(Comparison between Top
Three CMS Platforms)
f creating a website for your business is on the horizon, you may be wondering which
content management system (CMS) is the best choice for you. The three mostly widely used
in these days
are Joomla, WordPress
Drupal. All three are open
developed and maintained by a community of thousands. Not only are all three free to download
and use, but the open
source format means that the platform is continuously being improved to
support new Internet technologies. With all of these sys
tems, basic functions can be enhanced ad
infinitum with an ever
expanding array of add
ons, contributed from their respective
communities. But still there’s no one
all solution here; it depends on your goals,
technical expertise, budget and what
you need your site to do. For a simple blog or brochure
could be the best choice (while very friendly for non
developers, it’s a flexible
platform also capable
of very complex sites). For a complex, highly customized site requiring
scalability and complex content organization,
might be the best choice. For something in
has an easier learning curve,
may be the answer.
Let us discuss each one of
these CMS in detail and highlight their pros and cons with each other.
started as a blogging platform, which has rapidly become the most popular
one. Because of its popularity and enormous community, it has evolved a lot from its original
purpose, and now it is not just a blog, but an all
e web publishing platform or CMS. It is
often labeled as the best CMS out there.
has quickly grown into the most widely used
content management system hosted on SiteGround servers.
New York Times, CNN, Forbes and
the list of
.com clients reads like publishing dream
team. More than 68
million websites use
, making it the world’s favorite blogging software. It is flexible
enough to power fortune 500 company blogs as well as sporadically updated personal journals.
we take a look at some of the advantages and disadvantages of using
was built from the ground
up to accommodate multiple
a crucial feature for any serious publication.
’ is the poster
child of the open
community, which has developed hundreds of thousands of plugins for it. There are few
can’t do with its extensive library of plugins.
’ UI is easy to use and highly intuitive, even for first
bloggers. You can drop a theme, add a few plugins, and start blogging within minutes.
With plugins like All in One SEO, you can start blogging
straight away without wor
rying about on
’ theming system is designed for easy
Anyone with a little grasp of HTML and CSS can customize
themes to fit
can be made to do virtually an
run an e
host a video site, serve as a portfolio or work as a company blog
thanks to plugins and
As the category leading software with millions of installations,
often the target of hackers. The software itself isn’t very secure out of the box and you
will have to install third
party plugins to boost your
ly releases new
updates to fix security loopholes and patch problems. These updates are often
incompatible with older plugins. If your site relies on older plugins, you may have to hold
off on updating (which makes your site all the more susceptible to hac
is infinitely customizable, most
installations still look
installations. Although recent updates
and improvements in plugins/themes have rectified this problem somewhat,
still hampered by limited design options.
was originally designed as a
blogging platform. This has affected its ability to handle large amounts of content. If you
plan to publish hundreds of b
log posts per week (not uncommon for large publishers),
you may find the default
backend a little underwhelming for such high
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
if you want a simple, easy to use
blogging solution that looks good and can accommodate multiple authors easily.
Next one is Drupal which is the
granddaddy of CMS systems on this list
it was first
released in early 2001. Like
and Joomla, Drupal too is open
source and based on
MySQL. Drupal is extremely powerful and developer
friendly, which has made it a popular
choice for feature r
intensive websites like Whitehouse.gov and Data.gov.uk.
Advantages of Drupal
Want a simple blog with a static front page? Drupal can handle that.
Want a powerful backend that can support hundreds of thousands of pages and mill
of users every month? Sure, Drupal can do that as well. The software is powerful and
little wonder why it’s a favorite among developers.
The basic Drupal installation is fairly bare
bones. Developers are
encouraged to cr
eate their own solutions. While this doesn’t make it very friendly for lay
users, it promises a range of possibilities for developers.
Drupal was designed from the ground
up to be search engine
version control and ACL capabilities make Drupal the
CMS of choice for enterprise customers. The software can also handle hundreds of
thousands of pages of content with ease.
Drupal scales effortlessly and is stable even when serving thousands
Disadvantages of Drupal
to Drupal can feel like walking from
your car into a Boeing 747 cockpit
Unless you have
strong coding capabilities and like to
read tons of technical papers, you’ll find Drupal
extremely difficult to use for regular use.
Plugins in Drupal are called ‘modules’. Because of its enterprise
first roots, most good modules are not free.
Drupal installation looks like a desert after a drought. The
lack of themes doesn’t make things any better. You will have to find a good designer if
you want your website to look anything other than a sad relic from 2002 when using
al 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.
Last but not the least, yet still the most powerful CMS platform is Joomla.
source content management software forked from Mambo. It is one of the most popular
CMS solutions in the world and boasts over 30m downloads to date. Joomla powers such
noteworthy sites as Cloud.com, Linux.com, etc.
Advantages of Joomla
, but it’s still relatively easy to use. Those new to
publishing will find its UI polished, flexible and powerful, although there is still a slight
learning curve involved in figuring everything out.
, Joomla too has a strong developer
community. The plugin library (called ‘extensions’ in Joomla) is large with a ton of free
to use, open source plugins.
Joomla extensions are divided into five categories
plugins, templates, modules and languages. Each of these differs in function, power and
capability. Components, for example, work as ‘mini
apps’ that can change the Joomla
installation altogether. Modules, on the other hand, add minor capabilities
content, RSS feeds, and search function to a web page.
, Joomla was originally
designed as an enterprise
grade CMS. This makes it far more capable at handling a large
volume of articles
Disadvantages of Joomla
You can’t jump right into a Joomla installation and start
hammering out new posts if you’re not familiar with the software. The learning curve
isn’t steep, but it can be enough to intimidate
SEO friendly is as easy as installing a free
plugin. With Joomla, you’ll need a ton of work to get to the same level of search engine
friendliness. Unless you have the budget to hire a SEO expert, you
might want to look at
ACL (Access Control List) refers to a list of permissions that
can be granted to specific users for specific pages. ACL is a vital component of any
grade CMS solution. Joomla sta
rted supporting ACL only after version 1.6.
ACL support is still limited in the stable v2.5.1 release, making it unsuitable for
Joomla enables you to build a site with more structural stability and content than
has a fairly intuitive interface. If you want a standard website with standard capabilities
a static/dynamic front
end, a forum, etc. then use Joomla. Joomla is also a good option for small
commerce stores. If you want something
more powerful for enterprise use, consider