Joomla and WordPress compared: how to choose the right CMS?

Joomla and WordPress are the most popular CMS on the market, the most used all around the world. They are both user-friendly and right for any kind of website, but obviously there are some differences between them. Today’s article want to help you to choose the best CMS solution for your website. They are both valid tools and the right choice depends on your particular needs. First of all, at the beginning of their story these software programs had different purposes. WordPress was launched in 2003 as a CMS dedicated to blogging, but it has evolved rapidly until it become suitable to develop all kinds of websites, from simple blogs to online shops with Woocommerce. Joomla appears a few years later, in 2006, with the concept of being the right solution for any kind of online projects right from the start. Until 2009 Joomla was the most popular CMS, just recently WordPress got over it, because of the continuous updates and improvements made by WP community daily that make it the most used system worldwide.

Let’s start with WordPress: one reason of its popularity is surely its simplicity of use and its usability. That makes WordPress the ideal tool for beginners, because you don’t need any technical skills to use it at best. It is a very fast platform, with a well-structured source code easy to customize. Thanks to specific plugins (Yoast is the best one), WordPress is one of the most advantageous CMS as regards SEO strategy and website’s ranking. Considering that it has been conceived as a specific tool for bloggers, it has an excellent system to manage comments and is ideal to publish contents, easy to manage autonomously even by people with no skills about it. Another benefit of WordPress consists of the wide range of templates available (some of them are free). (For more information about WordPress benefits and limits read the last post).

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Also Joomla is user-friendly, although it is harder to use compared to WordPress. Joomla is an extremely versatile tool, suitable for the development of complex websites. It can support all types of databases and has a user management system that works very good, which is not so good in WordPress. Joomla is multi-lingual native and has many extensions included, so about that aspect is simpler than its alternative option. Indeed, WordPress makes at your disposal a lot of plugins to personalize your website, but many of them are not produced by official developers and maybe not updated, missing in quality and determining security breaches. In addition, if you want to develop a high-level website with WordPress, you need to download an additional extension for each feature, while Joomla has many of them included in the basic version. Joomla’s community is larger and more active compared to WordPress’s one and it provides a valid support to its users. On the other hand, also Joomla has some limits. Compared to WordPress has an elaborate code difficult to customize. The platform is heavier and consequently not so fast, as well as it is less intuitive and better for more expert people. There are fewer templates available and they are not so good graphically, because companies that produce them prefer to develop themes for WordPress. In terms of quality, Joomla ensures professional plugins, always updated and operating.

To conclude, as we said at the beginning, there’s no a better or worse CMS, but everything depends on your website requirements. In short, we can say that WordPress is ideal for blogs and beginners, because is easier to use and very fast. For more complex projects Joomla can be better, a versatile and modular platform which needs some additional skill to make good use of its potential.

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