Joomla is a good product, make no mistake about it. It’s used by many businesses and large organizations as their CMS product and it has some real advantages. WordPress, according to BuiltWith, however, commands nearly 38% of the CMS market and Joomla barely even shows up. If you’re on Joomla, there are some good reasons to consider making the switch to WordPress, as so many other people have opted to do.
The Case for WordPress
WordPress is open source software. This means that you never have to pay for it and that you can modify the code as much as you need to if you want to customize your install. There are basically no restrictions on what you can do with the system beyond what your imagination and programming skills allow.
The setup process for WordPress is remarkably easy. Most web hosts, in fact, have WordPress available as a one-click installation on their services. This has made WordPress much more popular, simply because it is available and easy to get running. Some WordPress themes manufacturers offer bundled packages where users can get domain hosting, a WordPress theme and other perks all packaged together.
Joomla is definitely a strong product, but it does have some complexities that WordPress doesn’t share that make it less suitable for many users. For example, working with Joomla modules is generally quite a bit more complicated than trying to customize a site using WordPress. In fact, to do the most sophisticated customizations, anybody using the Joomla platform is likely to need a designer to help them out. This particular content management system, for this and other reasons, has generally been more popular with developers than it has with end-users.
Joomla also lacks many of the search engine optimization features that are standard on WordPress. Combined with the themes that many people used to run their WordPress installations, WordPress is very amicable to search engine optimization. Filling out Meta tags, categorizing posts using tags, organizing and archive and so forth are very easy on the platform, which makes it excellent for search engine optimization purposes. Joomla lacks these conveniences, so it is more difficult for people with little search engine optimization experience to get it set up in a way that is likely to get them noticed on the search engines.
Customizing the Site
As was mentioned, Joomla is difficult to customize, particularly if you want to get into very advanced customizations on this content management system. Conversely, WordPress has available many different themes that can be utilized to customize the look of the site literally within a few minutes. For more advanced customization options, some knowledge of CSS and HTML is generally recommended, but most of the customizations can likely be handled through the administrator panel options in a good WordPress theme.
Another significant advantage of not using programmers to customize the site is that there are never any issues with code that doesn’t meet standards. Theme manufacturers tend to validate all of the code that they put out on the market, so users don’t have to worry about a theme breaking down in any of these standards compliant browsers on the market. Quite the opposite, code that is custom written is always at risk of not being valid, particularly if the programmer is sloppy and doesn’t go through the process of checking their code for errors.
Joomla definitely does have great features on it, though WordPress is the dominant content management system worldwide right now and there are good reasons that that is the case.
Anny Solway is a dedicated writer at ThemeFuse – a web studio that creates original WordPress templates, that can be used out of the box. She loves to share blogging and technology tips.