I've been researching these options recently too, and I thought about converting My WordPress blog over to Joomla, but as some others have said here I don't like the looks of a published blog in Joomla, plus that's not to mention the nightmares one is faced with converting posts and pages over and losing the url file paths unless one does some hefty tweaking. Unless there are some other options from what I saw over on Joomlas site, the blog posts were side by side and too small.
So if I stick with WordPress but want the management components of Joomla and some of the other extensions, does JD WordPress work for that as well?
Also, if a person uses WordPress for their blogging platform and if you have other site pages in Joomla how hard is it to be able to get a template to skin them the same? Or, am I misunderstanding how the two would integrate together? Is it that you would just be utilizing admin management capacities of Joomla, but to your site visitors it would remain in appearance as a WordPress blog only? I'm confused at how the two integrate together if someone could clarify for me.
I'm building a blogging community so the WordPress blog is good, but I'm already seeing the need for extensions and things I can't get for WordPress, or the ones I can get all end up essentially as being separate systems that are not managed through one admin panel and I want to avoid that if possible. Really need the integration as much as possible for personal messaging, forum, member management, chat etc. rather than scattered as different components.
Anyone able to help on this? Thanks.