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Drupal vs Joomla vs WordPress: CMS Showdown
Last blog we discussed about what is CMS, Here we are going to discuss about most well known open sources available in the market. WordPress, Joomla and Drupal are the three most widely known and used content management systems available online. These are open source and created on PHP and MySQL. All three CMS are different and we will discuss their own features, advantages and disadvantages.
Drupal is the first open source CMS system released in early 2001 based on PHP & MySQL. Drupal is more powerful and easy for developers, also having lot of features which ease to develop a website.
Advantages of Drupal
Enterprise Friendly: Drupal has a fantastic version control system make this as the best CMS for the enterprise customers. Drupal can easily handle hundreds and thousands of pages.
Developer Friendly: Easy to setup and create a developers own solution. Even though it is user friendly it is not that easy for beginners.
Highly Flexible: This is why Drupal is a favorite among the developers. Drupal can support you from creating a single page website to powerful website with thousands or pagers and users.
Stability: Drupal scales effortlessly and is stable even when thousands of users using simultaneously.
Strong SEO Capabilities: Drupal was designed fair in order to support the search engine friendly.
Disadvantages of Drupal
Steep Learning Curve: Unlike WordPress, Drupal is difficult for the developers with minimum coding capabilities; developers need to refer lot of technical papers to use for a regular use.
Lack of Free Plugins: Plugins in Drupal are referred as ‘modules’, since it is a open source most of its good modules are not available for free.
Fewer Themes: One who uses Drupal need to find a good designer to make their UI better, since Drupal doesn’t provide good looking themes.
Drupal is a full-fledged, enterprise grade CMS. It’s recommended for large projects where stability, scalability and power are prioritized over ease of use and aesthetics.
Joomla is open-source content management software from Mambo. It is one of the most popular CMS solutions.
Advantages of Joomla
User-Friendly: Compared to Drupal Joomla is relatively easily to use. The users very new to Joomla will feel the power and flexibility, even though the users need some skills to work on this.
Strong Developer Community: Like WordPress, Joomla also having a strong developer community. There are more number of free Plugins are available for the developers.
Extensions: Joomla has five types of extensions they are components, plugins, templates, modules and languages. Each type of extensions have their own features and facilities.
Strong Content Management system: Like Drupal, using Joomla one can create a very good enterprise-CMS, This shows a great flexibility and stability, can handle huge volume of content easily.
Disadvantages of Joomla
Some Learning Involved: Any beginner cannot easily setup the installation and start working in this, it doesn’t requires a steep learning curve, but not easy for the beginners.
Lacks SEO Capabilities: Unlike WordPress, Joomla it is not easy to create a SEO capable content, the user needs more work to setup a basic level of SEO.
Limited Access Control List Support: The Access control is not extensive like Drupal; Joomla started providing these facilities only from its latest versions, which are limited till now.
Joomla enables you to build a site with more structural stability and content than WordPress, and has a fairly intuitive interface. If you want a standard website with standard capabilities – a blog, a static/dynamic front-end, a forum, etc. then use Joomla. Joomla is also a good option for small to mid-tier e-commerce stores. If you want something more powerful for enterprise use, consider Drupal.
It is open-source and flexible enough to power company blogs as well as updated personal journals.
Advantages of WordPress
Multiple Authors: More than one user can work on the contents.
Huge Plug-in Library: There are huge numbers of plugins available in WordPress.
User-Friendly: WordPress’ UI is very easy to use, even any beginner and create a blog page with their themes of their wish, having huge options to select and create the themes as the user wish.
SEO Capabilities: In-built SEO plugins provide strong SEO capability for the pages user creates.
Easy Customization: WordPress has a extensive theme customization system, using which the user with basic knowledge in HTML and CSS can create their own design and style.
Flexibility: Using WordPress anything is possible – run an e-commerce store, host a video site, serve as a portfolio or work as a company blog – create anything using plugins and customized themes available.
Disadvantages of WordPress
Security: There are no default security system available, WordPress is not more secured like Drupal or Joomla, is often the target for hackers, user has to install third-party plugins to boost their WordPress installation’s security.
Incompatibility with Older Plugins: The WordPress team releases new updates frequently to fix security loopholes and patch problems which are often incompatible with older plugins.
Limited Design Options: Even WordPress has infinite customization facilities; most of the themes will explicitly looks like WordPress installations. The WordPress team released few recent updates and improvements that have rectified the problems to some extent.
Limited Content Management Capabilities: WordPress can be a very good system for a blogging site, but unlike Drupal or Joomla it is not a strong CMS system and not capable of supporting a huge number of content.
WordPress is often called a ‘mini CMS’. It isn’t nearly as powerful or capable as Drupal or Joomla, but is easy enough for any lay user. Use WordPress if you want a simple, easy to use blogging solution that looks good and can accommodate multiple authors easily.
Even though Drupal, Joomla and WordPress are open-sources which are built on the same technology, they are varying with their features and capabilities. And hope, this can help you very much to select the CMS which can suite your requirements.