Both Joomla and Wordpres can be used to create amazing websites. They are both content management systems that can be expanded using plugins. Both use themes or templates to change the look and style of the site and both have an active community. Each has its own target audience and can be used as eCommerce Platforms. The most popular eCommerce Extension for WordPress is WooCommerce. The most popular extension for Joomla is VirtueMart.
Here is a review of the two most popular eCommerce extensions/plugins for both Joomla and WordPress.
VirtuMart Vs WooCommerce Usage
According to similartech.com VirtueMart is used on 75,515 Websites whereas WooCommerce is used on 688,348 websites. The advantage of choosing a popular content management system include a larger online community and more online resources and extensions. However being the most high-profile Content Management System, WordPress has become a favourite target for hackers ever since it arrived on the scene. However both WordPress and Joomla are constantly responding to security vulnerabilities by providing updates. Just like WordPress there is an auto update feature for Joomla, making sure you’re always one step ahead of any security vulnerabilities and a thriving online community.
Advantages of VirtueMart
More eCommerce extensions than WordPress, providing greater customizability
More options for offering coupons and discounts
Blogging is simpler to setup and manage
Joomla is more organized, so it can keep pace with your growing needs.
Better compatibility between different extensions. Different WordPress eCommerce plugins can cause incompatibility problems
Better scalability when selling a larger number of products
If you need to cater for more than one language Joomla is a great choice. Yes there are plugins for multiple languages for WordPress but they are messy and the best one (I use it) is WPML which you have to pay for and not as easy to setup as Joomla.
Advantages of Woocommerce
Better analytic capabilities – provides an easy way of tracking goals and events with analytics
More SEO friendly – No duplicate content, canonical issues with single page checkout. Works great with plugins such as WordPress SEO by Yoast
Faster speed if used in conjunction with W3 Total Cache plugin for WordPress
Better customer account functionality – customers able to view all of their orders and order notes, as well as pay for orders that remain unapaid for. Customers can be emailed using the Twilio SMS plugin whenever their order status is changed or an order note is updated.
Helps you manage inventory by keeping you updated on incoming sales
Provides more advanced store management
I would recommend going with the Content Management System you are the most familiar with as both Joomla and WordPress provide similar functionality and are very customizable.