A Comparison of WordPress and Joomla

Content Management Systems are the basic building block for creating a successfully running website. Both WordPress and Joomla are widely used systems as they are open source software that are free to download and easy to use. WordPress was released in 2003 by Matt Mullenweg and Joomla was released in 2005. If WordPress is very simple and easy-to-learn software due to its friendly interactive platform for non-technical developers or users; then Joomla, on the other hand, is a mediocre system that offers little more advanced technical add-ons that is used to build more technically sound websites.

wordpress vs joomla

Both these systems are followed up by passionate user community and committed developers as one can find their supports easily online through their own website or from other online forums or even books. Both the systems offer long term sustainability which can be achieved through diverse set of options and services to suit your requirements. However, both the systems have been developed to target a different set of users and aim to build different kinds of websites which makes them unique from each other in terms of their features and properties. Below is the clear comparison of both the content management systems depicting wise differences between them.

WordPress

Joomla

•         WordPress is a good platform for beginners.•         WordPress can be used to create simple blogs, small to medium sized websites or simple corporate websites.

•         This setup is user friendly and powerful for both website developers and designers. Once built, the client can easily take over its management due to the benefit of ease of use without any complicated instructions.

•         It uses WB-SuperCache Plugin creates html files from database content to optimize the performance of pages.

•         It has versatile set of add-ons with user-friendly functionality that makes it an attractive platform from marketing point of view.

•         WordPress enables you to get your site listed quickly on Google within a time of 2 days maximum.

•         It does not possess any multi-lingual capability which is a minor drawback of this platform however by using plugin like Polylang, this defficiency can be met easily.

•         Changing the categories or page orders require manual working which is time consuming.

•         In WordPress you need to have WP scripting knowledge in order to change design modes or add or remove post dates.

•         WordPress can handle hectic website traffic and does not break down due to content loading. Also the WordPress upgrades are not as frequent as Joomla andthus do not break extensions.

 

•         Joomla requires some technical skills to operate on it.•         Joomla is an advanced level and is feasible for ecommerce websites development or social networking sites.

•         Joomla has relatively complex structure than WordPress but still it has uncomplicated installation and setup.

•         Joomla has JotCache that enables faster download of pages. The System Cache Plugin comes with Joomla that supports page cache and also allows controlling the content to be cached.

•         Joomla offers more flexible structure to build community sites but with still an intuitive platform usage.

•         Whereas Joomla takes around 14 days to upload your site on search engines’ database until you perfectly optimize your site using strategic SEO techniques.

•         Joomla has built-in multilingual ability which requires following specific set of complex actions.

•         Joomla keeps updating its system frequently which breaks many extensions and it becomes difficult to transfer from older to new version.

•          In Joomla the menus are controlled by control panel through which one can easily alter the author name and dates etc.

•         Joomla’s core system is quite complex which requires extensive utilization of resources from servers when the website load is increased.