Wordpress VS Joomla

Saturday, July 21, 2012

When the web started, it was all about HTML. Every webmaster had to build his site from scratch, creating and editing each page manually. More sophisticated websites were built by using scripting languages like Perl, but they were still hard to maintain. Then, thanks to open source database like MySQL, and to scripting language created with web development as their main focus, it was possible to build dynamic websites that were easier to maintain. Finally, with scripting language like PHP becoming more object oriented, it was possible to create software allowing to manage a website without even knowing HTML.

Those software are known as Content Manager Systems (CMS) and allow to perform whatever task a webmaster could need to do via a web user interface (administrator panel). In this article we will review two of the most used Open source Content Manager Systems: Wordpress and Joomla.

Wordpress

Wordpress was first released when blogs were the last big thing, allowing everyone to create and operate their own blog. With time it evolved in a real Content Manager System allowing to maintain more advanced websites.

Focusing on user experience, Wordpress makes really easy to create and customize a small website. Managing posts and comments through the admin interface could not be easier, and customizing the appearance is simply done by installing a new theme. Wordpress being one of the most popular Content Manager System, there are Wordpress themes available all over the web. For professional websites, custom design services are easy to find as well.

Wordpress is based on PHP and MySQL. Optimised for speed, it makes use of optional plugins to add extra features to your blog or website (See our Best Wordpress Plugins article to learn about the best plugins currently available)

Joomla

When Worpdress focuses on simplicity and rapidity, Joomla aims to provide a powerful and extensible Content Manager System. Based on PHP and MySQL like wordpress, it goes well beyond the simple post/categories architecture. Being able to achieve a higher level of complexity, Joomla requires therefore more time to get used to it, and to master its administration interface. For the same reason, it will, when used to manage sophisticated websites, require more hardware resources.

Like wordpress themes, Joomla templates are used to customize the appearance of a website. The same way, Joomla Extensions are similar to Wordpress plugins, allowing to build, and fully customize, any website.

So Wordpress or Joomla?

Well, there can't be one definitive answer to this. Those two Open source Content Manager Systems are similar in more than one point, both offering a high level of customization. Wordpress will without doubt fill the needs of the not so professional webmaster. But Joomla will outmatch it when it comes to manage more sophisticated websites (i.e. professional and corporate websites).

Download WordPress

Download Joomla

Online Demo

Joomla provides an online demo, allowing you to get a better understanding of its abilities. You can access both the administrator panel (use demo as login and password) and the demo website.

A final word

Whichever CMS you choose to use, being Worpress, Joomla, or any other, always keep in mind that you need to keep your installation up-to-date to prevent security risks.

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WordPress vs Drupal vs Joomla
By Anonymous on Friday, April 4, 2014.

Each of these systems demonstrates long- term sustainability and longevity; for the foreseeable future, at least, support for them will continue to be readily available. In addition, when you have questions or need help, you'll be able to find it easily with them all. They all have websites, other online forums or even books, kept alive by passionate, dedicated developer and user communities. I thought I would share a few resources that provide more insight into these free CMSs (and are more current): 1) CMS Comparison: Drupal, Joomla and Wordpress (very thorough) http://www.threehosts.com/ratings/compari son-software/wordpress-vs-joomla-vs- drupal.html 2) Drupal vs Joomla vs WordPress: CMS Showdown (more casual) https://www.udemy.com/blog/drupal-vs- joomla-vs-wordpress/ Of course, after all the reading, there is no substitute for simply downloading them and trying them out! Enjoy.

Wordpress vs Joomla
By Anonymous on Monday, December 23, 2013.

I assured that I am going to bookmark your website for learning more about Wordpress and Joomla. I was never seen this type tutorial before. Really it’s great.

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