WordPress Vs Drupal Vs Joomla

Drupal, Joomla and WordPress are the three major Content Management Systems (CMS) preferred by most businesses. All have their own respective benefits.



Image Source : WordPress

WordPress was released in 2003 by Matt Mullenwegg. It started out as a blogging platform and has grown significantly in 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.


Easy Installation

Manual Installation of 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.

Easy Customization

Because of it’s 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 website.

User Friendly

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.

Automatic SEO

A website can never be successful unless it’s SEO is done well. WordPress provides an “All in one SEO pack” plugin which optimizes the website automatically for search engines. It saves time of a user and increases the success rate of a website.


Security Risks

Because of it’s high popularity, WordPress is the most common target of hackers. Moreover, the insufficient security of the WordPress itself increases security risks.

Problems In Large Websites

As the website grows, it starts getting more number of visitors per day and it’s been observed that wordpress websites need more robust servers to run flawlessly in such cases.



Image Source : Drupal

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 till 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 ability to smoothly handle busy  websites and large of volume content has made it the first choice of large corporations.

High Performance

A Drupal website page loads more quickly than WordPress and Joomla websites and have faster response times

Offer Great Possibilities

Designing a website in Drupal requires the developer to start from the 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 don’t have a wide variety of themes and plugins to choose from, which makes it less attractive.



Image Source : Joomla

Forked from Mambo, Joomla is an open source Content Management System which 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, but Joomla makes it easier and faster with strength and stability.


Lacks SEO

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 it’s pros and cons and the decision of the users to choose among these three, depends on the type of website they are developing.

About the Author

Mantra is a Business Consultant & strategic thought leader bridging the divide between technology and client satisfaction. With 12 years of knowledge, innovation and hands-on experience in providing consultations to Startups, ISVs & Agencies who need dedicated development & technology partners. He has also lead to the delivery of countless successful projects.
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