When you are looking to create a website, you will probably try some of the content management systems or commonly called CMS. Two of the most popular among them are WordPress and Joomla. In this article I will try to explain some of the major advantages and disadvantages of those systems.
I would like to start with WordPress, which is one of the easiest for use systems available today in the internet. Although, many people think that the WordPress can be used for blogging only, you can easily configure it to work in many other ways. Furthermore, to install that CMS on a server is really easy. That way you will allow people, who do not have any knowledge in web development to create their website for just a couple of hours. Furthermore, you will not have to develop additional scripts to get the comments of other visitors for example, because they are already built in it. On the other hand, WordPress do not provide suitable workspace for developers, because when you try to make some modifications in it, for example to create a shopping cart, the whole system is likely to crash. Furthermore, you will not find proper advice from the WordPress community, because they mainly complain about the features of that system. Finally, when you try to upgrade your existing system, you will usually end up having a lot more bugs than you used to.
Joomla on the other hand is one of the best content management systems for designers, web developers and administrators. That system allows all its users to create great looking websites and also it is really easy for use, by beginners. Furthermore, there are many developers, who create tools, which rapidly improve the performance of Joomla. If you are a developer, you can choose that system, because it offers large capacity for customization and development. Joomla’s features are constantly improving in the past 3 years and so you will enjoy many more features. However, when you take a look at the user interface of that system, you will find that actually is not so easy for use by people, who do not have any idea of web development and also it is far from user friendly. Furthermore, after the recent update of that system to version 1.5.x, there are still many users, who stick to the old one.
In conclusion, I would like to say that the choice between those systems depends on the purpose of your website and also on your knowledge of web development and design. In addition, when you compare the simplicity of both those systems, you will notice that working with WordPress is a lot easier, so there are many beginners, who choose it instead of Joomla. When you take a particular project, you should check exactly what are the requirements of your client, before you choose any of these content management systems.