The result of my research was that Wordpress is just, for my purposes, a better CMS. It's more user friendly, more consistently coded (not as much legacy stuff to force an old version on you), and more SEO friendly out of the box.
This is a summary of my learning process as I tried to figure out how to make Joomla Search Engine Friendly.
The least I want is:
- proper titles (title of article or category - followed by general title)
- url's that stay the same even if I change something
I would prefer url's that include keywords, but I think I may have to skip that option for the project I'm working on.