Joomla: Advantages and Disadvantages of Choosing Joomla as Your CMS Solution

Written by Robin WildingFebruary 14, 2011

Disadvantages

Beginner to Intermediate Usability
Joomla was designed mainly for simple websites and blogs, and for people with only some knowledge of building. This means that it does not have much advanced functionalities for those looking to truly customize complex sites.

Security
Every site in Joomla will use its own login details which makes the work easier but the site less secure.

Limited Customization
Joomla has 80 modules and a reasonable amount of templates but will still feel too cookie-cutter for more advanced users, although less so than WordPress.

Resources
The system and sites can use a large amount of server resources comparable to other CMS solutions, which means you could only run a couple of sites successfully. Even with only a couple of sites running you may experience slow loading times.

Costs
There are some plugins that come with a price tag for Joomla that are free with other systems like WordPress. Check out the functionality you need before choosing your CMS if you have a very limited or constrained budget.

SEO Un-Friendly
Out-of-the-box Joomla is not very SEO friendly, although the SEO will be greatly enhanced with the SEF plugin installed.

Odd Level of Complexity
Many users fall into the beginner or advanced levels of web design and therefore prefer the simplicity of WordPress or the advanced toolset of Drupal. Many users therefore find Joomla too difficult or too basic.

User Quantity
Many Joomla users have complained that the sites just can’t handle more than 50,000 users a day. This if of course only a problem if you have a site that gets that many visitors.

Compatibility
There are compatibility problems when installing several modules, extensions and plugins simultaneously. This can be incredibly frustrating if you are near the end of the site and just realized that an add-on you scoped out earlier isn’t compatible with the module you used to build.

Conclusion

If you have intermediate site building skills and are looking for more functionality than WordPress offers but have less technical know-how than is needed for Drupal then Joomla is a great solution. It is free and has a ton of add-ons available. This CMS is the preferred CMS of choice for multimedia sites or sites with lots of user-generated content. 

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