There is a new CMS website platform on the scene, but WordPress is still leading the pack. Rival CMS platform Joomla recently released their newest version in March of 2016. With almost half the amount of downloads, WordPress is still the favorite amongst beginners and professionals alike.
While sites built with both WordPress and Joomla consist of a file system and database, a front end and back end and have other similar characteristics, there are quite a few differences that we’ll go over in this article.
Wordpress allows beginner website designers and less tech savvy entrepreneurs the abilities to design their site with ease of use, simplified commands and a convenient drag and a drop menu system. While Joomla does this as well, Joomla makes it more complex for the beginner user. When professional web developers hand over back end site access to the client, it’s important for them to be able to make small changes, add and develop content consistently and to feel comfortable utilizing the system. WordPress allows for this exchange to be much more seamless with an easy transition and faster learning curve.
With millions of users, a content management system must be able to cater to the needs of varying types of website functionalities. Thousands of free themes and even more premium options makes WordPress’ flexibility outshine Joomla’s in spades. It takes users just a bit of additional knowledge base to be able to have WordPress’ platform meet their specific needs exactly, while Joomla divides and categorizes business’ needs with little wiggle room.
Search Engine Optimization:
Traffic generates brings a website to life. Without it, the website becomes a hobby. WordPress delivers a powerful punch in SEO. WordPress delivers the flexibility to add and adjust post URLs to shine a light on necessary keywords that bring traffic to your content. Additionally, WordPress has an organic SEO driven reach built in which is why WordPress comes with a strong Google endorsement.Plugins like Yoast SEO bring optimization to a whole new level by giving users control over almost any SEO aspect of their site and assisting its users with creating optimized content. With it’s Joomla competitor however, SEO is a far messier situation. While the platform isn’t SEO unfriendly per se, optimization is much more complicated. Especially on-site optimization can be a pain for the uninitiated and creates a barrier for the beginner user.
While English still stands as the most used language on the internet, others are catching up. With website users spanning the globe, the ability to offer their readers more than one language is becoming an increasingly important feature. While Joomla’s location services are available on the back end, WordPress is now available in dozens of languages and lets the user choose it’s native language during install. Additionally, WordPress has created functions that developers can use to make all parts of their WordPress website translatable. WordPress Multisite also empowers users to build a network of websites from one WordPress installation and give each its own language.
Website owners are constantly on the lookout for the security of their website. With the trouble that comes with being hacked, CMS websites security is imperative to it’s function. With a managed WordPress host, you can offload much of the maintenance and security for peace of mind. One of the largest contributors to security is to keep your site up to date, WordPress makes this incredibly easy. The CMS will alert you to any available updates for both WordPress core and its components and allow you to update your site instantly. Joomla, on the other hand, leaves the security of its website solely in the hands of the owner, forcing its users to keep themselves updated on security threats and best practices. WordPress, is by far the better choice for the safety of your site, especially in the hands of a trusted host.
Is WordPress still the best? Yes!
WordPress is a full-featured CMS that powers large-scale, complex, high-performing enterprise websites with ease. Open-source content management systems are revolutionizing the internet and giving anyone the ability to build and maintain complex websites without the need to code.On the surface, the two systems are not too dissimilar: both are PHP-based, use a SQL database and have passionate communities. Each of these systems have big name users: from The New York Times, CNN, and TechCrunch on WordPress to Linux.org, Harvard University and the Guggenheim Museum. WordPress continues to beat out Joomla in usage by a wide margin due to its intuitive user interface and features that will let even beginners hit the ground running. Its large community offers loads of support , themes and extensions, both free and paid. WordPress allows users to customize literally every part of their site without limitations, making it the first choice among developers and website owners alike.