Mark Atkinson had a deep and thorough look into the ups and downs of both WordPress and Joomla during the course of last year. He published six lengthy articles over at Sitepoint. You should definitely head on over there to read all of them. But first, stick with us. As Atkinson was aware of the lazy nature of most online readers he and his team thought about a way to transport the essential messages of the above mentioned articles in a fast and comfortably consumable manner. Guess what he did? Yepp, he turned to the newest fashion these days and created a – woohoo – infographic.
WordPress For Blogs and Newsy Sites, Joomla For The Rest!
What did Atkinson find out during the course of his six articles on WordPress vs. Joomla? To cut a long story short: Take WordPress for blogs, content curation, news and Joomla for everything else. Though I personally do not agree, as I see Joomla as a relic of the past which I wouldn’t cry for it were gone yesterday, others might want to at least consider Atkinson’s advice. At least, you don’t waste much time starting with the following infographic.
Would you have thought that Joomla actually is younger than WordPress? Left to my own devices I would have estimated Joomla to be much older. My impressions while testing it out a few years ago have always told me to be working with a dinosaur of the CMS age. So who went wrong here? Me or the developers who put up an experience like that?
The extension concept of both Joomla and WordPress is similar, yet different in detail. Where WordPress only has the concept of plugins to extend both the front-end output and the core functionality, Joomla has drawn in another line. While plugins in Joomla always only affect the front-end, you need components to extend the core functionality. These components themselves can be tweaked by plugins.
It might be seen as a potentially better security concept to differentiate between plugins and components. Not so skilled users will more easily crash their WordPress sites than their Joomla sites this way. But now let’s head over to the infographic by Atkinson and the Red Giant team. Clicking on it leads you to the original source:
(Source: Red Giant)
- Glorious Past, Challenging Future: Taking A Closer Look at Joomla! – Noupe Magazine
- WordPress v Joomla: The Winner – Sitepoint
Dieter Petereit is a veteran of the web with over 25 years of experience in the world of IT. As soon as Netscape became available he started to do what already at that time was called web design and has carried on ever since. Two decades ago he started writing for several online publications, some well, some lesser known. You can meet him over on Google+.