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Joomla vs WordPress: Why Choose Joomla over WordPress?

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Why Choose Joomla

There has been a long raging debate on whether Joomla or WordPress is the best Content Management System (CMS). Undoubtedly they are both very popular being the two most used CMS in the world. So if you're a WordPress user, a Joomla user or someone who's starting out- this article is for you.

Obviously, if you've opened this article, you are wondering which one is the best. Both Content Management Systems are popular for a reason. They're both incredibly built systems that come with mature settings. They cater to building sites with ease for people with no technical knowledge. WordPress is considered as an easier system to use for its user-centric features. However, Joomla takes a bit of an effort to master but it comes with more resourceful features and flexibility.

There are mainly three things that you need to consider when it comes to making your choice of CMS. When you do choose one, look at these three aspects of your CMS:

  • Backend Organization
  • Collection of plugins & extensions
  • Themes & templates collection

Systematic Backend Organization 

When it comes to developing a site, the backend organization is extremely important. One thing WordPress does great is that it makes it easy to add new posts or pages. But it doesn't come with an efficient background organization. For starters, it becomes messy to know which plugin or article should appear on a specific page. It requires coding at times to create and build menus.

On the other hand, Joomla has better organizational features when it comes to its backend. It does by categorizing its articles through specific categories and easily adding a new menu from your site's backend. You can easily choose the page where your content can appear. The framework for Joomla is modernly written and all the elements of your site can act together to create a more professional site.

Powerful Extensions Collection 

​It is doubtless that WordPress has more plugins than Joomla, commonly know as Joomla extensions. While the number is higher in WordPress, the functionality of Joomla extensions are way more versatile. Even though WordPress has been developing as a website CMS in recent years, it's initial aspect was as a blogging tool. Hence you need more plugins to achieve things in WordPress whereas in Joomla you can do them with fewer extensions.

Themes & Templates 

There are a lot of variations of themes (known as templates in Joomla) for both CMS. You can find a lot of niche-specific designs in either case with the same level of difficulty to use.

You need to keep in mind here as well that Joomla started from the beginning as a CMS. So from the very start, you get loads of versatile templates. You aren't limited by your templates in Joomla and it really allows you to grow with its features.

Others 

​The above mentioned are the main features that you should consider when choosing a CMS, regardless of whether its Joomla, WordPress or any other. But there are a few factors other than the above mention that can altogether make a great impact.

Images 

There is no option to make custom folders in WordPress. Joomla makes managing images super easy. In WordPress, the images might get saved more times than necessary which makes it even harder to manage.

Multilingual 

​Joomla is by nature 100% multilingual. For WordPress, you need multilingual support from the specific theme or plugin provider to make your site multilingual. Therefore, managing translations is also harder in WordPress whereas it's hassle-free in Joomla.

Security 

​Since WordPress is used by a lot of non-technical users, security is an issue at times. Joomla is generally secure and further securing Joomla sites are easy. Whereas in WordPress it's harder in general. However, in recent years, WordPress has tried to make the site more secure than ever.

SEO/SEF 

​Joomla comes with SEO/SEF straight out of the box. WordPress requires you to add external SEO plugins to achieve the minimal functionality already available in Joomla.

Advanced Navigation System 

​WordPress menu system is basically some links to pages without any structure. You need external plugins to create menus. But in Joomla, there's an advanced menu manager in its core. Create submenus, link to a component or system links, widgets/modules to a menu link and much more in Joomla.

Joomla Access Level Management 

​One of the aspects of Joomla that lets you grow like a proper CMS is its ACL. The unlimited Access Level Management offers site owners the entire administration of which content a user can access.

​Various Display Parameters

​There are also 40+ display parameters starting with hits, dates, alias and more in Joomla. You also get to control globally, content & article.

Joomla MVC 

​Joomla's MVC is one of the biggest features that sets it apart from WordPress. The MVC allows developers and designers alike to override any module or component with custom CSS and HTML straight from the backend of Joomla. This allows the creation of third-party components or layouts much easier. There aren't any core hacks to the Joomla code making it 100% safe to update without losing any code.

API & Coding in Joomla 

​Most PHP developers and coders prefer Joomla to WordPress as a CMS. There are quite a few reasons for that choice. Since WordPress was built as a blogging tool initially, every step towards making it a CMS is added code layers that make it work. For people working with PHP and requiring a CMS that can be huge worked on, WordPress might be the choice. But Joomla has a robust API at the core of its framework. The framework of Joomla itself is built separately from the CMS project. This means you can build your SASS projects, applications, websites, etc, easily.

Final Thoughts 

​Both WordPress and Joomla are great content management systems undoubtedly. If you want to create a blogging platform strictly, then WordPress might be your choice of CMS. With the introduction of Gutenberg, WordPress is more blogger-friendly than ever. However, for any other aspect of site building, Joomla is the more sophisticated option. Joomla has been built by a lot of volunteers that have worked to improve user experience. Finally, it really does come to your preference for CMS. However, if you're looking for a versatile platform that makes site building safer, organized and more manageable then Joomla is definitely a better CMS solution for you.

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