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Why Joomla Is Better than WordPress in 2023

James Guill James GuillWebsite Development Expert August 21, 2023
August 21, 2023
Although WordPress has the lion’s share of the content management system (CMS) market, it’s not the only viable product you can use to create your website. One popular alternative is Joomla, which presently powers approximately 6.6% of global websites (just over 2 million), such as Holiday Inn Express and the U.K. National Crime Agency.

While Joomla doesn’t offer as many themes or plug-ins as WordPress, Joomla users find the platform much more robust than WordPress. While it’s true that Joomla isn’t as user-friendly on the surface, there are many reasons to use the platform that are worth taking the extra time to learn it.

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You’ll Enjoy Greater Content Flexibility

One knock against WordPress is that you’re locked into a single theme when designing your website. You get the same basic layout regardless of which webpage you visit. You don’t get the same limitation with Joomla, as you’re allowed to use multiple templates on your website. Want a different template for your blogs than for your primary webpage? No problem!

Also, if you need to display different forms of content on your website, Joomla gives you greater flexibility, with modules that allow you to mix up the content types on each webpage. WordPress themes and plug-ins sometimes have difficulty handling multiple content types, or they may restrict how you display certain content on your webpage. By contrast, Joomla gives you exceptional design freedom

Joomla Has Better Backend Organization

One reason some people like WordPress is that you can easily create content and add webpages to your website, but one knock against the platform is that it lacks proper organization. Sometimes it’s difficult to figure out how to make an article appear on specific webpages or to make plug-ins work on one specific area of the website. If you want to add something as simple as a menu, it takes extra coding or plug-ins to make it work properly.

With Joomla, the backend is much more organized, and your available options are much more straightforward than WordPress. If you want to restrict articles to certain webpages, you can do so easily. Want to add a new menu to your webpage? The option is simple and doesn’t require a bunch of extra coding. For users who want excellent organization, Joomla is a clear winner.

You Can Make Your Website Multilingual from the Start

WordPress allows you to make your website and content multilingual, but the catch is that you have to install plug-ins for your website. This requires regular updates of your language plug-ins and even replacements if a plug-in quits working with a future update.

With Joomla, multilingual functionality comes standard with the platform. To make your website multilingual, head over to the language manager and select the languages you wish to translate your content into. If you need a language that doesn’t come with the backend, all you need to do is install that language module; you don’t need to install a new plug-in, as you might with WordPress.

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Joomla Provides More Configurable Options

A running theme you’ve probably noticed with WordPress is that you need plug-ins and extensions to unlock functionality. This includes even simple things such as basic SEO. Joomla gives you many more options you can configure on the backend without having to install additional plug-ins.

Head over to the global configurations webpage, and you’ll find options for everything: from articles and banners, to menus, media, redirects, and more. You can also modify SEO settings from the backend without having to install a program such as Yoast. Instead of having settings for just a few components for your website, you have settings for all components.

Granted, all these extra options will require a bit more work from the user, so beginners will have a bit of a learning curve. However, the extra time needed to learn the platform is worth it due to increased functionality.

Your Website Will Have Stronger Default Security

If you want to ensure the strongest security on WordPress, you need to install additional plug-ins. Big shock, huh? Also, if you want to use HTTPS, SSL, or two-factor authentication for your website, you have to make code modifications or add plug-ins to your website.

That’s not the case with Joomla, which comes with options to enable 2FA and to force SSL connections for your website. This ensures that those connecting to your website enjoy the safest experience possible.

Joomla also provides a wide variety of security extensions, similar to WordPress, so both platforms can be made extremely secure. The difference is that you’ll do a lot less legwork in securing your Joomla website than you would with WordPress.

Looking to improve your website security? Check out this article about protecting your website with Sucuri.

Simpler Doesn’t Always Mean Better

The main reason that WordPress has its massive market share is that it’s tailored toward beginners and bloggers. So if you’re a rank beginner, or if you’re looking to make a simple website such as a blog, then WordPress may be your best choice. Feel free to learn more about the platform in our WordPress expert review. There’s no reason to reinvent the wheel if a platform fits your needs.

However, WordPress has its limitations. You have to add plug-ins to unlock the majority of features on WordPress, and if the platform is upgraded, there’s a good chance that some of your add-ons will stop functioning correctly. This doesn’t happen as often with Joomla, as many basic features come built into the platform. And if there’s an issue with an extension, Joomla’s developers work quickly to fix problems to prevent hacks and other problems.

Next, WordPress is not as capable of handling complex websites. The system can oversee numerous personal and small-business websites, but it occasionally encounters problems with more intricate e-commerce websites, particularly the ones that manage extensive volumes of data. You will frequently observe that WordPress websites experience slowdowns with more sophisticated configurations — a scenario where Joomla proves to be better equipped for management.

Joomla is a better solution for larger and enterprise-grade websites. That’s why websites such as IKEA and Linux.com use Joomla. It provides a well-organized backend with the scalability necessary to handle large website projects.

Where do you envision your website in a few years? If you see it as a simple website with only minimal feature changes, then going to Joomla may be unnecessary. However, if you have big plans for your website and see either massive growth or the need to handle more complex data and content, then Joomla is going to be the better option.

Joomla stats: https://websitesetup.org/popular-cms/

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Chris Ryu
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Wow - pretty much every point of this review isn't true if you had any level of wordpress experience. How about a youtube debate?
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Au contraire, I feel like most of the points here are valid. I have worked with both systems. 1. How will you be able to use different templates for different pages without a plugin? 2. Back-end organization, can you create folders to make a decent file structure without a plugin? 3. Can you make wordpress multilingual without a plugin? Cache, user access levels, 2FA these are some others off the top of my head. You might say "what's wrong with plugins", to which I will respond nothing, except every plugin adds scripts, which in turn add server requests and increase site load time, which is something I don't like.
WebsitePlanet Team
Hi Chris. Thank you very much for your suggestion, that is not a bad idea and we can definitely look into doing a debate regarding these two platforms.
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I use both Wordpress and Joomla. I feel that editing content is easier in Joomla. All the modules you can straight modify in frontend in Joomla.
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Absolutely agree with this review. Backend and security in joomla is hugely better than W. Also in those features where W was better before Joomla has cutted distances quickly and its not true about it's hard manage it.
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Bob Rynkiewicz
I started with HTML then graduated to Mambo CMS, then Joomla. I watched the WordPress wave and decided to start supporting Wordpress Websites. I hung in for two years with WordPress but have decided to push back on the wave. Give me a good page builder and Joomla and I can build a good website.
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