I gotta tell you guys, sometimes it’s difficult for me to decide what CMS to use to build my new projects.
I’ve got a new site coming up, and as usual my choices are a toss-up between Joomla and WordPress. Let the battle begin!
Joomla vs. WordPress…to the DEATH!!
Nah, just kidding. I don’t want to get started on one of those articles that stirs people up and ends up with hundreds of name-calling comments. I just want to make a website in the most efficient, least frustrating, and yes, fun way possible.
The long way to WordPress
I just want to quickly outline my progression through various web development tools as I learned the ins and outs of building these sites.
The first program I used was called Freeway, from a Uk company called Softpress…
ME: “Wow, it works just like QuarkXpress, this is the ultimate web development program!”
ME (2 years later): “Freeway BLOWS!! I can’t believe I used this garbage for so long!” (swipes all computing equipment off desk into trash in fury)
After that ordeal, I moved on to Adobe (then Macromedia) Dreamweaver…
ME: “This is it! Dreamweaver is the way, all my problems are solved. This is obviously the best, most efficient way to build websites on the market!”
ME (1 year later): “Macromedia, you SUCK!! I hate this program and I won’t rest until you’re bought and absorbed into a larger company!” (goes off to broker deal between Adobe and Macromedia)
Yes, as it ended up, my revenge was not very well thought out. Anyway I decided to try my hand at content management systems…
ME: “pMachine is awesome! I can totally update my site without editing the code and add all kinds of pictures and crap on the fly. pMachine will be around FOREVER! Whoohoooo!”
ME (1 year later): “Crap. Discontinued. Oh well, I guess I’ll try the upgrade to Expression Engine. Waitaminnit – you want me to pay for this? NEVAAARRRHH!!11!!” (turns over computer desk and rips painting off the walls in fury)
After that I searched around and found Drupal and Joomla. Drupal seemed kind of hard and I had a site to get done so I went with Joomla. They were right in the middle of their big push from 1.0 to 1.5.
Luckily for me I decided not to be safe and I jumped right in with 1.5. I had a lot of fun with Joomla and eventually ended up having to do pretty much everything with it.
ME: “Wow, there’s just so much I can do with this CMS! How can they give this away for free, man? I LOVE Joomla! I’d marry it if I could! She’s the ONE!”
ME (3 years later): “I’m so @#$-ing BORED. I can’t stand the thought of building ANOTHER Joomla site. It’s just too easy. Babe, I need to see other people. Huh, say what? WordPress, eh..?”
And that was a year and a half ago. I never looked back…until now.
I’m so conflicted…
Now I’m kind of bored with WordPress and looking to do some more Joomla, except there’s drawbacks to both platforms for my new site.
It’s going to be a site dedicated to one of my comics, but I don’t just want to do a WordPress/ComicPress site, it’s gonna be a little bit different.
The site will be way more modular. To me, after having used both I think the Joomla Module system is superior to the WordPress Widget system. Yes you can accomplish the same things with both but the Joomla way is a lot less fussy -especially if I want to add a module to a spot where there isn’t already module code. WordPress pisses me off in this regard.
Except…I want the site to be “socialized” as well. WordPress is kind of the undisputed king in that arena.
I need share buttons, Facebook Like buttons and boxes and all that stuff. WordPress has a lot of innovative stuff to integrate into the social media world that is difficult or apparently impossible with Joomla.
The comment systems are fragmented on Joomla and there’s no CommentLuv plugin for it .
There are other issues, too, but I won’t go into all the tech stuff here. Either way I jump I’m gonna have to live with some annoyance.
If only there was some clear winner between the two, but for this particular project it’s more like the lesser of two evils.
I could always learn Drupal…
…but I ain’t that crazy.