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Score 9.4 out of 100
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Score 8.1 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

CodeIgniter

The input class makes it easy to provide server-side validation and scrubbing of user input. Setting Error messages. It doesn't require constant command-line access, It's great because it has a strong community and excellent documentation, but the problem is that it tries to retain backward compatibility with PHP 4 and therefore lacks a lot of "standard" features modern frameworks have such as auto-loading.
RANDHIR KUMAR | TrustRadius Reviewer

Joomla

Joomla! is a great CMS for companies who are looking for flexibility and extensibility. With the right set of extensions, it's extremely secure and able to power any type of website, from simple to complex. Any time a business wants to do more than just put up content and pretty pictures on their website, Joomla! is my recommendation. For companies, however, that are looking for simple brochure websites without a lot of complexity, it might be too much. Also, for companies that are looking for enterprise-level solutions with white-glove support, an open-source CMS may generally not be the best path, unless they also have a dedicated vendor who provides that type of support.
Lisa Keyser | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Security

CodeIgniter
Joomla
8.8
Role-based user permissions
CodeIgniter
Joomla
8.8

Platform & Infrastructure

CodeIgniter
Joomla
8.7
API
CodeIgniter
Joomla
8.4
Internationalization / multi-language
CodeIgniter
Joomla
8.9

Web Content Creation

CodeIgniter
Joomla
7.7
WYSIWYG editor
CodeIgniter
Joomla
7.2
Code quality / cleanliness
CodeIgniter
Joomla
7.8
Admin section
CodeIgniter
Joomla
8.5
Page templates
CodeIgniter
Joomla
8.0
Library of website themes
CodeIgniter
Joomla
7.6
Mobile optimization / responsive design
CodeIgniter
Joomla
7.9
Publishing workflow
CodeIgniter
Joomla
7.1
Form generator
CodeIgniter
Joomla
7.2

Web Content Management

CodeIgniter
Joomla
8.3
Content taxonomy
CodeIgniter
Joomla
8.7
SEO support
CodeIgniter
Joomla
8.0
Bulk management
CodeIgniter
Joomla
8.0
Availability / breadth of extensions
CodeIgniter
Joomla
8.6
Community / comment management
CodeIgniter
Joomla
8.5

Pros

CodeIgniter

  • CodeIgniter is an excellent tool when a simple database API is needed. Postgres, MySQL, and SQLite are all abstracted into a simple-to-use
  • CodeIgniter's simplicity is truly its best feature, because you are able to create controllers and methods based on the http://www.example//, and immediately being developing the application.
  • Flexibility is also another developer-friendly feature, because developers are able to design their application in any way - controllers, models, libraries, and helpers can be located anywhere or not used at all.
David Lemcoe Jr. | TrustRadius Reviewer

Joomla

  • It is very easy to create any project using Joomla. Easy to use and easy to publish and maintain.
  • Joomla! has many add-on and extensions to support the full range of features.
  • It is based on Open Source with the strong support from many communities
Ilham AB | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

CodeIgniter

  • Faced some issue of session management, so that's why we used the Core Session library for that. It would be great if we could improve it a little bit.
  • Frameworks provide the option to setup all getters/setters, so having this option in it is a great idea.
Suleman Ahmad | TrustRadius Reviewer

Joomla

  • Updating was never as seamless/easy as it seems to be with Wordpress. Obviously we accounted for this with our own workflow/methods, but I remember whenever we did WordPress updates it always seemed a breeze compared to the time/energy involved with a Joomla update/upgrade.
  • For a while (I think this has changed some) Joomla left itself open to attacks when administrators were not as well versed as they should be. There were developer additions that did security checks/audits for you, but the CMS was the subject of a lot of attacks when left in the hands of our clients for a long time (who had changed permissions to make editing easier/convenient). Ideally the CMS would have been more restrictive on some of these things to prevent easy abuse. Obviously this is more the fault of the misinformed/human then the CMS, but it could have been more dummy-proof.
  • No native versioning. There are some community extensions that add this functionality, but they pale in comparison to the versioning plugins of other CMS's (WordPress specifically). Again this was some time ago and in our experience, it could have changed by now.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

CodeIgniter

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Joomla

Joomla 10.0
Based on 28 answers
I gave it a rating of 10 because I just love how Joomla! works, how it is set up and how it handles many users. Also it is very fast, and there is no overload on the MySQL database or servers ever.
Leontine Vandermeer | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

CodeIgniter

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Joomla

Joomla 9.9
Based on 7 answers
Joomla! 3.x is easily installed either manually or via a script provided by your host. It contains most of the tools needed to begin creating websites right from the start. Those features that it doesn't have are easily installed via links and buttons from the thousands of extensions available in the community
Rita Lewis | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

CodeIgniter

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Joomla

Joomla 7.8
Based on 2 answers
Today's Modern Joomla performs very well and is robust and durable. The pages load faster than they ever did in the past and Modern Joomla's integration into other software or systems has become seamless. Modern Joomla sites will last long and will stay running forever.
James Fauria | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

CodeIgniter

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Joomla

Joomla 10.0
Based on 4 answers
Between the core Joomla developers who are excellent at answering questions and providing support, you have a whole community of developers who work with Joomla and are happy to help fellow developers out answering questions and supporting the Joomla project. Out of the many communities I am involved in for open-source software, Joomla's community is by far the best.
Jen Garfinkel-Canseco | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

CodeIgniter

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Joomla

Joomla 8.7
Based on 3 answers
Joomla has gone through tremendous growing pains. It is now better than ever. But before, when it was going from 1.5-2.5, the templates and plugins would break over and over again. If you don't understand what Joomla was trying to do back then, you might have a bad attitude toward it. Today, those pains are over and things don't break like they used to during that time period.
James Fauria | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

CodeIgniter

CodeIgniter has a very small footprint. The source code is very small sized. Setting up a project is very easy. Follows MVC pattern. Consumes low memory and CPU. Well documented. Has a built-in forum for users to discuss and get the solution for issues. Periodically updates versions and patch fixes etc.
Sazzad Hossain Sharkar | TrustRadius Reviewer

Joomla

I think Joomla is on-par with Drupal and Umbraco and similar platforms, but WordPress does seem to be above it. WordPress has become so common that there are more and more features becoming available to it that exceed the Joomla platform and make it hard to compete with. WordPress is also a lot easier for new users to get into and understand, but Joomla is still relatively simple.
Miles Szkoda | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

CodeIgniter

  • Because of quick turnaround on portals/intranets, it was easy to offer this as an option to clients.
  • As there is no cost associated with this framework, it was great not having to worry about purchasing or licensing. (MIT License).
  • Community support helps in that there are no ongoing support contracts or costs.
  • No direct representative for one-on-one support, if needed. This can cut into time used on projects.
Benjamin Hale | TrustRadius Reviewer

Joomla

  • Reduces Maintenance Expense - Simple interface saves clients money on site management by allowing inhouse management where desired
  • Ease of Updating - Reduces website upgrade expense by allowing template upgrades without the need for redevelopment of content
  • Scalability is huge - Client gains entry to an enterprise level web presence with a smaller budget and can grow/add functionality as the budget allows without a redevelopment of the entire site.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

CodeIgniter

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Joomla

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

CodeIgniter
9.0
Joomla
9.0

Likelihood to Renew

CodeIgniter
Joomla
10.0

Usability

CodeIgniter
Joomla
9.9

Reliability and Availability

CodeIgniter
Joomla
9.9

Performance

CodeIgniter
Joomla
7.8

Support Rating

CodeIgniter
Joomla
10.0

Online Training

CodeIgniter
Joomla
6.0

Implementation Rating

CodeIgniter
Joomla
8.7

Scalability

CodeIgniter
Joomla
9.9

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