Statamic vs Joomla

If you’ve been checking us out, or know us already, you’d see that over the last 18 months we have been super excited about working with a new (to us) CMS called Statamic
Statamic vs Joomla

If you’ve been checking us out, or know us already, you’d see that over the last 18 months we have been super excited about working with a new (to us) CMS called Statamic, and also that for many years prior we specialised in Joomla websites - but what’s changed?

In August 2021 Joomla finally released the long-awaited version 4 - now when I say long-awaited I mean it. It was released 4 years after they announced it, and 7 years after it was first talked about. 

It’s not us, it’s you

Now we know that good things take time, but to be honest, Joomla 4 was underwhelming for us (and our clients) - for the majority of websites it brought with it zero new features, and seems to have shifted focus to be more of a CMS for the EU market. 

Where as other platforms on the web had evolved and grown, Joomla 4 stayed in its roots with a more complicated underlying framework (where simple custom developments become complex to achieve) and a "new" user interface that took a step back in usability and aesthetics. We felt that it was not the right platform for the needs of our clients.

Because of this we looked at alternatives - one that would bring new features, a platform that was a joy to design for and develop with and a better overall experience for us as developers and our clients as content managers - enter Statamic.

You can read more about Statamic in a previous post, but below we have put together a comparison of some key features outlining why we think it’s a better choice.

Framework
Statamic
Laravel
Joomla
Joomla Framework
Requires database
Statamic
But can use one, if a site needs to
Joomla
Templating experience for developers
Statamic
Easy, performant and managable
Joomla
More complex, often requiring overrides, and inconsistent coding styles
Multi-site
Manage a main site and sub-sites (such as product-specific landing pages) from the one CMS
Statamic
Joomla
Multi-language
Statamic
Using multi-site
Joomla
Authoring experience
Out of the box authoring experience
Statamic
Flexible, user friendly, easy
Joomla
Simple HTML block per page
Content block builder
The ability to create unique page layouts
Statamic
Joomla
Requires 3rd party extension
Extendable with commercial add-ons
This includes both paid and free options
Statamic
Joomla
Custom development experience
What is it like to build something cool for a specific site, or to create as an add-on for others
Statamic
Easy
Joomla
Difficult
Custom user permissions
How easy is it to manage multiple user access levels throughout the site?
Statamic
Easy
Joomla
Difficult
Native forms
Support for forms out of the box - like a contact or enquiry form
Statamic
Joomla
Requires 3rd party extension
Uses modern development stack
What's happening under the hood to make your developers really happy?
Statamic
Joomla
Frequency of updates
Statamic
Fortnightly
Joomla
Monthly
File management
Statamic
Advanced
Joomla
Basic
Image management
Including mobile friendly resizing and modern image formats
Statamic
Includes responsive focus point cropping
Joomla
Git version control
Deployment and management with full baked-in git love
Statamic
Joomla

While no one CMS is going to do everything that everyone wants, a CMS like Statamic gives us as developers much greater flexibility and control over providing a better and more user friendly content management and authoring experience, and more creative, dynamic and flexible page layouts for your site’s visitors.

Why not check out some of our Statamic projects, or drop us a line if you’d like to have a chat about how Statamic can work for your site.

Michael Scruse

Michael Scruse

Michael brings his technical, web and sales expertise to every project, backed by almost 30 years’ experience in the IT industry.

In 2018, Michael became one of Australia’s first Certified Joomla Administrators.

Michael is also a qualified chef, although cooking is now in a domestic kitchen. Michael is a bit of a history buff and is currently researching his own family history.