WordPress vs Joomla – Which Is Better for Blogging?
Creating content is fun, interactive and everlasting way to promote your company, drive traffic to your website and create potential leads. Creating the content is relatively easy – you select a keyword, structure your blog around it and make it look great. But what about publishing that content? There are various plugins we can add to our website that help us create, index and publish our work – but which plugin is better?
WordPress vs Joomla
WordPress – Best choice for beginners because of its ease-of-use, it works especially well for small to medium sized websites, blogs and smaller e-commerce stores.
Joomla – Great for e-commerce or social networking websites, but requires a basic understanding of technical skills.
Based on the four main factors of CMS quality, we’ve broken each of these systems down to help us decide which is best for each factor:
- SEO or Search Engine Optimisation
“If we compare the Search Engine Optimization (SEO) capabilities of both platforms out of the box, Joomla takes a slight edge due enabling its users to set meta descriptions and keywords for new articles.
That being said, the true SEO capabilities of either platform aren’t readily apparent unless we take a look at the plugins or extensions available for the task. On WordPress’ side, we’ve got the incredibly popular Yoast SEO plugin – it’s powerful, offers lots of features, and best of all anyone can get to grips with it in a matter of minutes.
Yoast categorizes your SEO score in different areas using a traffic light system of red, yellow, or green colors. Furthermore, the plugin tells you exactly how to improve your score in each area – and if that wasn’t enough, it also rates your post’s readability.”
“When it comes to security, any system is only as strong as its weakest link – so the question is: which platform is more secure out of the box?
Due to its popularity, WordPress has a giant target on its back when it comes to security vulnerabilities. Each WordPress install is unique thanks to the thousands of plugins (there’s a plugin for everything, from making charts to using pig latin) and themes available for the CMS.
While this is a definite positive, it’s also a nightmare from a security standpoint – it’s impossible to make sure that every plugin employs proper safety standards, and remains compatible with newer versions of the platform.
Moreover, WordPress doesn’t ship with basic features such as forcing a Secure Socket Layer (SSL) connection on its dashboard – you need to modify its core files to enable it – or Two-Factor Authentication (2FA). In fact, most of its advanced security features rely entirely on plugins.
On the other hand, Joomla ships with both an option to force connections over SSL and another one for 2FA. In addition, it offers its own set of security extensions, and its developers maintain a list of those extensions with known vulnerabilities.”
“We’ve already covered some ground when it comes to WordPress plugins and Joomla extensions. Both CMSs have their own roster of plugins for the most conceivable of use cases – although WordPress wins hands down due to sheer number.
However, when looking into the top plugins on each respective CMS, we feel WordPress’ offerings have a greater subjective ‘polish’.
When it comes to customizing your site’s style there are WordPress themes on one side and Joomla templates on the other, and the same story repeats itself here as with plugins. Not only is it easier to find high-quality WordPress themes, but they also often offer a higher level of support and a mostly better experience.”
- Content Management
“Both WordPress and Joomla are complex CMSs, enabling users to create and manage just about any type of website. Although WordPress is often associated with simple blogs, it’s also a great solution for landing pages and even more complex sites.
On the other hand, Joomla is renowned for its complexity – although it does offer some fantastic documentation. A site built with Joomla can evolve into anything it wants, but the learning curve is much steeper for users with no experience in web development.
Despite being equal when it comes to sheer potential, it’s fair to say that WordPress enables its users to manage their content with relative ease. Anyone can install the platform and pick up how to create posts, pages, or custom post types within minutes, whereas Joomla is less forgiving.”
In some ways, Joomla is more flexible than WordPress. It offers an incredibly customizable system that can take almost any shape you want, and it enables you to implement a lot of small customizations without relying on extensions. “
All being said and done – the best CMS for you is the one you enjoy! No point in forcing yourself to learn a whole new system, integrating it onto your website and struggling on a program you hate.
We’d love to hear which of the two you prefer – and why!
h/t to themeisle for the great info!
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