5 Top Reasons Why You Should Switch from WordPress to Joomla
In the PHP/MySQL open source content management system (CMS) space, Joomla comes second only to WordPress in terms of popularity, and second to none in terms of capability. It can design, develop and maintain modern-day dynamic and responsive websites right from scratch. Static or dynamic websites built on other platforms like HTML or WordPress can also be converted to a Joomla website to avail its numerous benefits. In this article, we will talk about the advantages of switching from a WordPress website to a Joomla one. With Joomla 3 Beta released, and the General Availability version 3 release just around the corner, this seems like the perfect timing to make the switch. So without further delay, here are 5 reasons why you should migrate to Joomla, and that too without further delay.
Rapid Application Development Framework
The Rapid Application Development (RAD) framework has been been on top of the core code of the new version of Joomla. Initially it was developed by a group of extension developers but was later released for general availability after successful testing. Based on the Don’t Repeat Yourself (DRY) philosophy, the development work becomes faster and more productive the moment you start using this. This is because when developing extensions, the RAD framework requires about half the code than when not using the framework. And the additional framework allows you to maintain the backward as well as the forward compatibility of the code. This also incorporates a lot of features which would otherwise be very difficult to incorporate in the Joomla core code. It also uses Bootstrap and jQuery, and provides JSON support.
Using Joomla, you can create multilingual websites without needing to install any bootstrap. There are more than 60 languages to choose from in it and you can install them during the installation process itself, alongside English. Now supposing you want to upload an article to the website that is in English, and you also upload another translated version of the article in French, then you can label them under these two different languages and then link them together. So when users will open that article, they will get an option to see that article in English or in French.
Version control is perhaps the most important and welcome feature of Joomla. Every time you save an article, Joomla saves a spare copy of the previous version, and the Version button can be viewed on the tool bar at the top of the window. When you click this button, you’ll be able to view and compare all the saved versions of an article. When comparing articles, you can easily note that the content removed is marked in red and the parts which have been added are visible in green. The best part is that it not only stores the articles but also their settings.
Using the Bootstrap framework, Joomla creates mobile-friendly and responsive websites. Such websites are viewed brilliantly across all types of mobile screens, like laptops, tablets and smartphones. Therefore, users can visit your website on the go, from anywhere and also enjoy a seamless browsing experience no matter which device they are viewing it on.
The web repository of Joomla is a very strong feature where you can have access to and install thousands and thousands of Joomla extensions in a similar fashion to the App Store. The install from web features allows you to install trusted extensions, since the maintenance team regularly conducts audits to check the quality of extensions on the website and therefore any patchy or broken extensions are removed immediately. This feature of Joomla truly gives freedom and simplicity in your fingertips.
These 5 reasons are good enough to lure you away from WordPress into Joomla. This is one decision you’ll not only never regret but also thank yourself (and us) for.