WordPress vs Joomla

WordPress was first developed as a blogging system which is now expanded enough to create various types of websites including e-store, portfolios etc. Joomla is a bit complicated platform which is also used for all kinds of sites including the corporate, business, non-profit, government, blogs, etc. WordPress is more likely for the beginners as compared to Joomla, which is mainly preferred by the experienced programmers/ developers as it provides the opportunity to bring in the coding alterations in the core structure of the sites. It requires some time for learning before its use. However, the learning curve is not as steep in comparison with Drupal, yet it is still enough to scare the newbie developer


Below discusses several of the differential components of both platforms.

1.Level-of-Complexity and Ease-of-Use

The prime benefit of WordPress is the creation of websites by non-developers/ programmers/ beginners. They are the average users with the core purpose of building a website with no development background. Simplicity attracts the lot very much. Among the two platforms, WordPress comes with relatively less complexity and more ease of use. One-click installation and simple user-interface are the key features of WordPress. On contrary, Joomla might not be as quicker like WordPress. The installation process is more or less similar; however, after the installation the control panel greets the user. It incorporates the developer-oriented capabilities of Drupal and the user-friendly capabilities of WordPress. In one way, Joomla is more powerful than the latter, yet it is bit scary for the beginners.


WordPress has a huge directory of themes from which the users can download/ install. There are more than 3k themes in the official WordPress theme directory. Besides, many third parties are working to create millions of themes. These can be reached through Google-search. These are usually free but some have premium price set on it. Moreover, WordPress has few pre-installed default themes. The users can browse themes from the theme-tab in WordPress. Theme installation is easy and can be done right from the administration area. Each element of the installed themes can be edited in the theme-editor. The child-themes can also be incorporated with the original themes. In case of experienced developers, CSS can also be modified, if desired.
On the other hand, Joomla has no official template-directory. However, Google-search brings over 16m template results, which are created by third parties. There are 2-types of templates for Joomla i.e. frontend & backend. The templates can be installed by uploading it in the template directory. These templates can then be edited in the template manager which can also be used for adding the styles to the themes.

3. Plug-ins/ Extensions

Both WordPress and Joomla have plugins/ extensions in order to extend the functionality and appearance of the platforms. There are more than 38k plugins available in the official directory of WordPress. Similarly, Joomla also has great extensions for as big a task as creating an e-store, and for as small task as the email managing. However, the number of the plugins in Joomla is relatively lower than the WordPress. One other difference between the two platforms is selecting/ browsing the themes/ plugins from the administrative area. Joomla doesn’t provide the users with such support. They have to manually browse and install by using the URL. The editing of the plugins involves the CSS-modification and the features-change. Joomla is bit more conservative in providing the plug-in code-editing options as compared to WordPress, yet it has the vast variety of plugins, which can serve a lot of different purposes.

4. Widgets & Modules

Both platforms provide a lot of options for widgets and modules, which can add functionality in the sites e.g. calendars, search, who’s online, etc. These widgets/ modules can be modified and altered according to the user’s needs. In WordPress, the drag-&-drop feature and the WYSIWYG-editors assist in the easy placement of these widgets/ modules within the site. The Joomla editors are however, somewhat more complex than WordPress. It doesn’t allow the users for much code-modification. Moreover, in order to program the widget/ module, in a way so as to make it appear at certain time or order them in a specific sequence, the user needs to select the particular module and click on the edit screen.

5. Multilingual Support

A large number of multilingual sites are created each day. WordPress has extensions serving the purpose. It doesn’t directly provide support to these sites; however, there are some really productive plugins that allows the user to create a WordPress multilingual site. On the contrary, Joomla has its own capability of handling multilingual sites without any extension. The language manager in the platform assists in choosing the content-language. The admin interface also has translations in various languages.

6. SEO

WordPress is significantly better in SEO than Joomla. There is some excellent SEO plug-ins for WordPress that play their role in making the life of a developer easy. Joomla, on the other hand, lacks proper SEO capabilities. The developers are required to put in lot of efforts for SEO in order to bring Joomla-site equal to any other CMS including WordPress in terms of Search-engine-optimization.  

7. Security

It is the most critical factor as anything on internet is highly vulnerable to the security threats. The WordPress and Joomla equally and actively respond to any vulnerability by quickly patching it up. One difference is that after some period of time, there is an updated security patch. WordPress automatically installs the update and create the backups, however, Joomla leave the updation on the user. Also, there are separate extensions for backup in Joomla.


There is no fine line to tell the use of one platform or the other in particular situations. The choice between the two CMSs’ depends on your required features. For instance, if you are a developer and want more control over the customization of your site, Joomla is your best option. On the contrary, if you are a beginner and want to create a simple blog, WordPress is your best bet.

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