Is Joomla Over Commercialized?

Are there more paid extensions than free extensions for Joomla?
Do you have to spend money on extensions to get a good Joomla site? 

This topic come up a few times recently.

Steven Johnson
by | Posted: June 1, 2009 | Updated: March 31, 2014
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There are many more paid extensions than before. There are also many more Joomla extensions than before. Is having more paid extension options a bad thing?

It may depend on your situation. Can you create your site without spending more money than you want to?  If you are setting up a personal or community site and have a limited budget the more advanced components will seem expensive.  If you are a business or have money to spend then Joomla is an excellent, low cost option meeting all of your needs.

Perhaps another way to look at paid Joomla extensions: Has the paid extension business model allowed developers to create better extensions? Do the fuller feature better supported commercial extenstions make Joomla a better plaftorm?  If the extensions were not built around a paid business model would the extension even exist today?

What do you think?

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