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ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF USING JOOMLA CMS

Joomla!

When it comes to complexity, Joomla! places somewhere between simple WordPress and comprehensive and advanced Drupal.

The Open Source script is very popular among programmers who create even quite advanced websites with it.

The CMS can be downloaded and viewed at www.joomla.org

Advantages

Easy to install

Joomla! is quite simple to install. It takes only about ten minutes from downloading to having a working script on a server. It is not as easy as Quick.Cms or WordPress, but is still much simpler than Drupal.

Plugins

The script has several thousands of free plugins available at the homepage. WordPress may have even more, but to make it as functional as Joomla!, you have to instal dozen or so plugins to start with.

Support

There is abundance of programmer’s tools and tutorials available for users. There’s also an extensive discussion board.

Navigation management

The script has a comprehensive navigation system, that can successfully manage several hierarchies. It allows to easily manage a site even with couple hundred subpages.

Good looking URLs

Links generated by the script are very friendly and make for better SEO positioning.

Updates

When the page design is ready, there will come a time to update the script to a newer version. You can do it from web browser.

Advanced administration

Administration panel provides many functions that can be intimidating in the beginning. In time, however, you can master most of them to use the full potential of the script.

Disadvantages

Limited adjustment options

Even though Joomla! has many modules and templates, it is always missing something for the more advanced users. It’s still better than in case of WordPress.

Server resources and efficiency

Modularity and expendability often means bigger demands on server parameters. This certainly is the case. Still, if the website is not too large and there will not be thousands of visitors, there should be no problems, at least not in the beginning.

Paid plugins

Some of plugins and modules for Joomla! are paid, unlike for e.g. WordPress or Drupal. It pays to spend some time to make sure you won’t have to buy an addition that is free in some other script.

Plugins compatibility

There may occure some frustrating compatibility issues between some of the plugins. It may turn out that it will be impossible to get some functionalities without some serious work on the PHP code.

First contact

Many users, beginners especially, are terrified by multitude of possibilities and functions. So if the website is to be simple and the user or the client is just beginning, it would be wiser to use Quick.Cms or WordPress.

Conclusions

If you have some experience with CMS systems and you’re looking for something more than WordPress, but you’re still intimidated by Drupal, Joomla! might be just the thing for you. The script is free, has a great number of plugins, modules and templates as well as good technical support. It’s a system of choice for multimedia sites and sites with a lot of content – it’s when it performs best.

Screenshots

  • Joomla! screenshot - admin panel dashboard
  • Joomla! screenshot - admin panel menu
  • Joomla! screenshot - admin panel article editing

Advantages and Disadvantages of using WordPress CMS

WordPress

WordPress is definitely the world’s most popular CMS. The script is in its roots more of a blog than a typical CMS. For a while now it’s been modernized and it got thousands of plugins, what made it more CMS-like.

The script as an Open Source is the first choice for most bloggers, but it can also be successfully used for designing simple websites.

You can download and view the CMS at www.WordPress.org.

Advantages

Easy, easy, easy …

WordPress does not require PHP nor HTML knowledge unlinke Drupal, Joomla or Typo3. A preinstalled plugin and template function allows them to be installed very easily. All you need to do is to choose a plugin or a template and click on it to install.
It’s good choice for beginners.

Community

To have a useful support, there must be a large community of users, who will be a part of e.g. a discussion board.

Plugins

The script has over dozen thousand of plugins available on its website. They are the reason WordPress is considered a CMS, not only a blogging script. Strong majority of the plugins is available for free.

Templates

On the scritp’s homepage you can view thousands of graphics templates, that can change your website’s look. You can find there both free and paid templates. The paid ones are often more advanced as well as more interesting.

Menu management

WordPress menu management has extended functionalities, that can be modified to include categories, pages, etc.

Non-standard fields

You can easily add fields to forms by yourself or using plugins. It will allow your blog or subpages to have additional labels, categories or descriptions.

Disadvantages

Modification requires knowledge of PHP

Operations like removing a date field requires some understanding of PHP language. It is the case for most of such modifications.

Graphics modification requires knowledge of CSS and HTML

Although there are plenty templates available on the homepage, most of them are very alike. To create a unique look, you need to know CSS and HTML.

Plugins and efficiency

To compete with Joomla! or Drupal, WordPress needs plenty of plugins to be installed. Unfortunately these plugins influence the script’s efficiency and not in a good way. Another problem arises when you need to choose a plugin for a specific functionality. Among all the thousands of plugins, most of them have their clones. It means, that any given functionality can be added by several different plugins created by different authors. Sometimes choosing the right one may take quite some time.

PHP security

The script is not protected as well as other applications. It all depends on how sesitive is the additional content of your page.

Tables and graphics formatting

Modifying tables or graphics format can be more complicated than in other applications like Quick.Cms or Joomla.

SQL queries

Queries can be complex since all additional non-standard fields that make WordPress a CMS, require additional syntax.

Conclusions

WordPress is a very good script to create a simple website. It is one of the simpliest to use (definitely not simpler than Quick.Cms though) of all solutions available on the internet. It’s very good choose for a beginner’s. Advanced users with advanced needs would have to install many plugins to have what is a standard for Joomla or Drupal.

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