Wordpress or Joomla?
I have 8 different websites for my business that I have always done myself. I've used FrontPage and Dreamweaver with premade templates in the past, and created two from scratch. I want to redo my main website that was originally created through FrontPage. What is better Joomia or Wordpress? I've done a little research that says Wordpress has more plugins, but mosaicHUB answers have suggested to use Joomia. What are the pros and cons between the two, and would I be better off using Joomia, Wordpress, or staying with Dreamweaver?
I have worked with both Joomla and WordPress and the latter is by far the most easiest to use, the most well-supported in the community, etc. You can get up and running with WordPress quickly on your own; have some set it up for you and then take it over later; etc. The fear of ending up with a legacy solution with WordPress and no one to support it / help you is close to zero.
Good point was made already: Dreamweaver is just a design editor while WordPress and Joomla are content management systems (CMS). I would recommend WordPress. It's (as someone mentioned) the "800 lb gorilla" in the market, and being open source, this means it has the most plugins and options available to customize. It also works very well with Google's algorithms, so you can work well into search results and other Google integrations. Also, because it is the big guy in the market and always being updated, whenever Google updates its algorithm, WordPress pops out an update very quickly after to make sure it stays in line.
Something to keep in mind though: There is WordPress.org and WordPress.com. WordPress.org is the type you want to go with. (WordPress.com is not as customizable and is more meant for basic blogging.)
As a general rule of thumb, a site that is content based - like a blog/ news website, we prefer WordPress (be it little or huge content). For complex sites with more functionality (e.g. Intranet portals required by corporates) we prefer Joomla. In your case, I definitely recommend WordPress.
For ease of use, versatility, and extensibility, I have to give it to Wordpress hands down. I tested all three of the Open Source CMS: WOrdpress, Joomla, and Drupal, when I made a platform change, and I switched to Wordpress and I have been thrilled with the decision.
Dreamweaver is just an editor and Wordpress and Joomla are CMS's or Content Management Systems. I have experience in both and can tell you from experience that small business owners should go with Wordrpess. Why? There are dozens of free templates to choose from and Wordpress Implementation is a easy and straight forward. Wordpress is a PHP-Based CMS. Joomla is more difficult for the small business owner to implement and maintain and it's my opinion that you would have a much easier time with Wordpress than Joomla.
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You will always find individuals who have other personal preferences, but WordPress is now the 800 pound gorilla in this arena, with a huge base of plugins and experience and support. Hard to go wrong with WordPress.
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