Why Joomla is the Best CMS the World Has Ever Known!

When setting up a new website there are a lot of factors to consider, like your design and domain name, but the most important of all is choosing the right platform. This is crucial and not a decision to be taken lightly.

There are a number of factors that need to be taken into account, such as cost, time, quality, flexibility and control.

There is only one award-winning content management system used by millions around the world, including some of the most respected corporations, that meets all of these needs: Joomla.

The debate about which is better, WordPress or Joomla, has raged for too long. In this post I will outline the reasons why Joomla reigns supreme and rightly sits atop the Iron Throne of CMSs.

By the time you finish reading this post you will be convinced of the need to immediately uninstall your worthless WordPress install and make the switch to Joomla.

Your business – and your web cred – depends on it.

TL;DR: If you’re scratching your head at this post, don’t worry – it’s just part of our new Friday Funnies :)


1. 2.8% of the World’s Websites Use Joomla

You can’t argue with 35 million downloads and counting, or as the Joomla website says, one download every 2.5 seconds. Impressive stuff.

Joomla powers the websites of some of the world’s most well-known and much-loved brands like Pizza Hut and Kelloggs and even the websites for Leonardo Di Caprio and Gorillaz!

When you buy an ÄLVROS armchair from the Kuwaiti IKEA website, you can thank Joomla for your smooth transaction.

With WordPress now the backbone of more than 20 per cent of websites, Joomla can quietly go about being the best CMS available without the added pressure of being the most popular. A brilliant business strategy.

2. Joomla Has More Than 6000 Extensions

What WordPress folk refer to as “plugins”, Joomla developers refer to as “extensions”.

The 12,000+ plugins available to WordPress users is way too much. It’s overkill. I mean, who needs to rainbowify, unicornify or catify their site? There’s no need for all that junk. There’s no need to add even more clutter to Joomla’s already beautiful templates.

3. Some of the Biggest and Most Respected Companies in the World Use Joomla

McArabia… yummy!

Pizza Hut, the UK Ministry of Defence, the Greek Government, the High Court of Australia and MTV in Greece are just some of Joomla’s biggest fans.

And did I mention that Leonardo Di Caprio uses Joomla? Pretty cool, huh?

But what you might not know is that McDonalds is also a convert. That is, McDonalds in Bahrain.

If you have a craving for McArabia Chicken or a McRoyale Burger, the local McDonalds website has you covered.

Joomla powers the restaurant’s website for the Arabian Peninsula, ensuring information is easily on hand for budding burger flippers with stars in their eyes wanting to find out more about the region’s Hamburger University.

4. The Admin Area Inspires Greatness

Joomla admin area
The Joomla admin area makes me so happy!

Just as Muhammad Ali was the greatest, so too is Joomla and its stunning and simple to use admin area.

Joomla’s endless lists of text that seem to go on and on and on, the multiple sets of navigation and the fact is calls me a “Super User” like I’m some sort of web wunderkind who controls the interwebs from the admin area that in no way at all looking bland and boring. I’m in love.

Logging in conjures up images of riding a unicorn over a sea of rainbows and joy balloons.

Yes, I love the admin area. It doesn’t make me want to smash my head on my keyboard at all.

5. The Default Templates are Simply Stunning

Joomla default template
Joomla comes with two gorgeous default templates.

I mean Protostar, doesn’t it knock your socks off with its pretty blue flower and all the… other stuff? And don’t get me started on Beez3 with it big blue banner and boxes.

There’s no need to download any of the hundreds (not thousands) of fancy new templates when two high quality templates are already installed for free. And when you get tired of one template (which is highly unlikely) you can just switch to the other template.


Joomla is by far the best CMS available and way better than WordPress. It’s just a matter of time before it dominates the market place. Just a matter of time. You wait and see…

Disclaimer: I love Rainbowify, Unicornify and Nyan Press. I am in now way dissing those plugins at all. My tongue is firmly planted in cheek.

Why do you think Joomla kicks ass? Tell us in the comments below.

54 Responses

  • New Recruit

    Wow, I’m stunned. My take is that WordPress is a “simple CMS” it has just enough to work well for most company needs, and it’s intuitive and easy to use. Joomla and Drupal fall under the “full CMS” category, and they are bloated, cumbersome, and have a very expensive total cost of ownership. This is a good fit for large corporate websites because those companies can afford the very involved maintenance required to keep the sites secure and up to date.

    One of the major issues I have with Joomla and Drupal is the lack of backwards compatibility between major versions. Unsuspecting customers are provided with one of these as the “developer’s tool of choice” not the “right tool for the job”. Once the developer builds the site and walks away, the customer later finds out that they need a system administrator to apply minor updates, and a partial rewrite of the site will be required when the current version is no longer supported.

    The coding behind these tools is horrid. Once you adopt agile programming concepts, particularly “extreme programming” such as demonstrated in the book “Clean Code”, you will see the mess behind these tools. Drupal tries to implement MVC, but fails to enforce a particular structure. This results in third party extension authors creating code with model or view code in the wrong places.

    Lastly, let’s talk about memory leaks. Now WordPress is subject to this problem as well, but I’ve seen the worst cases in Joomla and Drupal where poor coding results in the web server running out of memory. When your Apache processes grow to 100+MB per process due to leaky extension code, it’s a big deal.

    Wow you guys really got me going this morning. Well I hope my opinion is helpful to my fellow members. I could go on and on, perhaps on our own blog.

    Chris Miller
    Rocket Scientist – President
    Launch Brigade

  • Flash Drive

    Ooooh, I wish my bosses let me write an article of the same kind! Smart one. :)

    So much that I feel compelled to share my useless two cents.
    I usually don’t do this kind of things, but you provoked me! ;)

    Indeed I love Joomla. No jokes here. Call me crazy, but it’s real.

    In many respects, I find it easier than WP… maybe because I started working on internet using that, but that’s it. I still find it more intuitive. You know, you never forget your first love. Or love-hate…

    BTW, I’ve seen a bunch of excellent websites using Joomla, and sincerely I wouldn’t make fun of it at all. Also, while there are many ugly pieces of junk in the extension repository, there are also real gems, like ARS and other Akeeba’s softwares.

    Just like in the WP plugin repository. It’s not all gold there too.

    So, even if today I love WordPress more, no hate for Joomla here.
    Nor mockery.

    Oh yes, except this: you know one more thing Joomla is clearly better? In my experience, it forces you to become able to -AT LEAST- read and modify existing code (if you don’t feel like paying hundreds of bucks in premium plugins – and thousands to make it work together). That’s educational and fun at the same time!

  • I started with Mambo CMS in 2003/4 which would be much like Joomla since it was the same development team. I also work in Drupal for certain sites. Comparing these to WordPress is like saying Chipotle Mexican Grill isn’t good because it’s not Ruth Christie’s Steak House.

    Each has their own pros and cons but they are meant for different jobs. The small business owner that wants to add to their blog each week is going to have an easier time with WordPress, than the others. A business that has a dedicated staff or freelancer to help upkeep the site, would probably do well with Joomla or Drupal.

    I choose the CMS according to the job I’m doing, and since most of my companies are small businesses that can’t afford to keep a web staff, I use WordPress more than the others these days.

  • Roy
    Flash Drive

    I am in a position to see the issues of both Joomla and WordPress on a daily basis. On a equal Linux server environment, I have scene 10 times more “issues” with Joomla than I have with WordPress. There are clients that refuse to upgrade because its to complicated or it will “do a number” on their theme/template.

    If you want to move from one major release1.x to 2.x for an example, better have good connections to a Rocket Scientist at NASA or their computer science engineer. For the Rocket Scientist or computer science engineer, I am sure Joomla is more “exciting” to upgrade. But for the owner of “Judy’s Home Made Cookie Store” its more than she/he could handle, and she would have to save the proceeds from all her cookie sales for a month to hire that rocket science or computer science engineer to upgrade her Joomla site.

    Bottom, line, we have had a lot of ordinary non programmer like business owners call us and tell us they want off that hard to figure out wallet draining Joomla platform and have their site moved to WordPress, as they want to work ON their business, not spend hours working IN their business each week to figure how the heck you make an update on Joomla.

    Bottom line unless your just a guru that LOVES this type stuff your going to love Joomla, It was made by computer nerds for computer nerds. But business people, especially small business people (which is the backbone of business in America, if not the world) they want simplicity, as they have enough to worry about running their business as it is now they don’t need a complex system that takes hours out of their week. So two words…..keep it “Kindergarten Simple” that will make you a lot of many, but less friends in the computer nerd community.

  • New Recruit

    Is this article written by a developer?

    Anybody who writes code for WP or Joomla or Drupal or knows the pain they go through to get it working.

    It’s easy for a Joomla lover to write off a similar take on the shortcomings of WP. If you are really putting across the differences, write a knowledgeable article not a satire. This is a waste of time for everyone.

    I like WP enough to defend it against Joomla, but that doesn’t need me to mock Joomla. If it wasn’t good enough, it wouldn’t be here. 2.5% of the Web is still a huge number!

    If you’re done wasting everyone’s time, please get back to doing something productive.

    Sorry if I sound rude; the fact of the matter is, this article is rude to all developers!

  • New Recruit

    Blimey, it seems that there is a certain lack of a sense of humour on this one. It’s like saying why bother making an episode of ‘Modern Family’ when you could be making ‘Shawshank Redemption’.

    A good humourous look at it here, and yes it is written for the WP community, which is why it’s on a WP site.

    Right now I’m in pre-production of a movie. There is an evil tribe called the Gogoku, but maybe they called be called the Joomla Gogoku as a special in-joke to the community.

  • New Recruit

    Hey if this article is such a waste of time why are you reading it, let alone commenting on it? No one told you to read it. A great conversation happened between the community. I got insight from fellow developers that have the experience from working with both. And if you took the time to comment you have no one to blame but yourself. Cough cough (Sterex) cough.

    • New Recruit

      Okay. I guess I do have to explain why I commented when the article was lame. I usually don’t do it. I just tend to ignore them.

      1. Hey if this article is such a waste of time why are you reading it, let alone commenting on it?

      One thing I like about the WP community is it’s people. Helpful and generous. Such writeups aren’t something I’d have expected. If it were a personal blog, I would have cared less. This isn’t my first visit to WPMU and they do great work with WP; this article isn’t one of them.

      2. No one told you to read it. A great conversation happened between the community. I got insight from fellow developers that have the experience from working with both.

      Please tell me how constructive this conversation is. However, I’m glad you could take away something useful from this.

      3. And if you took the time to comment you have no one to blame but yourself.

      Yes. I take full responsibility for my time. I’m not blaming the person because she has wasted my time. I did however mention that the same effort and time could have gone into writing a better article.

      4. Cough cough (Sterex) cough.

      Very subtle. Thank you.

  • Site Builder, Child of Zeus

    I think everyone should lighten up but also take this article serious. I understand open source development and respect everyone’s contributions, but it’s still business and should remain competitive and not in need of pity. It’s the competitive edge that keeps us seeking to deliver the best cms experience.

    I enjoyed this post on both sides. Plus one thing I don’t think a lot of viewers considered is that many Joomla developers switched over to WordPress (I’m guessing), just as I made a massive switch from Flash to WordPress. It’s just the breaks of ever growing technology.

  • New Recruit

    Free speech is what makes a great society, till the point where are bashing some one doing the same thing we are doing, in just a different way and calling it humor. I am still trying to find the humor “5 Reasons Why Joomla is the Best CMS the World Has Ever Known!”, all find is arrogance of both the author and some people in the comments. If anyone finds this article is to be humorous, they should to leave the WordPress Community, they have reach the “Greater Than Thou” point in there life.

    Here’s my questions:
    1. How does this article help me with WordPress?
    2. How does this promote WordPress?
    3. How does this promote WPMU.

    If these questions are not what I should be asking, then maybe I have misinterpreted the whole purpose of WPMU.

    For WPMU to allow the posting of this type content, I would have to question the direction of management. All this does is starts a flaming war where only the your customers and others working with WordPress will suffer.

    I am all for humor, but I find this article to a punch below the belt.

    • Site Builder, Child of Zeus

      1. This article helps people to realize that if your considering leaving WordPress to such as Joomla you have an idea of how limited or frustrated you may become. Stick with WordPress.

      This article also helped someone like me know that even though I haven’t used Joomla, that choosing WordPress was the better choice.

      2. I think the question your really trying to say is more along the lines of “Does this promote the use of WordPress as a better option to others using other CMS’s?”. Either way, the answer is yes. There are many comparisons in the article that shows WordPress would be a better option.

      3. A question like this shouldn’t be asked if you have a thread of comments that explain (in example) an answer over and over again your question. Some like it, some don’t. But you have to separate your preference of how you would like things to be promoted from how people in charge allow things to be promoted.

      SideNOTE – I read the requirements to post on WPMU and to answer your question #3 deeper. Anything that promotes WordPress on WPMU promotes WPMU because that is their focus & passion – WordPress.

      – As far as a take on humor, that’s really neither here or there because everyone has their own sense of humor.

  • Can you build a $1,000,000.00 worth enterprise system with WordPress? No you can’t. But, you can do that with Joomla!.

    Why do you think that IKEA Kuwaiti or McDonald’s Arabian sites are not that important? Are you a racist or something? Do you know how many Arabian people are there? Did you check rankings for sites like these?

    Writing articles like these are stupidity. WordPress is good in something and Joomla! in something else. WordPress has that large market share because it is easy to set up and get online. But, Joomla! can do some things which WordPress can not. Everybody know that. It is good to have them both. Like we have Macs and PCs or Linux and Windows and iOS, or different Browsers.

    So, it is better for you to stop being ignorant ant try to fix this fuck up with UTF fonts on your own WordPress site, so my name can be displayed correctly.

  • Design Lord, Child of Thor

    Two things to add:

    1) In either / any case: “A fool with a tool is still a fool.”

    2) Yes, there are a lot of WP installs that are either the .com version or a not very complex .org version. Both of these inflate WP market share. I have no idea how that compares to Joomla, Drupal, ExpressionEngine, etc. but I do know the quantity over quality should be put to rest already. Or are we going to go back to counting hits too (circa 1998)?

  • New Recruit

    Ha ha. Just came across this article and so read it (very) quickly. I was left thinking “what total rubbish, how can anyone base such a conclusion about Joomla on points that are so superficial”. Then I noticed your “lighten up” comments to some of the replies which made me go back and read the article properly! Very good, subtle humour. Oh and you’re totally right about Joomla, keep up the good work.

  • Joomla is heavy and slow. Works only with a annoying and bad written cache system. Joomla needs extensions for the most basic features (even the menu), 6000 ? go figure to find the good one. They often brakes the whole system for Js incompatibility reasons and open security wholes. Each new version of joomla brakes the previous API, so, you often loose your beloved extensions. Joomla is more and more complex to administrate (too much setups) and complicated to hack, with an ugly abstract code. And more it comes, more Joomla is fragile. If you think “simple is beatiful”, run away !

    • New Recruit

      That just means that you don’t know to work with Joomla. And you don’t know even basic facts. Almost everything you wrote is wrong and a lie. So, it is stupid from you to write about something which you don’t know.
      And for sure this is the most stupid part of your writing: “and complicated to hack”. You don’t hack Joomla, hacking is wrong, hacking is what brings instability to a software. Instead of hacking you make extensions.

  • New Recruit

    It’s funny. Being ironic lets you very close with some prejudgments (if that word exist, sorry I am not an english speaker).

    The fact is that wp has an healthy community, Joomla not so. Seems they loose the last train.

    The sin that I belive has the wp fan club, is that ignores other alternatives, seems that if you dont have zillons of installations you don’t even exist.

    Making critics post about othe plataforms is recognizing that they exist. And is all we need, and BTW the critic is nice…

    I would love to read more articles like this, about cms that uses mongo db, writen in py, about concrete5, moodx, elefantcms (they are nice!)

    For the health of wp, don’t be blind (we) and realize that there are nice thing outside wp, may be we could use them for some project… learn… “steal”…

    wp is what it is becouse people saw wp when it wasn’t the big master of intalations, themes, copied themes for sale dor one site license, plugins, frameworks and big etc.

    Shortly, add me to the “i like this post” colummn

  • WPMU DEV Initiate

    I get it, it’s supposed to poke fun at Joomla because WP has 20% not 2.8% of the web. I myself choose the right tool for the job and because most of my clients are taking care of their own sites (or at least trying) with limited or no experience WordPress seems to be the best fit.

    However, from this freelancers standpoint Joomla is by far more powerful then WP especially when it comes to User Control. Can you allow a user to only post in 1 category in WP? The only way you can have “Super Admin” in WP is with multisite. And most of the time you can’t even let your users create events, add products or use some other basic functionality in a WP site without giving them admin access (this is usually the fault of the plugin developer).

    Another area I feel the Joomla is leaps and bounds in front of WP is the structure of how you extend the base CMS. Not everything is a “plugin”, for example In Joomla you have components, extensions, & plugins each are much closer to what they do. Component is major site functionality, extensions may extend what those components or core does (added functions or reports) where plugins are just things like a lightbox for the images already being shown by a component or extension or an added button on the editor.

    But, with that being said now try to hand it over to a non-experienced user to add a new page……. this is going to be a lengthy conversation every time. Since you don’t “Make a page/post” you have to create an article, make a menu item, point it at 1 or many articles, then go add the modules that will be seen when viewing this article(s). In the end it is just more complicated to operate.

    In the end I’ve found a few things Joomla does much better than WP and vise verse. IMO there is a reason 20% of the web is WP and 2.8% is Joomla – that’s probably the exact ratio of people running websites that know what they’re doing. Some of each should or could be on the other platform but who’s counting.

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