WordPress and Joomla are both content management systems (CMS) that allow users to manage their digital content without needing to write new code. They’re the two most popular CMS in use today, though WordPress holds the lion’s share of the market with 58.8% to Joomla’s 6.5%. What gives WordPress the edge?
These tools are very similar. Both are open source and written mainly in PHP. They each have a wide catalogue of free plugins to add features. WordPress has significantly more: 45,000 to Joomla’s 7,000. Likewise, WordPress has four times more free themes than Joomla.
The answer lies in complexity. Beginners who want to choose a preset theme can download WordPress in five minutes and be ready to add content. Most enterprise sites feature custom themes which do take more work, but once set up even these custom sites are simple for users to update. WordPress features a built-in mobile administrator app, something that requires a third party app to do in Joomla.
Joomla isn’t so user-friendly. Settings are still controlled through drag and drop menus, but there is a level of detail that’s not approachable for technophobes. Its plugins aren’t the same high quality as those for WordPress. Also, it’s rather unwieldy for simple websites. It does support more complex websites, though, and it’s well-suited to giant e-commerce sites. Because it isn’t as popular, Joomla is less often the target of hackers.
WordPress vs Joomla Infographic
Check out this infographic for a breakdown between WordPress vs Joomla:
Which CMS is right for you?
The answer depends on your needs, but WordPress is popular for a reason. It creates beautiful sites, updating is simple, the plugins are almost universally quality, the support community is active and readily accessible, and there are plenty of security features to counteract the increased risk. For everything up through medium sized e-commerce site, WordPress has proven its functionality.
We prefer working with WordPress for those reasons and have developers who specialize in it. However, Joomla has a superior organizational system buried under its complexity. Users can customize almost any feature through drag and drop menus. This means it’s a great choice for sites with paid subscriptions, restricted content, and varied membership levels. Joomla can power very large online stores (IKEA and EBAY are both users) with ease.