Both overlap in several areas and may be extended beyond their original purpose due to plugins. You can find these plugins almost everywhere on the Internet, so with both WordPress and Joomla you can do e-commerce. Both have a broad base of users with an active and welcoming community to share tips and tricks. Both are free and many hosting providers have it as an option for installation in Fantastico. WordPress is a volunteer community of programmers, while Joomla can rely more on business functionality designed by specialists.
If you want to create a community or network with members, news, forum, articles, articles written by several authors, then Joomla is a good choice because it is made to be like this. Creating a navigation structure is easy once you understand how it works and does not require HTML knowledge. You can set expiration Articles (archives), to enable display of date, author name and more. Joomla offers a great power that is observed in the administration, where there are so many options. However, if you want to quickly build a Joomla website you should buy a book or go through some Joomla tutorials if you don’t want to twist your fingers for days.
Adapting the design is simple, if you’re satisfied only with the change of colors and logo. Beyond this, you’ll find that Joomla has a very complicated structure, and even experienced developers have to go through a learning curve before they master the design, especially as the approach is different depending on the template chosen.
If you want to get involved in design, you will need to hire someone to build your design, but take great care not to buy a design service from a programmer new to Joomla.
A rather large problem is the system – Joomla is very complex and requires a lot of server resources. If the database is not optimized for better performance and you add a lot of external plugins, chances are that the site will fail if is having lots of daily traffic.
Joomla is currently not building friendly URLs – and to create URLs Google will like, you should change the .htaccess file, but also you have to use a specially designed plugin (sh404sef, which is the best, but not free). And more importantly – the most painful problem with joomla, is duplicate content – same content appearing on multiple pages.
Also, you can not get subsections and subcategories in Joomla – which makes the structure of a site to be redesigned and built according to the structure provided by Joomla. Most functional and necessary plugins are available as paid versions, thus, building a Joomla site requires a much larger budget even for a programmer, because as we noted above, Joomla has a complex code.
WordPress is basically a friendly blog, but can be used as a normal site that you can update without any knowledge of HTML (the same is true for Joomla). You can create pages and posts, and by using plugins you can add a lot of features. And because WordPress is a web standard, Google really loves it. So, in terms of marketing, WordPress is hard to resist.
The interface is easy to understand and you will not need a book to understand the WP admin panel. Adapting design requires some knowledge of CSS. As with Joomla, if you select a template, it is easy to change colors, logo, etc.. But if you want to get involved with CSS and want to rearrange navigation items, you might consider hiring a web designer. Because WordPress has a logical structure, it is easy for a programmer to change things, place ads, menus and so on.
It is very quick to install and can be listed in Google even in just 1 day. I have not seen any other system so far to do so. Anyone can learn in 2 hours enough things about WP to start creating and publishing content, including the use of categories and sub-pages.
The WP database will not fail and WordPress can handle a lot of daily visitors.
Navigation structure is determined by the layout of the chosen template. Changing the structure again, requires a knowledge of scripting and CSS for WordPress. With Joomla, you do not have this problem because menus are controlled via the control panel and attributes such as dates, author name, etc.. can be enabled and disabled per item or for the entire site with one click. In this sense, Joomla has a plus for the content management system.
Also, to change the order of categories or pages in WordPress you must install a separate plugin. This implies to analyze each category / page and change the order.
As long as WordPress is chosen just to be a blog – there are not disadvantages. But things may get more complicated when WordPress has to be something more than a blog – not all plugins are functional and because often updates you can get some crashes.