Joomla: A Powerful Alternative To WordPress and Focused on Security

Joomla is a web development platform, similar to WordPress. You install Joomla on your web host’s server and then your programmer (or you) can build web sites using the Joomla platform.

A few months ago I went to a local NYC Joomla Conference which was created to help the Joomla community of programmers and regular businesses get together to discuss web development in the context of Joomla. This stirred my interest in Joomla even more.

While many business owners do not pay attention to or focus on which web development platform is best for them, they should.

Joomla, Tumbler, WordPress, Blogger.com and many Do It Yourself (DIY) online services abound, making it easy for any business owner to have a great web site. However, there ARE differences in these platforms and it’s important to know at least a little about the technology choices they have. In consultation with a tech expert they can then make the choice that is best for them.

Sandra Ordonez,  External Communications Lead for Joomla give us some input on small business and tech:

As someone who has consulted small business, I actually tell them that knowing about technology is a MUST in today’s market.

Why?

Because it affects its bottom line. The web platform you use is not only important because of your website, but its the foundation for any modern marketing plan, and can provide you with a variety of functionalities that can improve anything from internal workflow to ecommerce.

A recent client decided to go with a proprietary system, for a new venture. He spent thousands of dollars every month because the system didn’t offer him the flexibility he needed to launch marketing campaigns. When he realized that his SEO was being affected tremendously because of the limitations, he switched (6 months later, after having already collected hundreds of posts from over 30 writers). To make matters worse, since the proprietary system was not written in English, he had to spend more money and time switching to a different content management system (CMS).

In the end, in a 6 month time frame, he wasted over $80,000, time, and potential income since his seo in the first 6 months suffered tremendously.

In other words, its not JUST the techie small businesses should be worried about, but the platform is even more important because some don’t incorporate modern, up to par best practices.

Is Joomla “better” than WordPress or are both about the same?

We certainly think Joomla brings some unique elements to content management systems. We are excited about the great things that both WordPress and Joomla are doing for the open source communities, ultimately benefiting the end user. So we don’t like to make comparisons between the two.

What we can tell you is that Joomla is the only CMS that combines the ease of use and powerful extensibility necessary to meet the needs of a broad spectrum of users. In fact, its an ideal CMS for small businesses. Whereas others lack either ease of use or extensibility, Joomla takes the best of both worlds in one powerful and simple CMS. Another key differentiator for Joomla is the project’s focus surrounding security, a priority set by the leadership team. Joomla developers are focused on, and excel at, protecting their users.

 

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  • Anonymous

    I’d highly suggest WordPress for all sites. Joomla and WordPress both have great security, but WordPress’ security team is the best of the best According to this article, WordPress doesn’t have a focus around security, which is completely false. It does, and at an extreme level. Also, Joomla isn’t easy to use. WordPress is plug and play, whereas Joomla is extremely complex, overly complex. WordPress can be complex if it needs to be, but it is simple for most end users. I’d stay away from Joomla if you’re building a site.

    • http://nopasara.com/hacked-website-repair/ Hacked Website Repair NoPasara

      Fully agree. Not only the best security team, but the fastest rate of fixing security vulnerabilities and releasing an update. Not even mentioning the superior update mechanism and the multitude of various security plugins.

  • Saul Hudson

    WordPress is a security nightmare. Never had a Joomla site hacked but dealing with 12 constantly hacked WordPress sites at the moment. Got all the security addons including WordFence. Things are locked down at site and server level but they still get in. I’m spending all my time trying to battle the WordPress hackers at the moment. Perhaps you “think” your wordpress site has not been hacked. Check your files to see what has been uploaded lately. Most hacks these days do not entail defacing your site. They are after your data in order to launch phishing sites. They keep a low profile! Don’t fall into a false sense of security just because you have not noticed anything.

    • http://nopasara.com/hacked-website-repair/ Hacked Website Repair NoPasara

      Please don’t call Wordfense a security add-on. Also, the fact that you claim “you got all the security addons” means you have no clue what you’re doing when securing WordPress sites. Why is it that NONE of the websites on WordPress we have secured has ever – EVER – been hacked? Does that ring a bell? Please don’t post comments for things you have no clue about, because you’re misleading people and that’s not nice.

      • Saul Hudson

        Anything that doesn’t comes as standard is an “add-on” because it’s “added on to the site”. Perhaps your understanding of the English language is lacking somewhat. So let me see..what is the most hacked cms out there…ooh look, it’s WordPress! Good luck with that :)

        • http://nopasara.com/hacked-website-repair/ Hacked Website Repair NoPasara

          Your understanding of Security seems to be lacking, Saul. The most used – > the more people have no clue on securing it – > the most hacked. If Joomla WAS the most used, it would be the most hacked. So your logic skills are lacking too. Also, it seems YOUR understanding of English is lacking as well, because you can’t even sense sarcasm. Me calling Wordfense ‘not a security add-on’ meant that it is of low quality, not that I don’t know what an add-on means. The number of people using a system does not make it secure or less secure – and I can guarantee you that Joomla’s code is of much lower quality than WordPress’s code. Simple logic: WordPress has much more eyes looking at the security of the base system, thus, the security vulnerabilities are fixed faster, and so on. You cannot win this argument, because … well, you can’t.

          • Saul Hudson

            Well, it’s hard to argue with an idiot, they always drag you down to their level. So I won’t argue with you.

          • http://nopasara.com/hacked-website-repair/ Hacked Website Repair NoPasara

            yes, thank you for deciding not to drag me down to your level. You see, using an “ad hominem” attack in an argument (google it) makes you the idiot, not me.

  • http://www.bulle-communication.com/ Yann Charlou

    Don’t forget that if the CMS is important, the skills of the agency using it may make the difference. Even if wordpress may be a good cms, we don’t use it because we are joomla experts and can do everything better with joomla. If you want you use wordpress be sure to work with a wordpress specialist. For joomla expert take a look here 😉 http://www.bulle-communication.com/realisations/internet/expert-joomla.html

  • http://nopasara.com/hacked-website-repair/ Hacked Website Repair NoPasara

    I, too, agree that Joomla is one of the most IN-secure CMS systems available today. Most of the themes and extensions for it are not audited for secure coding practices and most of our customers come hacked with Joomla, not WordPress.

    • http://Smallbiztechnology.com/ Ramon Ray

      Is it really that JOOLMA is not secure or that folks don’t secure it well?

      Ramon Ray
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      • http://nopasara.com/hacked-website-repair/ Hacked Website Repair NoPasara

        The codebase of Joomla is bloated right from its inception and the amount of developer eyes/hands working on its security is ridiculously smaller compared to that of WordPress. The amount of Exploits released for Joomla is tens of times bigger than the amount of exploits for WordPress, no matter the fact, that WordPress is the most popular CMS in the world.

        • http://www.bulle-communication.com/ Yann Charlou

          Hi Hacked,

          Where did you find this information about the number of exploits ?
          Does this values count core vulnerabilities only or core and extensions vulnerabilities. Imho, it’s really different. Because if core is secure you can obtain a secure website by choosing secure extensions. If core is not secure. There no way to obtain a secure website.

          • http://nopasara.com/hacked-website-repair/ Hacked Website Repair NoPasara

            exploit-db is easy to search and easy to count – the number of core and plugin (extension) exploits.