Joomla! 2.5 – Does it Have What it Takes to Beat WordPress?

Joomla! has long enjoyed the reputation of being one of the leading CMSs. Whether you are running a blog, a corporate website, a news site or a site of any other genre, Joomla! has the ability to suit your needs and power your website.

However, of late, Joomla! has lost some of its market share – particularly due to the rise of WordPress.

Sometime back, Joomla! released its version 2.5 (which has already had a security update by now). As with any product, Joomla! is also trying hard to shed its older image of being the geek-friendly CMS and contest WP for its crown of being the end-user’s CMS. The latest release, version 2.5, has taken many strides towards that strategy. In fact, it is the first major release after version 1.5 (the interim ones such as 1.7 were short-term releases).

In this article, we shall compare Joomla! 2.5 with WordPress. But before going any further, let us catch a glimpse of what Joomla 2.5 has to offer.

Joomla! 2.5 – Under the Hood

  • First up, Joomla! 2.5  now offers multi-database support, including Microsoft SQL server. This is a great addition as until now, Joomla! was (by default) compatible only with MySQL databases.
  • Next, Joomla! 2.5 comes with automated script updates, improved search and auto-complete functionality within the Article Editor.
  • Arguably, the most notable new feature is the Joomla! Platform version 11.3 (with added support for third party extensions, Offline Mode and CAPTCHA Services, and new additions to the j* class).
  • Code Mirror has replaced TinyMCE as the default editor. You can still use the old editor if you so desire, though.
  • Categories under Article Manager now support fluid hierarchy and you can filter sub-categories as well.
  • Better localization
  • Support for Unicode Aliases for URLs – you can now have URLs in languages such as Hebrew and Arabic too.
  • Enhanced security – over 240 major vulnerabilities have been fixed.
  • Eye-candy and better appearance – even the thumbnails seem to float when you hover the mouse pointer over them!

It is also worth noting that support and updates for older versions of Joomla! will no longer be available. In other words, unless you have a very good reason not to do so, you should upgrade to Joomla 2.5

Usual Stuff!

Joomla! 2.5 doesn’t really ‘revamp’ the admin back-end to the extent one would expect it to. Still, the admin area has the following major menus:

Admin Dashboard in Joomla 2.5

Admin Dashboard in Joomla! 2.5

  1. Site: You can tweak the site-wide settings here, such as making global changes, clearing the cache, and editing the logged in user’s profile.
  2. Users: In this section, you can set up user accounts, groups, define access levels and permissions and configure mass mail functionality.
  3. Menus: Menu Manager and associated features.
  4. Content: The Article Manager, Category Manager and Media Manager are here.
  5. Components: Miscellaneous stuff, such as banners, news feed, redirects, links, etc. are placed under Components.
  6. Extensions: Extensions (modules, plugins, templates and language packs) can be found in this menu.
  7. Help: Obviously, this is where you’d turn for Help files, documentation and wiki pages.

As we can see, Joomla 2.5 comes with many vital additions to its set of features. But does it have what it takes to beat WordPress? Let’s take a look by comparing it with WP.

(Note that, the focus here is to evaluate the performance of Joomla! 2.5 and WP under certain categories).

Joomla! 2.5 versus WordPress

Ease-of-Use and Mode-of-Operation

Joomla! supports a lot of features natively that WordPress does not – for example, sitemaps and mass emailing. While WP can surely be extended by means of plugins, at the end of the day, Joomla! comes with a more handsome set of built in features.

However, WP is easier in terms of usage. For instance, take a look at the Article Editor.

Article Editor in Joomla 2.5

Article Editor in Joomla! 2.5

In Joomla! 2.5, the Article Editor flashes a lot of features – formatting tools, SEO tools, metadata tools, and what not!

WordPress, on the other hand, also has a powerful Editor. Yet, once you use both of them, you realize that WP comes with the more nimble options.

Article Editor in WordPress

Article Editor in WordPress

Bottomline: though Joomla! has an equally awesome Editor, it does not beat WP in terms of speed of operation and usability.

Extendability and Addons

Both Joomla! and WordPress come with an excellent repository for extensions or plugins. However, WP does score way above Joomla! when it comes to themes/templates.

WordPress is being served by numerous designers and developers and you will come across thousands of themes for WP, both free and premium.

Whether you’re running a job board, a news site or a photography portfolio, you can be sure that you have many ready-made themes waiting for you.

While Joomla! 2.5 is also backed by a decent collection of templates, the choices here are nothing compared to what WP boasts of. Theme makers such as RocketTheme and YOOtheme have been creating Joomla! templates for quite some time, but your options are limited – even with these two theme providers, WP is the main forte.

Bottomline: the list of premium template providers for Joomla! is small when compared with WP.

Overall Website Management

Website management, in itself, is one such area wherein one CMS cannot exactly outperform the other. It depends mainly on the user, to be precise.

Anyway, Joomla! 2.5, as stated earlier, comes with many additional features. Naturally, its Settings and Configuration mechanism will be more loaded than that of WordPress. You can tweak email settings, article editor’s features, menus, layout, etc. All in all, Joomla! comes with a neat website management and settings’ section.

It is also worth noting that Joomla! offers many features natively, that are otherwise available in other CMSs only by means of extensions/plugins. For instance, to really gain terrific SEO features in WP, you will probably need to use third-party plugins. Joomla!, on the other hand, has loaded the SEO goodness natively in the CMS itself.

SEO Settings in Joomla 2.5

SEO Settings in Joomla 2.5

Along similar lines, Joomla! lets you setup email newsletters and mail accounts from within the CMS itself. Such functionality serves as a real blessing if you are running a large site.

Mail Settings in Joomla 2.5

Mail Settings in Joomla 2.5

Bottomline: Joomla! 2.5 has several ‘useful’ features that WP doesn’t have, natively.

Support and Community

Both WordPress and Joomla! have a loyal and active community, so you are in safe hands if you need help. Further more, both of them have an elaborate documentation, always ready to help you.

If you are a Joomla! developer, you can always head to the Joomla! Developer Network or Joomfish if you need support.

Lastly, Joomla! also has its own community magazine.

Bottomline: Joomla’s documentation and community support is at par, if not better, than WP.

The Verdict

Joomla! 2.5 has taken giant strides and added many new features to its arsenal. There is still ample scope for improvement – the CMS can use a few good responsive templates and support for mobile devices definitely needs a facelift. Still, version 2.5 has done a good job in enhancing the user experience overall and adding to Joomla!’s credit.

So, does Joomla! 2.5 really have what it takes to beat WordPress?

Well, Joomla! has been the coder’s CMS for quite some time, but of late it has been trying to be the end-user’s weapon of choice. It now has many interesting features that make it stand apart from the crowd of CMSs, but all said and done, it still does not beat WordPress in terms of ease of use and user friendliness. Managing a website can be cumbersome task at times, and WP does well to take that burden away from the user, as much as possible. Joomla!, though a very powerful CMS, just does not fit the bill if you are considering it as a viable option to WP in terms of ease of use.

Sufyan bin Uzayr

Sufyan bin Uzayr writes for various magazine and blogs, and is the author of "Sufism: A Brief History". He blogs about technology, Linux and open source, mobile, web design and development, typography, and Content Management Systems at Code Carbon. You can learn more about him, follow him on Twitter or friend him on Facebook and Google+.

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Comments

  1. Scott says

    Opinions will always vary, but lots of the differences depend on the site size, complexity and skill of the developer. Without getting technical – I’m a so-so developer. I have been creating web sites since the late 90’s and have used or tried about everything out there. I have been using Joomla since it was Mambo and now manage 21 sites that I have developed (full time job). Three of these sites are massive.

    I can only say that based on my experience, I will never again attempt to create a large site in WordPress. In my opinion there is no comparison; but that’s just me and my experience. This is what I do 8 hours a day.
    There are things I like about WordPress, and it probably suits most small sites just fine. When you need to utilize all the power of the two, I feel Joomla comes out ahead. There are probably at least 50 good reasons why, but I don’t have time to list them.

    I don’t see how anyone can say different unless you have spent enough time on both of them. I think for small sites, WordPress is faster and easier to maintain, smoother, but that’s where I draw the line. I have worked with both extensively through their evolution.

    I have never had security issues with Joomla, although I have had some with WordPress.

    Hey, It’s not like we are talking about religion here, so I hope we can agree to disagree (most of you favor WordPress).

  2. says

    I really think that people saying WordPress is better that Joomla! doesnt really know the latter CMS well. IMO theyre just different, and serve for different purposes. WordPress is way better for blogging and simple pages, but when it comes to really customize each page with different modules (widgets in WordPress), working in Joomla! makes a lot more sense to me.

    Also, cant believe that this article doesnt mention the fact that Joomla! doesnt have multi-category for articles…thats a real weak point for Joomla!

    Last but not least, backing up and mantain Joomla websites is a lot more easy because Akeeba extention (if you ever use this you would know what Im talking about).

  3. says

    This article seems very aimed at Joomla promotion. Even when WordPress is a clear victor, the results are still written as if this is not the case. It takes priority in mentioning Joomla rather than WordPress.

    @Chalkin, you can overwrite core files without actually touching them in WordPress as well, Joomla is not unique with this.

  4. quangtran says

    I love wp because it very easy, joomla very difficult , futher more if you want to know more about joomla you must waste a lot of time and learn many functions of it and you must know about mvc, xml but these customers is not need a website too complex. With wordpress I haven’t must to learn a dozen of knowledge and I can written code to directly, wp is nice and good for designer I think wp is can go far away than joomla in the future. Everyone all says simple is better :D

  5. Tony says

    I have worked with both and my verdict is clear – WORDPRESS!!! I can’t say I don’t like Joomla, or don’t appreciate its advantages but I am much more used to WP. When I had projects with Joomla, everything I tried to do and would do intuitively in WP, took me ages to figure out in Joomla. Maybe the same is true, if you are familiar with Joomla and try to go to WP. Joomla isn’t bad, I just don’t like it enough. I did have problems with WP but despite that, it is my platform of choice.

  6. says

    WordPress can be extended to do much more than just blogging but you’d be doing just that: Extending it. Inherently, it is the single-blog king. Joomla on the other hand, like Drupal, is more robust.

  7. Michel says

    Joomla not is a CMS, it is a plateform development.
    WP is used to build a blog, nothing more

  8. kurokun says

    I really like wordpress for user friendliness and quick posting & managing functionality. It works for all kinds of websites, portfolios, blogs, company profiles etc.. However, it just can’t be compared to joomla in terms of community driven sites, large websites, powerful intranets.. For any kind of business website I’d prefer using joomla, although it can take time getting use to but ultimately the most powerful cms out there. If Joomla can incorporate some of the easy navigation and functionality of wordpress it would be unmatched..
    I’m actually very glad joomla 2.5 didn’t get a facelift for better user friendliness. This would take away the website designers jobs and make end users believe they don’t need a web designer cuz it’s really easy doing it themselves like with wordpress. In the end its the same as comparing Apple Mac and Windows or Mercedes Benz and BMW..
    Still thanks for the interesting post :)

  9. chalkin says

    Everybody compares systems only on the outside – not on the inside. WordPress might be nicer to use and has more fancy and shiny stuff for the user experience – but WordPress is like a degenerated old ruin on the inside.

    Joomla is completely built on the MVC Model, which makes it very flexible for overwriting Styles WITHOUT having to code the complete Theme/Template and touching any core files. The MVC Model makes sure the code in which drives the CMS System is structured well and makes it easy to add new features to the system – Short: MVC is currently the state of art in programming.

    Joomla has a solid and modern Framework behind it’s code. Everything is pure Object Orientated PHP Code – You can’t find a bit of Object Orientated Code in WordPress – which makes it an old bitch in modern programming.

    Joomla is very secure, and if there is a security issue, it is fixed very fast – it’s freaking easy to hack a WordPress page. Every 10 year old could do that.

    That’s just a few things which make Joomla the choice. I could list 100 more if i sit down a while and go into the details.

    I understand that everybody just cares about the outside, because they just don’t know better. But would you drive an old crappy car which almost fals apart if you could use a ferrari? I would not.

    • Tim says

      Drupal is more secure and better designed than Joomla, both outside and inside.

      • says

        Tim,
        Drupal needs coders to maintain and add functionality. For people running small business, forget Drupal.
        Don’t doubt it’s capabilities., nowhere near being ready for mainstream.

  10. ezramod says

    So, does Joomla! 2.5 really have what it takes to beat WordPress? NOOOO NEVER , WORDPRESS is verry flexible is verry useful for any man, who have website with joomla he is a proffesionist in PHP SQL etc, but to administrate an website no need only this man , for example for a blog or news website to write article no need a people proffesionist in php or sql or stylesheet;)) need sample HUMAN;)) this is BIG difference in JOOMLA and WORDPRSS

  11. Cassis says

    I’d still go with wordpress… It has a really user-friendly interface compared to joomla.

  12. wawa says

    Well, both is good, I used both of Joomla!/Wordpress for my client and my own site, depend on the project needed. Both are good and I love it, I think its not about Joomla! or WordPress who make a website is great, its about developer. Its about me, more I know about Joomla/Wordpress, I realize that I know nothing of them.

  13. rafi says

    i think wordpress is better CMS than joomla. wordpress is also good for SEO

  14. egiova says

    Nobody want to spend his time in customer service. How much plugins can bear a WP install? WordPress is for blogging. Period.
    For anything else Joomla! or even Drupal are better options.

  15. Majalah says

    Joomla is more powerfull if you know how to use it all its feature. But I like wordpress, It’s easy to use. That’s it.

  16. Kathrine says

    Well I would say a big NO!

    Working with Joomla is so cryptic and rigid.

    It does not have that kind of flexibility that WordPress offers.

    So my verdict: I’ll keep using WordPress as CMS for websites. =)

  17. Tim says

    After using WordPress, Joomla and Drupal, I can say that WordPress is by far the easiest to use. It is also the easiest to customize to get it to look like you want it to as well as act like you want it to (via plugins). Plugins are updated more frequently than either Joomla or Drupal. Given the choice between Joomla or Drupal, however, I would definitely go with Drupal. The new admin interface is fantastic and it is incredibly secure. There is a reason the White House uses it.
    Also, Joomla 1.5.x (not sure about 2.x) has a serious problem with url rewriting using any kind of shopping cart modules.

  18. says

    Hmmm.
    Just been setting up some client demo’s for opensource CMS’s on our test server. WordPress 3.0, Joomla 2.5 and Concrete 5 + simple CMS.

    When it comes to CMS’s, we are relatively agnostic in regards to templating the finished website over a CMS layer and ultimately let the client choose what they wish to run with and what they find easier to use after playing around with working out-of-the-box demos.

    Since this is WordPress vs Joomla (again!) I’ll keep it between these two:

    Since WordPress 3.0 has come out, it has been a no-brainer for the majority of clients to choose the easy to use WP 3.0 as most of the time, they really only require an editable brochure based website that they can blog and get social with. When asking them why they chose this, the general response is that they seem to intuitively get the wordpress system.

    If you stick a client in front of joomla on the other hand, they have a harder time finding their way around it and lose confidence quicker.

    This is not to say that for bigger types of application websites, joomla has out-of-the box features that WP lacks but what about plugins, extensions and also a little custom coding elbow grease ( using the easily documented WP codex best practices ) to really get a slightly more bespoke purpose. If it comes down to this, then what about Drupal or another platform more fit for purpose?

    I would also say that wordpress is easier to set up than you gave credit for from an SEO standpoint. You failed to mention the permalinks setting in wordpress that can be set up through the general settings. There are also immediately go to plugins that are not considered “core” yet but every WP coder worth their salt will install and setup out of habit.

    Very little has changed from a GUI perspective in joomla 2.5 from 1.5, with maybe the omission of “sections” making the whole thing a bit less confusing. The menu setup still has lots of confusing options (28!) for an end-user to even begin to link their article/category to.

    Another thing we have found from an end-user point of view is that my team can setup a wordpress 3.0 CMS website and provide training for a client who will continue to use their websiteafter we have trained them, whereas the majority of Joomla clients require a lot more training to achieve the same thing whilst the guarantee of them updating content is sginificantly less once they are left to it.

    To summarise: As this is a WordPress vs Joomla flare up I would try and pull my clients away from joomla and suggest wordpress instead. It does seem that we are a bit more biased towards WP but ultimately run with the motto: Happy clients = less headaches + repeat business.

    Cheers

    Phil

  19. says

    I ve started using Joomla! as CMS and then i passed to WP.

    Joomla CMS is very powerfull, maybe more than WP, but sometimes the cost is too high in term of usability, i believe all the steps necessary to configure Joomla CMS were too much, i mean editing .htaccess file, configuration.php, and the very small flessibility with Servers.

    In conclusion i say, Joomla is for more expert users and sometimes training a client on Joomla is a pain, WP garantees a better understanding for the client.
    There is not better and worse, they are just so different, so any Web Project needs a different CMS regarding all the aspects.

  20. johan says

    I really find joomla hard to use. But that`s me. WordPress on the other hand is far more easy to use

  21. says

    I think you are pretty spot on here in your assessment. The WYSIWYG stuff was a little off as most experienced Joomla! users pretty much immediately replace Tiny MCE with JCE, which blows workdpress’ editor clean out of the water in terms of ease in inserting images and links and overall features for both novice and experienced.

    I think it’s also important to look at the specific project and not try to squeeze every project into the WP or JOS box. for example, you say that WP takes the prize for ease of use, and you would be right for 90% of the brochure ware based, very basic sites out there, but as a developer who works fluently in both medium, I have to argue that I typically turn to Joomla! anytime any sort of complex functionality is needed because my clients have found WP to get real confusing real fast as soon as we start trying to do anything beyond a basic site.

    Sure, you can build a custom configuration plugin or use on of the out of the box configuration plugins, but the somewhat muddled framework tends to make this a sloppy mess and, in terms of providing the administrator a standardized admin experience, wordpress is still very much the wild west. The MCE framework in Joomla is a much much cleaner environment for coding.

    Thanks for the article. I think it’s a great tool for those starting to evaluate these tools and I hope that your readers will attempt to work with a firm that approaches their project from a best tool for the solution perspective. A good developer will take the time to become a part of each community and become well versed in a couple different platforms.

  22. Shobhit says

    I have used both joomla & wordpress in past on my different blogs. After 3.0 update i really like wordpress since than i am continuing with wordpress only.

  23. Andrea says

    Well I am creating joomla! websites for a while and now trying to go to wordpress because, you have less headaches, 2 examples:

    one thing I could not get rid off in joomla! 1.5 is duplicate content when using sef urls, because joomla generate sef like this:
    http://www.example.com/category/postname and also this
    http://www.example.com/postname
    so you have 2 links to the same thing!

    On the other hand wordpress offers permalinks you define the structure of the links, and there is no duplicate content like this!

    The second thing is joomla! does not have tags.
    The third templating for wordpress is easier in much more flexible.
    The fourth there is a mess with extensions: you have components, plugins and modules.. is not so user friendly.
    I dont like mootools, prefer to use jQuery but in joomla! mootools is there and you “cannot” remove it.
    And so on..

    But the perfect cms could be done by merging both CMSs :)

    What I like from Joomla! is the new smart search (a lot better then the wordpress default search) that offers indexing of content! Multi-language native support, but is a bit hard unfriendly, the cache system is also good, offers native APC caching method (if you have it on the server).

    So let’s say that I like both of them :)

  24. Polomintus says

    Joomla is good, in fact I use it, but personally I really do think its down to peoples preferences, as far as Joomla 2.5 is concerned not much as changed, and the in box SEO is just as bad as it’s always been, WordPress is way more SEO friendly than Joomla, and Joomla is a nightmare when it comes to handling duplicate content, in fact its pretty much esstential for good rankings on Google and other major search engines to have components such as aceSEF or Sh404sef, and even then I still don’t think the SEO and SEF handling is as good as what WordPress offers.

    WordPress remains the best CMS in terms of ease of use for the average joe setting up a website, and will remain the most popular if it continues to do so, I feel that Joomla will never catch the likes of WordPress as said they are more out of box ready, just look at the comment system on Joomla, the SEO, and blogging, to make good use of these features you need addition addons where as WordPress does not, half the time. It’s also worth mentioning that Drupal is a worthy contender of both, if not better imo, they are growing fast.

    My 2 Cents, Nice Share..

  25. Erik Kullenberg says

    Almost no mention of Joomla’s excellent access controls for various user levels?

    That’s MY line in the sand for which platform to recommend to a client. If they have a need to show different content to some users, or restrict access to protected content, they need to be on Joomla.

    However, if their needs mostly center around blogging, WordPress is the obvious choice.

  26. says

    WordPress easy … Joomla hard … clients like easy … clients give you money … clients win.

  27. glenn says

    If it’s more or less like joomla 1.6 then no, not a chance.

    Joomla is big, bloated and clunky. It’s difficult to use. I warn my customers to stay away from joomla all costs.

    CMSMS is much better by wide margin and so is wordpress. I would add that CMSMS is better than wordpress for corporate sites and also easier for end users based on client feedback and my own experience.

    My two cents.

  28. says

    Joomla is way more powerfull than WordPress in it’s features. But as far as usabillity goes WordPress is way more userfriendly.

    I have sites running on both systems and Joomla is, in my opinion, very user unfriendly. It is hard to find were everything is. Some things are in one place while similar things can be found in a whole different place.

    My personal choise is WordPress and I also recommend it to my clients, seeing as most of them have no clue as how to work with a CMS and WP has a much lower learning curve.

  29. says

    Using both platforms, I can say that while joomla 2.5 is a nice upgrade, WP still wins out on the sheer “ease of use” standpoint.

    @Saurabh, my experience show sthat it’s more likely the other way, as attested to by the fact that I have converted at least a dozen joomla sites to WP sites becaus ethe users felt that joomla was too confusing and hard to use as compared to WP.

  30. AngusP says

    To be honest, Joomlah is going to have to be way better than WordPress for me to switch. I tried it, but got cold feet when on a development server I was bombarded with PHP warnings. Also, I personally prefer WP visually. If the CMS looks good, that helps.

  31. Maria Wendt says

    I use both Joomla and WordPress on a daily basis and I have to admit that as much as I love Joomla (like an old friend, really) WordPress is definitely pulling ahead in terms of usability and ease for the end user. The newest version of Joomla, while having some major changes, still did not fully attain the functionality of WordPress.

  32. says

    About to review over Joomla 2.5 on an upcoming project. I use both Joomla & WordPress depending on the project and requests. Joomla does have it’s perks, but when letting clients wanting to control their content themselves I much rather prefer them use WordPress than Joomla any day.

  33. John says

    Regarding your spurious claim that Joomla! has baked in SEO features that require a plugin in WordPress:

    I took a survey of a few sites listed on joomla.org in their “Who uses Joomla!?” section and found the following things:
    1. No sites I looked at used canonical meta tags. WordPress does this aggressively and by default.
    2. Most sites I looked at had duplicate robots meta tags (not a big deal, but hey, confusing to bots!).
    3. Most sites I looked at had keywords meta tags (not really an SEO benefit, is it now?).

    Past that you have description meta tags (Not supported by WP by default, unless the theme does it for you) and pretty permalinks (built into WordPress too). The fact that Joomla! does have a description tag is nowhere near important enough in SEO to outweigh the fact that it doesn’t have canonical tags. FAIL.

    Mail settings? seriously? You’re talking about Joomla!’s move into end-user territory and you use POP3/SMTP mail server configuration options as an example of how Joomla! beats WP? Wow. How about this: in the new version of WP (3.4 — coming out next quarter some time, we hope), there’s going to be an interactive visual theme preview feature, allowing users to browse their actual website using a new theme, seeing exactly what it would look like before switching their theme. It will come complete with the ability to modify design features such as background color/image, header image, menu placement, etc., all from within the sandbox theme area. Now THAT is what I call a competitive edge for WordPress against all competition in the realm of end-user friendliness.

    Also. 240 major security holes? If that number is correct it’s much worse for Joomla! than I had imagined. That doesn’t sound like a bug, it sounds like a pattern.

  34. Alex says

    Nice to see a “fanboy” type of write up, you forgot to mention about the addons you can get for Joomla, over 9000 compared to WP which is no where near and this is a game changer for Joomla and what you can do.

    Joomla powers some of the leading websites on the internet today, forgot to say anything about that!

    A question to the writer, what happens when you need to go beyond simple and require a more advanced approach to a project. We should not forget where WP roots started, a blogging software not a CMS.

    WordPress is only now starting to follow suit of Joomla not the other way around as your write up states.

    This article has really put me off coming here to read great write-ups as this article is 90% WP and a very mis-leading title.

    New title: Why “I” Think WordPress is the Best.

    Very poor review and reviewer in my opinion.

  35. says

    “Code Mirror has replaced TinyMCE as the default editor. ”
    Sorry but you are mistaken on that. Even your screenshot shows TinyMCE

    over 240 major vulnerabilities have been fixed.

    Major? Where do you get this “fact” from?

    If you are a Joomla! developer, you can always head to the Joomla! Developer Network or Joomfish if you need support.

    Joomfish is an extension to Joomla to offer a different method of multilingual websites compared to the version included in the core so it’s probably not a great resource for developers in general

  36. saurabh says

    Definitely one can love with Joomla! , If all WordPress users try Joomla! for a week and test it , i bet half of them will transfer to Joomla! (No offense to WP users)

    • david says

      I struggled my way through joomla for over a year before I jumped ship to WordPress. It would take an act of God before I ever go back to joomla. I’ve even managed to switch over every single client but one over to WordPress and that alone has made my life 10x easier.

      I believe the biggest problem with joomla is there is NO WAY they are ever going to be able to compete with the development pace of WordPress. Not to mention I love the fact that if I choose to, I can actually reach and receive a response from just about any WordPress developer via twitter and other sources within minutes. It’s the advanced support they provide that makes WordPress the best cms on the planet. Sorry joomla, your not even close.