The widely used CMS – Content Management System among a wide range of platform are WordPress and Joomla. CMS means a piece of software that manages website content. These CMS are widely used for their significant terms of features, flexibility, capability and ease of use. Given below are some of the advantages and disadvantages of these platforms that could help one to decide which platform is appropriate for their needs.
Pros and Cons of Joomla:
Joomla is an open source Content Management System software branched from Mambo. Joomla is the most famous CMS in the world and it boost over 30m downloads a day. Some sites that use Joomla are Cloud.com, Linux.com.
Advantages of Joomla
- Tough Developer Community: The developer community is stronger in Joomla like WordPress. The plugin library known as extensions in Joomla is huge with plenty of free to use and open source plugins.
- User Friendly: Joomla is very easy to use, it can be setup and installed in few minutes. The new publishers will find its UI flexible, refined and powerful. Still a new user has to learn a little bit to figure out everything.
- Strong CMC: Joomla has the capacity to handle larger volume of articles than WordPress.
- Extension Variability: Joomla extensions are divided into five group’s plugins, components, languages, templates and modules. These five differ in terms of function, capability and power.
Disadvantages of Joomla
- Difficulty Involved: The new publishers will find it difficult to start with Joomla installation and start up. If you are a new user you cannot expect to just install Joomla and start with your new posts. The learning curve is not abrupt but still threatens the new users.
- Partial ACL support: Access Control List is a list of permissions that can be granted to specific users for a specific page. ACL is a very important component of any enterprise grade CMS solution. Joomla supported ACL only after its 1.6 Version.
- Lack of SEO capabilities: Unlike WordPress Joomla needs lots of work to get the search engine friendliness.
If you are looking out for a standard website with standard capabilities then Joomla CMS solution is best.
Pros and Cons of WordPress
WordPress is more flexible and has enough power to accommodate 500 company blogs. More than 68 million websites use WordPress which makes it most popular blogging software. Some of its users are CNN, New York Times.
Advantage of WordPress
- User Friendly: The UI of WordPress is easy to use and highly spontaneous even for the first time users.
- Numerous Authors: WordPress was built from the ground up to provide multiple authors as a vital attribute for any serious publications.
- Vast Plugin Library: WordPress has developed hundreds of thousands of plugins for it, there are only very few things WordPress extension library of plugin cannot do.
- Flexibility: WordPress can do anything virtually, you can run an ecommerce store, work as a company blog, post videos to the site all these is possible because of its vital plugins and customized themes.
- Easy Customization: WordPress theme can be customised easily, anyone who has little knowledge of HTML and CSS can customise WordPress theme to fit their needs.
Disadvantage of WordPress
- Security: WordPress used by millions is often targeted by the hackers. The software itself needs third party plugins to boost its installation security.
- Limited Design Options: WordPress provides with limited design options even though it has a wide range of plugins. Most of its plugins look like WordPress installation.
- Limited CMC: WordPress was basically designed as a blogging platform, so it cannot handle high content volume.
If you are looking out for a easy to use blogging solution that looks good and can accommodate multiple authors easily then WordPress is good enough.