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Score 7.7 out of 100
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Score 8.8 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Joomla

Joomla! is intuitive and lends itself to robust, more complex websites. There are powerful extensions though it does not offer as many free plugins compared to other CMS platforms. The functionality is great with a well executed framework. It's easy to get started with little to none technical knowledge which is a big plus
Tory Robinson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Laravel PHP Framework

Laravel is ideally suited for fluent PHP developers who want a framework that can be used to both rapidly prototype web applications as well as support scalable, enterprise-level solutions. I think where it is less ideal is where the client has an expectation of using a certain CMS, or of having a certain experience on the admin side that would perhaps be better suited to a full CMS such as Drupal or WordPress. Additionally, for developers who don't want to write PHP code, Laravel may not be the best solution.
Ben McClure | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Joomla
8.6
Laravel PHP Framework
Role-based user permissions
Joomla
8.6
Laravel PHP Framework

Platform & Infrastructure

Joomla
8.3
Laravel PHP Framework
API
Joomla
8.2
Laravel PHP Framework
Internationalization / multi-language
Joomla
8.4
Laravel PHP Framework

Web Content Creation

Joomla
7.5
Laravel PHP Framework
WYSIWYG editor
Joomla
7.0
Laravel PHP Framework
Code quality / cleanliness
Joomla
7.6
Laravel PHP Framework
Admin section
Joomla
8.5
Laravel PHP Framework
Page templates
Joomla
7.7
Laravel PHP Framework
Library of website themes
Joomla
7.4
Laravel PHP Framework
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Joomla
7.5
Laravel PHP Framework
Publishing workflow
Joomla
7.0
Laravel PHP Framework
Form generator
Joomla
7.2
Laravel PHP Framework

Web Content Management

Joomla
8.1
Laravel PHP Framework
Content taxonomy
Joomla
8.3
Laravel PHP Framework
SEO support
Joomla
8.1
Laravel PHP Framework
Bulk management
Joomla
7.9
Laravel PHP Framework
Availability / breadth of extensions
Joomla
8.4
Laravel PHP Framework
Community / comment management
Joomla
8.0
Laravel PHP Framework

Pros

Joomla

  • Multiple templates assigned on a page-level basis allow fine-grained control of your site design
  • Excellent ACL out-of-the-box means you can have a mutli-user website up and running without needing to install anything additional
  • Straightforward control panel and useful help features and documentation make it easy for people to manage their own websites
Lisa Keyser | TrustRadius Reviewer

Laravel PHP Framework

  • Good ORM along with support for a number of database systems though be prepared to solve some weird issues when dealing with querying relationships between models.
  • Deployment is very simple especially if you use Laravel Forge, you can deploy everything at the click of a few buttons.
  • Laravel blade templating engine is a very useful templating engine similar to jade in nodejs and it can save a lot of time while writing html logic
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

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

Laravel PHP Framework

  • Laravel is updated regularly, which is great. However, in order to get the latest features, use the newest 3rd party libraries, have the most current security updates, and ensure that the newest features of PHP are usable, you have to continuously upgrade your Laravel application. This costs time and money, obviously, and if you don't stay on top of the updates you will quickly fall behind. This is the case with any open source software, but it needs to be considered for any team considering using Laravel or any other software.
  • Because of the size of the Laravel community, there are a LOT of 3rd party libraries. Some of these are great, some are less than great. Sometimes it's difficult to evaluate the quality of a library, making it difficult to trust many libraries. Developers need to be cautious and thoughtful when considering using new software.
  • Because of the rapid development of the Laravel framework, the size of the community, and the simplicity of being able to publish content online - it is very easy to find documentation, tutorials, or other "advice" that is not up to date, or that has outdated information.
Jim Rubenstein | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

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

Laravel PHP Framework

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Usability

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

Laravel PHP Framework

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Performance

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

Laravel PHP Framework

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

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

Laravel PHP Framework

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation Rating

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

Laravel PHP Framework

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

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

Laravel PHP Framework

Supporting unit testing is bigger plus point in Laravel than any other framework. Developing with Laravel is much easier. Other frameworks have value in market, but Laravel has taken the lead in popularity among PHP developers in recent years. The large community supports you if you have problems. Using Laravel, integration became easy with third-party libraries, but it was costly too.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

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

Laravel PHP Framework

  • Positive: Our delivery time for PHP application is faster than usual.
  • Positive: Developers are happy and they write better code with their usual development tools. No tool-upgrade necessary.
  • Negative: Initial delivery took 6 months extra and had to rewrite project several times.
Rahul Chaudhary | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Joomla

General

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

Laravel PHP Framework

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Joomla
8.6
Laravel PHP Framework
8.8

Likelihood to Renew

Joomla
10.0
Laravel PHP Framework

Usability

Joomla
9.9
Laravel PHP Framework

Reliability and Availability

Joomla
9.9
Laravel PHP Framework

Performance

Joomla
7.8
Laravel PHP Framework

Support Rating

Joomla
10.0
Laravel PHP Framework

Online Training

Joomla
6.0
Laravel PHP Framework

Implementation Rating

Joomla
8.7
Laravel PHP Framework

Scalability

Joomla
9.9
Laravel PHP Framework

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