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    SitePoint Enthusiast pinkyslide's Avatar
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    Joomla vs. Wordpress

    Does Joomla have a chance on having good SEO up against a similar setup wordpress blog. Joomla has so many easy plug-ins for configuration changes and it is more of a GUI than wordpress. Not much coding goes into joomla vs. wordpress. I am asking because I have a joomla site and a wordpress site that are very similar but the joomla site seems to be suffering a bit getting on google. The joomla site looks better than the wordpress as far as functionality of the menus and such… but I am sure that’s nothing a nice wordpress theme can fix.

    Should I dump the joomla site and convert to wordpress? I would not loose much but I like the way the joomla site is setup over wordpress’s front end interface.

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    Joomla sites take a lot of time to load

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    not too concerned about load times... i hope if they click on a link they will actually let it load... maybe a couple more seconds than some of my wordpress sites.

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    ok - fine

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    may i suggest using phpLD as a blog
    i've never used joomla but i've heard a lot of people that have had security issues....
    I used wordpress for a while and i liked it. I like the way they handle the mod rewrite, that was nice

    obviously i use phpLD (it's a directory script) and it's great...no known security issues. It comes with an article script to it so I ditched wordpress...
    Now they've actually started using it as a blog and I think it's pretty neat...
    here's an example of one : phplinkdirectory.com/demo/directory/index.php?tplselect=CelticForrestBlog
    and as far as load time goes phpLD 3.3 comes with a built in cache system to help boost load times
    though it's not a free script...but there may be a blog script specifically released sometime soon

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    Not sure of your exact requirements, but Joomla seems like overkill for a blog unless you have a bunch of content outside of the blog itself. Wordpress does a great job for any standard blog and I would only go the Joomla route if you need a proper CMS solution for managing content other than the blog.
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    If WordPress can do everything you want your Joomla site to do, then you may as well switch over. WordPress is quite extensible and there isn't much that the average user would want to do that it can't handle quite easily with some theme changes and maybe the occasional plugin.

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    so it's still wordpress in terms of blogging to have a good seo

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    I don't like Joomla. Too overcrowded for me.
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    Arrow Joomla plugin

    I have seen seo plugins for joomla. Are you using RSS to provide updated content on the joomla site ?

    Google "seo plugin" + joomla and I am sure you will find what you need.

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    yes. i have a few plugins to help with SEO. not to mention the one to change the url to match the title tag.

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    I didn't know Joomla had a seo plugin. Overall though I don't like it, too complicated looking and too messy. Wordpress is clean and crisp and so many people use it there is constant updates.

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    Cool SEO plugin

    Well, the SEO factor is probably higher with Wordpress, but I cant provide any proof of that yet.

    If anyone here has seen a comparison of the how powerful Wordpress is against Joomla in the SEO department - please post it .


    Quote Originally Posted by pinkyslide View Post
    yes. i have a few plugins to help with SEO. not to mention the one to change the url to match the title tag.
    Last edited by Blue Star Ent.; Feb 7, 2008 at 16:26. Reason: spelling

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    Joomla has released version 1.5. This version is coded from the start. Expect more with Joomla 1.5.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shaeldl View Post
    Joomla has released version 1.5. This version is coded from the start. Expect more with Joomla 1.5.
    how hard is it to upgrade to 1.5? do you have to change your template?

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    The 1.5 is actually not that great, i have gone back to the older version, they're more flexible! Joomla has always been a fave for me! I know others though that just hate it and wordpress would be ideal.. Its whatever you can manage!

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    Now a days, most of sites are moving to joomla. Even word press component also available in Joomla.

    One of best feature in joomla is , you can add additional features at any time.
    Many components are available for SEF solution.
    In Joomla 1.5 , the SEf url is working fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by somanweb View Post
    Now a days, most of sites are moving to joomla.
    No they are not.

    Quote Originally Posted by somanweb View Post
    One of best feature in joomla is , you can add additional features at any time.
    You can do this with WordPress and most other CMS's too.

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    Hello ryanhellyer,

    I'm didnt mean, very big site or existing Other CMS site are moving to joomla .
    Very simple sites are moving to Joomla , because joomla is very easy to manage their own site without help of developers.

    In joomla , we can develop from simple static site to big sites like shopping cart, real estate, web directory ,..

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    I still don't agree. Joomla does have more functionality due it being a full blown CMS. But I don't think a majority of users are moving to it, no matter what site demographic you choose.

    And you can add shopping carts and web directories to WordPress. I'm not entirely sure what a real estate site would require but I'm assuming WordPress can do that too, albeit perhaps Joomla is better at these things (I have no idea if it is or not).

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    i guess it depends on your needs. CMS -joomla is good for adding on new features on the fly without having to code or implement it across the board with wordpress. Joomla adds on stuff to the WHOLE functionality of the site/programing. i guess it is just preferance and trial and error with SEO.

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    I don't recommend joomla if you will use is it for your blog...

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    Wordpress is more of a blogging platform,its very SEO friendly and can become a very effective CMS tool, if you make a few adjustments to it.

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    Joomla has very bloated code. Worpress is easier to customize the code also. If SEO is a concern, I would vote for WP over Joomla.


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