Comparison between WordPress and Joomla

Comparison between WordPress and Joomla

The content management system (CMS) is a database whose significant focus is to produce and arrange various types of digital content such as sounds, images, videos, animations, and graphics. The systems are very diverse and have a digital asset that consists of information on the file content. The two examples of content management system are WordPress and Joomla. WordPress is an open-ended and a free web publishing application, and blogging tool that is created by a community of contributors and developers. On the other hand, Joomla is an open-ended content management system that is used for creating web content. It is one of the most known content management system based on its features like page caching, extensions and plugins (Jones & Farrington, 2011). The paper will compare WordPress and Joomla by discussing their adoption in the web development, differences, limitations, benefits, disadvantages and illustrate the scenarios where one may be more suitable than the other.

Adoption in the web development


It is a powerful open source content management system that assists in creating effective websites and a powerful online application. The technology offers a variety of open source modules and Plug-ins which can easily be engraved within the applications hence making Joomla development services really fast rich and cheap for web development. The coding is jotted in PHP and MySql databases and incapacitates features such as blog polls, RSS feed search and also offers support for a variety of languages (Williams, Richard & Tadlock, 2011).


This is web software which one can use to build a highly operational website or blog. Since web development process involves web design, content development, and configuration. Presently, it the most adopted framework and more than 30% of the website are running on the WordPress. Because of the large community of people using WordPress, it is a platform for promoting new and upcoming websites. It has its own knack and process for editing and designing the websites based on the requirement. WordPress comes with unprecedented features which have made the new developers appear like the masters (Jones & Farrington, 2013).

Differences between WordPress and Joomla

Joomla as a content management system approaches to content creation with flexibility in the mind while WordPress offers a particular format for static and also dynamic content. Moreover, in WordPress posts will be utilized for the blog content while pages will be utilized for FrontPage elements and static content such as contact pages. Based on Joomla, the content that will be utilized for pages is usually established in the standard while the blog content is through an additional article extension K2. Additionally, Joomla uses a standard file framework which means that when an individual wants to insert or upload an image, he or she will see an interface showcasing the image folder in addition to image files and subfolder which an individual is able to click through (Kennard, 2007).

However, this method is of less intuition for the new user in comparison to WordPress, which showcases all images in a thumbnail design from most recent first by default. Based on the same aspect, Joomla’s method enables a personal folder to be build which is very important for sorting the media content in various sections in regards to their category. As identified in other areas, WordPress provides a simpler and easy to get into experience while Joomla offers more freedom to create what a person wants out of the box including the tradeoff that there’s a hostile learning curve.

Limitations of WordPress and Joomla

 It is impossible to run Google AdSense or advertising programs to serve ads on the website.  A person cannot write paid posts, review products, sell links and others. The WordPress terms of services restrict a person from using a free blog for any commercial operation. Moreover, it is impossible to upload plugins. It is believed that the real power of WordPress originates from the freedom to customize and also extend the core functionality but it is impossible to extend its functionality by uploading plugins. Consequently, the WordPress is very strict in safeguarding their services from abuse. The programs suspend the blogs who are suspected of the operations prohibited in their terms of service.  It is also impossible to upload themes on the website.

Joomla content management builds the URL variables that do not search engine friendly hence making it challenging because of constant redirection. The storage system does not permit much of the users during a running process. Moreover, some of the plugins are purchased that ad additional cost to the development (Priefer, 2014).

Other limitations for Joomla

  • The server parameters faults experienced with larger websites
  • The user adjustment options are scarce hence no advanced user facility
  • Compatibility of Plugins issues that need PHP programming process in order to resolve

The advantages of WordPress and Joomla


  • It is very easy to use and manage the dashboard for content management based on its simplicity. WordPress avails everything for its user in creating and developing their websites
  • It is very easy for the user to install without any knowledge of computer programming process. The language technique used in the software for following the instructions in the process during web development
  • The ease of updating the content in the software. WordPress is desired because of its content editing confortness. The surprising functionalities such as images, sliding, social media integration, and also testimonial add-on. An individual would always want to employ developers to make changes on the websites.
  • It is simple while using administration interface in WordPress.
  • It is also easy for an individual to install any application without any knowledge of computer programming.

Advantages of Joomla

  • It is very simple to install and use Joomla in developing and designing web
  • It is high in regards to its extension because Joomla has thousands of extensions presents for use
  • It is very simple to update the script in conjunction with the latest version
  • The authentication of the user can be conducted by LDAP, Google and others
  • There is the possibility for a comprehensive navigation coordination for the web pages
  • It is a very large and active community

Scenarios where one might be better than others

The WordPress is a customized program for the content management system. It is used by 22% of all the new website owners and its version has been downloaded by approximately 30 million times. Based on the aspect of freedom, the users of WordPress can host their own blogging community and also directs all the blogs from one dashboard. Moreover, in terms of support WordPress gives more support to the users compared to Joomla. The community of WordPress is always ready to offer help to any who wants to learn content management system Patel, S. K., (Rathod & Prajapati, 2011).


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