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Joomla, WordPress, and Drupal – The “Top Three” Are Getting More Similar

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Are you looking out to select a Content Management System? You might come across thousands of options to choose from, but consider only the Top three – Joomla, WordPress and Drupal, though selecting any one of it – tends to be really difficult.

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The “Top Three” are getting more similar

The reason for all of us to rejoice is that these top three have evolved over several years, facilitating developers to learn and unlearn things from and about each other’s expertise. If we consider everything, these top three systems are growing similar to each other, than different.

Time flies by, making them more similar to each other, and developers on all three Content management systems are intensely aware of developments on each other’s front. In fact this competition makes them work consistently to add more features, which ultimately works to your advantage.

I would say; they still have some differences – the ones that you cannot discount.

Joomla

Pros:

  • Powerful yet user-friendly interface; I personally find it to be the best interface amongst the thee, basically for managing large amounts of articles.
  • If you are sure that your site will have to deal with a lot of articles and, might not need addition of any features – Joomla would certainly work to your favor. Still if you feel you might need to add up some features, seek some professional help for better results.

Cons:

  • One of the major disadvantages, as it may sound so, is that it’s in the middle of the gamut. WordPress is at the “user friendly – basic tasks made easy” end. Drupal is at the” extensively customizable/first choice for developers/slight learning curve” end.
  • This means Joomla is at a cross road, as it is not convenient and attractive as WordPress, at the same time it is not the first choice of a lot of developers alike Drupal.
  • If you know what all and how many features you might need on your website – Joomla is not the option for you. Though; Joomla community has been actively offering tons of modules, they are hard to find and even harder to maintain – these days. Here, I would say WordPress and Drupal steal the show.

WordPress

  • High profile sites including The New York Observer
  • Plugins are those little programs that add features in WordPress.

Pros:

  • If you think that WordPress is only for blogs, I am sure you need to upgrade yourself on this.
  • WordPress successfully handles specialized content types form multiple authors, and pretty much anything that you as a user would expect from a CMS.
  • Easy to learn and use, is what makes WordPress legendary. It happens to be your best choice because of its sweet user interface and meets all your website needs – if they are plain vanilla flavor.

Cons:

  • If you cannot discount heavy customization of your site – Drupal is certainly a better choice.
  • WordPress developers have all the rights to disagree with me here, especially with more than 15,000 WordPress Plugins, they certainly can.
  • One thing you need to know here is that, core WordPress program need frequent updates, and these updates can often disturb your existing plugins and hence the site.
  • Drupal, however; handles this appropriately and on priority – core updates don’t disturb your setup.
  • Drupal is all equipped to be extended with hundreds of modules.
  • The only thing that needs serious consideration is to pick up right plugins for your WordPress site.

Drupal

Pros:

  • Drupal is equipped to do almost anything that you want to do for your website.
  • Designed specifically to leverage new and several features through modules, Drupal is maintained by professional developers. Some of these modules are available for free today also.

Cons:

  • Drupal has a reputation of being a challenge for all those who are not programmers. Are you a programmer?
  • Though the recently released Drupal 7 boasts about improvements for easy usage, it is not as easy as WordPress.
  • Core Drupal is not that impressive, however; the fun begins once you start adding the modules.
  • Anticipating a complex site for yourselves, I would suggest you to hire Professional Drupal developers.

Decision Making Time:

I tried articulating, the factors that could and should affect your choice. Please feel free to share your views and opinions in the comments box below.

Whichever CMS you select; the secret is to “keep upgrading”. Coming years promise that the top three will be more user friendly, more powerful and of course – more similar.

About the Author:

Chirag Shivalker
Chirag Shivalker is one of the very few business writers with flair of social commentary through his technical writing. With A decade long experience in technology writing and trend analysis Chirag is an expert in technology and technological trends along with business writing. Technology in mind and words at will Chirag is an all-rounder who has established his writing capabilities’ in multiple technology disciplines.
  • http://halcyonwebdesign.com.ph/ johnjoepeach

    We’ve been using both Drupal and WordPress in creating websites for our client needs. Most of our basic/simple websites are created through WordPress and the highly-customized and more complex websites are created through Drupal. This is a proof to the analyses above regarding the pros and cons of both CMS. I just don’t have idea on what’s it about with Joomla for the simple reason that we don’t use it.

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