Drupal, Joomla, and WordPress are the three major Content Management Systems (CMS) preferred by most businesses. All have their own respective benefits.
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WordPress was released in 2003 by Matt Mullenwegg. It started out as a blogging platform and has grown significantly in the past several years. Now it supports over 60 million websites, making it the world’s most popular Content Management System. Some well-known websites like Forbes, CNN, SONY, etc, use WordPress.
Manual Installation of the WordPress website can be done in less than an hour. Moreover, there are many web hosting companies that provide installation of WordPress websites and can have them active in under five minutes.
Because of its high popularity, designers prefer to create themes and plugins for WordPress websites and this is the reason why there are over 2000 free themes and 27000+ plugins for customization of the website.
With easy to use interface, WordPress is getting high popularity among developers. Whether it’s the development of a blogging site or a video site, WordPress makes it simple and pain-free for the users.
A website can never be successful unless its SEO is done well. WordPress provides an “All in one SEO pack” plugin that optimizes the website automatically for search engines. It saves the time for a user and increases the success rate of a website.
Because of its high popularity, WordPress is the most common target of hackers. Moreover, the insufficient security of WordPress itself increases security risks.
Problems In Large Websites
As the website grows, it starts getting more visitors per day, and it’s been observed that WordPress websites need more robust servers to run flawlessly in such cases.
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Drupal is a powerful open-source program, which makes it the first choice of technical professionals. It was released in 2001 by Dries Buytaert and has achieved over 15 million downloads to date. Websites like whitehouse.gov, data.gov.uk, etc. are supported by Drupal.
Flexibility and Stability
The power and flexibility of Drupal are its key features. It’s the ability to smoothly handle busy websites and large volume content has made it the first choice of large corporations.
A Drupal website page loads more quickly than WordPress and Joomla websites and has faster response times
Offer Great Possibilities
Designing a website in Drupal requires the developer to start from scratch. While it may be inconvenient for amateur users, it provides great possibilities for professional developers.
Need Prior Knowledge
To make a Drupal website, one needs to have basic knowledge of HTML, PHP, and other basic programming languages.
Lack Of Themes And Plugins
Drupal doesn’t have a wide variety of themes and plugins to choose from, which makes it less attractive.
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Forked from Mambo, Joomla is an open-source Content Management System that was released in 2005. With over 30 million downloads, it is one of the most popular CMS in the world. Joomla powers websites like Linux, Warner Bros, etc
Simple And Compelling
Joomla has successfully filled the gap between simple and powerful CMW solutions. It has the simplicity of WordPress and the power of Drupal, which increases its flexibility to be used for any type of website.
Fast E-commerce Websites
E-commerce and social networking websites are the expertise of Joomla. Although these are possible with Drupal and WordPress too, Joomla makes it easier and faster with strength and stability.
Unlike WordPress, one can not automate SEO in Joomla. A lot of work is needed to be done to get the same level of optimization in Joomla websites.
Finite ACL Support
ACL (Access Control List) is crucial for an enterprise-grade CMS. In Joomla, ACL is limited, making it unsuitable for large corporations.
All three Content Management Systems are good in their own way. Each one of them has its pros and cons, and the decision of the users to choose among these three depend on the type of website they are developing.