WordPress or Joomla: Which One Should You Choose?
In the world of content management systems (CMS), the first names that pop up in the mind are WordPress and Joomla!. If you have tried your hands on both, then you must be aware that WordPress has grown into a largely scalable content management solution in the past two years, with more developers joining its community and developing almost every feature possible, available for use in the plugins library.
On the other hand, known for its complexity and ability to handle large web based applications, Joomla! seems to have lost its user base by a small percentage over time, due to very less improvements in being as developer friendly as WordPress.
But is that all? Not really. There are many several powerful web applications running on both CMS solutions. So let us look at both the systems from multiple perspectives.
Ease of Use
If you are a beginner, you are going to love WordPress. It is easy to use and even if your developer has designed a website based on WordPress, you can take control of your content without much hassle.
For a Joomla based website, it is important for you to have some technical skills and understanding of how control flows through various functions of a website.
While many speculate that WordPress can only handle small amount of data and it is better to build blog based websites on the platform, the reality is a bit different. WordPress was released in 2003, two years ahead of Joomla, and slowed down in improvements during its mid run. However, post 2014, WordPress community has geared up with great security and feature based developments to build excellent websites, portals and blogs. WooCommerce is the most popular ecommerce solution available for WordPress with several integration-ready plugins to extend features on the website. You can turn your blog or website into a social community with Buddypress, the most popular community extention for WordPress.
Joomla is also an excellent solution to develop great ecommerce websites and social networking websites. With plugins and components like VirtueMart and JomSocial, you can built websites like Ebay and Facebook respectively. There are several add-on plugins available to extend functionility of the web portal.
There are more than fifty thousand free plugins available in the WordPress plugins library. Think of anything for a medium sized corporate website, or an ecommerce website and you are likely to get a solution to it. With a little customization, a WordPress plugin can seemlessly fit your needs.
The Joomla extentions library is comparitively smaller. It has around ten thousand extensions. However, if you are a developer, you will love Joomla for its powerful core and integrity of the system.
Both WordPress and Joomla are monsters in their own spaces. It is a tough pick when you think of ecommerce, as both solutions are great. But there are certain parameters to take into consideration – design, flexibility and customization. Wordpress gives you great flexibility in choosing your plugins, customizing the design and most importantly, maintaining your website after its launch, with easy products and order management. On the other hand, Joomla offers great marketing and cross selling features.
For building corporate and portfolio websites, you can go ahead with WordPress. For complex third party integrations and database processing, Joomla should be your choice. That is another reason why social networks can be built on Joomla with better scalability.
So it all comes down to what you need and how you plan to shape your digital future. Both CMS solutions are good. However, keeping in mind the ease of use, ability to have independent landing pages to build inbound links and having multiple template layouts in one website, our choice remains WordPress. Great websites like CNN, Sony, Forbes, TechCrunch, etc. use & trust WordPress for their content management.
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