WordPress Reigns Supreme But You Should Also Know About Drupal and Joomla
If you’re reading this article chances are you’ve previously built a website or you’re just planning to build one now. Today, in 2016, it’s absolutely no wonder – everyone is building websites, from high school students and entrepreneurs to small, medium and large businesses.
Most people want to use the easiest method when it comes to building a website and all of them usually go straight to WordPress. In the last couple of years, WordPress has emerged as the most hassle-free and straightforward method to building an online presence.
This is nothing to be surprised at – WordPress has a huge following of satisfied customers who are often also chief advocates of the platform. The devotion some people feel towards WordPress is nothing short of remarkable – the company has managed to turn casual users into product evangelists who advocate for it at every turn. Also, a lot of those users are also developers who spend a fair bit of time building various plug-ins, themes, and other things in order to enhance WordPress and take it to another level.
But, even though it might seem so to the casual observer, WordPress isn’t the only website builder out there. It might reign as a king for now on but its place is never uncontested. For what is worth, WordPress is the most popular content management system. It’s powering over a 100 million websites today and that number is only growing on a day to day basis.
Here are some reasons why WordPress is popular:
- It’s easy to set up – WordPress is so popular that a lot of hosting services offer an automated WordPress install. Everything is literally done in less than 5 minutes.
- It’s free – Beginners rejoice at the fact that this CMS is completely free to use. Not only that, it offers a ton of free plug-ins that will help you run your website more smoothly and efficiently.
- It’s endlessly customizable – Thanks to its huge following WordPress has a legion of users who will often create free templates and plug-ins that others can use without charge.
- It has great support – And we’re not talking about your regular support system, the one that can take hours or even days to come back to you. WordPress’ large community is always online and asking a question on the forum means that you will almost instantly get an answer.
But as we’ve mentioned, WordPress is not the only CMS worth nothing. There are some other contestants in this niche that also bear a mention.
Joomla is the second most used content management system and it’s only eclipsed by WordPress itself. In certain areas, Joomla is way more sophisticated than WordPress. It has some advanced features such as better user and contact management and built-in features that are only available in WordPress through plug-ins. With that in mind, it’s important to note that Joomla has over 6,000 themes and a fair number of plug-ins that are all at your disposal, mostly for free.
Some of Joomla’s strong suits are:
- Commerce sites – Joomla is suited for making e-commerce sites quick and easy. While it’s possible to make them using WordPress as well, it usually requires a bit more work and customization than with Joomla.
- Support – Joomla’s online community is also very good at solving problems and your questions won’t go unanswered if you ask them at Joomla Portal.
- Integrated multilingual capabilities – It’s possible to manage languages used on a site. On WordPress, this is only possible through plug-ins.
However, even though Joomla is user-friendly, it is not as intuitive as WordPress. The admin panel can look intimidating to beginners and is a lot more technical than the one with WordPress. Also, Joomla has no official theme library like WordPress.
The third largest CMS out there is Drupal. Drupal is also free but lags behind WordPress and Joomla because it is also the most technical. There is nothing wrong with that – Drupal is also the most powerful amongst the three. It’s intended for people who like to get their hands dirty and who have a technical background and time and knowledge to wrestle with its advanced feature.
Some of Drupal’s strong points are:
- Complete control – Developers using Drupal have complete control over everything, including themes, content presentation, jQuery integration, views and more.
- Improved performance – When it comes to performance, Drupal easily tops both Joomla and WordPress. It has faster load and response time because it uses fewer resources and requires a less expensive hosting option.
- Free – As other two CMS’ in the top three, Drupal is also free save for the hosting.
- Customizable – Drupal goes a step further and allows developers to make significant changes to root files directly. This allows for even more customizability than with WordPress and Joomla.
Advanced usability and cool features come with a price. There are only just over 500 themes available on Drupal and it has a lot fewer plug-ins available than Joomla and WordPress. Beginners will struggle with Drupal and as a CMS, it is only advisable to people who have some basic knowledge of PHP, HTML, and other programming languages.
Is It a Contest?
A lot of people are under an impression that WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal are pitted against each other and that they are fierce competitors. In some ways they are – all are CMS platforms that allow you to build and manage websites.
In other aspects, some of which are more important, these 3 CMS platforms are actually egging each other on and benefiting from this rivalry. Basically, they serve different parts of the CMS niche.
Drupal – This one is perfect for advanced web projects. If you know what you’re doing use Drupal and make sure that your web page stands head and shoulders above all others. Drupal pages are faster and more responsive but only if you know what you are doing.
Joomla – Joomla has great content management features and it’s perfect for sites with a lot of content such as government sites or educational sites. It’s relatively simple to use but you should have some technical expertise to be able to use it properly.
WordPress – from complex sites to simple blogs, WordPress is still the best choice there today. One of its main selling points is its simplicity and ease of use – everyone, regardless of how much they now about coding and HTML, would be able to set up a WordPress page in less than a couple of hours. People who are actually computer literate do it in less than 10 minutes.
All of these platforms have their strong suits and their weaknesses but each one is making the other one better so this type of competition in the CMS niche is benefiting users immensely. Are there any other CMS’ you’d like to add to the list? Drop down by the comments section and let us know!