Choosing the right Content Management System (CMS) when creating a website isn't the easiest thing to do. Especially if you don’t have earlier experience. Even though there are a lot of different systems to choose from, Wordpress, Joomla and Drupal are classified as the three most popular and powerful ones. So what makes them become the three largest content management systems? We will go through each one of them briefly, both their cons and pros.
WordPress is today the world’s most popular content management system. It is powering over 60 million websites. A crazy high number, which shows that WordPress has taken the world by storm! So how does it come that it is so popular?
Easy to Install - There are many web hosting companies offering automated WordPress installs in their hosting environment. So, you can actually get a brand new website up-and-running in no longer than a few minutes!
Customizable - WordPress is the content management system with the most plug-ins, themes and other customizations available. Because of its widespread popularity, more third-party developers and designers will create relatively inexpensive new WordPress tools to help you create/start a blog. Some developers and designers will even do it for free!
Community Support - If you ever have any questions or issues about your WordPress site, you can just easily tap into the millions of people using and supporting WordPress. Within minutes and for free, WordPress support forum can answer any questions or issues you might have.
Low Cost - WordPress is a cost-effective option, making it a great choice for smaller business and non-profits.
The most hacked CMS - Even though it’s the most popular CMS, it’s also the most hacked one. Because if it’s low security, largeness and that many of the sites are self-hosted, makes it attractive to potential hackers. In the matter of security, a more powerful system, like Drupal, would be a better alternative.
Lacking in its architecture - Historically, WordPress was made for blogs. As websites today requires a lot more than they did earlier, the architecture of WordPress makes it lacking. For example, while WordPress does have a variety of e-commerce plug-ins available, they do not have high functionality like other systems offer. Further, WordPress does not offer the ability to natively define multiple content areas within one template which can make managing different sections of content more difficult.
Not possible making structural website changes - What makes WordPress an easy-to-use framework is because it locks down the ability for most users to make visual edits. That means, you can’t make structural website changes without any help from a developer and/or designer.
Limited permissions - Unlike other content management systems, WordPress does not give you the ability to create groups and assigns permissions to various people. Therefore, you cannot regulate which sections specific staff members can edit on the site.
Joomla, the second most popular CMS. Similar to WordPress, Joomla also has a lot of plug-ins and themes available to choose from. Therefore, customizing your website shouldn’t be a problem. So what are the pros that makes Joomla to the second most popular CMS?
Social Network - For many sites, Social network can be a very powerful asset. With Joomla, you can have one up and running extremely quickly and easily.
Commerce Sites - It tends to require a bit more effort and special customizations to set up eCommerce shops with both Wordpress and Drupal than with Joomla. Joomla makes this process quicker and less painless.
Not too Technical - Joomla is a great combination between ease of managing, like a WordPress website, and powerful, almost like a Drupal site. As it’s not too technical, people should be able to run a Joomla made site without need any technical support.
Help Portal - Joomla has a great help portal where people can ask questions about any issues they might have about their Joomla site.
Limited marketplace (modules) - Joomla has a quite limited marketplace when it comes to adding modules to your site. Even though it is still fairly easy to customize, it can be difficult to find something specific that you need.
Small amount of plug-ins and themes - Beginners might find Joomla a bit poor as it doesn’t offer as many plug-ins and themes which WordPress and Drupal do. Users can sometimes find that there isn’t enough to create the exact desired experience.
Is not as powerful as Drupal - There is strength in Joomla’s complexity, but some people might need an even more powerful CMS as their website starts to gain traction.
Drupal is the today’s third most popular content management system. It is one of the most powerful open sourced option available. This means that it’s learning curve is a bit steeper as well. So what makes Drupal excels itself from the rest?
Technically Advanced - Compared to WordPress and Joomla, Drupal is the most technically advanced content management system.
Improved performance - Drupal pages loading time is quicker and also has a faster response time than those made with either WordPress or Joomla. One of the reasons to this is because Drupal is less resource-intensive, requiring a less expensive server or hosting setup.
Customizable - Drupal is easy to customize with access to many available plug-ins, themes and other configurable options. Editing root files directly is also possible, which is perfect for those developers who need make more significant changes.
Requires knowledge of web programming languages - Even though Drupal is the most powerful content management system, this can lead to some difficulties for the website owner. For those considering Drupal, having basic knowledge of HTML, PHP and other common web programming languages is essential. Not that you need to be an expert, but being able to troubleshoot error messages and identify code problems will make it a lot easier.
Could require technical expertise - It could be necessary to have or hire technical expertise if your website starts to gain traction, evolving beyond a simple business site or site, making sure that it continues to run smoothly. This could be a bit of a problem as it might be a bit more difficult to find someone with advanced knowledge of Drupal’s steep learning curve.
Lack of Community Support - There is no option as to have your website hosted by Drupal themselves.
Whether which CMS you should choose when making a brand new website, depends on your requires. Choosing the right one can be difficult as they’re all good options. They are great in their own unique ways and chances are high that one of these three will fit your unique situation. The following recitals give a quick overview of the three CMS.
- Wordpress → The best choice for beginners because it’s easy to use. It works especially well for those websites that are small or medium sized - blogs and smaller e-commerce stores.
- Joomla → It is great for social networking websites or e-commerce. However, it requires a basic understanding of technical skills.
- Drupal → Is the most difficult, but also the most powerful CMS of them all. It does require a good well understanding of HTML, VS and PHP.