Besides, after hearing all the time about how great WordPress is and how much Joomla sucks I just had to give it a go.
I have to say, I’m just not seeing it.
For all the elegant features of WordPress that are pretty cool, there’s a couple of huge mind-blowing screw-ups that I really can’t fathom.
I tried to reconcile this to “of course coming from Joomla things are going to be a bit more difficult”, but no. I just wasted almost an entire day trying to add dropdowns to my main menu. Sorry, that is unforgiveable.
Now, Joomla and WordPress are both in the same boat here. Neither one has dropdowns out of the box, but damn, it sure is easy to add dropdown menus in Joomla. All I have to do is add SWMenuPro (or it’s free version if you only need one menu) and I can get a whole bunch of different types of dropdowns.
All without writing a line of code.
Now, coding is not a big deal to me, but I do appreciate it if something is so well done that I don’t have to monkey with it.
It really surprised me the amount of coding that is necessary with WordPress. You always have to add something here or there to the functions file, or to the sidebar file.
Oh yeah, have you tried adding another sidebar in WordPress? This should be a single click operation in the GUI, but it actually requires digging around in several separate files. Sheesh!
But even that’s easier than adding dropdowns in WordPress. It’s pretty shameful.
After an unfortunate amount of digging through the WP Extend site, I found a plugin called JQuery Drop Down Menu.
This is the best of the bunch if you don’t want to end up rooting through a bunch of your template files. Yeah it’s not pure css, but whatever. After I wasted all day on this stuff I was happy to find it.
You STILL have to add code yourself to the header.php file but at least it’s only one line. Unfortunately I discovered this plugin interferes with my slider module at the top of the site, but I think I can fix it.
I really shouldn’t have to be doing this given that WordPress is supposed to be the be-all-end-all blogging/cms platform. This is supposed to be the one that any Joe Shmoe off the street can use without knowing any code.
Not really, Joe.
Oh, and let me say, whoever designed the default WP text editor so that I can’t easily change the text size is way out of order.
I tried installing a couple of other editors, none of which worked. Come on, WordPress! Whoever is responsible for these things should really take a look at JCE for Joomla. It’s the very first extension I install on Joomla. That is the way you make an editor.
Also, WordPress really screws up between the visual and HTML view. Sometimes I can’t add the things I want to the code because the editor refuses to keep them. They get stripped out going back and forth. Very stupid and frustrating.
I’m on the lookout for another content management system to get into. I’m a bit bored with Joomla, and not happy about their progress with 1.6, but WordPress is definitely not going to be my next go-to cms.