Drupal & Joomla & WordPress.. Oh My! A quick round-up of the three most popular CMS options available.
Drupal & Joomla
A quick round-up by Brian Layman
Drupal - Pros
1. Oldest of the three started in 2001
2. Very powerful & developer friendly
3. Enterprise friendly - from the release cycle to
the version control and capabilities, it will seem
familiar to many enterprises
4. It is a very stable platform.
Drupal - Cons
1. Steepest learning curve. If you like many
complicated options and lots of reading, as
many devs do, Drupal is for you.
2. Very few free plugins. The enterprise root
means you pay for everything - and price
3. Theming options are sparse. You will have
to hire a quality developer to get it to look like it
wasn't designed a decade ago.
Joomla - Pros
1. The interface is viewed by many as
professional and polished.
2. There are many extensions (aka plugins)
available for each version of Joomla that meet
many specific needs.
3. Built as a CMS from the start.
4. Shortly after its release it increased in
popularity beyond Drupal and WordPress.
Though WordPress has the limelight now,
Joomla is still active having just released ver. 3.
Joomla - Cons
1. There is a learning curve. You will not be
able to jump in and start writing articles until
you have explored around for a while.
2. SEO capabilities do not match up with the
other two systems.
3. Limited permission control for users.
4. Moving between major versions of Joomla
incurs a development cost as both your theme
and features will not be compatible with newer
releases. This causes security issues.
WordPress - Pros
1. A blogging tool evolved into CMS. This
means concepts like multiple authors with
varying permissions are built in.
2. Easy interface
3. Most commonly used CMS
4. Frequently updated
5. Extremely flexible & feature rich
6. Many themes & plugins both free and
7. Low cost of operation
8. Coder Friendly
WordPress - Cons
1. The emphasis on blogging is clear. CMS is
its second function.
2. The popularity does mean it is a popular
target for attacks, so you need to keep it up
3. There are a lot of people who do it as a
hobby. So quality of plugins and themes
4. It doesn't cost anything, so it is viewed by
some companies as not worth anything.