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Open Source Usability — Joomla! Vs. WordPress 240

Posted by kdawson
from the apples-and-orange-trees dept.
An anonymous reader writes "PlayingWithWire profiles two open source tools for Web development, comparing Joomla! and WordPress through the lens of usability. The article has apparently upset a few people at the Joomla! forum, but it does bring up a good point. Many open source projects are developed by engineers for engineers — should they focus more on usability? PlayingWithWire makes a bold analogy: 'If Joomla! is Linux, then WordPress is Mac OS X. WordPress might offer only 90% of the features of Joomla!, but in most cases WordPress is both easier to use and faster to get up and running.'" The article repeatedly stresses that blogging platform WordPress and CMS harness Joomla! occupy different levels of the content hierarchy. How fair is it to twit Joomla! on usability?
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Open Source Usability — Joomla! Vs. WordPress

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  • by tnok85 (1434319) on Tuesday March 03, 2009 @06:42AM (#27049351)

    Maybe the poster was hoping we'd see this and get all pissed off, then go sign up and post on that thread to make a fuss about it. :)

  • by krou (1027572) on Tuesday March 03, 2009 @06:43AM (#27049353)

    Indeed, one user on the forum even said "I'm sure that clear usability suggestions with ideas for implementation would be welcomed!"

    Feel the rage!

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 03, 2009 @07:29AM (#27049535)

    Their next article is on the usability of J2SE vs Safari:

    "..they both render webpages but it took me 43 hours of crying to get my Netbeans app to render a webpage... In Safari I just typed the URL and - done! Conclusion: programming languages' usability sucks. Better to use, like, actual programs."

  • by sortius_nod (1080919) on Tuesday March 03, 2009 @07:47AM (#27049615) Homepage

    Linux with a fountain pen.

    While Linux is more feature packed, my fountain pen is easier to setup.

    Therefore, fountain pens seem to be designed for "average Joe", and Linux is designed for engineers.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 03, 2009 @07:55AM (#27049651)

    So you're saying that a spanner is better than a power geared pneumatic torque wrench if all you're doing is tightening a bolt?

    No shit, Sherlock.

    Especially when you're tightening the oil tap on my mother's SUV.

    Anecdote ahead:

    Seriously, someone used a pneumatic wrench on the tap a few years ago the lazy bastard. The next time I went to change her oil I had a heck of a time getting it out. It was in there so tight that trying to take it out with a box end stripped the freaking thing. I ended up having to file the sides of the sucker down, clamping vise-grips onto it, and then using my foot to apply torque while bracing myself against the frame of the SUV. You should never have to have to perform these steps to remove a properly tightened oil tap.

    Took the ruined tap back to the oil change place and insisted they reimburse me for it. Their manager did.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 03, 2009 @08:48AM (#27049891)

    Guess what? I have a laptop running Linux, a desktop dualbooting Windows and Linux, and a MacBook running OSX with Windows 7 and XP in VMs.

    Damn schizo!

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 03, 2009 @09:07AM (#27050003)

    Hello there,

    I have had experience with Joomla since the Mambo days in 2003 and have tried many other cms's out there, like WP and Drupal and I have to say that Joomla is the best crap cms out there.

    They are all garbage, but Joomla is the better one.

    They all have lousy documentation and once you install them they grow a mind of their own. It's like - "well now that you managed to install me, try and figure me out SUCKER!"

    They are all lousy in security and I could go on and on.

    IMO, the only thing that sets Joomla back is the people that run the show over there. They are the most arrogant people I have ever met in a community forum and their forum is run with one thing in mind. If you rag on Joomla they will ban you or delete your account. They take criticism very badly.

    I witnessed the banning of a few gurus there, one of them got thrown out because something was said about Rochen web hosting.

  • by The name is Dave. Ja (845139) on Tuesday March 03, 2009 @01:54PM (#27053575) Homepage Journal

    Let the name-calling and finger-pointing begin.
    These WordPress folks can be pretty touchy too.

    My comparison:
    Joomla! vs. WordPress
    -Joomla! forces me to say "Joomla!" every time in an exclamatory voice, which can be annoying especially when reading technical documentation in my head. Sometimes, I involuntarily raise my arm with my index finger extended, and my eyebrows go up all by themselves.
    -WordPress does not impose any of this on me

    Conclusion:
    Choose Joomla! to add interest to your life! It's full of win!

    ---
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