With today’s post, we will summarize our considerations regarding web content management systems (CMS) in the context of their use for training companies or organizing conferences. The previous two entries concerned our assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of the WordPress and Joomla systems. Now is the time for an objective comparison and a subjective summary.

Comparison of WordPress and Joomla systems

WordPress

Strengths:

     

  • Simple, almost intuitive system operation
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  • A huge database of system functionality extensions (plugins)
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  • A very large number of available graphic templates, especially animated ones
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  • Opportunity to optimize the website in terms of SEO using the available plugins

Weaknesses:


     

  • Enabling multilingual mode requires greater knowledge of online tools
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  • Poorly resolved media management (files)
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  • Limited management of image templates
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  • Little navigation management capabilities (menu only in the header and footer)
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  • The popularity of the system is associated with the constant threat of hackers
Joomla

Strengths:


     

  • Full control over adjusting the graphic template
  • Possibility to use multiple templates on single website
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  • Ability to build any complex website with advanced navigation
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  • Turning on multilanguage site doesn’t require knowledge of additional tools
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  • Ease of managing files by using a directory tree

Weaknesses:

     

  • Non-intuitive administration panel
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  • A small number of available system extensions, especially regarding SEO
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  • Little availability of graphic templates, especially animated ones

In summary, WordPress will be a better choice for most training companies and, in principle, for almost all conference organizers. It is simple and allows you to build a transparent and visually attractive website using a huge database of extensions and graphic templates.

The Joomla system should be chosen by advanced users of web applications who need an extensive system to present their offer. Knowledge of html will allow full control over the appearance and operation of the site.