I’m right in the middle of setting up a new site that will feature a blog as well as a few extra features I need given the nature of the market I’m getting into. I’m pretty damn good at WordPress these days, but the extra features I’m wanting to add are just not WordPress style things. Or even blogging style things at all for that matter.
I’ve also set up a few Joomla sites as well, but never really thought of it as a blogging tool. Joomla has absolutely everything I need to do all of the fancy things I need my site to do, but has left me cold when it came to blogging.
Well all that has changed. I’ve now realised a Joomla site can suit my blogging needs just as well as WordPress can, and in some ways even better. Now, there is a component for Joomla called OpenWP that plugs itself into Joomla and becomes a WordPress blog for you. I’ve read about many happy users who’ve installed and loved it. I didn’t like it and found it a little clunky. I wanted a nice clean install of Joomla that did my blogging without forcing anything.
For me there were 9 key things I wanted from my blog:
- Flexible layout
- Search Engine Optimized Titles
- A robust and good looking comment system
- Tags, like Digg, Del.icio.us etc
- A solid RSS which could service categories
- Ability to have an RSS feed be automatically emailed to people
- Categories in Sidebar
- Trackbacks and Pings
Out of these 9 things only Trackbacks are an issue right now (if you want to know about trackbacks Ed Dale is your man). I’m sure trackbacks will make their debut on Joomla any day now so I’m not stressing too much over that one. Aside from that, Joomla can do everything I need it to do in spades.
If you’re looking for a serious solution that can handle your blogging as well as just about anything else you can think of, then Joomla really is worth a look. It takes longer to set up as a blog, and there is a learning curve involved, but it just does so much out of the box, and there are so many ways to modify and add to it it’s rediculous.