Joomla vs. Magento: A “Never-Before-Seen” Comparison

“Comparison” – A highly powerful word without which distinguishing between the good and better, and better and best becomes almost invincible! We compare ourselves with others at all stages of life to improve and grow rapidly. Indeed, it never ceases at any point of life! And comparison is almost inevitable when it comes to business and comparison is the perfect tool invoked by customers for purchasing something that is best available in the market. Here, I’ve penned the comparison between two brilliant open source platforms Joomla and Magento. I don’t want you to mine the web for complete information about these platforms. I’ve compared both the popular ecommerce platforms in a simpler and easily digestible way. My objective isn’t to highlight which is better of the two but to help you pick the best one that fits your budget and business needs by painless comparison. 

 

Joomla vs. Magento


Joomla

Magento

General

Established

2005

2008

Popularity

Web industries (shopping 23%, technology 7%, entertainment 6%, health 6%, religion 7%, social 6%, travel 6%, news 6%, education 5%, other 23%)

Web industries  (shopping 53%,technology 2%, entertainment 1%, health 4%, vehicle 5%, business 15%, adult 3%, drugs 2%, sports 1%, other 12%)

Versions

1.0, 1.5 (Long term support), 1.6, 1.7, 2.5 (Long term support), 3.0, 3.1, 3.2, 3.5 (Long term support) , 4.0, 4.1, 4.2, 4.5

1.0, 1.5, 1.6. 1.7

Growth

15% (2012) and 19% (2013)

20% (2012) and 25% (2013)

Online visibility

Brilliant

Outstanding

Open source nature

100%

100%

Cost-effectiveness

Less expensive

Highly expensive

Popular sites built on

Harvard University – The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, High Court of Australia, The new American

Paul Smith, Matthew Williamson—Fine Clothing, Dainese—Motorcycle Gear

Technical Functionality

Platforms

PHP, MySql, OOPS programming

PHP, Zend framework

Architecture

MVC (model-view-controller)

EAV (entity-attribute-value)

Set up and install

Simple and plain

Perplexing

Front-end

Easy to customize

Difficult to customize

Backend

Highly customizable

Requires pro efforts to customize

Shopping cart performance

Good

Better

Features

SEO

Completely SEO-friendly

Completely SEO-friendly

Customization

Simple, less complex

More complex

Multi-language support

Supports multiple languages

Supports multiple languages

Mobile-responsiveness

Yes

Yes

Social media-friendly

Yes

Yes

Others

CMS performance

Great CMS functions and benefits

Typically suitable only for ecommerce websites

Extensions

A few top selling extensions are JEvents, Virtuemart, Simple Photo Gallery, etc. Easy to install them

A few top selling extensions are Remerce CMS Meta Robots, Social Login, Advanced Sitemap. Difficult to install compared to Joomla

Themes

Most preferred themes are Social Pinboard, Nova, Uneedo

Most preferred themes are Independent, Trendy, Pinstore

Blogging

Absolutely simple to set up and manage

Requires a lot of efforts to set up and manage

Reliability

Security

Intermediate

High

Stability

Good

Best

Extensibility (advancement)

Possible but relatively low compared to Magento

Highly possible

Support

Online community and Support

Better community help

Exceptional community help

 

I believe this blog eased down the process of comparing the two top-rated ecommerce platforms and helped you visualize the best one for your business promotions. I hope this article provided some insightful information over the two best ecommerce platforms that are performing hot in the market today. If you are inspired by this post, you’ll obviously be impressed on reading our other high-rated comparison posts, Joomla vs. WordPress and Magento vs. Prestashop as well. Magento in particular has high customization features which is to be highlighted. We can also hire Magento development services provider in order to develop your site with Magento. Start your online campaign today with the best ecommerce platform from the two compared here for fruitful gains.

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5 thoughts on “Joomla vs. Magento: A “Never-Before-Seen” Comparison

  1. How come no one ever left a comment on this. It is the most simple but yet comprehensive comparison on these two. Thanks for saving me the admin time of setting up Magento for a project that cannot afford it. Switching back to Joomla
    THUMBS UP!!!

  2. Hi Anand,

    This is a good comparison, and I personally agree with most points (especially those stressing the fact that Mangento needs a professional team to run, unlike small Joomla sites). However, I think the security part is a little harsh on Joomla.

    The reason why Magento seems more secure than Joomla is because Magento sites are all installed and extended by professionals, unlike Joomla sites that are managed by mostly the owner of a small business.

  3. Great but simple comparison ever. I really like it, but choosing the best CMS between two platforms should be determined as per the requirement of individuals or business.

    On the same times cost is one of the great concern here.

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