Joomla is one of the leading content management systems with the administration of which high-quality web solutions, websites, portals can be created. Many aspects, most notably ease of use and expandability, have made Joomla one of the most sought-after free solutions on the web.
Joomla can be used in several domains: in the creation of web and corporate portals, intranet and extranet solutions, online stores, e-commerce solutions, small business solutions, community portals, portals of educational institutions, personal presentations.
The concept of the Joomla system has been created in such a way that end users can maintain websites on their own with minimal training. Joomla can meet various requirements due to the huge number of add-ons that can be found on the Internet. Unlike Wordpress, it is a far more extensive online system.
Joomla as a project originated from the Mambo content management system, when a number of developers decided to run a separate web system. The name Joomla is associated with the term "Together". Today, a large number of developers around the world are working on the development of Joomla. Joomla is under the GNU License.
Joomla is currently distributed in 2 directions. Version 1.0.x is a Joomla solution based on the development of its Mambo predecessor. The second distribution is Joomla 1.5, which is the current implementation of the Joomla development team. Currently, Joomla 1.0.x has more support in terms of add-ons, while everything else is on the side of Joomla 1.5 version, primarily the potential and further development because through version 1.5 the basis for Joomla 2.0 will be created.
For all the problems and tips, there is the Joomla community, on the web address joomla.org, within which there is also a forum, an area with Joomla add-ons, current versions.
Comparison of Wordpress and Joomla content management systems
If we look at sites implemented on free content management systems, the two most common platforms are Wordpress and Joomla. They are followed by Drupal, a solution with a concept similar to the Joomla solution. Regardless of the specific project, many web designers force their solutions through a single CMS solution. However, there are cases in which certain websites are far easier to develop through Wordpress, or portals through the Joomla system.
Wordpress and Joomla can be ranked by several parameters. Specifically, a comparison by basic functions, speed and search engine optimization will be shown.
The basic function of Wordpress is blogging. If viewed as a personal platform for publishing news, information, articles, wordpress does it with ease. Publishing content and images is very easy with the Wordpress platform, so Wordpress is a classic example of web 2.0 technology.
The main function of the Joomla platform is to create a portal. Joomla offers a more complete solution with more options than Wordpress. In the first contact Wordpress is closer to the users and also simpler. Joomla uses components, modules and plug-ins, while Wordpress only uses plug-ins as add-ons, which seems simpler in favor of Wordpress, but with more features in favor of Joomla solutions. Joomla provides flexibility because, for example, it is possible to define multiple menus in multiple positions, while Wordpress initially brings one menu. If the goal is to create a portal, Joomla is a far better solution.
If the analysis is summarized, it can be said that Wordpress is ideal as a solution for personal publishing, while Joomla is the right choice as a complete CMS, ie when creating a portal.
When creating company websites, a similar sorting can be done. If the company wants a simple presentation of several pages, with the option of adding information, Wordpress will be the ideal solution. If the company has a larger range of products or services, has a portfolio with multiple images, conducts online surveys of visitors, allows registration of visitors to the site, in which case Joomla will be much closer to the platform on which the website will be realized.
If we compare Wordpress and Joomla system in speed, Wordpress has an advantage. Lighter code and a smaller system allow a Wordpress site to load much faster. Joomla is a more complex system with more code.
Search engine optimization is a very important parameter. Both solutions can be modified to be very suitable for browsers, however, when installing Wordpress, it is possible to optimize faster and easier for browsers, while with Joomla solutions, this can be done in just a few steps and by installing additional components. With Joomla 1.5, this system is lightened, but Wordpress still leads in the domain of search engine optimization.
Wordpress - for smaller web presentations or larger blogging sites, excellently optimized for search engines with fast page loading.
Joomla - for larger presentations, portals and with additional components for more complex sites. With a few steps it can be well optimized for search engines. The only drawback may be the loading speed.