In today’s era of modern internet, every user with access to a computer, and the World Wide Web, can easily create, manage and customize his personal website. You don’t even have to be technologically savvy to have your own website up and running in a matter of hours. All it takes is one of the user friendly content management systems (CMS) and you are ready to go.
We have made an extensive comparison of two of the most popular CMS platforms – WordPress and Joomla to make it easier for you to decide which one suits your needs and skills better.
While similar in many ways, some subtle differences can be found.
General Differences between WordPress and Joomla
Although, it’s true that both of these systems are open sourced, and get the job done, there are some differences in ease of use, level of user customizability and overall performance.
For beginner users who require a quick, small to medium sized website for blogs and smaller stores – WordPress is definitely the right choice. Joomla, on the other hand, is more suitable for social networking websites as well as larger stores, however it requires a certain level of understanding of CSS, PHP, and HTML.
We will now pay attention to 5 other aspects and the ways in which these two platforms differentiate from one another.
Chances are, that CMS users are not web developers or programmers. Most likely they are just regular people looking to easily start their own website. This all points to the fact that the learning curve, or ease of use, is one of the most important factors when choosing the right platform for you.
When it comes to installation time, WordPress is the record holder. Taking as little as 5 minutes of your time, WordPress easily beats Joomla in this aspect as well as overall ease of use. A new user may have his own blog in a matter of minutes. The interface for WordPress is crisp, clean and simple, with a modern design, leaving an overall great first impression.
While not being as quick, Joomla also offers one click install packages, however it does not come close to WordPress when it comes to simplicity. There can sometimes be too many menus, making the platform more powerful, once you get the hang of it, but too complicated for a beginner.
Both platforms come with a wide array of extensions and plugins giving the user freedom to customize the appearance and features of the software.
WordPress comes with a couple of pre-installed, easy to switch themes, and a database from which you can easily download more free ones. Although, the biggest advantage of WordPress are the plugins. It has more than 38.000 free plugins and a bunch of premium ones as well.
While the quantity of plugins and themes for Joomla is not as rich, it also offers quality plugins to help you in your work, however finding the perfect one might be difficult, considering that there are fewer choices offered to the user.
Help and support are especially important for beginner users, and are one of the key aspects that can help you decide between these platforms.
WordPress offers a huge community of users, all willing to help the beginners to get on their feet. You can visit official forums, docs, and handbooks, all designed to assist the user in the best way.
Same goes for Joomla. Extensive support, forums, and chat rooms if you need even quicker support. However one difference being that finding expert help on Joomla will come at a higher cost, likely due to the fact that it is more difficult to master.
Not every website is in English. There is a high possibility that a beginner user will need a CMS which supports various languages.
While WordPress doesn’t come with pre-installed languages, installing them yourself takes as little as a click of a button. Most popular plugins and themes are also available in all 53 languages that this CMS has to offer.
Joomla beats WordPress in this aspect simply due to it having multi language support installed and ready for you. All you need to do is go to the language manager.
Everyone knows that there is a high threat of security attacks for every website on the internet, making security into a very important factor.
Both platforms are highly secure, and respond to security threats almost immediately. One key difference being that WordPress offers automatic updates, while Joomla does not, making it sometimes more susceptible to hacker attacks. On the other hand, Joomla offers extensions which you can use to easily backup your website.
While both platforms offer an excellent, user friendly, customizable, safe experience, WordPress comes out as a close winner. Targeted at beginners, it allows you to start your own websites in a very short time, making it very easy to customize and adjust everything according to the user’s preference. With its wide array of plugins it comes as a clean cut winner when it comes to providing full and complete freedom to the user. But don’t be quick to underestimate Joomla. With a pre-installed language support and a more extensive menu, this platform will appeal to the user seeking more power and performance.
Whichever you choose, you can’t go wrong, the world of content management is waiting for you.