Simply creating a website is not enough in today’s time. With the internet getting bigger and better with increasing number of possibilities, it is important to keep the website updated and in sync with the latest technology and designs. The best way to manage the websites is via Content Management Systems that are generally known as the CMS.
WordPress, without a doubt, is the most popular CMS at the moment however it is not the only CMS available in the market. WordPress holds approximately 50%+ market share at the moment followed by second most popular CMS i.e. Joomla. Every CMS has its own pros and cons. It is up to the customer to make the fair decision for the website. We have created a small point-based comparison which will definitely help you in making the decision.
Though there are thousands of experts available who can take care of the installation part for you it is always better to at least try it once. Both WordPress and Joomla are available in the “One Click” script installation section of your hosting service provider’s panel. You can login to your admin panel and install these scripts. But if you want to do it manually, you will find WordPress much easier and simpler in comparison to Joomla. It hardly takes 5 minutes and almost no technical knowledge to install WordPress but in case of Joomla, you need a little bit of knowledge and longer time to install.
Also, once installed, WordPress is fairly simple to use. If you know how to email using Gmail, then you can create and customize your blog or website on WordPress. In case of Joomla, the number of options and much more than WordPress and the navigation is quite confusing for a layman. If you meet fans a Joomla, the most common argument comes from them that it has a lot more options as compared to WordPress but that cannot justify its complexity.
2. Plugins and Themes
In comparison to Joomla, WordPress has way more plugins and themes available for the installation. There is a plugin for every function that a website owner may require. If there is not, you can find someone who can create one for you as well. The number of freelancers who exclusively work on WordPress at an affordable price is unimaginably high. On the other hand, there are few plugins and themes available for Joomla. Also, the number of programmers for Joomla is also very less as compared to WordPress. In case you want to customize the theme or a plugin in WordPress, it is much easier in comparison to Joomla.
3. Search Engine Optimization
Search Engine Optimization or SEO is very important for any website. If we compare the SEO capabilities of both the platforms, it is clear that the basic structure is not good enough for the SEO. However, the basic structure of Joomla is slightly better than WordPress. But with plugins like Yoast which is currently the most popular SEO plugin for WordPress, the game just goes into the hands of WordPress. Easy Fronted SEO or EFSEO is available for Joomla which makes the process easier and simpler for the user but it is still nowhere near the Yoast plugin.
4. Content Management
When we talk about content management in a CMS based website, we talk about adding or editing pages, posts, images and videos. As we have mentioned above, WordPress is more user-friendly and easy-to-use in comparison to Joomla. Adding content to Joomla is little complicated for a layman and it takes time to understand the process while in WordPress you can learn it in minutes.
No one wants his or her website to be vulnerable to the hackers. Being the most famous CMS, WordPress is constantly on the target of hackers. However, the team behind the CMS reacts to any reported bug or vulnerability instantly. WordPress also has automated update system which updates the code of the website almost immediately at the time of release. You can also use two-step verification system and automated backups to keep the website more secure.
When we talk about security, Joomla is almost similar to WordPress. The team behind Joomla is very active in responding to any vulnerability in the code and release patches very often. However, there is automated updating system in Joomla. So if you are not checking the admin panel of the website regularly, you may miss updating the code by a huge margin.
Both WordPress and Joomla have very strong user community which is always ready to help each other to solve the problems. There are tutorials, handbooks, support forums, docs, videos etc. available which can be helpful at any given time. However, it is not easy to find an expert to work on your Joomla based project at an affordable price.
7. Multi-lingual support
WordPress comes with 53 language support and you can add more with the help of plugins. However, Joomla comes with fully featured language support and you do not need any plugin to create a multi-lingual website.
Though both the CMS are great in their own perspective if we talk about the ease of use and functionality, WordPress wins the race fair square. At any given day, WordPress wins in terms of support, ease of use, functionality, affordability, and size of the global community.