WordPress for blogging and Joomla for websites

WordPress or Joomla? Which One Suits Websites, Which One suits Blogs?



If you have decided to start a blog or website with your own domain and paid the hosting fee, the next step is creating your website. Usually it’s not recommended to develop your own platform until you are starting your fifth site and you are familiar with coding.

There are several Content Management Systems to choose from, but some of them are more popular than others. I’m going to discuss two of the most famous CMSs: WordPress and Joomla. It’s not as saying that one CMS is the best and the rest are crap. It mainly depends on the field of utilization. One CMS is better for a blog, another is better for website, some are easier to control or special requirements can be easier to handle.

Here I would like to help people who want to create a new website or a blog and they haven’t decided yet how to build their site. Basically using an open source CMS is cost effective for start-ups because the development cost is lower than other solutions or if you know some html, css, and googling, it is also completely free except domain and webspace fees.

The question what I’m going to examine is: which one is better for a website and which one is better for a blog? WordPress or Joomla?


Which one: WordPress or Joomla?

I have had experience with both and I think both of them can be used well for blogs and websites, but I want to provide a general outline. The way the two are operated tailors them more suitable for either blogs or websites. In the following I will address visitor comments, structure, custom solutions, plugins, etc.

Let’s check the difference between a blog and a website. Blogs have feedback and you post articles frequently. Websites don’t to be updated frequently because the main point is to serve customer needs, sell products in a webshop, or to serve as an introduction site for a company.

Of course I don’t claim that you have to use WordPress or Joomla for either but this article will hopefully make your life easier when building your blog.



WordPress is for blogging

Basically WordPress is developed to be a blogging platform. I has been updated from time to time and it became the biggest open source blogging platform and believe me, it’s not happened by accident. The blogging community started to prefer WordPress because it gives the most comfortable and effective way of blogging in the open source market. Seth Godin wrote that the best stuff sell themselves. WordPress is free but it’s promoted well by the blogging community so even a totally newbie blogger knows something about WordPress.

It’s very easy to setup a new WordPress installation. You can find hundreds of tutorials. The structure is easy to understand and I think you are able to create the site structure of your blog in a maximum of one hour after the installation. The comment engine is integrated and you can find plugins for social bookmarkings, soe optimisation, newsletter with subscription and auto comment moderation.


WordPress Pros and Cons


  • Open source – free to use and lots of tutorials
  • Easy setup – setup takes just a few minutes
  • Optimized for blogging – best solution for blogs


  • Security – the code can be accessed by anybody and it can be hacked
  • Customization – some web development experience is needed


Joomla is for website

This is another great CMS, perfectly suited for making websites. The structure of Joomla itself provides the potential for making websites. Lots of addons can be used for special needs. However, you should not use it as a blogging platform, because it is possible to make it suitable for blogging but you would need some additional addons which decrease the security of your site. The seo can be optimized to the same level as WordPress, but it takes more efforts.

Joomla offers a great open source solution to have a free webshop. The Virtuemart addon is a powerful and customizable open source e-commerce solution.


Joomla Pros and Cons


  • Open source – free to use and lots of tutorials
  • Easy setup – setup takes just few minutes
  • Complex structure – for big websites


  • Security – the code can be accessed by anybody and it can be hacked
  • Customization – some web development experience is needed


WordPress or Joomla: Conclusion

I don’t claim either WordPress or Joomla is the best CMS. Personally I prefer Joomla and I’ve tried to use it as a blog but the effort simply wasn’t worth it. WordPress is great for blogging, that’s for sure!


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Balazs Hende
I am a blogger and the founder of this site. I have started sparesome.com on October 1, 2013. Have a pleasant stay here!

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