WordPress vs Drupal vs Joomla

In the early days of the web, people didn’t have any content management systems, so they made websites using raw HTML, which made adding new content and making changes on the webpage difficult. Today, we have many content management systems to choose from. The most popular ones are – WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, so we are going to look at pros and cons for each of these content management systems.

WordPress advantages:

  • WordPress is the largest content management system in the world, so naturally it has got the widest user base, the best documentation, most examples, tutorials and other materials that will help to develop websites on this platform, either you are an expert or a beginner.
  • WordPress is very easy to install, you just need a server and basic knowledge on how to install the WordPress platform on the server (there are lots of tutorials on the web) and you have yourself a functioning blog style website ready to use.
  • WordPress platform has the most themes and plugins allowing to customise your website in every way, making it unique and stand out amongst millions of other websites. Not only the functionality of the website can be upgraded using plugins but also the design and other aspects of the website such architecture and also security.
  • WordPress system is SEO friendly, which will allow search engines such as Google and Bing to index and display your site a lot easier.

WordPress disadvantages:

  • Because WordPress is the largest content management system in the world, it also has the largest threat of being hacked, this is why you hear a lot more occasions when a WordPress site has been hacked than with sites made on Drupal or Joomla. But developer community of WordPress is actively working to improve the security of the system to avoid any present problems and risks to security in the future.

Drupal advantages:

  • Drupal is very adaptable platform that can be used for large and demanding projects, with complex architecture of the project. Drupal is better suited content management platform for larger projects than Joomla and WordPress. Drupal will also handle large amount of information and many thousands of users a day better than for example WordPress, which will mostly work for smaller websites.
  • Drupal also is very stable and constantly gets new upgrades to the core of the system to improve its usability and safety.

Drupal disadvantages:

  • Drupal is the most difficult to use system between the three. While it doesn’t require practically any skills to install and use WordPress, it will require some patience and careful reading of the documentation until you can start to use all the possibilities that Drupal offers.
  • Drupal doesn’t have lots of free templates and plugins like, for example, WordPress, so you will either need to code them by yourself or purchase some of the ready to use templates.

Joomla advantages:

  • Joomla is in the middle of WordPress and Drupal when we consider the type of projects it is best suited for. Joomla is as easy to install and use as WordPress for smaller projects, however it is better optimised for larger projects, so creating more complex websites on Joomla platform is going to be much easier than on WordPress.
  • Joomla, similar to WordPress, has wide community of developers, so if you have any problems or questions, there won’t be a problem to find someone that will help you. In comparison, Drupal has the smallest community between these three platforms.

Joomla disadvantages:

  • Getting used to all functionality that Joomla offers will take more time then, for example, when using WordPress. Joomla offers wider functionality than WordPress, so sometimes these simple things you may need to find quickly are located somewhere deeper in the system than you would expect.
  • Joomla has less themes and plugins available than WordPress, so there is a chance that you will need to program some functionality by yourself in more complex projects.