Wordpress Versus Joomla. Which is Better for You?

Wordpress vs Joomla

Wordpress and Joomla have both been extremely popular CMS's(content management system) for several years now, and the debate rages on about which is the best. While we aren't going to conclusively pick one over the other hopefully we can shed some light on which of the two is better for the task at hand, and more specifically better for you.

Ease of Use

Jumping right into things were going to look at the ease of use of both of the CMS's. After looking at both systems it is pretty clear that Wordpress is the simpler of the two to use. When you use Wordpress you are presented with a clean interface that has all the essential features that you need, such as the ability to add posts, add pages, change the look and feel of your site, and edit each of the pages that you put up. Other than that you aren't presented with many options and that makes things very simple for new users.

Joomla on the other hand has options everywhere. Even just trying to add a post to your website presents you with a bunch of fields that you may not understand, and even if you do understand aren't necessary for every single post. Joomla doesn't cover up unneeded features like Wordpress does and that can be very overwhelming for someone new to the system.

Extending the Systems

Both Wordpress and Joomla provide different ways to extend the basic software so that it can accomplish different tasks. In Wordpress all additional functionality comes from plugins that you attach into the software using hooks. No matter what additional features you are adding to the software they are always known as plugins and they will all be put in the same section. Joomla has a variety of different extension types such as plugins, components, and modules. Plugins normally bring small changes to the system while modules will bring slightly larger changes to the system and components bring tremendous changes to your website, such as adding in a web store, or a reservation engine.

Wordpress typically has less advanced extensions than Joomla that are more focused on adding content to a blog type website. There are some pretty advanced plugins such as ecommerce solutions, or intricate photo sharing programs, but those types of plugins show up much less frequently than basic blogging plugins do.

In Joomla many of the plugins add major features to your website that you wouldn't be able to find without them. A component that allows you to transform your website into a forum, or a social network are just two of the major extensions that you can get for Joomla.

Tackling SEO

Out of the box Wordpress covers SEO much more effectively and easily than Joomla does. This isn't to say that Joomla is bad at SEO it is just takes a little more work to do it effectively.

Wordpress

Accomplishing solid SEO with Wordpress is relatively simple. All of the main components to SEO are right where you would expect them to be. If you want to alter the permalink structure on your site it is as easy as going to the settings, or you can set the page permalink each time that you publish a new page. Wordpress also makes it simple to internal link between pages because it allows you to select pages that you made earlier on when you are creating a hyperlink. Setting the meta data is also as easy as filling in a few tables at the bottom of your posts.

Joomla

Joomla will allow you to accomplish most of what Wordpress does out of the box as far as SEO is concerned they just make it more difficult to do. You can make search engine friendly hyperlinks in Joomla you just have to jump through a few hoops to do it. When you create a post the URL is generated automatically and you have to leave the post in order to alter that URL which is a little inconvenient. As far as internal linking is concerned it is more difficult than Wordpress because you basically just have to enter relative links in order to accomplish the linking. You aren't able to choose pages that you published in the past through Joomla.

When you factor in additional software that you add to the two different platforms most of the major differences are removed. Both Wordpress and Joomla are very effective at SEO with the proper extensions installed.

Joomla

Anyone creating a blog should of course opt for Wordpress because that was what it was originally designed for. There is a wide range of blogging plugins for Wordpress and it is built well for blogging in general.

If you don't want to spend a lot of time learning how to use a platform before actually building a website then Wordpress is the right option for you. Even if you have never used the software before you shouldn't have a problem putting up a basic website in just a couple days of messing with it.

Any business professional who wants to build a single website for the company and is not concerned with building future sites is better relying on Wordpress because there is less of a learning curve. Since you can accomplish most of the basic tasks through Wordpress you should be able to put together a suitable website for your company without a problem.

Wordpress is also the best solution for websites that aren't going to get very large. So if you have a site that you are going to keep at under 50 pages Wordpress is the best way to go about it.

Joomla

Joomla isn't for the faint of heart, but it is extremely useful when used in the right situations. Web developers will really enjoy Joomla after they have taken the time to learn how it works very well. Joomla will give you more control over what you create. The extensions available for Joomla will allow you to do things that you never would have thought possible.

On top of having more control over what you create with Joomla, you will also be able to manage a larger website more effectively. For very large websites that will potentially have hundreds of different pages you are going to be better off with Joomla over Wordpress. Really large pages can get very confusing on Wordpress, but it isn't too difficult to manage them with Joomla.

Hopefully you have a better understanding about what both of the different systems bring to the table. Both systems are good in their own way and by keeping in mind their strengths you can make the best decision for any project that you are working on at the time.