To gain experience with setting up WordPress I decided to upgrade my HTML and CSS portfolio site.
The new site (the one you are viewing now) uses WordPress and the new theme that comes with it, called Twenty Ten.
Joomla! vs WordPress
Compared to Joomla WordPress is easier and quicker to set up. It is best suited to blogs but it can be customised with some effort. Joomla is virtually all menu driven whereas WordPress requires the site builder to work with PHP more; which suits me fine. As with Joomla sites built with WordPress can have their appearance changed easily with templates, or themes as WordPress calls them. From what I have sampled the range of themes is larger than for Joomla’s templates. Building your own themes for WordPress is simpler too. The themes and the accompanying CSS are easier to manage.
The main drawback of WordPress is the range of specialist modules is limited. No e-commerce solution for WordPress comes near Virtuemart for Joomla. WP e-commerce is good. With the extras purchased it may be better than Virtuemart. Virtuemart is virtually free of charge and is very powerful, especially the stock management options.
Over time after each site goes through changes I will be taking notes on which CMS is easier to maintain.