What’s Better?: WordPress vs Joomla

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What’s Better?: WordPress or Joomla

So you’ve got to slap together a website quickly, and time is of the essence. What do you do? Why, you use a handy Content Management System, of course. A quality CMS is easy to find nowadays, and there are so many free solutions available that it’s tough to know which to choose. The reigning kings of the CMS world are without a doubt WordPress and Joomla. WordPress is used on over a million sites, and Joomla is the go-to solution for government and Enterprise sites. So, which is the best solution for you? Let’s take some time to explore that question.

The major advantage that WordPress has over Joomla is in its flexibility and extensibility. WordPress can do whatever you want with the minimum amount hassle, and you can be up and running in under thirty minutes. With a comprehensive ecosystem of plug-ins, add-ons and modules, WordPress can be everything from a simple blog to a full-fledged E-commerce website. The main drawback is that the “everything but the kitchen sink” approach means that there’s a lot of bloat that comes with WordPress. In some ways, it takes more effort to weed out the extras than starting out from scratch with a simpler CMS.

Joomla, on the other hand, is more tailored to the discerning web developer who isn’t afraid to tinker around a bit to get what they need and only what they need. Joomla involves less bloat, and it’s generally leaner and more focused. While WordPress has a million add-ons for everything from generating mobile versions of your site for smart phones to integrating <a href=”http://piwik.org/”>Piwik</a> and <a href=”https://www.google.com/adsense/”>Adsense</a>, Joomla is no slouch in the plug-in department, either. As the number two CMS on the web, Joomla has a vast and dedicated following of developers that enrich their community and make just about anything possible.

The great Joomla vs. WordPress debate boils down to the following broad characterization. WordPress is easier than Sunday morning, but it’s not as streamlined as Joomla and can be a handful if you need to scale it to support tens of thousands of daily page views. Joomla requires a bit more tweaking, but it’s more “ready for business” than WordPress. If you’re a beginner when it comes to web development and you’re just starting out, go with WordPress. If you’re hiring a professional to do the heavy lifting for you, roll with Joomla. When you make the big time and you’re getting <a href=”http://www.reddit.com/”>Reddit</a>-level traffic (or thereabouts), you’ll thank yourself later.

 

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