Joomla vs Wordpres- My Thoughts on the Two Platforms

A little while ago, before Joomla or Wordpress CMS came into being, I can recall the times that I and many developers had to work on HTML websites. All that has changed, and CMS frameworks have become the choice platforms for novice and experienced web developers. But then, a new challenge is slowly emerging- that of deciding between Joomla and Wordpress. It’s not something that you can simply wish away. Actually, I was hard pressed in deciding between Joomla vs. Wordpress, but after experiencing both platforms , I would like to give my assessment. Just hang on a bit as I delve into the nitty-gritty of both platforms.

Ease of Installation

Having used Wordpress for quite sometime, I find it easy to install and use. Actually, you don’t need any programming or coding to manage Wordpress CMS. What makes it exceptional is that it is highly customizable. You can add different functionalities and features by installing easily available plug-ins. The administration panel is also well-organized so you won’t have any problems executing basing functions. 

On the other hand, Joomla remains fairly complex framework. Installation is not really straightforward and the process of adding modules and extensions is quite daunting. I have used Joomla, and I can say that creating articles is not a simple task. Just navigating the administration panel is a problem in itself leave alone creating and updating articles. Unless you havea firm grasp of back end development, I will not advice you to jump into Joomla development. 

Ease of Navigation

When it comes to navigation, I must admit that Wordpress is more user-friendly than Joomla. It has a simple layout and and a logical structure. You can start creating pages and posts directly as it follows the analogy of “ What You See Is What You Get”. Actually, you don’t need to fumble your way around the admin panel, everything just seems to be perfectly in place. 

If you read my comparison of Joomla vs Drupal ( insert link) , I indicated that Joomla has a fairly complex framework. I still stand by this observation. If you are a novice, you may not really have a great headstart working on Joomla. While Joomla boasts of greater flexibility, it is not a novice’s best friend. If you don’t have adequate coding and back end administration skills then you’d had better opt for Wordpress. 

Architecture/Layout

 Wordpress features the basic sections of a webpage, the header, main body, and footer. The inbuilt navigation system automatically generates new permalinks for new pages. Since Wordpress was initially built for blogging, it still retains the inbuilt comment system that features prominently on posts and pages. 

Although Joomla is powerful, the layout and architecture is quite complicated. To create pages, you have to use categories and articles and the taxonomy is quite confusing. Indeed, there are several features and modules for creating pages and updating articles, navigation menus, and even images. Unlike Wordpress, Joomla also supports an array of components that run independently from the CMS application itself. 

Support, Community, and Learning

Both Joomla and Wordpress have very strong and active communities and support in their own respects. The strong support and communities continue to improve the end-user experience. Wordpress has a larger community than Joomla, and as you would expect, a great collection of resources for novice and experienced web developers. As much as Joomla remains a formidable platform, it does not boast of a great deal of resources when compared to Wordpress. Anyway, the available resources are decent enough to meet the learning and development needs of young and intermediate developers. 

As for learning, I am certain ( without fear of contradiction), that Wordpress carries the day. Indeed, Wordpress has a simple and smooth learning curve. I don’t think you need to consult widely or read “ Wordpress for Dummies Manuals’ t get acquainted with the platform. On the contrary, Joomla has a fairly steep learning curve. I don’t think you can start development right away unless you get acquainted with how the framework functions. Anyway, the learning and effort is worth your effort and time, no doubt about that. 

Best Usage

I am not sure if you have used Wordpress, but my assessment is that Wordpress is a CMS that is ideal for “blog sites”. While it was initially designed for blogging, it has now evolved into a fully-fledged CMS with website capabilities. It works well for small personal and business websites with limited functionalities. On the other hand, I am convinced that Joomal is the Ultimate CMS. It rides shoulder high because of its power and flexibility. Its numerous capabilities and it is highly extensible. Joomla delivers exceptional results for developers building community websites, forums, and membership sites. 

Final Thoughts:

In a nutshell, both Joomla and Wordpress are powerful CMS platforms in their own respects. Wordpress is more simple and logical while Joomla has a complex framework and fairly steep learning curve. If you are a novice, I urge you to start with Wordpress and then explore Joomla once you gain some back end administration skills.