Joomla and WordPress Content Management: Key Points

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WordPress and Joomla are both content management systems. So, their main purpose is to help users deal with their website content.

It’s often an object of hot debates – what is WordPress and Joomla difference in structuring content and which one is more efficient? Let’s see!

WordPress CMS

WordPress is using page-post structure. These terms are frequently confused, but they’ve got some specific features.

A page is static piece of content, which is not subject to be frequently changed (like your website homepage or privacy policy page).

A post is dynamic entity. It means, it can change depending on the visitor’s input (for instance, you can allow comments for your posts). Posts are placed in the reverse chronological order on a blog website. A page can contain several posts, but not vice versa.

Here are the key distinctions between WordPress pages and posts:

WordPress Page WordPress Post
is static part of the siteit doesn’t have time or date associated withcannot be scheduled for future publishingcan be promoted in social media via posts (it’s static, so it’ll keep the rankings)hierarchical (you can build a tree with unlimited number of parent/child pages)creating new page isn’t reflected in the RSS feedcan be found in the menu (but isn’t a category item)it’s possible to change its layout, add widgets (like social plugins or a sidebar is dynamic (can be changed, i.e. commented on)has a publishing date associated with itit’s possible to schedule the publishing time for futurecan be a social media instrument (your visitors ‘like’ or “tweet” interesting blog posts)doesn’t have hierarchical structure (a post can’t have a ‘child’ post, like pages do)gets listed in your RSS feed when publishedbelongs to categories and can be taggedone post can be assigned to several categories at once (i.e. the post “WordPress or Joomla – which is right for you?” belongs to both Joomla and WordPress categories)

Joomla! CMS

Now, it’s time to delve into Joomla!’s way of organising content. It is based on three-level scheme: section -category- article (or content). For a user who has no experience with Joomla!, this may seem a bit complicated and totally different from WordPress, but let’s not jump into conclusions before we figure everything out.

So, what is Joomla section, category and content?

Joomla! section is the highest level of hierarchy, for example if you’ve got a blog dedicated to major CMSs, you may have Joomla and WordPress sections.

Joomla! category is a smaller division. For example, In the Joomla! section you could have categories like Templates, Modules, Tips etc.

Joomla article (content) is actually text and images that you publish on your website, the smallest item in the hierarchy. For example, in the Joomla! section – Modules category you can place the article on a particular module description.

This hierarchy makes it easy to find the needed item among the content of a website. Imagine, how difficult it would be if the content wasn’t grouped.

So What’s Better?

There’s one question that you must be willing to ask at this point, ‘What if I need to create a static article, like ‘About us’ page?’ In this case, you publish the article, then create a new menu item and link it to this article. It won’t belong to any section or category and be accessed directly from the menu.

Now you see – the ways how Joomla and WordPress organise content are pretty similar, with the distinction in naming and categorising items. A WordPress post corresponds to Joomla content or article, whereas Joomla category or section  is similar to WordPress page.

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