Web Design - Joomla Versus WordPress
Both Joomla and WordPress are established web design applications used by millions of
websites across the world. Web Design Companies and web designers have in general
supported various open source software for developing websites. Joomla and WordPress are
two of the most popular ones and have established communities on the internet. There are
hundreds of quality forums and blogs dedicated specifically towards the use of Joomla and
WordPress for designing websites. Other web design and content management systems
including Drupal and Typo3 have also proved popular and effective. However WordPress and
Joomla seem to have an edge over the others in terms of global popularity and use.
Many web design agencies and design professionals are proficient with Joomla and
WordPress and are able to customise the software to meet the specific needs of a business.
Both these platforms offer the flexibility to extend the core features to meet individual
requirements. This article offers an insight into which software is more suitable for
developing your website.
WordPress versus Joomla
WordPress probably scores higher in terms of usability, both from an end user as well
as developer's point of view. Due to its simplicity WordPress is easy to learn and get
acclimatised to. However this is also due to the fact that Joomla offers many more
features than WordPress and offers more advanced functionality. The new version of Joomla,
the 1.5x version has made significant improvements in usability.
SEOMOZ.org, a leading web design and technical blog recently published an article where
the author stated that "if you are willing to trade some extra learning time for a more
advanced site, go with Joomla."
WordPress is better described as a blog software whereas Joomla is an advanced content
management system. WordPress is excellent for publishing content. Joomla on the other hand
offers many powerful features. There are Joomla components that target almost every
industry and market.
If you have limited time to set up a website or if your requirements are simple then
WordPress is probably the better choice. However if you would like to develop or design an
advanced website with powerful features then Joomla is more suitable.
Search Engine Optimisation
WordPress is known for its search engine optimisation advantages. By default WordPress
is search engine friendly and webpages tend to rank high on Google. Joomla needs
some customisation in order to target the full benefits from search engines. With the
right customisation however, Joomla websites are equally capable of ranking high on search
engines like Google. Any expert Joomla developer will design a website to be SEO friendly.
A Joomla websites can be customised a accordingly to overcome any SEO shortcomings.
Joomla is easily scalable. Joomla can be used to design small websites as well for
developing complex functionality on websites. WordPress is great out of the box and will
work excellent if the only purpose of the website was to publish informational content.
WordPress is limited somewhat for developing complicated web applications.
Joomla can be scaled as required. Almost any custom feature or application can be
developed in Joomla. Joomla has been designed for extending and modifying to meet specific
needs. WordPress is fairly limited. There are add-on features available for WordPress as
well in the form of WordPress plug-ins but they do not compare to the advanced features
that can be developed as add on Joomla modules or components.