WordPress, Joomla and Drupal: comparison

When creating a website, you may get a little bit lost with regards to what content management to chose. In this article I want to overview three the most popular cms to facilitate this choice. Each of them is open-source and maintained by thousands of developers from all the corners of the globe. It means they all can be easily downloaded and used. Being an open-source, it’s got a lot of advantages over the rest of website solutions. These platforms are constantly improved to make sure they all support the latest Internet technologies.

Being honest, I won’t be able to give you one true solution. The choice of cms totally depends on your goals, technical knowledge, budgets and business requirements. Something simple like a website-brochure or a blogging platform can be built on WordPress (a user-friendly platform that can be used by non-developers and customized to the level of complex websites). Complex content organization such as Drupal is required for the sites built with an intention to scale up. Joomla is an easier alternative to the above content management systems, something in between, more complicated than WordPress but way simpler than Drupal.

At the stage when you might need help when running one of these cms, you can easily find it on various forums. Besides, you also can find free support through your website. Upon having paid support, you may get consulted round-the-clock by the third parties such as developers, designers and other online consultants. All these systems will be available for the foreseeable future. Thus, I’d say, it’s important to spend some time learning a system to be able to manage your site yourself.

If you chose WordPress or Joomla, you’ll be able to order many different options, features and plugins to cater to your special needs. Drupal will give you all the privileges of customization.

Let’s compare these three platforms and look into details.

Drupal is a powerful tool for building complex websites. However, it requires technical expertise and experience to maintain the site in the future. It’s free to install. But you need to be tech-savvy and have understanding of all three CMS. If you don’t think you’re proficient enough to maintain it yourself or hire somebody who would do this job for you, Drupal may be not the best option for you. However, with each new update it’s becoming easier and easier to use. All the features are there to categorize and organize complex content. Hence, if you plan to build a complex website that require complex organization of the content and its interiors, Drupal would be the best solution for that.

Joomla is a simpler alternative to Drupal with a strong social networking features. You’ve also got a control over what content part should be cached and what shouldn’t. In comparison to WordPress, Joomla allows you to build a website with more flexibility. Besides, it supports social networking features, e-commerce, etc.

WordPress may become an ideal option for those web users who have very little knowledge of programming. Without technical experience and expertise it’s quite easy to install this cms and maintain. It can be used for simple websites such everyday blogging and news sites. A wide range of add-ons and plugins can become very useful in order to customize the look of WordPress-based website. Most of them are available for free.

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