Which CMS Should I Choose?
You want to manage your own content and be able to update your own website, but which content management system (CMS) is the best? When deciding where to invest our time we found that WordPress is superior to Joomla and other content management systems. We based this decision on four domains:
Which is in Greater Use?
This is telling in itself because people do what works and if you’re an intelligent consumer, like we are, than you go and test drive that car before you buy it. If people like it overwhelmingly, than surely something must be very good about it.
Which has the Greater Development Community?
Greater development community means more “bells and whistles”, better features, more integration with social media, better search engine optimization, better security, and most important of all better support.
Ease of Use
The entire basis for creating a website using a CMS is that once completed the user, that would be you, will be able to upload your own images, videos, and text/copy/print – your own content. With this in mind, we looked for the CMS solution that would be easy for us to master, and then easy for us to teach to others.
A great website can be reduced to nothing if security is compromised. This factor weighs in more heavily, for us, than the above domains. As programmers we know that any system can be hacked and cracked. However, we want the CMS that reduces the risks by the greatest factor. We spent a lot of time and energy researching this domain and still continue to research and pursue increased security measures.
So, with those four domains in mind, here’s a brief overview of what we found:
In Greater Use
- WordPress has been downloaded over 65 million times.
- According to w3techs.com, of the websites that use a CMS, 54.7% use WordPress.
- 59,516,105 WordPress websites around the world (at the time of this post’s creation).
- Over 378 million people view more than 3.5 billion pages each month.
- WordPress.com users produce about 33.9 million new posts and 40.9 million new comments each month (this is only from WordPress.com and does not include any other WordPress installations around the world).
- Used more professionally: from TechCrunch to TED, CNN, the National Football League, NBC Sports, CBS Radio and much more.
Greater Development Community (at WordPress.org)
- 22,971 Free Plugins (compare to Joomla’s extensions)
- Total posts: 2,993,122
- Total topics: 908,759
- Total members: 125,269
- Documenetation and Support Articles: 3,334 | Wiki Pages: 20,186
- Google Search Results for “WordPress Theme Downloads” – 73,000,000
Ease of Use
WordPress has a clean, uncluttered, simple to use interface. Functionality is not duplicated in the admin panels, and user roles are set globally which is much more simple to implement. Code seems very backwards compatible.
Size – WordPress 3.5: 1,134 files zipped at 5.18 MB.
WordPress developers are continuously updating their code to be more secure. The WordPress core routinely (about once a month) releases a small security patch update. Additionally, there are numerous security plugins, code snippets and best practice tutorials regarding keeping your WordPress installation secure that we follow.
Some would claim that WordPress is hacked more often than any other CMS. However, WordPress is used more often than any other CMS so this is very a logical statement, but not necessarily a valid argument. We believe that WordPress is way more secure when all aspects (WordPress core files, Themes, and Plugins) are kept routinely updated, and precautions are made to limit brute force login attempts, SQL injunction attacks, and other poorly coded security loop-holes.
In Lesser Use
- Joomla has been downloaded over 30 million times.
- According to w3techs.com, of the websites that use a CMS, 2.8% use Joomla – additionally, every other CMS monitered has a smaller percentage share than Joomla, meaning that WordPress dominates the market.
- 30 million websites guesstimated to use Joomla.
- Also used professionally by: Ebay, United Nations Regional Information Centre, Barnes&Noble, Ikea, and more.
Development Community (at Joomla.org)
- 10,150 “Free” Extensions (many of which actually cost a small fee, despite being hosted with Joomla)
- Total posts: 2,715,904
- Total topics: 647,229
- Total members: 59,302
- 500 JCM articles
- Google Search Results for “Joomla Template Downloads” – 21,300,000
Complication of Use
The administrator area is very busy and cluttered. Some admin areas seem to duplicate one another’s functionality (extensions + plugins). User roles and permission settings are everywhere and force you to make a lot more button clicks than in WordPress, which seems overly complicated. There are WordPress plugins that replicate this functionality if needed, but the global settings are much nicer. Code is not backwards/forwards compatible – extensions (plugins) do not always work multiple Joomla versions.
Size – Joomla 3.0: 5,850 files zipped at 7.5 MB – bloated by comparison.
Joomla is also quite secure but like WordPress additional code snippet implementation and changing of general settings can make it even more secure. Joomla has a specific security forum, whereas in WordPress users have made many posts on the topic in different areas of the forums. So, in also being relatively secure this comparison point did not sway us.
As you can see from our brief overview, WordPress is not only easier to use, but much more powerful, feature rich and customizeable. We’d love to hear others’ opinions so please contact us via our contact form.