CMS Software Comparison: WordPress vs. Joomla vs. Drupal

CMS Software Comparison: WordPress vs. Joomla vs. Drupal

When it comes to Content Management Systems (CMS) the top names are currently the popular WordPress, the cool Joomla, and the brawny Drupal.

But which is best and why?

The Contenders

  1. WordPress is the best blogging platform available. As a CMS used in other ways than blogging, it can be a viable solution, but is not nearly as potent as Joomla or Drupal.
    • Pros: WordPress is the easiest of all CMS to install and to use.
    • Cons: WordPress is not as inviting for developers as its rivals.
  2. Drupal is the most powerful CMS for developers. Not all developers, but those who simply love to write code. Of all the three CMS’s, Drupal is the one that most resembles a developer platform.
    • Pros: Drupal is ideal for developers wishing to write all the code themselves. Can be used to build ultra-fast websites.
    • Cons: Drupal is nerdy, lacking the accessibility of WordPress or Joomla. Targets developers rather than designers, and features rather plain themes, which cannot hope to rival with those of the competition.
  3. Joomla is a mix between WordPress and Drupal. It blends the accessibility of the former with the power of the latter. Yet it’s neither as user-friendly as WordPress nor as brawny as Drupal.
    • Pros: Joomla fits both developers and designers and has improved considerably in the last few years.
    • Cons: Joomla is becoming more and more user friendly, but it’s not quite there yet.


Round One: Setup

WordPress > Joomla > Drupal

Anyone can install WordPress. But it takes patience, determination, and courage to install Drupal.

Round Two: Plugins

Drupal/Joomla > WordPress

Drupal plugins truly enhance the CMS. WordPress has probably almost as many plugins as Joomla and Drupal put together, but many of its plugins do what the rival CMS’s do out of the box.

Round Three: Themes

Joomal/WordPress > Drupal

WordPress and Joomla both offer great themes. Drupal simply lacks attractive themes.

Round Four: Documentation

Drupal > Joomla > WordPress

Since it’s made for developers, Drupal has the better documentation. WordPress has improved its documentation lately, but it still lags behind.

Round Five: Administration

WordPress > Joomla > Drupal

WordPress is simple to administer. Administering Drupal is daunting for the beginner.

Bottom Line?

WordPress is user-friendly, best for bloggers.
Drupal is powerful, best for coders.
Joomla is a bit of both, more than WordPress but less than Drupal.