Joomla

The Flexible Platform Empowering Website Creators

Joomla was released in 2005, and while at one time it was more popular than WordPress, it now clearly trails behind by a significant margin. It is however, still the second most popularly used Open Source CMS available. According to W3Techs, it has a market share of 3.7% at the current time, although they include hosted solutions (including Shopify) in that number. In total, Joomla powers around 2.5 million websites.

Getting a site set up running Joomla is a little bit more involved than WordPress, and the administration interface can seem somewhat overwhelming when first faced with it. However it was built from the start as more of a flexible content management system, as opposed to WordPress, which started off as a blogging platform, and later took on the role of a CMS.

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Joomla Extensions

While not quite as extensive as WordPress plugins, a Joomla install will still have access to thousands of extensions covering all kinds of functionality from back end to the front end.

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Joomla vs WordPress

https://kinsta.com/blog/joomla-vs-wordpress/

This comparison is written by Kinsta who are a WordPress so it's going to favour WordPress, but in all it's pretty balanced considering. They do recommend WordPress in general, but they're happy to admit that Joomla might be the better option if you're looking to build a more complicated site, and are happy with either developing yourself, or hiring developers to build and manage the site.

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