All the best websites on the internet is powered by CMS ( Content Management System), this allow to make changes in the website without disturbing the coding part. WordPress, Joomla and Drupal are the three main ruling the Content Management System. Around 23% of the websites are powered by WordPress. All the 3 have their own Pros and Cons and a lot in common too. Here, we’ll discuss about the comparisons of WordPress,Joomla and Drupal.
WordPress vs Joomla vs Drupal
Common things in WordPress,Joomla and Drupal
All the 3 CMS have some terms of technologies, community and philosophy in common
- All the three are open source licensed under GPL.
- They use templates for visual appearances, themes,extensions for extending features, modules and plugins
- WordPress, Joomla and Drupal are written in PHP
- All Are community driven projects
- They support MYSQL while Drupal and Joomla support other DBMS
Now lets see the comparisons of WordPress, Joomla and Drupal based upon
- Beginner Friendliness
- Support Options
- Themes & Addons
- Localization and Multilingual Support
WordPress can be installed within clicks, many hosting providers offers this facilities. And this makes the beginners to start working on blogs without making use of much times. This is better when compared with Joomla and Drupal. It will be in an user friendly ways with easy menus.
Joomla installation takes some time with simple steps and it is not as of WordPress. Every beginner will enter into an control panel after the installation and this will not as an straightforward method of WordPress. In order to customize the site there need to do many steps. For experts it will be more powerful than wordpress but not for beginners.
Installation of Drupal is similar to WordPress and Drupal, need to run the installation script. It is bit complicated for the beginners. The pre packaged Drupal bundles with the configuration and Modules is known as distributions and which is used to create more specific kinds of websites.
- SUPPORT OPTIONS
It has a strong community of users. You can also find wordpress help on docs, handbooks, official support forums, stack exchange, codex and on almost every forum about web design and developments. Many sites offering free tutorials for the beginners. There is also Paid support apart from free. Wordpress developers are affordable for many business.
Joomla has an extensive documentation which is so valuable source for the learners. Users can also join in forums like IRC chatrooms, mailing list and much more. Joomla also having paid supports. Unlike wordpress affording experts are quite difficult. Hiring an expert may also cost more than WordPress.
Drupal has a proactive community of users and fans. Support options are same as that of both WordPress and Joomla. Drupal Helps in connecting users to companies and developers making professional services.
3.THEMES & ADDONS
With the aid of themes wordpress allows users to change the appearances of their website. WordPress has some pre installed themes. You can install free themes from your appearance page by clicking on add new button. Many premium themes are also available by third parties like ThemeLab, Themify and Studiopress. There are more than 38k wordpress plugins are available in wordpress plugin directory for free.
Joomla also comes with extensions and templates. It is having great extensions for creating a simple ecommerce store to an managing email. The qualities of these extensions and templates are not high as wordpress. Joomla doesn’t have any feature that allows users to install extensions and templates from admin area. For extensions you can add from web feature but there is no feature for templates user have to search manually.
Users have to manually search for modules and themes that they want to add, then need to locate the particular zip file url. After that they can install themes and modules. The overall feature is lacking on comparing with WordPress.
- Localization and Multilingual Support
For building a Multilingual site wordpress offers a good platform. It does not support many languages out of the core, but with the aid of some plugins we can create wordpress multilingual website.
It is available in 53 languages, by clicking on the admin area new languages can also be installed. Most popular plugin and themes are available in multiple languages. And this makes wordpress a best platform for multilingual and non-english websites.
Without installing any extension Joomla allows to handle Multilingual websites. Steps -> Language Manager ->Add a Content Lang and make your multilingual website. Translations are also available.
Drupal has Built in support to handle multilingual and non-english websites, by enabling content translation module and locale.
Since wordpress is the most best and popular Content Management system in the world and it is targeted by hackers often. It is built on secure code, and it is alos have an auto update feature that allows to update the wordpress website when there is any new security issues. It can also be secured by automatic backups.
A built in mechanism shows plugins and themes updates, helping in security issues.
When Comes to security Joomla is similar to WordPress. They instantly respond to security issues, but installing updates and maintaining website is based upon the user. Backup options is also available in Joomla.
They publish security issues on their own website as they were discovered & patched. Since Drupal is not popular as wordpress or Joomla these sites won’t be hacked and so there is a perception that Drupal is more secure.
All the three WordPress, Joomla and Drupal are excellent Content Management System. When compared with WordPress, Joomla and Drupal has many built-in features. But WordPress overcomes them with many features like Global community, ease of use, themes and plugins.