Being the most used CMS in the world, WordPress needs no introduction. Creating a website or blog is extremely easy with it. Joomla on the other hand is great for building a variety of websites like corporate, government, schools, business and blogs. If you are confused as to which platform to go with, here is a comparison to clear your doubts:
Ease of use
While WordPress is used by beginners, Joomla is used by the experts as it is difficult to use owing to its complex structure.
Since WordPress is optimized for SEO, making your site visible on search engines like Yahoo, Bing and Google is easy. Webmasters love using WordPress as it contains many useful features for SEO that are easy to use. One can customize features as per their needs. Doing SEO based activities is comparatively difficult in Joomla. One can create custom features here with the help of extensions and modules available here. It is a time consuming as well as a complex task.
Theme and templates
With 3023 templates available on WordPress, one can change the layout of your website as per the theme. Many themes are available for free and can be installed easily by clicking on a button or uploading from computer. One can also edit the themes in WordPress. Joomla basically has two types of templates i.e. frontend and backend. Besides them, there are more available from third party developers which are mostly free. One can apply the theme after uploading them to template directory.
Both of them are very secure platforms. However since Joomla takes care of the common security loopholes, it is known as the most secure for huge organizations. WordPress has really easy to use and secure plugins to increase the security level. Either way one needs to ensure that he/she is using a reliable web hosting provider and good plugins to further build up the security.
Plugins and Extensions
With 36,000 plugins available in WordPress, never let the limitations chain you. There are free as well as paid plugins here to take a website to a whole another level. For installation, all one needs to do is upload it from computer to the WordPress’s plugin dashboard and activate it. Joomla has 8327 plugins divided into different categories such as communication, contacts, e-commerce, mobile, language, marketing, editing, social media and many more. Again there are free as well as paid ones. One can even check their reviews online to ensure if they are worth the money before buying them. One can even check their reviews online to ensure if they are worth the money before buying them.
WordPress has plethora of widgets such as calendars, popular posts, latest posts, latest comments, tags, categories, banner ads, visitor count, Slideshare and more. The widgets availability will vary with the theme one has on their blog. Joomla has widgets such as search, statistics, news, who’s online and more. In both of the platforms, one can place them as per his/her needs.
But and yet
Both of them have their own pros and cons. WordPress is brilliant for hosting blogs, has an easy user interface and thousands of plugins for a relatively quicker work speed and security. Joomla, on the other hand, is great for managing websites that have a lot of content and should be used by ones that aren’t afraid of handling complexities.
Here is one comparison with the 3 most used CMS till 2015; WordPress, Joomla and Drupal.