What do you prefer WordPress or Joomla?


I need to create a website for my online shop but I have no experience.

How do you think what will be easier for beginner WordPress or Joomla?

Thanks for your reply,


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I prefer WordPress. However, given that you have no experience, I’d strongly suggest you look into more of a canned solution like Shopify.

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Easiest for beginners and most designers is WordPress, which is why I suspect it’s so popular.

However, I greatly prefer Joomla for several dozen different reasons and will always use it unless the client specifically requests WordPress.

The main reason I dislike WordPress is because, beneath the surface, it’s blogging software that’s been adapted, twisted and coerced to do more than blogging. Despite it’s malleability, whenever I need to design something in it, that whole blog-like underpinning is a constant annoyance that places limits on what I’d like to do.

Joomla, despite its relative complexity and learning curve, does not have this problem — it’s built for more general purpose websites. Oddly enough, I’m working on a Joomla site now where the client has a small portion of the site in which they want to have a blog. Joomla itself isn’t ideally suited for blogging and requires add-ons for that, so I added a WordPress component inside Joomla, which sort of works, but I’m really hating it. I’m still looking for a better solution.


Thank you for your reply, its really helpful.

Thank you for your detailed reply, I have to think about it.

Where do you usually buy WP themes? Can you recommend
a website?

There are other sources, but those two are good places to start for an ecommerce theme.

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Another bothersome but important consideration in all this is that many templates are built using frameworks. Frameworks are, for lack of a better way of describing them, software that augments the CMS of choice (WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, etc.) and provides additional capabilities not present within the CMS.

In some cases a framework becomes, in essence, a CMS-like entity itself that exists within the larger CMS. One of the more popular frameworks for Joomla, for example, is Gantry 5. If you buy a theme from Rocket Themes, all their themes and templates are built upon a Gantry framework that is almost as complicated to learn as WordPress or Joomla itself since it provides lots of additional possibilities to the parent CMS (while also imposing frustrating restrictions on what’s easily modifiable within the template or theme). It even has a separate admin panel that exists within the parent CMS’s admin panel.

What I’m really saying is it’s often more complicated than just learning WordPress and buying a theme to modify. They’re all different, so don’t just make a decision based on how it looks. Really research what you’re buying to find out the pros and cons of actually using it and whether or not it and its complexity and built-in capabilities match up to both your needs and your technical expertise.

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I think Shopify is the best eCommerce platform. It’s designed to help people build their own, scalable online store and with it you can get hundreds of built-in features, and tons of apps for any online store development.

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