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Published on 19 August 2009

Most popular Joomla sites debated

What Joomla-powered sites have the highest Google PageRank? (Hint: Joomlashack's PageRank is 9. Think we made the top tier?)

How many Joomla-powered websites in the world are there? And how many of them are highly trafficked, really successful sites?

A group of Joomlaheads led by Alex Red has set out to answers these any many other questions about the size, depth, and characteristics of the Joomlaverse. Their site is is a directory of Joomla-powered websites. The team analyzes and makes some interesting claims using data from the directory, including:

There are 8 sites with Google PR9 (including Joomlashack!), and 60 site with PR8

There are 25,000 Joomla-powered websites that rank in the Top 1 Million trafficked sites according to

57% of sites are using Joomla 1.5, and a remarkable 43% are still using Joomla 1.0.x

Now, it should be noted that's results were immediately questioned by the wise guys over at, which took issue with the use of Alexa as the source for traffic and rankings.

Be sure to read Steve's insightful post on the topic, as well as his "opening guess" at the top 10 most "popular" Joomla-powered sites on the web.

At any rate,'s research becomes more and more useful and accurate the more Joomla-powered sites are registered in this directory. So get on over to and get your site involved!

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