and then finally blog all of the best answers.

Thank you for being part of the Joomla community. Joomla rocks!