Joomla vs WordPress: Which Is Better?

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When talking about the open source to create a website, Joomla and WordPress is one of the names are very famous. Starting from the early days of development so far (since 2003), joomla and wordpress are both own a huge number of websites which built by these platforms.

Both web platforms above are the good choices when you want to build a website. However, Joomla or WordPress also have their own strengths. You can choose to use joomla or wordpress depending on your needs and your purposes. This article will give you the basic information that you should know about Joomla and WordPress.

 

Joomla

WordPress

Number of Websites

  • 2.8 million website used

Cost

  • Free
  • Free
Download
  • 50 million
  • 160 million
Marketshare
  • 13% – the 2nd most popular CMS in the world.
  • 65% – 50% of Technorati’s top 100 blogs are managed with WordPress.

Free themes

 

  • 3000+
  • 1000+
Free plugins
  • 5k – not as many as WP but a good variety of plugins with great functionality.
  • 36k – WP has the most of free plugins of all CMS platforms making extremely popular.
Frequency of updates
  • 36 days
  • 42 days
Best used for
  • Allows you to build a site with more content and structure flexibility than WordPress offers, but still with fairly easy, intuitive usage. Supports ecommerce, social networking and more.
  • Ideal for fairly simple website, such as everyday blogging and news sites and anyone looking for an easy-to-manage site. Add-ons make it easy to expand the fucntionality of the site.
Installation time
  • 10 mins
  • 5 mins
Level of skill needed
  • More complex than WordPress. Relatively uncomplicated installation and set up. With a relatively small investment of effort into understanding Joomla’s structure & terminology, you have the ability to create fairly complex sites.
  • Technical experience is not necessary; it’s intuitive and easy to get simple site set up quickly. It’s easy to pase text from Word into WordPress.
One click installs support
  • Supported
  • Supported
Big sites that use platform
  • Harvard University, Linux, Ikea, Macdonald…
  • TechCrunch, Mashable, Time, CNN…
Pros
  • Powerful: Joomla’s admin interface is powerful but also user-friendly. It has the best interface for managing large amounts of articles. Editing and building stucture on a Joomla site is really intuitive and easy to do.
  • Ecommerce: Joomla has a handful of available extensions for ecommerce, allowing you to manage your products and content all in one place.
  • Developer community: Joomla enjoys the advantage of having stronger community, which continously launches free of cost open source plugins and extensions.
  • Extension: Joomla offers five varied category of extensions to the users for improving the site content. It includes plugins, components, modules, templates and languages. However, each of these modules differs in power, functionalites and capabilities.
  • User Friendly: Technical experience is not necessary. It’s intuitive and easy to get a simple site set up quickly.
  • SEO integration: wordpress is a platform is really good in term of promoting SEO best pratices. There’s plenty of third party SEO plugins to help you optimise content that you publish and analyse certain pages for keyword focus.
  • Responsive site: wordpress themes are good at serving up mobile device optimised versions of the main site. It insured that your content and branding is consistent and usable on all devices.
  • Great support: with hundreds of millions users worldwide, wordpress has every answer to every possible issue that you may encounter when using wordpress.
Cons
  • Small module marketplace: Joomla has much more limited marketplace for additional modules and add-ons. If you are looking for additional modules to customize your site, they can be harder to find and maintain through Joomla.
  • Plugins compatibility: there may occure some frustrating compatibility issues between some of plugins. It may turn out that it will be impossible to get some functionalites without some serious work on the PHP code.
  • Security: wordpress is a target for hackers and prone to attacks. Although security has igot better over the pass 12 months, there are still vunerbilities in the CMS particulary around the 3rd party plugins used.
  • Update: wordpress releases system updates that are good for WP but maybe not for you. If your needs are the same as those that wordpress try to address, you are lucky. Otherwise you might get the updates that harm rather than improve the website.
  • Speed: wordpress sites contain lots of generic code unnecessary for every specific website, so the loading times of the website become slower.

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