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Joomla 3.6.4 has just been released and it fixes two critical security vulnerabilities and a two-factor authentication bug.
This is a very important release and all Joomla 3.x sites need to be quickly updated to this new release. Not updating your site leaves you open to your site being taken over by hackers and your well earned SEO and Business being destroyed. Its not worth the risk, update today.

We are asked which is better. It depends on the type of site, the users, the admins and how flexible you want your CMS to be.

Personally I don't like to pay recurrent fees to keep a product still working when you can have this for free.

In conclusion expression engine is preferred by graphic designers as they can create beautiful sites without the need to know any technical details like CSS or PHP. However it is limited on how customized you can make it.

Joomla vs Expression Engine
  Joomla Expression Engine
License Cost per year 0 from $300
Open Source Yes No
Admin user Friendly Yes after training Yes
Addons 9000+

Not known all extensions

are paid and some require

extra license fees.

SEO Friendly URLS Yes Yes
Fully Customisable Yes Yes with in paid addons
Custom Addons Yes No ( code is closed )
Design templates Yes Yes
You own the site 100% Yes No
Roadmap ( next versions ) Known Unknown

 

 

 

 

We are always being asked which is the better CMS. It depends on the type of site you intend to deploy. It is like comparing a sports car with a 4x4, both do the same but are suited for different purposes.

  • Technical Expertise: Though Drupal is a Content Management System that is developer friendly, it is built for programmers and programmers love it.  Joomla is built for in-house editing by non thechnical staff.
  • Standard of Sites: Drupal has a steep learning curve and can be deployed incorrectly leading to a site that does not perform well. You need to hire some one with drupal experience it cannot be winged.  Joomla is easy to understand and it can construct sites as complex as you require. 
  • Highlights: Drupal has a special set tagging features along with categorizing the content while Joomla is more flexible in its content layout and arrangement options.
  • Best-Suited Cases: Drupal is best suited for the sites that are very complex in nature with a huge number of users and for e-commerce needs, where there are links to other systems like ERP, Account functions, Warehouse systems.  On the other Joomla is best suited for content heavy sites.
  • Caching: Drupal has performance issues in the speed of deploying pages, plugins can be applied to fix this.  Joomla comes along with a system cache plugin by default that improves the speed of page loading.
  • Versions: Drupal has 7 versions and Joomla 6 so far. Both are live opensource project with a large support base.
  • Security: Drupal is hostorically more secure in earlier versions, Joomla is no as secure in version 2.5 and up. With both product plugins may introduce security issues if not monitored. 
  • Support: Both Drupal and Joomla are equally competing but when compared on the lines of unofficial support received by the CMS’s Joomla is considered to have a better support when compared to that of Drupal.

In summary Drupal is used for models that require links to other systems and where all the updated and maintenance is to be done by the implementation company. Joomla allows for a collaborative setup where the implementation company can concentrate on design and layout and the client can take manage the site content themselves.

 

There are new features coming for Joomla 3.2

Some of them are components now integrated into the core. I have listed the additions that are relevant to end users and site owners, as apposed to us site builders and component writers. 

1. Content versioning, on saving a new version of the content will be saved and you can roll back to a previous one if you wish, also good for tracking changes. ( If they add a staging area feature this will be amazing but its not on the list yet )  

2. Joomla extensions will be available to install from the admin, this will do away with all those un-official addons that are filled with backlink bots that kill your SEO ranking. 

3. Tougher security on user.pass access to the site. Password format has been changed to Bcrypt. It will still not guard against all those sites with admin/pass as their access details. Yes they are still there. 

 

What I really would like to see

1. allow a menu item to be created from a new article. This was there in mambo and joomla 1.0 and still has not appeared into the core. 

 

All the new features are listed here 

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