WordPress, Drupal and Joomla: Which One Is the Best?

WordPress, Drupal and Joomla: Which One Is the Best?

There are plenty of content management systems out there, but when it comes to usability and popularity, three content management systems rank high above all others. Those three content management systems are WordPress, Joomla and Drupal. If you ask developers “which CMS is best?” you will find most people are supporting these three.

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However, the problem is you can’t use all of them for one web development project. So, which one is truly best for all types of web development projects? Some may vote for Drupal and some may vote for WordPress, but there is one thing that you need to know first. While all these 3 content management systems are really good and offer plenty of tools to make the web development process easier, each of them have some drawbacks as well.

Which CMS is best?

Some people think that WordPress and Joomla are highly popular because they are in the market for several years, but it is not true. In fact, Joomla is not even 10 years old. In the year 2005, Joomla was first launched in the market, WordPress was launched in 2003 and Drupal was launched in 2000. So, it is not about being the “oldest” but the “most useful” that matters the most.

However, if you have basic knowledge about web development then you should know that WordPress, Drupal and Joomla, the three musketeers in the world of content management system have a basic similarity at their core. All of them are open source content management system. In fact, the birth of open source content management systems changed the web development business forever. They gave power to millions of people all over the world to build their own website. Some of the biggest brands have developed their corporate websites based on these content management systems.

In this post, you will get a detailed idea of pros and cons of WordPress, Drupal and Joomla. Read carefully to take an informed decision.

WordPress

WordPress

Advantages

  • Open source: Many newbie developer start practicing with WordPress at the early stage of their career because it is open source. “Open source” basically means anyone can download the source code of the software and change it accordingly to suit his requirements. Besides, WordPress does not charge you anything for using the platform.
  • Easy setup: Don’t consider this as a marketing message to attract more users. WordPress is literally the easiest CMS for beginners. The setup time is as low as 5 minutes. There are plenty of tutorial on WordPress and you can go through them to learn the setup process.
  • Customization: There are hundreds of free themes available in the WordPress site. If you are not happy with them, you can also go for free themes available in various blogs. Even the most inexperienced web developers can use these themes to give their sites an attractive look. The themes are completely customizable and suit the brand persona of your company. There are also thousands of plug-ins for adding many features to the site. From SEO to social media share, you get a plug-in for anything you can imagine.

Disadvantages

  • Security: Security is always a concern when you use open source content management systems, but WordPress is probably one of the weakest CMS when it comes to security. The problem with open source is that the source code is available to everyone. So, hackers can easily find a flaw in your system and steal the data.
  • Maintenance cost: You can download and use WordPress for free, but the cost of hosting is not very cheap. Besides, if you wish to develop an e-commerce website, the cost will be greater because the e-commerce tools are not cheap.
  • Customization is not easy: Don’t get me wrong. WordPress gives you easy customization tools, but if you want to truly customize it as per your choice then you need web programming knowledge.

Joomla

Joomla

Advantages

  • Hassle free setup: Just like WordPress, Joomla can be installed within a few minutes.
  • Robust extensions: This open source CMS offers a range of plug-ins for enhancing the website content. You can add various features to you site without writing any custom codes.
  • Great user permissions: If you want to build a site where multiple admins can get access to the backend panel without disturbing each other’s work, then Joomla is your best choice. This versatile CMS allows you to set up nine different types of user permissions.

Disadvantages

  • Customization: Advanced customization can be a problem if you are new in the field of web development. If you want advanced features, you should take help of a veteran web developer.
  • Good, but not great for SEO: Search engine optimization is necessary to make a site visible on Google. Although, Joomla is not SEO unfriendly, it is not as good as WordPress.

Drupal

Drupal

Advantages

  • Versatile: Drupal can practically do anything. There are hundreds of modules in Drupal and these can be used for getting new features. Most of the modules are maintained by other developers, but the good news is you get them for free.

Disadvantages

  • Requires knowledge: Out of the three most popular content management systems, Drupal is probably the most difficult. You need to have vast experience in web development to design a site in Drupal.

So, as you can see, each CMS offers some advantages as well as disadvantages. Basically, you need to make the choice after considering the requirements of your project. For example, if you want to create a blog, then WordPress is ideal and if you are planning to build a dynamic site where content will be added often, Drupal is a better option.

When you decide the ideal CMS for your web development project, you can contact a good web development company for the job. Make sure that the developers are experienced and their service charge is within your budget.

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8 Responses to “WordPress, Drupal and Joomla: Which One Is the Best?”


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    Joel Anthony says:

    Thank you and God bless you friend.

    I need your suggestion for a website that I know will be full of content and resources management as well as frequent update. The website in view is planned to be very wide and so I’ve chosen to mix up the platforms with each of the subdomain. The website is for a ministry and already has multiples of singles outreach for the youths, meaning their will be need for forum and blogs and with the vision to make it versatile as social network. For that I’ve chosen WordPress even but I still need your suggestions.

    So my questions (re-picked out) are:
    — Which platform will be the best for the Official Ministry site with commercial features, and stand as a central site for another 5 site. And,
    — Which of these three would you suggest for a multi-social site?
    — Any other suggestion’s please?

    Thanks.


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      Paul Salmon says:

      Hi Joel,

      I would stick with WordPress for your website. There is a lot of support for the platform online, so you can probably find everything you need for your website with a few searches.


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    Christopher says:

    Thank you so much for this excellent article. Recently, I was trying to decide which of these platforms to build my blog. I ultimately chose WordPress because of ease of use. After reading this article, being a novice blogger, I think I made the right decision.


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    Mathew Clark says:

    As discussed above in the post all the three content management systems are open source and very popular in this website development field. Many corporate companies have build their own website using these content management system. All are have their own advantages and disadvantages but their core working is very similar. Many advancements are done to each of them after certain period of time making them better and better day by day. All the information given out through this post will surely help to those who wants to choose a better content management system for developing their own website and web design new york has provided many more pros and cons for the same.
    Thank you for this informative post.


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    Thomas says:

    Thanks Paul for sharing such information on different tools of CMS. All the 3 Word Press, Joomla Drupal are excellent for CMS. Many designers use one of the three for CMS which ever feels designer better to use. I have read your blog thoroughly and nice to see detail explanation of CMS tools snd much details is also there for help at web design new York. Thank you for good points on Word Press, Joomla, and Drupal.


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    Gary Moore says:

    Which CMS would you choose to understand better, if you were a newbie to the field, and why?


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      Paul Salmon says:

      I would choose WordPress, and recommend it to many that are just starting out. WordPress is probably the most popular CMS right now, and the amount of support online is unmatched.


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    Rishona says:

    Hello Paul! Great point about multiple user capabilities in Joomla. That’s my main draw to Joomla. While my own site is done with WordPress, and most sites I work on are WordPress sites, you really can’t beat the built in power of user permissions in Joomla. If I know that a site is going to serve as a publishing platform for multiple authors/users, Joomla is my go-to CMS.

    Sadly Joomla seems to be really lacking in terms of the development of extensions. This is where WordPress really comes ahead (I’ve never worked with Drupal, but I hear it beats Drupal in this area as well). True WordPress attracts developers because it is so popular. While this doesn’t make WordPress “better”, it gives a web developer a lot more to play with in terms of choosing not only extensions and plugins, but themes and templates as well.

    Great synopsis overall though!

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