Alright, this is the first post in my Joomla! tutorial series, in which I will use my experience to walk you through the process of creating your own Joomla! website. First though, let me tell you why I’m teaching you Joomla!.
Some will ask, “Which is better, Joomla or WordPress?” They’re both Content Management Systems (CMS), so the answer I would give would be, “it depends.” In short, WordPress is easier to use, but Joomla’s complexity gives users more power once they figure it out. For the purpose of this comparison, WordPress will refer to the software you download from WordPress.org, not the similar free blog stuff you get here on WordPress.com.
I should note that this tutorial series isn’t really meant to show you how to use Joomla! for blogging purposes, although some of the information I will share may be used to that end. I’m going to show you how to use Joomla! to build a website, and if all you want is to simply make a blog… well, just create a WordPress.com account. It’ll be easier on you than the advanced stuff I’m going to show you.
Joomla! requires you to learn how to set up a SQL database and deal with FTP clients, etc… The purpose of this tutorial series is to show you how to easily learn to use SQL and FTP without fear and confusion. You might then ask, “Why not write a tutorial about WordPress then, if they’re essentially the same?” To which I would answer: Installing WordPress (from WordPress.org) on your website follows a similar process, but I prefer Joomla! because of its more advanced organization structure. In either case, using a CMS is a lot more efficient than hard-coding a website from scratch, usually with better-looking results.
I know I seem a little bit biased towards Joomla. As you may have guessed, I’m actually using both. This WordPress blog is my website’s blog, but my website actually runs on Joomla!, so I’ve had enough experience with both to be able to choose a favorite. I’m going to walk you through learning Joomla! in the upcoming tutorial posts, so you too can have a cool website. To warm up, I suggest visiting my website, www.sopoweredproductions.com to see what a Joomla! site looks like. Up next: setting up for Joomla!