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Joomla! - 10 reasons to switch from Wordpress

06 July 2014
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Joomla! - 10 reasons to switch from Wordpress

Many web developers leave Joomla few years ago, and chosen Wordpress instead. Right now WordPress is the world’s most popular content management system. It started out as a platform exclusively for blogging, but has grown and advanced significantly over last years. As the category leading software with millions of installations, WP is much often the target of hackers and spam bots. Both Joomla and WordPress offers many advantages, capability, flexibility and ease of use to those looking to create a website.

But in this article we will try to show only several reason why it good time to come back to roots - I mean new Joomla 3.3 (3.4 soon).

  1. Multilingual websites - you won’t need any add-ons to be able to build multilingual sites with Joomla as during the installation process you have the chance to install other languages in addition to English. 
  2. Mobile Bootstrap framework - Joomla 3.3 uses Twitter Bootstrap framework also for back-end,  where admin interface has been completely redesigned and is now completely mobilefriendly. Front-end templates and Back-end are being completely responsive by default
  3. The Install from Web feature - you can install extenstion in similar way like in Wordpress choosing them from web directory without downloading them first.
  4. ACL (Access Control List) Support - Joomla gives you much more access control then it was in Joomla 1.5 times. WordPress by default it provides really quite limited access control and it can also be difficult to customise. Out of the box, Joomla 3.x has a powerful and flexible access control system. The Joomla ACL system can be thought of as being divided into two completely separate systems. One system controls what things on the site users can view. The other controls what things users can do (what actions a user can take). The ACL for each is set up differently and that works in two ways, using groups and access levels.
  5. Front-end editing - you can edit not only articles but also modules and menus, it very helped front-end site management.
  6. Versioning - versions is a security feature for your content that allows you to keep a copy of your Joomla articles every time you save a change. This feature is similar to Wordpress Revisions system and also allow you to look back at the recent changes you’ve made, compare two revisions and revert to an earlier version if necessary.
  7. Tags system - now articles,  newsfeeds, contacts, and categories have new field called tags. The same tag can be applied to many different content items across content types. Tags aren’t responsible for your site’s URLs but are able to join multiple types of content. Once an item is tagged with a specific tag, browsing to the link for that tag will give a list of all items that have been tagged with that tag.
  8. Smart Search - the main goal of this new in-build extension is to improve not only the search functionality itself, but to also incorporate more techniques for searching, similar to the many tricks and techniques supported by Google. Smart Search can also allows you to create pre-defined filters so you can provide your users with a specific set of results. After running the first indexation, Joomla will then index your content automatically.
  9. New Security Layers - to be able to update or install Joomla 3.3 your server must meet the minimum requirements of PHP 5.3.10 (but we suggest at least 5.4) to allow for the required higher level of password encryption that is being integrated into Joomla. Joomla now ships with two-factor authentication: the integration to Google Authenticator and YubiKey. Once this feature is turned on, it can be applied to any user account. Joomla 3.3 enhanced the encryption of all its password hashing and storage using BCrypt.
  10. Joomla’s extension directory - this is the official source for all Joomla extensions. At the time of writing, there are 8,200 extensions available to use. About halft of those extensions are free to download and the other 50 per cent are commercial. All extensions have helpful description and reviews. Lot's of them have dedicated version which works with new Joomla using integrated Bootstrap.

Short Conclusion

Even though WordPress and Joomla are built on the same technology stack, they vary heavily in features and capabilities. Joomla 3.x seems to have found a big market of web developers/web designers who are ready for something a little more powerful than WordPress, but easier to manage than Drupal. WordPress is a quick solution for an ordinary user but in most cases you have to install tons of plugins to get features which Joomla have in-build. Of course the reasons to switch from Wordpress is much more, maybe next 10, 15 or even more.  Hopefully, the above information will help you choose a CMS that fits your requirements.

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