Content Management System (CMS) provides an alternative and best way to create and manage websites, and if you want to take your business online or you just want to start a blog, so rather than going to a developer, you can simply use a CSM to create your own website, CMS is specially designed for those users who do not have a piece of prior knowledge in programming languages or web-development. Currently, there are a number of CMS present on the internet and each one has its own advantages and disadvantages, but mostly all of those are providing the same functionality with fewer and more features.
Here in this article, we have compared the two most popular CMS WordPress and Joomla, so you could get an idea which CMS you should prefer for your website. However, both the platforms provide the same functionality, customization, and even both are easy to use, but each one comes with their own pros and cons. If we look at the current market shear WordPress dominate the CMS market with a big margin and hold the title for most used and popular CMS, on the other hand, Joomla is not lacking in any base, it is counted as the 2nd best CMS tool and there are some areas where Joomla has an edge over WordPress.
What is WordPress?
The simple definition says WordPress is a Content Management System, developed by Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little in 2003, originally its was designed as an open-source blogging tool for website admins, but later it becomes a CMS which could handle more than a simple blog.
In the current scenario, WordPress is the most popular Open Source CMS, which can create a full-fledged website within an hour. It comes with thousands of free as well as paid plugins and themes which provide extra functionality and better look to your website. If you are a beginner and want to create a blog then WordPress is the best tool to use, it has an easy to use interface and you do not require any programming knowledge to publish or create any content on your website.
Although WordPress as a content management tool is free to use you have to pay for the domain name and the hosting services if you want to put your website on the internet.
Advantages of WordPress
- WordPress is very easy to use CMS and it provides its users with a very interactive and easy to use dashboard which simplifies the job of the website admin.
- It is a free software however you have to pay for the extra paid plugins and themes if you want to customize your website with the best features.
- It has a very huge community and developer support, so if you have any problem with your WordPress your solution is just one google search away.
- The initial version of WordPress was not that much compatible with eCommerce website but not with new WordPress eCommerce themes and plugin you can run and create an eCommerce website with WordPress.
- WordPress has the largest number of themes and Plugins, and when you want to change between the themes you do not need to change any code, with simple 2 or 3 clicks you can change the theme of your website.
Disadvantages of WordPress
- Security is the major concern of WordPress, it’s not like that WordPress is not secure, it’s mostly about the open-source or free plugins, all these free plugins are vulnerable against malicious attacks, that’s why it’s always suggested to use some solid and paid security plugins on your WordPress website.
- A WordPress update can obsolete your older plugin so be careful when you update your WordPress.
What is Joomla?
Joomla is another free and Open-Source Content Management System (CMS) and also refer as the second-best CMS tool after WordPress. Joomla is a community-driven project which allows you to use Joomla without any license and restriction.
Joomla is powering more than 2 million websites and keeps on increasing its market shear. Like WordPress, a user does not require any prior knowledge of programming or web development to create a website using Joomla and if you are a developer then you can probably choose Joomla over WordPress because it does not restrict its user to try something new whereas on WordPress there are many limitations for a developer.
Advantages of Joomla
- A user who does not have a programming or web-development background can also use Joomla with ease.
- If you want a high-performance e-commerce website then you should probably go with Joomla instead of WordPress, Joomla is not only a CMS but also a PHP framework and with its command-line interface, you can add PHP code for your website.
- Joomla provides you with more than 8000 plugins and templates.
- Joomla also provides you with built-in Search Engine Optimization.
Disadvantages of Joomla:
- In a direct comparison with WordPress Joomla is more complex.
- Up to some extent Joomla is lacking in Plugin and themes as compared to its biggest rival WordPress.
- Joomla provides you with regular updates and this can outdate your installed extensions
Joomla vs WordPress: Head to Head Comparison
Easy to Use
|It would take only a few hours on WordPress to create a “regular” website with static content and/or a blog, and even a person who has no knowledge of programming can also build a website using WordPress.
Even if you want to change the complete layout of your website you do not require to change any code just go to the theme, select the new theme for your website and WordPress will handle everything for you.
|Like WordPress, Joomla is also a very user-friendly CMS, but when you try to create a website using Joomla then you have to go through too many processes that can overwhelm a beginner and this a major drawback of using Joomla.
Joomla also provides you with many options and the user who is using a CMS first time may find difficult to go through each of these options.
|WordPress provides you with more than 60,000 add-ons which include several plug-ins and themes.
If we compare WordPress with its all CMS rivals WordPress contain the most numbers of Add-ons.
|In Joomla, we call plugins as extension and themes as templates, but Joomla only contains 8000+ Add-ons.|
Search Engine Optimization
|In WordPress we need to install a plugin for the SEO capabilities in the website, On WordPress, we have a popular plugin Yoast SEO which check the SEO quality of the page and give the suggestion to improve the SEO of the webpage.||On the other hand, Joomla comes with build-in Meta Description and Meta Keyword features which help the Joomla user to improve the page SEO without using any extension or plugin.
But Joomla also provides a popular extension “Easy Frontend SEO” which works the same as WordPress Yoast SEO.
||Joomla also faces the threats of continuous malicious attack, but it forces the connection over SSL and 2-Factor Authentication on its users. It also provides some powerful extensions to fight against some common and rare vulnerability.|
|There is no caparison on this space, WordPress hold the most community support across the world, if you are facing any trouble with your WordPress you can simply google that problem and there is an army of users and developers using WordPress who help you to muddle through the problem.||Though Joomla also has huge community support but WordPress lead this area with an insane amount. You go to YouTube or any other dev op community there you could see that WordPress is dominating the CMS market.|
With the above comparison, we can say that WordPress is the ultimate choice for a beginner because of its low learning curve and easy interface. WordPress is highly recommended for blog-based websites and Joomla for E-Commerce. We also suggest you use Joomla if you run a website where security is a major concern, Joomla is more secure than WordPress because it has less community and only a few numbers of malicious attackers’ attack Joomla.
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