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    I Never Give Up roosevelt's Avatar
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    Joomla vs Wordpress? Advice!

    Hello,
    I used both of them and for my needs both work quite well. But now I am a little confused and need your help to figure out which brother I should go with.

    Some of the things I am interested in are:

    • Which CMS is better in terms of server resource usage.
    • Mostly which cms is user friendly.
    • If update is available, how easy is it to make updates
    • Any other reasons to use one over the other

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    WordPress, hands down, for me.

    The most recent release includes page-caching capabilities that are built in, which greatly increases scalability and reduces load time and server usage.

    As far as user-friendly, WordPress always impresses clients - feels a lot like editing with MS Word, which most of them are familiar with.

    Updating is simple - takes about 3 steps whether you use cPanel or not. Just backup the db, upload your update and click a few buttons.

    I've also found WP to be excellent for SEO purposes - you can install the All In One SEO plugin and the Google Sitemap generator so that you control which pages are indexed, how they are titled, etc.

    I would say, however, that WP may not be the best for ecommerce and if you want to use it as a full-blown CMS, you'll need to a little extra work in your theme development, but the online docs are excellent. You'll also find a ton of help just be searching Google.

    I know Joomla is popular as a CMS, partly because it's crisp-looking - nothing negative to say about it, I've just come to love WP and use it for about 90% of my site developments now.

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    I Never Give Up roosevelt's Avatar
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    Thank you for your input. From my understanding joomla is richer than wp. But it does come with a lot of features that doesn't apply directly to me.

    So, trying to get an idea of what would be most suitable for me.

    Also, long time ago I used a script that was only 1 mb size but it would strain my server. But a bulky script on the other hand was taking 80% less resources.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roosevelt View Post
    Thank you for your input. From my understanding joomla is richer than wp.
    Joomla is an application framework and it should be richer that Wordpress since Wordpress is supposed to be a blogging platform. and I believe it is not as powerful as Joomla.

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    Arrow

    Joomla can be a bit of a resource hog on the server, but I expect it to
    be with all its features.

    No one mentioned it yet, so I will: Joomla is typically for larger sites,
    while as one poster stated the wordpress is created as a blogging platform.

    Use wordpress for your smaller sites and Joomla for the larger ones.

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    Correct me if I'm wrong, but Wordpress is only a Blog tool, not a CMS.
    Choose Joomla CMS if you need a good CMS with blogging capabilities.

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    Quote Originally Posted by datatrond View Post
    Correct me if I'm wrong, but Wordpress is only a Blog tool, not a CMS.
    Choose Joomla CMS if you need a good CMS with blogging capabilities.
    Yeah.

    WordPress is a publishing platform, a CMS is a CMS. That said, we can use WordPress as a CMS and Joomla or Drupal as a blog. Which is better or worse depends on what you want to do with it.

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    Well, it wouldn’t be entirely true if you say that Wordpress is a just a blogging tool. True! it is primarily a blogging software, but you can still use it as a (stripped-down) CMS . Moreover, there are a host of plugins that allow you to use Wordpress in a couple other ways than just CMS/blogging. At the end of the day, however, Wordpress is primarily meant to be a blogging system and that is exactly where it shines.

    Joomla, on the other hand, is a full blown CMS. In fact, with the advent of Joomla 1.5 Joomla is an application framework. What that means for an average Joe is you can build any kind of web application on the top of Joomla. The CMS that comes with Joomla is just an application that executes on the top of underlying Joomla framework. You can easily strip this CMS layer away and build something different.

    So everything boils down to:
    If you need a blogging system: use Wordpress.
    If you need a simple CMS: you can still use Wordpress.
    If you need a full-blown CMS: go for Joomla.
    If you want to build a custom application while still leveraging the functionalities offered by core Joomla framework: build you application on the top of Joomla.

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    if you want to use joomla, take back-up... sometimes it collapses, happened 3 times too me but joomla is perfect


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