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In this article I try to give you some pointers to make it easy to chose between the two popular content management systems. The basic difference between WordPress and Joomla is that Joomla is a portal- or community type site while WordPress is a blog.
Both overlap each other in several areas and can be extended beyond their original purpose thanks to the use of plugins. You can find those plugins almost everywhere 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.
Both have a large community of volunteer developers and commercial add-ons.
This topic is somewhat outside the scope of Miracle Tutorials, but the reason I thought it was important to publish is that it relates to the setup of video portals and which CMS to chose, so, here it is: To Joomla or not to Joomla If you want to create a community or a network with a membership area, newsroom, forums, articles, input from external authors etc… then Joomla is a good choice because it is made to be that way.
You can set articles to expire after a time, activate dates, author name, breadcrumbs etc. Thus, Joomla gives you a lot of power in your hands and that is noticeable in the admin section where there are so many options that you get dizzy the first time you go in.
You really should get a good book on Joomla if you want to set it up fast. Otherwise you end up fiddling around and getting nowhere for days. You can find a whole range of books on this subject with Packt Publishing.
Adapting the look is simple if you are happy with changing some colors and the logo. Beyond that, you will find that Joomla has a complicated structure and even seasoned web developers have to go through a learning curve before they master the layout system, and that approach is different depending on the layout template you chose.
Joomla has multi-lingual capability built-in. This works very well but it is not that simple. You have to follow a certain order over actions to make it work, but it is very powerful. Luckily, there are many video tutorials available on YouTube. Or you could ask a developer to do it for you, but make sure they have references of Joomla sites or you might end up paying their learning curve and that is what you want to avoid.
Disadvantages of Joomla Importing articles from one site to another is not as easy as with WordPress. Joomla brings out new major upgrades on a regular basis. These upgrades break a lot of extensions and migrating from older versions is not an easy task, especially when you have a complex setup with membership system, forum etc… This is something the Joomla community really needs to address because moving to the latest version can be time consuming.
Joomla promissed that it will make it easier from version 3,4 onwards. Hopefully this is true, because it is the major reason why some people migrate to WordPress. Simple updates between upgrades are easy to do with a click on a button, they seldom break anything.
Deep level navigation, sections in sections, categories etc… Unlike, WordPress, it makes no distinction between posts and pages, instead you use articles and modules for your content.
Modules are best used for small pieces of content and media. To WordPress or not to WordPress WordPress is basically a very user friendly blog system but it can be used as a regular site which you can update without any knowledge of html the same goes for Joomla.
You can create pages and posts, and with plugins, you can add a lot of functionality included standard in Joomla. Because WordPress is a blog system, Google seems to love it although recently, Google decides no longer to count links from rss directories, which was the major advantage of WordPress over Joomla.
Adapting the look requires some knowledge of CSS, the style sheet language. Since WordPress has a logical structure, it is easy for a developer to change things around, place ad banners etc…Again, give preference to a specialized developer used to work with WordPress.
It is setup very quickly and you can be listed in Google within 2 days. A regular html site can take up to a month to get listed in Google, so this is something to take into account. Anybody can learn enough in 2 hours to create content with WordPress right away, including using categories and sub pages.
WordPress has no multi-lingual capability but this can be managed with a plugin like Polylangwhich is quite easy to use.
Major upgrades of WordPress are not as frequent as Joomla and they seldom require extra work. None of my plugins have broken between 3. Importing posts and pages from other WP sites is easy. There is built-in importer.Marlin Hawk is a boutique advisory firm focused on the next generation of global leaders.
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