Today, websites are important for practically all kinds of businesses as they try to make their presence felt in the competitive online market. But the good news is that now you don’t need the tricky HTML codes to create websites. You can build highly functional and smart websites with the help of Content Management Systems that have become the order of the day. When it comes to CMS, WordPress, Joomla and Magento are quite popular but before making your decision about choosing one it’s important to know more about them. Today, we meet Ramya Raju – a freelance writer/web designer from India again. She has an experience of about 8 years in content writing and has worked for top blogs and websites. Before she reviewed ZT One of ZooTemplate and today she continues to review us a blog “Comparison among Magento, Joomla and WordPress” so that all of us will have a general knowledge of 3 kinds of open sources.
WordPress came into being over a decade ago, in 2003 to be precise and has definitely found its takes among bloggers. But its application isn’t limited to blogs alone and with the help of plugins and setting tweaks, there is a lot you can achieve with it.
The good news is that it’s free, completely flexible and allows you to create cool looking websites without the need for any coding. When you want to change its look, you can simply download a new template to get the job done. You also get access to a large number of plugins that can handle several tasks for you without any hassle.
Joomla is an open course CMS that has myriad applications in today’s times; from creating personal blogs to websites for large scale organizations. With this platform too you can get your hands on several templates and third party extensions. In fact, this is where the strong Joomla community comes into play as it keeps adding several new extensions quite frequently.
While it gets you around the issue of coding, of course it’s not that simple to work with for beginners and new web developers. But you can still get a hang of using it and create top quality websites. 35 million downloads so far stand a testimony to that.
Magento is an interesting open source Content Management System that is owned completely by E-commerce giant eBay. It is the most flexible platform used by world’s leading brands to power their business. In its previous avatar it was called Bento and you will find that it is a platform that has been designed to take care of the needs of online businesses. In fact it is tailor made to work well for ecommerce websites. You could have one or multiple websites; all you have to do is log in through a single portal, and can manage all of them.
Magento, the content management system is based on PHP and MySQL, which is compatible with Linux, requiring no investment in software licenses. According to the reports, a business of over $25 billion is processed over Magento, all over the world. Hence it’s not surprise that it’s considered to be one of the premier E-commerce platforms in the world today.
Now it is time for us to discover inside features of every open source, see its advantages and disadvantages. In this article it is divided it into 2 main points:
1. Advantages and disadvantages as CMS platform
2. Pros and Cons as E-commerce platform
A. Advantages and disadvantages as CMS platform
WordPress is one of the best open sources and a platform meant for blogs. It is flexible enough to power fortune 500 company blogs as well as sporadically updated personal journals. Below we take a look at some advantages and disadvantages of WordPress
- Multiple Authors: WordPress was built from the ground-up to accommodate multiple authors – a crucial features any serious publication.
- User-Friendly: WordPress is easy to use and highly intuitive even for first-time bloggers. You can drop a theme, add a few plugins and start blogging within minutes.
- Huge Plugin Library: WordPress has hundreds of thousands of plugins for it
- Strong SEO Capabilities: With plugins like All in One SEO, you can start blogging straight away without worrying about on-page SEO.
- Easy Customization: Its system is designed for easy-customization. Anyone with a little grasp of HTML and CSS can customize WordPress themes to fit their needs.
- Flexibility: WordPress can be made to do virtually anything- run an e-commerce store, host a video site, serve as a portfolio or work as a company blog-thanks to plugins and customized WordPress themes.
- Security: WordPress is often the target of hackers. The software itself isn’t very secure out of the box and you will have to install third-party plugins to boost your WordPress installation’s security.
- Limited Design Options: Even though WordPress is infinitely customized, most WordPress installations still look like WordPress installations.
- Incompatibility with Older Plugins: The WordPress team constantly releases new updates to fix security loopholes and patch problems. These updates are often incompatible with older plugins.
- Limited Content Management Capabilities: WordPress was originally designed as a blogging platform. This has affected its ability to handle large amounts of content.
Joomla was launched in 2005 and is a platform that is based on model view controller. About CMS Solutions, Joomla has both advantages and disadvantages that every webmaster can’t miss.
- User-Friendly: Joomla is relatively easy to use. Those new to publishing will find it UI polished, flexible and powerful, although there is still a slight learning curve involved in figuring everything out.
- Strong Developer Community: Like other open sources, Joomla also has a strong developer community. It is compatible with a ton of free to use, open source plugins.
- Extension Variability: Joomla extensions are divided into five categories – components, plugins, templates, modules and languages. Each of these differs in function, power and capability.
- Strong Content Management Capabilities: Joomla was original designed as an enterprise-grade CMS. This makes it far more capable at handling a large volume of articles than WordPress.
- Strong SEO capabilities: You will also find that it’s easy to customize and has SEO attributes that have huge benefits for you in the long run.
- Lacks SEO Capabilities: Joomla lacks SEO Capabilities, so if you want to your website SEO good, you need a ton of work to get to the same level of search engine friendliness or hire a SEO expert.
- Limited ACL Support: ACL (Access Control List) refers to a list of permissions that can be granted to specific users for specific pages. ACL is a vital component of any enterprise-grade CMS solution. ACL support is still limited and make it unsuitable for enterprise customers.
- Lack of comment system: Joomla hasn’t had comment system, so if you want it, you have to set up other extensions.
Although Magento doesn’t have much strength about CMS platform as Joomla and WordPress, it also exist some both advantages and disadvantages that we need to differentiate from others.
- It is a sophisticated content management system. The WYSIWYG editor facilitates shop owners to build content rich and multiple version of a web page
- A multitude of additional modules that can be installed and helps customize a virtual store in an incredible way.
- It is also Mobile friendly as the apps allow store integration across multiple devices to work efficiently on smartphones, ipad, Notebook, etc..;
- It is well built and strong in terms of security and stability
- Magento also has SEO attributes that work well for your site.
However, Magento also has some disadvantages you need to pay attention:
- Being Magento a very robust system to run properly also requires a more robust server, large disk space and memory which is usually available in VPS, Dedicated Server or Cloud Server
- The most negative aspect I see in Magento, is that even if you meet the requirements of robustness server, there is still a risk of the system being slow depending on the database which may affect your search engine rankings as page loading speed is one of the most important factor of Google algorithm.
B. Pros and Cons as E-commerce platforms
Magento is one of the leaders among E-commerce solutions, its usage and industry distribution is really great. Saying about Advantages of Magento about E-commerce platform, it has too many benefits.
- Magento is the best open source as E-commerce platform compared Joomla and WordPress.
- It has many outstanding functions that are suitable for building large and complicated websites: social login options, high security a powerful community forum.
- Have the best and most advanced features that a system of E-commerce can offer
- Filtering products in categories
- One-page checkout capability and extensive shipping options
- Granular access control to assign a particular level of permission to users.
- Ability to incorporate multiple payment options on your store, in order to facilitate the ease of payment for each and every visitor based on their preferred payment gateway
- To be a server running on a separate system, the information of your online store, record of customers, products, orders and transactions are completely private, with no third party access.
- Though being an Open Source system it offers you the liberty of customization, however possess a high standard of structured programming, based on Zend framework. Simultaneously, in order to incorporate complicated customizations, you need a more complex and heavy layered coding for which you might need to hire a professional.
- If you think about developing your online store in Magento or servicing within your organization through a PHP programmer, the system has a very long learning curve compared to other open source systems, although based on PHP programming, given the complexity of the system
- Plugins and extensions are often costly
- Joomla has gained popularity among those who want to set up E-commerce websites primarily because it is a reasonable option, especially when it comes to adding additional features.
- This platform is also very simple to get started because installation is quite straightforward and not too complicated.
- A strong and loyal Joomla community often comes to your rescue and the user friendly interface is an added bonus.
- Comparatively little costs for development and maintenance
- Rather straightforward to work with in terms f tweaking
- Installing and managing the “friendly” URLs do take a lot of configurations
- Customize requires knowledge of website design and development.
- It is similar to WordPress, E-commerce is not available on Joomla. Therefore, if you want to build E-commerce website, you have to set up extensions.
- It is only suitable for developing medium and small E-commerce websites.
- It was a platform mainly used for blogs and has advantages far as content creations goes.
- These plugins can be smartly used to ensure that a blog is turned into an E-commerce website.
- You can ensure their functionality without too much hassle.
- E- commerce is not available on WordPress, so we generally use Woocommerce – an e-commerce add on to WordPress to build our e-commerce websites.
- It is only suitable for building medium and small E-commerce websites
Here I will show you a detailed comparison table about the features of Magento,Joomla and WordPress
Magento vs Joomla vs WordPress
|Architecture||Model-View-Controller(MVC)||Model-View-Controller (MVC)||Event-driven architecture|
|Installation and set up difficulty level||Difficult||Medium||Easy|
|Customization level||Hard||Requires effort but not hard as Magento||Highly Simple|
|Maintenance||Requires pro efforts||Requires minimal efforts||Requires no effects|
|As CMS platform||Good||Better||Best|
|As Ecommerce platform||Best||Better||Good|
|Vulnerable to attacks||Hardly||Occasionally||Frequently|
|Community and Support||Excellent||Great||Awesome|
|2013 insight for online business||Highly recommended||Recommended||Hardly recommended|
To sum up, we have provided the whole of general knowledge about 3 kinds of open sources, which one is the best for your platform? If you can find other interesting comparison, don’t hesitate to share with us. Hope that this blog will be helpful with anyone who is wondering in choosing a kind of framework to build website.
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