Posted by Chloe Spencer
The ongoing Joomla vs WordPress war still rages, competing for the title of number one CMS. Both are very popular, very powerful Content Management Systems, but with slightly different approaches to managing content and geared towards a slightly different audience. So what it comes down to is not so much which one is better, but which CMS is better for you. Read on to find out whether you should build your website using WordPress or Joomla.
Joomla vs WordPress Let’s first go over the key features of each CMS. WordPress is:
- Very user-friendly
- Best for blogging
- Requires little to no technical expertise
- No knowledge of code needed
- Excellent out of the box for SEO
- Great for small or simple sites
- Requires little time and effort
- Great for large or complex sites
- Good for eCommerce sites
- Requires more technical expertise
- More challenging
- Highly flexible and extensible
- Coding knowledge strongly recommended
- Good for SEO but requires more configuration
So basically if you’re a beginner definitely go with WordPress. But even if you’re not a beginner you may still want to go with a WordPress website. WordPress is the more popular of the two, and many programmers use WordPress over Joomla. But Joomla is often known as the favorite CMS of advanced programmers because of the greater flexibility if you’re code-savvy. So when we’re talking Joomla vs WordPress, we’re talking “Highly Flexible for Advanced Techies” vs “Highly User-Friendly for All Including Beginners”. But don’t get me wrong, WordPress is not just for beginners; you can delve into the code in the back-end of WordPress sites too, customizing almost anything your heart desires. You can be as simple or as complex as you want. Which is the main difference between WordPress and Joomla. Joomla requires a lot more time and effort unless you are an advanced web developer. And if you happen to be one, you may feel like you have more room to roam in Joomla.
WordPress is also known for its extensive collection of themes available for installation; literally thousands. So instead of having to create a web design from scratch, you can choose pre-made WordPress themes, and modify them if you wish. Joomla also has themes or templates available, but WordPress is most well-known for its mass amount of themes, many of which are free or available for a nominal cost. So while both Content Management Systems are open source and highly customizable, it really comes down to what your level of experience is and how much time you want to put into creating your website. Both are popular and do their job well; but it’s up to you to decide which one will do it best for you.