Joomla and WordPress are both open-source platforms for web sites. WordPress is more popular as a blog but several magazine or news/reporting journals have also adopted the platform. Joomla started out as a content management system but the developer community has created several plugins to add functionality such as social networking, discussion forums and groups.

WordPress has an advantage in the number of developers familiar with the platform, the number of skins, plugins and widgets available. It is a good choice for blogs and content-oriented websites while Joomla is a better choice for websites that need additional functionality.

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Introduction (from Wikipedia) Joomla is a free and open source content management system (CMS) for publishing content on the World Wide Web and intranets and a model–view–controller (MVC) Web application framework that can also be used independently. WordPress is a free and open source blog publishing application and content management system. WordPress is the official successor of b2cafelog which was developed by Michel Valdrighi. It is distributed under the GNU GPL license.
Operating system Cross-platform Cross-platform
Development status Active Active
Developer(s) The Joomla Project Team Matt Mullenweg, Ryan Boren, Donncha O Caoimh
Type Content management system Content management framework, Content management system, Community and Blog software
Written in PHP PHP
3rd Party Extensions/Plug-ins Avaliable 10223 as of 2/6/2013 23476 as of 2/6/2013
License GNU General Public License GNU General Public License version 2
Stable release 1.7.2 / October 17, 2011; 9 days ago (2011-10-17) Version 3.6.1 / September 11, 2013
Size 7.8 MB (compressed) 20.9 MB (uncompressed) 4.3 MB(compressed)
Available in Multilingual Multilingual

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