After writing my article Where Joomla beats WordPress, I noticed that some readers commented saying that with the release of the new version of WordPress 3.0 the battle will have a different outcome in favor of WordPress.
So, I decided to wait until WP 3.0 has been officially released to be able to do another comparison and see who wins this time.
Here are the new winner features in WordPress 3.0 that gives it the upper hand over Joomla:
- Custom Menus: The New Super easy and flexible menu system makes it so simple to create, edit, re-arrange menus using Pages, Categories, and even any external link. Something that I personally suffered from in earlier version of WP, when a client would get back to me saying” Let’s change this menu item or add or remove”. This feature beats the Joomla menus, in my opinion. And it also features a custom menu widget that you can place into any dynamic sidebar.
- Multi-site feature: Another big addition to this version of WP is the ability to manage multiple sites ( network) using one installation of WordPress. You will need to do some steps to enable the network functionality but then it’s real easy to manage sites, add users and have full control as a super admin.
- Updates in one screen: Now you get to update everything in your WP from one screen including updating WP itself, all plugins, and even themes. For Joomla I’ve always found updating it confusing to me, and never been able to figure it out myself by reading the documentation provided.
- The New Twenty Ten theme: that comes bundled with the 3.0 installation is a good starting point for creating a web site and it comes with all the new features in 3.0 enabled by default, you just need to change your header and background and you’re good to go. The basic templates that come with Joomla are so boring!
- Custom Post Types: Which is considered a powerful step-forward for WP into the CMS battlefield. Here is an excellent article on how to enable and use custom post types by Justin Tadlock. Although I was hoping it could have been enabled from the Dashboard rather than from the functions.php file, like it is now.
- A lot of comments I got on the first post, Where Joomla beats WordPress, pointed out that Joomla suffers from security issues, and that it puts heavy loads on the server, so those are to be taken into consideration.
- Above all I think it’s the kind of site needed that dictates which CMS to use as each of them has it’s perks and weaknesses so it’s very important to evaluate as per job, also taking the end user preference in account, if applicable.
Hope that covers a lot on this topic and again, I will be looking forward to your comments and additions to enrich the debate even further.
Valuable Resources for what’s new in WP 3.0:
- Complete Guide to WordPress 3.0 Awesome New Features in DigWP.
- A complete list of the new features from the WP Codex a very in-depth coverage.