Sleeping like a baby

by Daniel on March 29, 2010

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Esthefany December 17, 2015 at 4:43 pm

More Detailed Development NotesLast fall we were working with Joomla, Drupal and WordPress at the same time. Hre are the veiorsns we used: WP 2.9-3.0, Drupal 6.19, Joomla! 1.5Installation process:WordPress & Drupal single click installs, no stupid questions asked. After configuring database access only admin email was requested.Joomla! Too many questions asked at the beginning, most of them could have been left for later. What you see after fresh installWordPress & Drupal clean and empty environments with only a single hello world post or page.Joomla! The homepage right after installing looked like a huge add it’s just the default theme, but I had the impression that there’s too much of everything in there and I didn’t know where to start to turn everything off.User experience of backend:WordPress & Drupal: very intuitive and clean backend, and I basically never had problems searching for something, creating new content, installing or setting up plugins. Everything was logically placed.Joomla!: I’ve always spent ten minutes searching for what I needed. What I found really irritating was the whole mechanism of changing something. The menu was not active when I was in the edit mode, and I coulnd’t quickly leave the current page instead of single click, two clicks were needed to move anywhere.Multiuser experience:WordPress and Drupal shows a warning when you’re trying to edit the same file, but Joomla! blocked the all access to the file. When my colleague was editing a page I was not able to even open that page in the back end. Even when the page was already closed by the other user for several minutes, the lock was still there for me, which was very frustrating. We ended up editing the backend under the same account.Plugins:Again, looking for WordPress or Drupal plugin was easy, most of the time the built-in plugin installer did the job.With Joomla the whole plugin experience was much worse. Maybe I just had a bad luck with plugins, but those few I used were hard to configure, poorly coded and not easy to use for the end user either.Custom coding:We haven’t done much custom coding for Joomla, so I am not able to do an in-depth comparison. From what I saw repairing other people’s plugins, this wouldn’t be that easy. One would have to spend a lot of time Joomla! specific practices and structure to be able to do even reasonably good custom coding.With WordPress and Drupal, the custom coding experience is far more enjoyable. Both enjoy a system structure in both which far more obvious and with more robust underlying coding practices.ConclusionFor me personally, WordPress is the number one with Drupal being just behind it. I’ve done more work in WordPress than in Drupal, so it’s easier for me to do advanced work today in WordPress. Still, it wouldn’t bother me at all if we switched full time to Drupal. On the other hand, I would prefer to give up web development than continue to use Joomla! There’s not a single aspect of this CMS which I enjoyed or found to the benefit of developer or end user.

Reply April 28, 2016 at 5:27 pm

I wonder when the average date for taking down Christmas decor is? We normally keep our trees up well into January… but this year I'm taking it all down this weekend. I'm going to miss the glow of our tree lights!! 🙁 I'd LOVE to open a cupcake shop too, haha. Is that Eden's mom?

Reply July 8, 2016 at 6:08 am

That’s a shrewd answer to a tricky question


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