Thursday, January 7, 2010

Is Wordpress or Joomla Right For You?

     In the early days of the internet, if you wanted to create a webpage, you needed to know HTML.  HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language) was the foundation where by all websites we're built and mastery of this language made you the Lord of cyber time and space.  Knowledge of HTML is still the basic requirement for web development but as time has moved on, so has the usability of content management systems.

     Content management systems like Word Press, and Joomla make it easy to organize your content online and the best part is, they are free!

     Wordpress is a blogging software that uses PHP as it's structure.  The software is easy to manipulate and you can easily build professional looking websites with no prior markup language knowledge.  Originally designed for blogging, it is search engine friendly and gives you easy access to different plugins that you can add-on with just a few clicks.

     Joomla is great for webpage structure.  It's a little more complicated than Wordpress but once you get the hang of it, you will know it has legions of components, plugins, and interactive tools.  I personally use Joomla because I like the feel of it.  I can easily teach my clients to add their own content to it after the structure is in place.  Both Wordpress and Joomla can offer you a great low cost start, and a great professional looking site!

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