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Creating an Article/Page or Blog Post in Joomla and WordPress

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Because Joomla! is a lot more powerful than WordPress, it is perhaps a smidgen less user-friendly. After all, a menu item in WordPress can only point to a ‘Page’ (called ‘Article’ in Joomla!), a ‘Link’ (called ‘External URL’ in Joomla!) or a ‘Category’.

However, in Joomla!, a menu item can point to any one of so many different sorts of page or other item – highly extensible via 3rd party extensions.

Admittedly, the blogging system of Joomla! is far from the best. WordPress was built for blogging and had website capabilities tacked on afterwards. Joomla! was built for powerful site construction and had blogging capabilities tacked on, later.

For this reason, I am using a 3rd-party blogging component, called CJBlog, for my latest site. It has the advantage of just manipulating the built-in Joomla! ‘Articles’ system, to turn normal articles into a good blogging system, rather than re-design the whole thing, as so many other such components do.

Using CJBlog, it is essentially the same to make a blog post as an article. Only the configuration is a bit different. The end result is very different. A post does not look the same as a normal static article and it certainly doesn’t behave the same, behind the scenes – same for all CMSs.

There is not any major difference between the way that WordPress distinguishes a ‘Page’ from a ‘Post’ and the way Joomla!/CJBlog distinguishes an ‘Article’ from a blog post. It’s mostly to do with the topology, which is the main difference in WordPress also. BTW: Joomla! ‘Articles’ (‘Pages’ in WordPress) also have to be in the flexible topological schema, unlike WordPress where ‘Pages’ don’t need to be categorized and the schema is quite flat.

To write a ‘Post’ in WordPress, you have to give it one or more categories, from a list. In Joomla!, you have to give it a single category, but from a nested set of categories – more powerful, but ever so slightly less obvious.

In Joomla!, you also have to say who can access the menu item and the ‘Article’ and in which way they are allowed to interact with it. The powerful access contorl list (ACL) of Joomla! is one of its most important features, way ahead of anything WordPress can do.

Also, in Joomla!, there are a multitude of other options, most of which can be left as default, but some should be set manually e.g. which language, whether it is ‘Featured’ (e.g. a blog post).

For multi language, I also have to set the ‘Association’. This associates a page in one language with the equivalent in another, so that, if the language is switched, it goes to that page instead of just starting the user at the home-page, again.

As usual, the conclusion is that Joomla! is a more powerful CMS than WordPress, but to accommodate this, it is ever so slightly less user-friendly, so only really suitable for really serious sites.

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