Some people that are just getting started with WordPress might also be considering Joomla. Although the two seem interchangeable, Joomla has many deficiencies when compared to WordPress. WordPress also has a larger user base and a more active community when compared to Joomla.
The Advantages of WordPress Compared to Joomla
In WordPress, much thought has been put into making it very easy for the end user to update their site and keep it secure. This is especially important with regards to security fixes and security patches. Since approximately 15% of the top 1 million sites are powered by WordPress, if there is a security vulnerability, WordPress developers will be notified about it. Since there are lots of developers who are working in the WordPress ecosphere, security patches get regularly pushed out. WordPress has a great reputation for security and reliability. Many other large companies use WordPress as their blogging platform, including Time, The New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal.
WordPress is based on php and is tuned to run very fast when compared to most other CMSs. Keep in mind that Google measures how fast your site loads when considering what to rank. Website speed also depends upon whether you have a CDN, the memory and CPU of your server, and general connectivity issues. But all things being equal, a website with WordPress will be faster than a Joomla-based websits.
It is easy to administer sites with WordPress compared to Joomla. The Joomla backend is a nightmare to deal with. With WordPress, it’s easy to create features like custom menus for your website. An added bonus is that all updates can be seen from one central screen. It’s also very easy to start a multi-site installation of WordPress.
WordPress’s built-in SEO is one of the strongest aspects of WordPress compared to Joomla. In order to get good SEO with Joomla, you need to purchase third party plugins. In regards to plug-ins, WordPress has more than twice as many plugins, themes and extensions when compared to Joomla.
As already mentioned, approximately 15% of the top million websites are powered by WordPress. Only about 2.5% of those top million websites are powered by Joomla.
If you understand how to WordPress works, you can do anything. Joomla has some hard rules that you can’t break. For example, you can’t pull elements Out of the theme and display it before the content. With WordPress and its hooks system, It is much easier to customize what gets displayed and where precisely on every WordPress page. This is more of an issue for website designers building sites for clients. But it’s an important consideration to bring up to your clients in case they want the flexibility to do custom things with their site either now or later on.