What’s Joomla and why we use it.

Written by Brent Laminack. Brent Laminack is the leader of the Joomla!

Joomla is one of the big 3 open source content management systems (CMS) in the world, alongside WordPress and Drupal. Let’s look at some reasons for you to consider Joomla.

Joomla is technically superior to WordPress: WordPress’s database looks like it was laid out by an 18-year-old. Oh, wait, it was!! Joomla’s database is much better laid out, which means it doesn’t fall over and die under load the way WordPress is prone to.

Joomla has better graphics than Drupal. Template houses like RocketTheme.com, YooTheme.com, JoomlaShack.com, JoomlaBamboo.com, Shape5.com, Gavick.com and a number of others give reasonably-prices starting points for just about any project you can imagine.

Speaking of templates, Joomla’s page layout paradigm is much more flexible than WordPress, allowing you to use one template for a number of different page layouts by its use of modules, which are similar to WordPress widgets, but better.

Joomla has a more sane development path than WordPress. WordPress keeps backward compatibility forever. If something’s ever worked with WordPress, it always will, even if it’s broken. Joomla gets rid of old, antiquated code by deprecating it over a two-year phase out. WordPress claims about 50,000 plugins because they never get rid of old plugins, because they still work. Even if they’re insecure and otherwise horrid. Joomla purges extensions from their directory that aren’t up-to-date and still has over 7,000 extensions that actually work.

Joomla has a more sane development path than Drupal. Heretofore each major upgrade of Drupal has been completely re-implemented from scratch. This is great for ensuring that you’re always building with the latest and greatest technology, but lousy if you ever have to upgrade a website from one version to the next. Essentially you have to throw your site out and start from scratch. Great for billable hours, if you can ever sell your client on it. The Drupal project also discourages competing add-ons. They want one photo carousel, one Twitter widget, one Facebook plugin, etc. You then get to spend days customizing it to do what the client wants. Again, great for billable hours, horrible for your client. Joomla gives a rich set of different components with different capabilities that are reasonably priced, ready to use. See the Joomla extensions website: extensions.joomla.org.

What we don’t have: huge, corporate backing. Wordpress is run by Automattic, Drupal by Acquia. The direction of development of these platforms is guided by the features these companies need to make money. The direction of Joomla development is guided by the volunteers who use the software and want to make it better.

Another thing we don’t have: a rockstar developer begin-dictator-for-life at the top. WordPress has Matt, Drupal has Dries. Joomla has… you, if you want the job. Seriously, it’s a great community where the sky’s the limit for someone who wants to grow professionally. You can start out documenting or on the bug squad, and work your way up to being on the board of Open Source Matters, Joomla’s governing body. Yes, you can be the rockstar, but you won’t be it for life. We’ll rotate you out and you’ll be too busy with the business you’ve made through your contacts in the Joomla project.

In conclusion: Joomla’s prettier and easier for your end users to use than Drupal, better technically than WordPress, and it using it differentiates you from being just another WordPress shop and participating in the race-to-the-bottom price points that leads to. So come join the community, you’ll be glad you did.

Joomla vs. Wordpress

By Web Design Island:

  • Joomla is an award-winning content management system (CMS), that delivers powerful website applications.

  • Joomla is better because of its security level (which is comparatively higher than WordPress). Anyone can hack WordPress very easily, while that is not possible in Joomla.

  • Joomla is a superior content management system (CMS), while WordPress is considered to be a better option when using as blog administering application.

  • Joomla allows you to build a website with more content and structure flexibility than WordPress offers.

  • Joomla is better for large website, e-Commerce and social networking sites. WordPress exclusively supports MySQL, but Joomla supports other database Systems.

  • In Joomla Multilingual website can be developed without installing any extension. Joomla has clear advantages with regards to extending and integrating the website with other third party applications of software.

  • Joomla has clear advantages with regards to extending and integrating the website with other third party applications. Joomla websites can be easily integrated with other sources or websites.

  • Joomla takes the lead over Wordpress in terms of add-ons and additional website features.

  • Joomla can handle large databases without affecting website performance. Word press is basically for bogging and medium size website. 

  • Joomla templates can have multiple themes in the same site but not in WordPress natively. 

  • Joomla websites can be easily integrated with other sources or websites. WordPress runs on Flat file CMS.

  • Joomla is compatible with Microsoft Windows SQL Server and Microsoft Windows IIS Server so it could be seamlessly used in a Microsoft Environment. Most corporations run on Windows Networks with Windows Servers.

  • Joomla has built in Revision Control. In case something goes wrong in an article, you could revert back to a previous version. WordPress does not support revision control.

  • Joomla offers a better organized more user friendly Control Panel. The Main Menu of the Joomla Control Panel is much better organized than the Main Menu of the Wordpress Dashboard or any other web building tool.  Joomla also provides a series of Quick Links which are not found in Wordpress. 

  • Joomla 3.5 is mobile ready. Beginning with Joomla 3.5, all Joomla websites come mobile ready. This means that they have the ability to change their appearance to adapt to the width of the browser screen and display content in a different manner on a desktop, tablet or smart phone. 

  • Joomla uses a Category Manager to help a business owner carefully organize website content. According to Google, a typical small business website has more than 250 pages and more than 1000 images. These pages and images should be organized into categories to keep the website structure from becoming a mess over time. Sadly, some web building tools such as Wordpress organize content by date rather than by category. If you will be building a small business website it is important to know how to use predefined categories to structure your website content and menu items in a manner which can grow as your website pages grows.

  • The Joomla Article Manager Table (articles are web pages) has more features than any other web page building tool
    The Joomla Article Manager includes not only dozens of options for each article you write, but also includes an Options area for setting the default values of what to display and how to display it for all of your web pages.