Wordpress and Joomla are Open Source web Content Management Systems (CMS).
A CMS facilitates collaboration and allows multiple contributors to seamlessly create, edit, and publish digital content. Open Source means the core software is free to download and use, and then we extend functionality by installing 3rd party commercial extensions. An Open Source CMS provides a cost effective means of delivering a highly customised solution to suit most requirements.
How does a CMS work?
A CMS allows a highly customised website solution. Generally some level of coding skills are necessary to build a CMS website, depending on requirements. The ongoing costs to run a CMS website are largely dependent on the size of the site, the number of visitors and the functionality it provides.
The main advantage of a self-hosted CMS is that it is highly flexible and scalable. The main disadvantage is that there is often more of a learning curve to use a CMS, and some technical ability is an advantage.
Which one is best and why?
At the end of the day, our strategy when working with clients is determined firstly by determining the client's goals and target audience, and THEN we go about selecting the right tools for the job. In many cases, the type of clients we work with have needs which Wordpress or Joomla is perfectly suited to meet.
Read our CMS v SaaS Platform Comparison.