Whether you’re blogging for recreational or commercial purposes (or both), one of things you’ll have to consider is the content management system (CMS). While you can technically create a blog using nothing more than Notepad, the right CMS will make a world of difference, streamlining the process of creating and managing your posts. Today we’re going to take a closer look at two of the most popular and widely used blogging platforms, WordPress and Joomla, revealing which one comes out as the winner.
Originally launched back in 2003, WordPress has become the single most popular CMS. While the exact number of WordPress sites remains unknown, some reports indicate that up to 75 million websites run this platform. Why do so many bloggers and webmasters prefer it over other content manage systems?
There are a number of benefits associated with WordPress, one of which is its simple, easy-to-use interface. It literally takes less 5 minutes to set up WordPress, at which point you can begin crafting new blog posts. From within the admin dashboard, you’ll see a column of self-explanatory options on the left-hand side, such as “Posts,” “Media,” “Links,” “Pages,” Comments,” “Appearance,” Plugins,” etc. Clicking on any of these links will take you to the respective page where you can adjust your blog’s settings.
Arguably, one the most attractive features of WordPress is its use of interchangeable plugins and themes. Rather than modifying your blog’s code to implement a new feature, you can simply download and active a plugin. A plugin is a file or set of files that’s designed to perform a one or more functions, such as displaying social media widgets, enabling browser caching, creating contact pages and more.
On the other side of the fence if Joomla. It may lack the numbers of WordPress, but it’s still a popular CMS that’s used by millions of bloggers. Joomla was originally launched in 2003 and has since been download more than 20 million times. Much like its WordPress counterpart, Joomla also has an extensive depositories of free and paid plugins (called extensions), as well as interchangeable templates. If you want to add a new feature to your Joomla blog, you should first see if there’s an extension available for it. If there’s not, you’ll have to code the feature by hand.
Joomla also creates SEO-friendly links by default. Instead of seeing new posts and pages created with generic URLs like yoursite.com/p=?123, URLs will reflect the page’s title, such as yoursite.com/post-name.
Which Should I Choose?
In terms of usability, most bloggers will agree that WordPress is easier to use. The dashboard just looks and feels natural, making it easy for first-time bloggers to get their foot in the door. And because it’s used by so many people, WordPress offers a greater variety of themes and plugins. WordPress also has pretty strong tech support and an enormous library of help files and forums, enabling you to get answers when you get stuck.
You really can’t go wrong with either WordPress or Joomla. They are both two powerful and versatile blogging platforms, but if I had to choose one as the winner I would say it’s WordPress.
Do you prefer WordPress or Joomla? Let us know in the comments section below!