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Likelihood to Recommend

Joomla

Joomla! is one of the best open-source to create and build web portal and applications. Especially related with e-Commerce project. From the beginning of its appearance until now, Joomla already received many awards in the IT industry. With this extensive and flexible features, this Joomla! platform will suitable for many industries from small to corporate company.Again there will be no silver bullet for all purpose. For someone that require very high customization on their website then Joomla! is not for them.
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Umbraco CMS

Umbraco CMS is the perfect tool for a company that is looking to keep their website updated. The simple to use tools and templates means updating and creating new pages is easy. The WYSIWYG editor is a nice feature, however, for accessibility, there should be some more guidance on what is suitable to be used on the CMS.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Joomla
8.5
Umbraco CMS
7.7
Role-based user permissions
Joomla
8.5
Umbraco CMS
7.7

Platform & Infrastructure

Joomla
7.9
Umbraco CMS
7.5
API
Joomla
7.5
Umbraco CMS
8.4
Internationalization / multi-language
Joomla
8.3
Umbraco CMS
6.6

Web Content Creation

Joomla
6.9
Umbraco CMS
7.8
WYSIWYG editor
Joomla
7.4
Umbraco CMS
6.3
Code quality / cleanliness
Joomla
7.2
Umbraco CMS
7.2
Admin section
Joomla
7.6
Umbraco CMS
8.4
Page templates
Joomla
6.5
Umbraco CMS
7.3
Library of website themes
Joomla
6.5
Umbraco CMS
7.3
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Joomla
6.2
Umbraco CMS
8.4
Publishing workflow
Joomla
7.3
Umbraco CMS
9.0
Form generator
Joomla
6.3
Umbraco CMS
8.4

Web Content Management

Joomla
7.0
Umbraco CMS
7.8
Content taxonomy
Joomla
6.8
Umbraco CMS
8.7
SEO support
Joomla
6.4
Umbraco CMS
8.7
Bulk management
Joomla
7.3
Umbraco CMS
7.1
Availability / breadth of extensions
Joomla
7.3
Umbraco CMS
8.0
Community / comment management
Joomla
7.0
Umbraco CMS
6.5

Pros

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
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Umbraco CMS

  • Simple to use
  • Different people can be assigned different roles
  • Easy to keep the site updated with the latest information, no technical knowledge needed
  • Accessibility features can be turned on
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Cons

Joomla

  • Joomla documentation can be better and clearer. Since the change of Joomla 1.5 to 1.6 to 1.7 to 2.5 to 3.0, the knowledgebase wiki is quite messy and sometimes confusing.
  • Joomla has a lot of hidden functions whereby changing a certain part might affect a totally different part. The link might not be obvious especially for newbies.
  • Joomla version change is quite rapid with the new direction that they are going with. After I mastered Joomla 2.5, we are now moving towards Joomla 3.0 now. The version change is sometimes unwarranted and unnecessary.
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Umbraco CMS

  • Speed for older sites - Umbraco content can load slowly if you have thousands of pages of content. Of course, this would not be a problem for simpler websites
  • Complexity - since the product is free out-of-the-box, it will take technical expertise to get Umbraco setup properly
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Likelihood to Renew

Joomla

Joomla 10.0
Based on 28 answers
With each new project that lands on my plate, I have to carefully consider the best solution. Joomla! is not always the solution, but that isn't to say I don't frequently take it out of the toolbox. Since the mid-size projects that Joomla! is perfect for are anything but rare, I'm sure I'll be employing Joomla! again relatively soon, and it will be the new-and-improved Joomla! 3 if I have anything to say about it.
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Umbraco CMS

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Usability

Joomla

Joomla 9.9
Based on 7 answers
I think it is a great application that allows people to start using right away but has the features for more complex users.
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Umbraco CMS

Umbraco CMS 4.0
Based on 1 answer
Many end users will be overwhelmed with the admin interface. Some common functions are buried in menus
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Reliability and Availability

Joomla

Joomla 9.9
Based on 2 answers
No answer on this topic is available.

Umbraco CMS

Umbraco CMS 7.0
Based on 1 answer
Occasionally, errors will appear in the admin that make it impossible to work without developer support.
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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.
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Umbraco CMS

Umbraco CMS 3.0
Based on 1 answer
Working in the admin panel (adding / reviewing / editing content) is very slow.The public facing site speed is dependent on what the pages are doing and how well the code was written (whether it is optimized for speed).
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Support

Joomla

Joomla 10.0
Based on 4 answers
I would say the Joomla.org support team does a great job for being volunteers. I however think good 3rd party developers and resources provide excellent support that I utilize often.
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Umbraco CMS

Umbraco CMS 2.0
Based on 1 answer
Support for Umbraco-owned paid plugins is nonexistent.
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Online Training

Joomla

Joomla 6.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

Umbraco CMS

Umbraco CMS 3.0
Based on 1 answer
Online training is often based on older versions of the platform. So, you'll have to fill in the gaps on your own.
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Implementation

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.
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Umbraco CMS

Umbraco CMS 7.0
Based on 1 answer
Spend the time to wireframe the content structure prior to diving in. This helps speed the process of implementation and it serves as documentation for end users.
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Alternatives Considered

Joomla

Joomla offers more but is harder to learn.
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Umbraco CMS

Umbraco vs WordPressUmbraco has more flexibility and customization options, but less features, reliability/stability, and community support.WordPress offers less customization for data and content, but it is immensely more stable, has better features /plugins, and includes an enormous amount of community support & documentation.Umbraco vs KenticoBoth are intended to be customized after installation (flexible design and data management)Kentico is more robust, reliable, and feature rich. But, it requires more effort to get a site up and running.Umbraco is less stable than Kentico. But, it is often easier to get a site up and running.
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Scalability

Joomla

Joomla 9.9
Based on 3 answers
No answer on this topic is available.

Umbraco CMS

Umbraco CMS 4.0
Based on 1 answer
Without significant development, the product does not scale well.
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Return on Investment

Joomla

  • It is free to download and install, so the out of pocket cost to practice with it and set up a simple site for a client is $0. Learning how to use this system and being able to practice with it before messing with it on a client's site was invaluable. There is no limit to what you can do with the system, if you have the time and knowledge to invest in it.
  • Installation of Joomla takes me about 5 minutes, when I use a cPanel for the hosting side. First, I download the latest version of Joomla, I set up my database in Cpanel, upload my newly downloaded Joomla zip file to my host via the "File Manager" in cPanel, extract the zip in the directory of choice, go to the my website url (http://site.blahblahblah.com/joomla, for example), and go through the 2 minute installation process, where it asks for database information (which had just been created), and the user name of the main user of the site.
  • That kind of turnaround is extremely important, because the client wants their site quickly, and you don't want to waste your time trying to get the initial site up in the first place.
  • At that point, the rest of the site depends on the needs of your client. If they only need a simple template, and 5 pages, then you are done within one hour, from the time you download the Joomla zip, to when you present it to your client. If you want to custom create the template, then you can up that to 4-5 hours. Joomla is very fast and very efficient.
  • When something is going wrong with Joomla, it is usually an easy fix. A post into the Joomla help forum is usually answered within 24 hours, with a request for more information, or an answer/suggestion to the problem.
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Umbraco CMS

  • When used for the appropriate clients, Umbraco typically helps get a customized layout and data structure to market faster than some competing CMS platforms.
  • For clients that may not understand data relationships on the back end, the content management in the admin panel helps them visualize what's happening.
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Pricing Details

Joomla

General

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

Joomla Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Umbraco CMS

General

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

Umbraco CMS Editions & Modules

On-premise Edition
Umbraco Free$0
Umbraco Professional$5,0002
Umbraco Enterprise5000+2
  1. per year
SaaS Edition
Umbraco Cloud Starter$301
Umbraco Cloud Professional$4701
Umbraco Cloud Enterprise5000+1
  1. per month
Additional Pricing Details
The Umbraco CMS and all of its core features are the same across all plans. The paid on-premise plans includes support, onboarding, licenses to add-on products (Umbraco Forms, Umbraco Courier, Umbraco TV) as well as a discount on developer training courses. Umbraco Cloud is the CMS hosted on Azure Cloud servers with automated upgrades, unlimited hosting and smooth deployments. All features can be found on Umbraco.com.

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