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Trying to decide between Joomla vs WordPress for your next website? Choosing the right CMS can be a tough decision. Both Joomla and Wordpress are good choices. Both of them can support your website. But since each CMS excels in a different area, you need to know which one is right for your needs before you decide which one to use. We at Obiltech have worked with both Joomla and Wordpress, so we have a good idea of each CMS' pros and cons. We have created templates for both, programmed new features for both, taken projects all the way to the end with both Joomla and Wordpress. Sometimes they are pretty similar. Sometimes they pose a whole new set of challenges.
There are many Content Management Systems out there. If you are going to choose a CMS for your website, you should choose one of the top 5-10 out there. They are mature, stable and easy to us, and that's why they are the market leaders. At the moment, Wordpress, Joomla, Drupal, and Typo3 are among the most popular. We at Obiltech work with Wordpress and Joomla. These are the top reasons why we rely on them:
Both Joomla and Wordpress rely on PHP and SQL languages. Both of them are open-source, and they are free to download (however extensions can range from $0 to $250). Both of them have a frontend where content is displayed, and a backend where you can change the settings and maintain your content. The processes needed for programming extensions for either Joomla or Wordpress are very similar.
Wordpress is the most famous open source content management system in the world. In fact, more than thirty percent of today's website rely on Wordpress, which is a staggering number. It started as a simple blogging platform, but it has evolved into a flexible website builder. Wordpress is a great CMS for beginners, since it is easy to install and set up. With Wordpress, you can have a site running in about five minutes. It enjoys an immense amount of support, and it has a large number of tutorials and forums for beginners. Many hosts include WordPress auto-installers or even come with pre-installed WordPress.
When it comes to popularity, Joomla comes in close second. Launched in 2005, Joomla is almost as old as WordPress. This Content Management System is used by businesses, schools, corporations, and a lot more. With Joomla, just like Wordpress, you can have a website running in just a few minutes. Like WordPress, most web hosts contain a Joomla auto-installer that makes it easy to get Joomla software installed. But Joomla has a downside: it is not friendly toward beginners. You can build some powerful features, but it can scare a few beginners away. Since Joomla uses a combination of Articles and Categories, before you start creating content, you need to create categories for the content you want to write. But if you spend, let's say, 30 minutes toying with it in the administration (backend), you will notice that Joomla is easier than Wordpress in many areas. In Joomla, creating menus is way easier, for example. Inside the Wordpress backend (version 5.4.4), in order to create a menu, you need to click on the Appearance tab.
But Joomla only has pages that display content. WordPress has "pages" and "posts". It can be confusing to some. Posts are blog articles. Pages are for normal content. If you want to run a blog using Joomla, you'd need to install a component that allows you to do it. With Wordpress, you'd be able to do it as soon as you install it.
A new WordPress version comes out every 50-60 days. Many of the updates are minor and just small bugs fixes. Bigger WordPress releases come out a couple of times a year. Joomla updates are more frequent: every 10-40 days. But big updates are less frequent: once every year. Sometimes they take even more.
WordPress is probably better for the vast majority of websites, but your choice of CMS depends on your needs. If you want a webshop, Wordpress has a plugin called WooCommerce that is great, but Joomla has Virtuemart which is also great. If you want a social network, Joomla wins because it has a component called JomSocial that can provide you with everything a good social network needs.
Let's compare them even more:
If you want a website, and you cannot decide what Content Management System you want to use, we at Obiltech can help you. You just need to tell us what it is you need. For small projects, Wordpress sounds like the best option. For bigger projects, Joomla is preferable, but that's not always the case. It all comes down to your own needs and preferences.