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Which CMS would i choose?

Joomla! Or WordPress a review!


This is not a pro – contra review. In this article I will try to give you some tips to make it easy to choose between the two popular content management systems. The basic difference between WordPress and Joomla is that Joomla is a portal or community type site Joomla! is especially suitable for medium-sized companies like CMS, while WordPress is more of a definite blog application, but which is also used extensively for small businesses with 2-20 employees. And often even larger coporate sites with over a hundred employees. Both overlap in several areas and can be extended beyond their original purpose thanks to the use of plugins. You can find these plugins almost anywhere on the Internet. Both have a large user base with a lively community where tips and tricks are shared. Both are free to use and many hosting providers have them as an option in their web tools section. WP has a large community of volunteer developers, while Joomla has many commercial additions to specialized professionals.

This topic is a bit outside Grandts.Media Tips and Tricks, but the reason I think it is important to put on my blog is that it relates to the setup of portals and which CMS you have chosen, so here we go:

Joomla or not to Joomla! (read yes there is WP in most cases clearly no. 1)

If you want to create a community or network with a membership area, newsroom, forums, articles, input from external authors, etc. … then Joomla is a good choice because it’s made to be like that. Creating a navigation structure is easy when you understand how it works, and it does not require HTML knowledge. You can set items to expire after a time, enable dates, author’s name, etc.
Thus, Joomla gives you a lot of power in your hands, and it is noticeable in the admin section, where there are so many possibilities that you become dizzy the first time you start. Do not have a designer or an agency to set up / implementing Joomla you should really get a good book about Joomla if you want to put it
up quickly. Otherwise, you end up rummaging around and reaching nowhere for days. You can find a whole series of books on this topic at Amazon.com. (Most books on Joomla! are unfortunately in English, so I think it is a requirement to be able to understand also complex technical terms in English)

Customizing the look is simple if you are happy to change a few colors and logo. In addition, you will find that Joomla has a complicated structure and even experienced web developers have to go through a learning curve before they master layout system and this approach is different depending on the layout template you have chosen .Joomla has multilingual capabilities built in. In my opinion, this does not work at all optimally yet. You have to follow a certain pattern of action and actions to do it, but it is very powerful. Fortunately, there are many video tutorials available on YouTube. Just type “joomla multilingual” into the search box and you will find what you need. I even have a Joomla! Site running that has been running since 2008, namely www.joomlashop.dk which I think you should visit before you decide whether it should be Joomla !, or WordPress you will use as your new website.



If you don’t want to get involved in the grim work with stylesheets, you can buy professional layout templates at a reasonable price (between $ 35- $ 50) from, for example, Joomlashack. Or you can ask a developer to do it for you, but make sure they have links to Joomla sites that look like something you want. JoomlaImport of articles from one place to another is not easy. There are extensions to it, but moving from one version to the next can be problematic. A remaining problem is that the central system is very complex, which requires a lot of resources from the server. This has not been improved in version 2.5, no problem if you have 500 articles or so, but if it runs into thousands, then there may be big problems with cheap web hosting: Joomla offers new major upgrades on a regular basis. These upgrades can actually break a lot of extensions and migrate from older versions is not an easy task, especially when you have a complex setup with membership system, forum, etc.… It’s something the Joomla community really has a need to address because Moving to the latest version can be time consuming. I hope this will improve in future upgrades. Simple updates between upgrades are easy to do with a click of a button, they usually don’t give the big issues. In short, Joomla’s strength is complex. Deep level navigation, sections in sections, categories, etc.… It has fixed pages and posts, posts are good for community sites



Wordpres or wordpress and Joomla! WordPress is basically a very user-friendly blog system, but it can be used as a regular website that you can update without any knowledge of html (the same applies to Joomla). You can create pages and posts, and with plugins, you can add a lot of functionality by default in Joomla. Because WordPress is a blog system, it looks like Google loves it. So from a marketing point of view, WordPress is hard to resist (also Grandts.Media blogs with WordPress, since you are right now) The interface is easy to understand, you will read more about it, then buy a “WordPress for Dummies” – Book it will save you some time if you have any experience with blogs. Adapting the look requires some knowledge of CSS and other web technologies. As with Joomla, if you choose a template close to what you want, color, logo, etc. will be customized. it is not that complicated, but if you do not want to get involved in CSS and you want to re-arrange navigation elements then you should use a web developer (eg Grandts.Media). Because WordPress has a logical structure, it is easy for a developer to change things, place ads banners, etc.…

Again, give yourself an easier task doing what you are good at and leaving the rest to someone who is used to setup, etc. in WordPress.Setup is very fast and you can join Google within 2 days. I haven’t seen any other system that can do it so far. For Joomla, it will take about 14 days, although you can push it using SEO tools. A regular html site can take up to a month to get listed in Google so it’s something to take into account. Everyone can learn enough in about 2 hours to create content with WordPress, including categories and subpages .WordPress does not have multilingual capability, but this can be controlled with a plugin like Polylang which is quite easy to use. http://wordpress.org/plugins/polylang/ WordPress can handle tons of visitors. Without breaking down, even with lots of articles. Larger upgrades to WordPress are not as frequent as Joomla and they rarely require much extra work. Which makes it a very stable platform. Importing posts and pages from other WP sites is easy. There is a built-in importer. That is, you can export an XML file to a newly created site and actually get the same content in less than 2 hours of customization. Disadvantages of WordPress: For example, adding or removing posts and dates must be changed in design mode and it knowledge about WP scripting. The navigation structure is determined by the layout and templates you have chosen. Changing this structure requires knowledge of WP scripting language and CSS.

With Joomla, you don’t have to run into this problem because the menus are controlled via the control panel and properties such as dates, author’s name, etc., can be published and debugged per article, or for the entire site at once. In that sense, Joomla is much more a content management system than WordPress has so far or is. It is also quite difficult to change the order of categories or pages in WordPress. It involves having to go into all categories and changing the order by hand. WP developers are working to fix it, but when is unpredictable .Widgets can help compensate for the lack of a strong menu system like Joomla, but it helps WordPress to quickly set up the drag and drop feature. said: WordPress is simple, you can see it as a blog or as a regular website. It has fixed pages, categories and more. Through the use of plugins you can expand the functionality and let it grow as big and complicated as you want. But not all plugins are easy to understand, so it may be a good idea to have a specialized web developer in case of emergency.

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