Switching From Joomla to WordPress
I’m a big fan of Joomla. It’s great for building informational sites and thanks to an extensive extensions library low-level web apps, or prototypes, are well within scope of use as well. When I first started LaunchRiot I built it on Joomla 3.1. The idea was that I would be grow out LaunchRiot to be more than just a blog. I wanted a flexible and robust system that I could build on and feel comfortable in Joomla’s LAMP environment. Ultimately, Joomla was overkill.
LaunchRiot in it’s current form remains an MVP. It’s a simple blog with simple features. The UI is not as good as it could be, but that’s ok. As noted in previous articles this blog is a work in progress and the content revolves largely around the process of building a web product from the ground up. I chose Joomla because I was looking a bit too far into the future, breaking some basic rules of building an MVP. A major thing LaunchRiot was lacking was the ability to be a basic blog.
What is the difference between WordPress and Joomla?
When asked the above question over the years, this was the answer I’ve given, which I still believe remains true:
Joomla allows you to build great websites and is a bit more complicated. If you want, you can use it to build a blog.
WordPress allows you to build a great blog and is fairly simple. If you want, you can use it to build a website.
Both are great open source projects and both have great communities. But I view WordPress as a “blog first, shopping cart second” platform and Joomla as a “shopping cart first, blog second” platform (where “shopping cart” is of course one of many available features).
Joomla for Blogging is Overkill
So, as I mentioned above, LaunchRiot was serving as a decent blog, with a whole bunch of extra functionality planned on the back burner. I finally had to admit that those other features are a very long time away and that in the meantime LaunchRiot as a blog was suffering. For that reason I decided to switch to WordPress so my blogging platform could go from “decent” to “great”.
How I Switched from Joomla to WordPress
Making the switch was actually a lot easier than I thought it would be. I assumed I would need to do some hefty data migration. Instead I found FG Joomla to WordPress. Following the steps in a blog post on WPBeginner.com, I had my site migrated in no time. I did have to play around with some config files a bit afterwards, plus I had to dive into phpMyAdmin once I moved my new WordPress install back to my primary domain, but the process as a whole was more or less painless.
The only major issue I’ve had is with image paths that were within articles, as well as setting featured images for articles. At the time of this writing, you might see some dead images in some of the articles. Fear not, I’m working on it.
The lesson is: Use the correct platform for the correct usage. If you have a long-term goal in mind, spend some time learning about migration. If migration doesn’t seem to be an issue, it’s probably safe to assume you can choose a platform that masters whatever it is you’re working on. Good luck!