We'll stick with Joomla thanks

We have recently been contemplating the switch from Joomla! to WordPress as our preferred site build option. Joomla! has served us well for the last eight years and has been an amazingly successful platform, but Joomla 3 didn't seem to work for us, so we were contemplating the switch to WordPress. That was until we witnessed the legal shenanigans surrounding Thesis.com. It reminds us why we prefer Joomla! and not WordPress and will stay loyal to the Joomla community. 

Joomla 3 came out around 2012 / 2013, we cannot say that we took to it like a duck to water. We hated it, we continue to use Joomla! 2.5 on 99% of our sites to this day. Whenever we tried Joomla 3, we would hit error after error after error. Very frustrating and in the end we just gave up on it and stuck with Joomla! 2.5. 

In the last few weeks we realise that the reason we were having problems with Joomla 3 was due to Joomla 3 requiring a newer version of PHP then we were running our software. Whenever we tried to install Joomla 3, it would fight with our server. The trouble is that it would work - partially, just with niggles. If Joomla 3 wouldn’t have worked at all, we would have investigated it. We would put this conflict down to the coding of Joomla 3, which now seems very short sighted. 

We have just built a new server, so time had come to decide whether to move all our sites to Joomla 3 or switched to WordPress. Joomla 2.5 wouldn't function on the new server due to the new server running a newer version of php. We simply run out of options, we needed to decide one way or another on a way forward. 

Our first option was to install a new version of Joomla 3 on the new server and give it a real test, a fair test. It hurts us to say but it has worked very well, none of the bugs in previous tests were actually down to Joomla 3, they were down to us. As it stands we are really happy with Joomla 3 and our only regret is that we didn't try it earlier. It would have saved us hundreds of hours in the coming months in moving our current sites from Joomla 2.5 to Joomla 3.

Will we be trying Wordpress? Nope, we given up on that. The way Wordpress dealt with their vendors by cyber squatting and bullying them seemed to go against everything we believe in. Joomla on the other hand is more of a community, of course it does have its tensions but ultimately it is the model we believe in and contribute towards.

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