WordPress vs Joomla
Which CMS to Choose for Your Website? A CMS is short for a Content Management System and is one of the first and perhaps the most essential things required to get any website or a blog up and running. To complete read this article and understand now everything about CMS.
Like we saw in some of the earlier posts, a domain and good web hosting represent some of the starting points when you’re looking to create a personal or a professional blog, or build a website.
The more hawk-eyed of our readers will notice that one of the things that I mentioned in one of those articles that is also essential to getting a website up and live was a CMS.
A CMS is perhaps the easiest way to ‘build’ a website. It’s usually a piece of software or program – like WordPress – that you can install on your blog (often using easy ‘one-click’ installation methods).
What any CMS does is provide you with 2 essential elements, crucial to every website – a front-end and a back-end.
The front-end is what your visitors and your viewers see. It’s the UI of your website, and how your website looks and appears on the world-wide-web. Anyone that visits your website is able to see this part of your website.
The back-end is usually referred to as a control panel, a cPanel, or the dashboard – and as you might have guessed, this is where you can manage your website and it’s different elements. For instance,
The WordPress dashboard allows you to publish posts, edit posts, add pages and users, add a new theme, tweak the UI, change a whole host of settings, add widgets and plugins to improve functionality, change things around, and so on and so forth.
Sure, you could ask a designer to design/build a website for you from scratch and then simply upload the files on the internet. However that would not only be costly (the CMS listed below are free to use), it would also require a fair bit of knowledge and technical nous to manage.
CMS makes the management part very simple and easy – so much so that even folks with little-to-no technical know-how can easily manage their own websites. Above all, they are easy-to-install and integrate with your website.
The three of the best, most popular CMS out there right now are WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal.
As you can see, WordPress is, by far, the most popular of these 3, and we’ll soon see why. (Not really sure why Pingdom failed to take Joomla-powered websites into account).
All 3 of these are open-source CMS, which means that they are free-to-use for personal as well as commercial use.
Here’s a look at what makes all 3 of these CMS strong contenders for your own blog(s) and/or website(s):
WordPress As you can see in the graphic above, WordPress is by far and wide the most popular and commonly-used CMS in the world, and more than people use wordpress CMS
As most WordPress users would attest to the fact, it is easy to use, super user-friendly, has great developer support. In addition, it has great 3 party support – including a large selection of themes and plugins to choose from, has a great dashboard that is easy to use while at the same time being quite powerful as well.
My favorite thing about WordPress is the large selection of themes – many of which allow you to design your website just how you want it to.
WordPress is also very search-engine friendly right out-of-the-box, and this can be further improved using 3rd part solutions such as SEO plugins. This is why WordPress websites tend to rank really well.
The downsides? WordPress might not offer the level of flexibility that the other CMS on this list might offer. In addition, it is also less secure than Joomla or Drupal, many plugins and themes are said to have security vulnerabilities that hackers have exploited in the past and still continue to do so.
Like WordPress, Joomla also offers the same level of ease-of-use, thanks to some of the recent updates. Having said that, I find WordPress to still be much simpler to use.
One distinct advantage that Joomla has over Drupal is that it is not as complex or developer-oriented as Drupal, but at the same time, it is more powerful, robust, and flexible than WordPress.
And the recent updates mean that Joomla now offers the best of both worlds as it incorporates all the good things WordPress and Drupal have on offer.
This means that Joomla is one of the most popular CMS, with 35 million downloads in total. It is used by the likes of Pizza Hut, the UK Ministry of Defence, the Greek Government, the High Court of Australia, and MTV in Greece
There are also more than 6000 extensions for Joomla-powered websites.
WordPress vs Drupal
Rounding off the list Drupal, another one of the most popular CMS in the world.
Drupal is usually considered to be the most powerful, secure, and developer-friendly CMS of the ‘big-3’, and allows users to build complex and highly-scalable websites.
This is the reason why a vast majority of government websites use Drupal.
Non-technical users or casual bloggers will almost certainly need to hire someone with more expertise if they want to have a website developed in Drupal. Having said that, Drupal allows you to create advanced, complex, and extremely versatile websites, and organize content in a better manner than the other two. Popular websites using Drupal include NASA, The White House, and MTV.
So in short, Drupal is much more powerful, flexible and offers more scalability than either one of Drupal or WordPress. It is very developer-friendly, has a large, active, and an excellent base of developer-community, and is the most secure of all 3 of the CMS listed here. The downside is that it is the least user-friendly (in my opinion) and comes with a high learning curve.
Which is Best CMS?
So the question is, which is the best CMS out of all 3 – WordPress, Joomla, or Drupal? Which one of these 3 should you use?
At the end of the day, it all comes down to your technical expertise and the kind of website or blog that you’re looking to build.
Casual bloggers or people looking to get a website up and running quickly should stick with WordPress.
Developers and designers with the required expertise, technical skill, and nous, who might be looking to build a highly versatile and scalable website should go for Drupal.
Whereas those looking for the best of both worlds – while compromising a bit on security and user-friendliness – should opt for Joomla.
Which CMS do you prefer using with your websites or blogs? Leave me a comment in the comments below.