It has only been just over a few years that WordPress has started making its presence known in the CMS domain. Drupal and Joomla seem to have been fighting for the top space for what seems like ages. Both have always been open source and have allowed their thousands of users to help develop them and extend the possibilities available through them. WordPress, over the past year or so, has definitely managed to create the biggest market in this war.
All three have their pros and cons. While you can build websites with all of them, it entirely depends on your comfort level with any of these three content management systems and what you are actually looking to achieve in the online world. If you don’t use two of them, it does not make them inferior. It is just that you are more comfortable with the third one.
WordPress – Is it only for blogging?
WordPress is an excellent resource which lets you create websites that reflect your thoughts. While a majority of the WordPress crowd uses the application for blogging purposes, there are unlimited things that you can do with it. WordPress is one of the easiest content management systems to use - this is true is some ways but extremely difficult in others. All you need to do is install it on your PC and you can access it when you have an Internet connection. With WordPress, you just need to know what you want to do and you really don’t need to learn how it works.
The advantage that WordPress has over the other two content management systems is that it is the quickest to use. It is already developed as a blog application and you can even use it to create a website. There are some in built features available with WordPress – comments, pinging, multiple profiles as a blogger, trackbacks and so on and so forth. Most of the time, these features are available the way you would want them to be and you don’t need to break your head deciding on how to use them.
However, there are certain limitations to the benefits where you can put WordPress to use. There are definite limitations to the customization that you can do with Wordpress. WordPress receives its share of complaints from the community and when you try to upgrade, you may face more bugs than fixes.
Drupal – Absolutely simple to use for developers
If you love HTML and love to write code and tweak with the background source of your webpage then Drupal is the solution for you. Drupal is more of a platform for developers than a typical CMS. It does not mean that only developers can work on Drupal but they definitely feel more at ease on this website. But even for the developers, Drupal demands some hard work. It’s not candy for children. Drupal is also more robust, secure, scalable and well-supported that either Wordpress and Joomla.
You can use various functions and tags that you can use in Drupal. There are different nodes and all of them have their separate tags and commands that you can place accordingly so as to manipulate the way your website functions. If you are not into coding, you can try and use it to learn great coding. For those that are already into coding, Drupal can offer some great challenges and their fixes to enable them to create some really classy and cool websites.
The websites that you create with Drupal are bound to be great from the way they function, but when it comes to looks, the other two may be better - but that also depends on the team you have at your disposal - the better the design team - the better the user interface and/or theme (i.e., the look and feel of the website). There are some websites built with Drupal that will take your breath away. If on the other hand; however, the themes available in the Drupal would bear testimony to better graphical user interfaces combined with the significan better usability to complement its strong development capability, it could simply be out of this world.
Joomla – Just build websites
While WordPress is for the more novice users and Drupal for the more advanced ones, then Joomla is definitely for those with an orientation towards designing. In fact, Joomla, which means “all together” in Swahili, is a mix of all of this. This is why so many people are so fond of this content management system.
Designers prefer Joomla because of the myriad of possibilities it offers in terms of designing a website. Those that are new to Joomla will feel at home because the developers are really creating some fantastic tools to make it more and more easy to use. Developers also prefer this CMS because of the very many options they get to develop and customize this website. Joomla has a new MVC framework so that anyone with any kind of knowledge can override the CMS code without having to modify the original code that is there.
However, if there is one disadvantage with Joomla it is that it is less flexible with its code compared to the Drupal CMS. While it is possible to override the CMS code, there are some parts of Joomla where you cannot do as much with it as much you can do with, say, Drupal. Drupal also lets you use one database and backend to run multiple websites but Joomla does not.
When it comes to WordPress, Joomla is not that user friendly. Those that are not so well versed with the Internet or website designing always seem to prefer WordPress.
While there are multiple options for you to use, choose the one that fits your requirement the best. All of them push us forward and all are open source. It is for us to feel comfortable and create the best website using one of them.