Joomla is the second most popular CMS (Content Management System) used in the internet. While it is not as popular as WordPress, it does have a strong and loyal following. Joomla does have the advantage over WordPress when it comes to the creation of an online community. Another advantage would be the management of Articles within the Joomla CMS. Joomla was built with the idea of Article Management more than WordPress was.
Jomsocial is another selling point for Joomla. Jomsocial is a commercially available component to turn Joomla into a social networking platform. This allows users to share events, images and communicate between users. Jomsocial has hundreds of available 3rd party extensions that enhance its native functionality.
Joomla Vs. WordPress
Which CMS to go with would ultimately depend on the features the client requires as well as the level of developer experience with both platforms. While my default CMS for most business solutions is WordPress, I do see the advantages of both. Joomla is more structurally stable (versions 2.5 +) than WordPress.
The biggest disadvantage Joomla has in my opinion, as a Joomla developer, is its lack of available SEO tools. I use Yoast for WordPress to manage many aspects of my On Page content to help boost SEO. The tools available for Joomla do not have this level of management available.
A major advantage of Joomla though is its high level of managing articles. If your site requires thousands of articles needing a certain level of management for those articles, then Joomla would be a better option. Within the Joomla Administration area , users can be assigned multiple levels of permissions. This level of permission assignment is not natively available in WordPress.
Another disadvantage of Joomla is the learning curve for both the developer as well as the user. The Joomla structure is more complicated than the WordPress template system. However, this structure makes Joomla a little less vulnerable to some of the security issues WordPress has.
The first step to picking the best suited CMS is to properly define the business requirements as well as the knowledge level of the responsible parties for managing and developing the site.
The following question will be important to determine up front:
- What is the business model / requirements.
- Is there a current website / CMS being used.
- Who is the under audience.
- What development resources are available.
- What is the client development budget.