wordpress vs joomla

Which CMS is Better? WordPress vs Joomla

Which CMS (Content Management System) you choose for your website is a decision that shouldn’t be taken too lightly. Your website could have large repercussions that will cost you money with the website itself and with your business. There are many different platforms to choose from and they all have their pros and they all have their cons.

Two platforms that are the leaders are Joomla and WordPress. They have some commonness between them: Ease. Customization.Active. Both are great for building a site that that offers features. And like any of the platforms, both have pros and cons about them as well. So, which one is best for your needs? 


Originally launched as a blogging platform in 2003, WordPress is now a multi-purpose content management system that powers over 30% of the sites on the internet. As of 2017, 75 million websites are powered by WordPress.


Launched in 2003 as a content management system, and second most popular behind WordPress.  As of 2017, 2.8 million websites are run on Joomla.

We are going to provide four areas of comparison and let you take that information and decide which one is the one for you. Keep in mind, both platforms require a web server, meaning they aren’t stand-alone software, so you will need to pay for services from a third-party.

Search Engine Optimization(SEO)

Joomla allows you to set keywords and meta descriptions for new articles, putting itself ahead of WordPress right from the get-go of comparison. However, WordPress offers many optimization plugs ins, including the favorite Yoast SEO plugin that is easy to use, has many features and is powerful.

What is Yoast SEO? Yoast categorizes your SEO score by incorporating a red, yellow, green traffic light system. And it goes one step further: The plugin advises you exactly how you can improve your score and rates the readability of your posts.

To compete, Joomla offers their EFSEO (Easy Frontend SEO) which empowers you to perform most of the same tasks, as editing meta information on your site’s front end. It also generates this data automatically.

Google has mentioned recently that they want more of the internet powered by WordPress, which gives WordPress a huge advantage over anything else.


As we have mentioned here already, both Joomla plug ins(around 4k) and WordPress plugins(around 44k) have a roster of plugins for the most possible needs. However, it is the opinion of many experts that just the sheer number of them, WordPress is the winner. With each platform, when we look at their top plugin, those from WordPress have a more polished look.

When considering the customization of your site, with one side being the themes offered by WordPress and the templates offered by Joomla, the theme are of a higher quality from WordPress and the support level is better. Combined together, WordPress makes the best experience.


Security is as strong as the weakest link on any system, so when it comes to comparing Joomla to WordPress, which one has the safest security?  WordPress is popular, so that makes it an automatic target when it comes to vulnerable security. And while all the different plugins offered by WordPress make it unique, it also makes it a security nightmare. There is no sure way for every plugin has proper standards for safety employed and still be compatible with any new version of the platform.


In addition, SSL (Secure Socket Layer) isn’t a basic feature with WordPress. You have to make modifications or apply 2FA (Two Factor Authentication). The plugins are where you’ll find the advanced security features.

However, Joomla comes with both options: SSL and 2FA by way of security extensions. And going one step further, the Joomla developers keeps a list of known vulnerabilities for extensions.

Content Management

Both Joomla and WordPress are complex in their own ways. Users can create almost any website and manage them easy enough. WordPress is known for blogs and small to medium sized business websites. The ease of use with the platform is second to none.

Joomla on the other hand, is known for its complexity, but it has some great documentation. Building a site with Joomla, you’ll have opportunity to evolve your website, once you get over the learning curve, which is steep for somebody that doesn’t have a background in web development.

Notwithstanding, the two platforms are equal in sheer potential, but it is WordPress that makes it easier for users. In just a few minutes, you can create a page or a post, whereas with Joomla, it requires a longer learning curve.


With all things considered, WordPress comes out the winner over Joomla. Even though Joomla has more flexibility than WordPress, it is more complex and more difficult to master. When you want the ability to manage content easily, with customization and SEO… WordPress is the clear winner.

Cale Loken

Is a Marketing Consultant at 301 Madison Consulting. Online course creator at Business Website Blueprint. Lives in Minneapolis, working everyday to improve businesses presence online.