When I first graduated from making websites by writing raw HTML, my first jump was to Joomla. Joomla offered everything that you could imagine. It was a fully loaded system that could do everything under the sun.
Being technically minded, it wasn’t too overwhelming to understand and navigate my way around, however, I have to admit that it was a very confusing system, especially to those who didn’t build it from the ground up. It wasn’t until last year when I first decided to start blogging that I came across WordPress
I installed it with a view to just jotting down a few thoughts here and there. However, once I got it installed, I realised the potential it had.
It comes in a very small package which is easily uploaded and installed (and of course there’s wordpress.com for those who don’t have their own domain/hosting). Once it’s installed, it’s a pretty basic shell, but beyond that, it’s up to you as to how far you build it up. You can leave it as it is as a very lightweight blogging platform, or you can beef it up to a fully fledged CMS using the masses of excellent plugins, themes and widgets, the vast majority of which are all free and open-source.
This is in comparison to the likes of Joomla, where you have a large bulky installation full of things you’ll never use, which also creates more security vulnerabilities. Not only that, but the best plugins, modules and components are frequently commercial and cost money to purchase.
The time and effort it takes to create and maintain a WordPress site is also considerably less than it is for a Joomla driven site. While WordPress isn’t quite perfect (what platform is?), it has taken steps to make maintenance easier, such as upgrades from within your backend and browsing, previewing and installing themes and plugins without every leaving your site.
There are of course many other features which make WordPress better, such as being more SEO-friendly, more secure and much quicker, but even if the only benefit was the installation and maintenance benefits, I’d still convert.
I’m glad I found WordPress, however I’m just annoyed that I spent about five years fiddling around with Joomla when WordPress can do the same thing and more, only much quicker and simpler.