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WordPress vs. Joomla

A web platform is a system that you use to create and manage your website. In the past, building websites was a lengthy process that required separate creation of each page using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. With the addition of more dynamic tools, skilled web developers created systems that made it possible to create pages with less input and more functionality. Joomla and WordPress are two of these advanced systems that are frequently used for web development. Below, we discuss the pros and cons of both over a variety of important categories. 

Design and Technology
Both Joomla and WordPress use PHP-SQL. PHP is the most popular scripting language for web development. It is free, open source and server-side (the code is executed on the server). SQL uses Structured Query Language, which is also free and open source. The combination of PHP and SQL gives unmet options to create just about any kind of website - from small contact to large corporate portal. 

Both of these are open source and utilize paid add-ons such as pay plans and subscription services. Therefore, cost will depend on your website's needs in terms of size, extensions, etc. 

Ease of Use
Joomla has a very intuitive interface and customizable administration setup, whereas WordPress has a more structured administration set up. Both platforms use WYSIGIG content editing which means that you can edit real time without having to edit code. Although, it does help to have a bit of coding knowledge for personalized pages and small tweaks. 

Joomla is a highly customizable platform with a long list of extension options and features. While there may be a higher number of themes and plugins available in WordPress, it is more difficult to customize. 

Joomla is a very stable platform backed by a strong architecture that will keep your website experience very smooth on the user side. WordPress is less stable and requires timely updates. If the updates are not made, portions of your website can break easily and unexpectedly. 

If we compare Search Engine Optimization (SEO) capabilities of both platforms, Joomla takes a slight edge due to enabling its users to set meta descriptions and keywords for new articles. 

Both of the platforms have a long history in the world of web. Therefore, there is a large community of developers and users. This also means there are plenty of sources of information on the internet to help you troubleshoot problems with either platforms. This information could be from videos, forums, or even chatting with the support side of the platforms. 

We all know web security is at the top of the list when it comes to importance. Hackers and scammers frequently target weaker builds and platforms to access sensitive information or enable phishing schemes. Setting up or managing your site in Joomla is a great way to defend from these threats. WordPress, on the other hand, is highly targeted for vulnerabilities. 

After our analysis of both platforms across these categories, our conclusion is that Joomla is a better system overall to use for your website. While they both have pros and cons, Joomla comes out as the winner for Addison Clark!


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