You may have heard of the three most popular Content Management Systems (CMS) that exist. These would be WordPress, Drupal and Joomla. All of these CMSs have something in common, though they are quite different from each other. They can all be used for a wide variety of sites. While this guide will not go into which one may be better for you, we will clarify why you may want to use Joomla.
What Is Joomla?
Joomla is a Content Management System, otherwise known as a CMS. What a CMS does is allows you to easily get a website up and running, with little to no coding needed. Joomla is able to handle all of the necessary coding that would be needed for the site on it’s back end. The back end is what handles what shows on the site when a user visits it or another particular page. Joomla’s back end is made with PHP, a popular web programming language.
Why Should I Choose Joomla?
Like the other Content Management Systems, Joomla provides similar functionality. However there are certain aspects of Joomla that are different than the others. For example, with Language Localization.
Language Localization is what allows a site to be translated into different languages for a user. This would allow a user from Russia, or China to be able to read the same content, without the need of an external translator. With WordPress, you may need to install an Extension or another plugin in order to receive this functionality. However with Joomla, this comes out of the box, meaning there is no need to install anything else.
Aside from being able to accommodate the various languages, Joomla is like a mix between Drupal and WordPress. Drupal is known for being a little on the technical side, however quite powerful. WordPress is more beginner friendly, however there is not as much that can be done with it. Joomla fits in the middle of them, in that it provides an easy to use interface like WordPress, with some of the power that Drupal provides.
What Would I Not Choose Joomla?
Joomla does offer a great variety of documentation, and a great community for learning. It does provide a bit of difficulty when trying to find the perfect plugins to run on your site. Joomla has a smaller marketplace for Modules, making it harder to find the functionality that you are looking for. Even though Joomla is considered to be between WordPress and Drupal, sometimes it may require a little bit of developer experience to get the functionality wanted. Of course, the final decision is entirely up to you.
When creating your site, you may want to opt for one of the available CMSs. However choosing is hard. All in all, if you are a beginner with no coding or developer experience many clients choose WordPress for it’s easy of use. If you do have some developer experience, Joomla would be a nice match with it’s level of simplicity, yet ability to be complex. If you have a great deal of programming experience, and still want to use a CMS, Drupal may be the way to go, as it offers a powerful framework for building your web application.
If you think Joomlais the right CMS for you, feel free to review our guide on How to Install Joomla via Softaculous.