Again and again the question arises which CMS is better - WordPress or Joomla. I will pursue this question in today's article and compare WordPress and Joomla in the most important areas. Among them the suitability for search engine optimization and the possibilities of web design.
There are now numerous CMS on the market. CMS means Content Management System and stands for the easy handling of a website without programming knowledge. Our own website you are currently on is a Joomla website.
The following CMS are most frequently used:
CMS Statistics 2018
|CMS||Market share |
|Market share |
|Market share |
|1. Wordpress||38,17% (+)||46,32% (+)||70,28% (-)||€ 2000|
|2. Joomla!||12,15% (-)||11,42% (-)||2,73% (-)||€ 2000|
|3. Typo3||20,91% (-)||13,23% (-)||0,09% (-)||€ 4700|
|4. Drupal||3,99% (-)||3,19% (-)||3,22% (-)||€ 3500|
|5. Contao||4,23% (+)||3,99% (+)||0,01% (-)||€ 2500|
|6. Frontpage||3,15% (-)||2,14% (-)||2,04% (+)||€ 0|
|7. Web2Date||1,12% (-)||0,88% (-)||0,00% (~)||€ 2000|
|8. 1&1 Websitebuilder||0% (-)||0% (-)||0,15%||€ 0|
|9. Xara HTML Builder||1,55% (+)||1,26% (+)||0,15% (~)||€ 0|
|10. Magento||1,02% (+)||1,31% (+)||0,89% (+)||€ 7200|
WordPress, Joomla or another system - The comparison
- more extensions (plugins)
- more design templates (Templates/Themes)
- more agencies or programmers who are familiar with it
- easy handling for the website operator (updates, putting content online, backup, etc.)
- better suitability for SEO (search engine optimization)
Here you can see a good comparison of both systems in one video:
WordPress vs. Joomla in comparison:
Suitable for beginners*
Number of plugins
Number of designs
Suitable as webshop
Suitable as a blog
*1= very good, 5 = not sufficient
WordPress vs. Joomla for beginners - which system is better suited for beginners?
This question is as difficult to answer as the question of whether Apple or Windows is better.
In order to run a blog, however, Joomla requires some preparation (Joomla as a blog) With WordPress you can start immediately.
The reason is that Joomla only has "pages" to display its content.
WordPress has "pages" and "posts". Posts are blog articles. Pages are the normal content (e.g.: homepage or other static pages).
My tip: If you want to run your website (also) as a blog, then choose WordPress for the beginning. In all other cases use Joomla.
WordPress vs Joomla - the first steps
The start to your website is very easy with both content management systems. Here is the rough procedure:
- You need a reliable web host. (for example: all-inkl.com, world4you.com, etc. )
- You have to install WordPress or Joomla there (with all-inkl.com and world4you this is very easy)
- Choose a design (template / theme) and install it on your WordPress or Joomla
- Create your menu items and content in the backend of your website
- That's it!
- For Joomla: www.domain.com/administrator
- For WordPress: www.domain.com/wp-admin
How good are the extensions / plugins for WordPress or Joomla?
WordPress is the clear winner here. WordPress is more widespread worldwide than Joomla. The share on the world market is about 58.8 percent. So there are more software developers and programmers who create free and paid extensions. WordPress currently has 55,449 plugins and Joomla about 8,500 plugins to choose from.
To program plugins or extensions yourself, both systems are very similar.
Here is a list of the most popular plugins for Joomla.
What about security? Joomla or WordPress?
Joomla! clearly wins here.
The wide distribution and enormous number of plugins is for WordPress in terms of security rather a curse than a blessing. Because of its widespread use, WordPress is the most popular target for hacker attacks.
Most attacks are successful because of weaknesses in the plugins. Due to the large selection, it is not always guaranteed that the extensions are always kept up-to-date.
Tip: Check before installation if your WordPress plugins are regularly updated by the manufacturer. If this is not the case, I would leave it alone.
You can do this best on the plugin page at wordpress.org. Here as an example the plugin Yoast SEO:
You can increase security on both systems with the following tools:
Which system has the better designs?
- For WordPress there are 11.635 different themes available
- There are 1103 different themes available for Joomla!
The number of free themes on wordpress.org is almost endless. You can filter there as needed and find the right design for almost every requirement.
Here a video how such a PageBuilder works (Helix3)
Which system has more advantages in the field of SEO (search engine optimization)?
Since we are an SEO agency ourselves, this aspect is very important to us. Both systems have advantages and disadvantages. Here are a few examples of the disadvantages:
- Joomla has unsightly URLs (index.php/123-name)
- WordPress has no possibility to define meta descriptions without a plugin
- Joomla creates multiple URLs on the same content
- WordPress generates many URLs for "authors", "tags" etc.
Therefore you have to work with plugins for both CMS. Here are our recommendations:
- For Joomla we recommend the plugin Easy Front End SEO and JCH Optimize for speed
- For WordPress we recommend the tool Yoast SEO
Conclusion: Both systems are equally good or equally bad for SEO.
Support & Help for WordPress or Joomla
WordPress is a company that wants to make profits. It makes profits with its own blogging platform WordPress.com. This is free in the basic version. But if you want to publish a little more than just a blog post every now and then, it's your money's worth. You have to pay for extra wishes regarding design or functionality (plugins).
Joomla is a community, which is not geared towards profits.
WordPress.com itself does not offer support in German language.
But for the self-hosted version of the CMS there is the German language support page of wordpress.org
Joomla offers support through the community. For example through the joomla.de support forum.
There are also Facebook groups for both platforms where you can get support.
Just join the groups and wait for confirmation.
Joomla and WordPress as webshop? What has more advantages here?
From my point of view WordPress wins here with its solution.
With WordPress there is an extension called WordPress WooCommerce to create webshops. You install this plugin on your WordPress system.
Here a short introduction video:
Joomla has the plugin Virtue Mart.
To see a demo shop, click on the image.
This plugin is not so widespread and sometimes requires a lot of customization.
If you are thinking about creating a website which should primarily be a webshop, then take a look at Shopify as a solution. If you want to talk to an agency about which solution is best for you, I recommend the e-commerce consultants of A-Commerce.
WordPress or Joomla as blog system
WordPress or Joomla Conclusion
If you run a business and have a website created, it doesn't matter if you have WordPress or Joomla developed. Both systems are easy to learn in maintenance and operation.
If you want to build your website yourself, you have to decide. Just watch a few YouTube videos about it. Then simply decide which system suits you best. Where do you have the better feeling?
As you have noticed, there is no way to say which CMS is the better one. Both have advantages and disadvantages.