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Comparing Joomla & WordPress

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

These days, the two most powerful Content Management System (CMS) packages out there are Joomla and WordPress. Each has its own benefits and disadvantages; so lets have a look at both of them.

With Joomla, it is what is known as an Open Source Solution (OSS) for CMS. It allows you to construct a website and incorporate powerful online applications (third party packages) into your site. The program is easy to use and very good for creating extensive web pages for your site. As a result, Joomla has become one of the most popular website software packages available. Since Joomla is an Open Source Solution, and it is freely available to anyone who wants it, you can modify the program as needed for your use. Over time, a huge library of extensions is available for you to use. There are e-commerce websites, online publishing websites, large corporate and small business websites, government and school and collages websites, and even personal websites.

In terms of advantages and disadvantages, Joomla has several. First off, itís a full-fledged CMS, itís a very powerful and robust program, you can set up administrative users and password protected areas, and it is very Search Engine Optimized (SEO) friendly. So, in general, it has a lot more ìunder the hoodî, as they say. Now, Joomla does have its negatives. It does tend to have a bigger learning curve than WordPress, when first installed it is not SEO friendly, you have work that out, and it can have a slower loading time. Also, if you make use of JavaScript and cascading style sheets CSS in your website, they can get bulky. However, through the minimal use of tables, and by using template code thatís easy to validate to World Wide Web standards, you can load the site faster, and make it easier to maintain.

With WordPress, itís very popular as an open-source and blogging program. Itís written in PHP using MySQL, and currently used in hundreds of thousands of sites. While it has a very large selection of plug-ins and theme collections, its greatest strength is the ease with which it can be installed in any system. In terms of excellent advantages, WordPress is ideal for blogging and is SEO friendly, and both can do that right out of the box, as they say. Itís also very easy to install, as opposed to Joomla. Then, when it comes to graphics, its graphical user interface (GUI) is much easier to use. On the flip side, articles written using WordPress come across as much more blog-like, and they are sorted by publication dates. In terms of power, the program is a bit of a ñ what they call ñ a lightweight; meaning it has limited power. Then there are add-ons and extensions, the library of usable ones are limited. Finally, in terms of administrative uses, it is also very limited.

So, while having to learn how to use Joomla can take some time, once you have mastered it, it is a powerful software package

Drawbacks of Joomla

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Joomla is an open source content management system which can be downloaded and used completely free of charge. You can use it to build any type of website that you might desire from a personal website through organization website to a fully functional and secure commercial website. There are a huge number of Joomla extensions which are available to extend the functionality of your website to allow it to do whatever you could ever want it to do.

However, like everything else in the world, Joomla is not perfect. It does have some downsides. However, by having a look at the potential downsides of Joomla now, you will be able to see that its problems are far outweighed by its advantages.

First, Joomla plug-in extensions make an awful lot of things possible, but the more Joomla extension you have, the slower your Joomla website will load. Be very careful that you are not adding functionalities for the sake of them and that they are truly needed by the people who will be using your Joomla website and it will probably work just fine.

Like with all other extensions, there may be incompatibilities between your Joomla plug-ins. For instance, certain l;ibrary plug-ins may clash with other similar functions that are already installed within your Joomla website. The thing to do is do your homework before you install a Joomla plug-in. Read forums on Joomla. There are a lot of them. Has anyone else had a problem with this particular Joomla extension? If they have, think twice about using it yourself or see if the problem was overcome with a patch which you may need to get.

Another downside of Joomla is that you are totally reliant on the work of other people. This can be frustrating when you need a fix for a problem and the developer is reluctant to help. However, this problem is not unique to Joomla and goes along with the territory of all open source content management systems.

Some people have expressed the concern of the security of Joomla. However, if you are careful to only install tried and tested extensions that do not come from a third party whom you are unsure whether you should trust, Joomla is a pretty secure system.

Joomla is a complex system, small problems are bound to arise from time to time. This can be through rogue plug-ins or file permission errors. Like with all content management systems, it takes a little while to get your head around it in order to make the most of it. But that can be said of anything to do with website building.

In short, there are problems with Joomla, potentially, but they are no different to the problems associated with any other open source content management system. There are ways to overcome the problems and the downsides of Joomla are far outweighed by its advantages. Go into Joomla with your eyes open, being realistic about what you need your website to do and being prepared to learn and you wonít go far wrong with Joomla.