Joomla vs DNN - Comparing Fine Points on Joomla and DNN


Joomla Overview

Joomla is a content management system (CMS) that was released back in August 2005. It is designed to help individuals create dynamic websites without the hassle of learning PHP, Javascript, and other coding languages; everything can be managed through it's interface. Its many features allow for endless capabilities. Many notable companies and organizations, such as Linux and Harvard University, use Joomla.

What Joomla Has to Offer

Easy to Manage

After installation and configuration, many will find Joomla simple, whether you are a technical user or not. Anyone with basic word processing capabilities can use it. The CMS allows users to manage content, images, videos, and other sorts of data. There is no software needed because it is a browser-based interface.

Numerous Features

Joomla offers many different features to create small to large sites. Syndicating content is easy with its RSS reader, allowing users to keep up and stay active with your site. RSS feeds from other sources on the internet can also be compiled and added to your site, filling it with more content. In addition, it is simple and quick to communicate with various users through the built in mailing system. To top it off, Joomla also has 6000+ extensions available to increase the capabilities and uniqueness of your site.

DNN Overview

DotNetNuke(DNN) is an open source CMS platform for Microsoft.NET. The full featured CMS allows you to create and maintain engaging, customized websites and applications. With skins, modules, various themes, and data providers, DNN proves to be highly extensible. Because it was built in Microsoft ASP.NET, existing Microsoft technology can also be leveraged. This will ultimately decrease costs and increase reliability.

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Easy to Use and Install

From the get go, DNN is made very user friendly; everything can be up and running in a matter of minutes. The software can be downloaded and simple instructions are provided for maximum ease. In terms of usage, essentially very little training is needed. Adding and managing pages and features can all be easily accomplished; no technical support is required. Site hosting and membership options are also manageable through browser-based tools.

Very Flexible and Easy to Scale

The DNN content management system  includes a series of application programming interfaces (API) to make integration with other computing environments convenient and simple, allowing users to better focus on expansion rather than support and troubleshooting. DNN can also support an unlimited number of pages per websites as well as an unlimited number of websites per DNN instance. Ultimately, there is no limit to what DNN can do due to it's overall flexibility and scalability.

The Verdict

The debate of whether DNN is better than Joomla or vice versa has been a long, ongoing battle. One thing to take note of is that DNN works better with Windows, and Joomla works better with Linux. Joomla is also not recognized for having the most easy to use functions. There are also security weaknesses with Joomla. Despite these however, there are continual improvements being made, as well as third party modules to compensate for these issues. Learn more about how DNN compared to other CMSs.

At Clarity, we are proven experts on DNN. Since 2006, Clarity has been a DNN certified Gold partner. If you'd like to learn about which is better for you, feel free to contact us.