As I am looking to build our website with Joomla by outsourcing it out as opposed to doing this internally, given the time constrains, I have come across a number of freelancers (freelancer.com) that propose using Codeigniter for building as opposed to Joomla, because they say it is more stable and more secure. I wanted to ask you what do you think of this? What we are looking for is to build both a general public site and also e- commerce functionality for our subscriber users. We do not want to have everything in the open with an e shop and rather would invite professionals to join the site. This is the main idea.
Ok - so as a Joomla enthusiast it's hard to provide a subjective answer. There are a heap of website building tools available and I outline my reasons for choosing Joomla in http://www.buildajoomlawebsite.com/joomla-tutorials/the-basics/"">The Basics. The biggest points for me are the huge number of extensions and templates available. Joomla is very stable and secure as long as you keep it and any extensions up-to-date. I like to use the analogy of a car. There are dozens of car manufacturers, but at the end of the day, all cars do the same thing - get you from point A to point B. There is of course a vast difference in the way that occurs. And its the same with web development. Personally I'm less interested in "what's under the hood" and more interested in making the driving easy. I have used a several CMS's over the years and I do miss certain features that other platforms provide, but overall the balance Joomla provides works for me. You need to decide if that same balance works for you.
By the way another freelance site worth checking is odesk.com. We have also started to build our own http://www.buildajoomlawebsite.com/joomla-developers"">Joomla developer directory.