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Janne Kalliola from Exove compares Drupal to other PHP based open source content management systems, such as WordPress, Joomla, eZ Publish, and Concrete5.

Janne Kalliola from Exove compares Drupal to other PHP based open source content management systems, such as WordPress, Joomla, eZ Publish, and Concrete5.

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  • 1. DRUPAL VS.THE OTHERSDrupalCamp TallinnJune 14, 2012Janne KalliolaImage by Abysimhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/abysim/4594864645/
  • 2. AgendaA couple of words about ExoveSystems   WordPress   eZ Publish   Joomla!   Concrete5   DrupalPositioning
  • 3. Exove is one of the leading Nordic andBaltic companies specialising in open source web services design and development.
  • 4. We enable companies to conduct better business on the Internet through best-of-breed personnel and solutions
  • 5. Company in a Nutshell  We specialise in designing and developing sites, web applications, mobile apps, and community platforms  Founded 2006, now employing 50+ people  Operations in Finland and Estonia, clients around the Europe and the States  Clients ranging from small start-ups to big media companies, telecom operators and multinational corporations  Usually Exove chooses the CMS system to build on  Mainly focusing on systems created on LAMP (Linux Apache MySQL PHP), due to easy-to-match requirements for hosting
  • 6. THE SYSTEMSImage by sunsets_for_youhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/amatuer_44060/2426647918/sizes/l/in/photostream/
  • 7. Platforms Used by Exove  Currently and frequently used   Drupal (GPL)   eZ Publish (Commercial + GPL)   Wordpress (GPL)   Concrete5 (MIT)   CodeIgniter (own open source license, permissive)   PhoneGAP  Previously or from time to time used   CMS Made Simple (GPL)   Joomla! (GPL)   Symfony (MIT)
  • 8. Systems in ThePresentation  The systems discussed are all used by Exove   They do not represent the complete spectrum of available content management systems   They have been selected to provide a good coverage for various customer needs  All systems are based on LAMP   There are excellent systems on other platforms, such as Liferay and DotNetNuke, that could be viable alternatives for the systems in this presentation  All systems are open source   There are also good closed source systems, but we are not speaking about them now
  • 9. WORDPRESSwww.wordpress.orgwww.wordpress.com
  • 10. Wordpress  A CMS focusing on blogs, “an open source blog publishing application”  Also available as a service in wordpress.com  Has a huge user base, considered one of the market leaders of open source CMS systems by 2011 market survey by Water & Stone   www.waterandstone.com/downloads/ 2011OSCMSMarketShareReport.pdf  Powers around 16% of websites accorgind to W3Techs survey (May 30, 2012) w3techs.com/technologies/overview/content_management/all
  • 11. Wordpress  Focuses on making things easy  Administration panel is easy to use  The whole system is easy to configure and edit with integrated editors for CSS and template files  A plugin architecture for extending the system  Proper support for extending content types and multi-sites   Not optimal, though  The leader in both installations and brand exposure
  • 12. Wordpress+ -Easy administration Still quite blog-drivenA lot of core features Plugin quality variesA lot of plugins for extra functionality   From dirty template hacks to proper full-blown feature-packsHuge number of readymade with proper settings in adminthemes No proper separation of contentVery intuitive API for plugin and presentation in pluginsdevelopment, a plugin can be built in Performance is really weak30 minutes without cachingFocuses really on blogging, Community features are not inconsidered one of the best blogging main focusplatforms   Achievable through plugins
  • 13. When Do We ChooseWordpress?  When the site is small or medium in size  When the site focuses primarily on blogging  When the requirements do not specify a lot more features than Wordpress can provide   We have implemented some plugins, but extending WP to match one of the fully featured CMSes (like Drupal) would take years  When the site does not need a lot of community related features
  • 14. Why Would We ChooseWordpress (over Drupal)?  Essentially, makes the site cheaper for clients needing a small or medium site  Setup time is faster, whole setting up does not really need any contribution outside HTML developers  Very easy and clear administration panel   Easy to train, easy to use   Small maintenance burden  Plugins are easy to install and configure
  • 15. EZ PUBLISHwww.ez.no
  • 16. eZ Publish  Developed by eZ Systems AS (a Norwegian commercial open source company)  Smallish community, but complemented nicely by a company  All-in-one enterprise content management system  Huge feature list  Focused on major corporate sites
  • 17. eZ Publish  Very flexible and powerful content model  Integrated workflow and timed publish features  Fine-grained administration rights management  Very sophisticated multi-site and multi-language support  Two ways to administer the site, a toolbar approach along with the traditional administration panel  Also able to work as a intranet system
  • 18. eZ Publish+ -Easy and yet powerful Community features not thatadministration interface advanced   Focus on users enriching theCaters for all required corporate content, not generating itfeatures out of the box Extending eZ requires a lot ofExcellent search through deep knowledgeSOLR integration (eZ Find) Only a few dozen extensionsSophisticated caching   On the other hand, the base system takes care of most needsHighly developed administration alreadyprocesses Open source version not releasedCommercial support available officially
  • 19. When Do We Choose eZPublish?  When the site is from big to huge semi-static corporate site  When the site needs very sophisticated administration features   Typically, non-technical people maintaining the site  When the site focuses on top down content (like a newspaper, a magazine, or a corporate site)  When customer requires commercial entity behind the system
  • 20. Why Would We Choose eZPublish (over Drupal)?  More required functionalities in the core (if the requirements demand a lot from the site)  When workflow on administration side is essential and needs strict control on user privileges   This can again be achieved with Drupal’s contrib modules, but needs a combination of modules that typically have some compatibility issues  Need for not-straightforward multilingual and/or multidomain support   The system is fabulous for multi-country deployments
  • 21. JOOMLA!www.joomla.org
  • 22. Joomla!  Open source CMS with long history (2000->)  Excellent positioning in search engines, community pays focus on marketing  Has a huge user base, considered one of the market leaders of open source CMS systems by 2011 market survey by Water & Stone   www.waterandstone.com/downloads/ 2011OSCMSMarketShareReport.pdf  Powers around 2.8% of websites accorgind to W3Techs survey (May 30, 2012)   w3techs.com/technologies/overview/ content_management/all
  • 23. Joomla!  Simple and powerful content model  A lot of extensions for various purposes   Based on model-view-controller paradigm  Better than usual admin user interface  Powerful templating system  Very designer friendly, focus on making sites look fantastic with little effort   One of the major reasons behind the success
  • 24. Joomla!+ -Big community Content model is simple andA lot of extensions, readymade requires extensionsthemes, and such Extensions are hard to buildExtensions are easy to install Some internal concepts areRelatively friendly admin confusinginterface Lagging behind compared to WordPress and Drupal
  • 25. When Do We ChooseJoomla!?  When the customer has selected the system as part of their technology portfolio  When WordPress is not enough and Drupal admin UI is too intimidating  When site features can be achieved with readymade extensions   Typically, one or two big extensions do the trick
  • 26. Why Would We ChooseJoomla! (over Drupal)?  We do not see any reason to select Joomla! instead of Drupal or eZ Publish   Unless there are non-CMS reasons, such as earlier experiences or investments in Joomla!  However, Joomla! has very good traction in some countries and among freelance designers   The install base is 2-4 bigger compared to Drupal (depends on measurement)
  • 27. CONCRETE5www.concrete5.org
  • 28. Concrete5  A modern and object-oriented content management system   Excellent approach to the content models   Based on Zend framework and ADOdb DB abstraction  Has been raising awareness   Highest growth rates in Water & Stoner survey in 2011  Active community with both free and commercial extensions   Permissive license (MIT)
  • 29. Concrete5  Simple and yet powerful admin user interface  Sophisticated theming based on content areas and blocks that may have their custom templates  Easy and extendible codebase  Several add-ons   Peer reviewed  Helpful community
  • 30. Concrete5+ -Focus on what site visitors actually Number of add-ons smallersee compared to big names  In contrast to content types etc. Not yet suitable for very largeFriendly admin interface sitesAdd-ons easy to install and of goof   For example, powerful searchquality is missingEasy to make own blocks for Core functionality is not enoughcontent for normal sites, at least oneFront-end upgrading add-on needs to be installedGood community
  • 31. When Do We ChooseConcrete5?  When customer wants to have a good CMS for a smaller site   Especially when the object-oriented content model gives real benefits  When customer demands to have an intuitive admin user interface  When there is no major amount of custom functionality
  • 32. Why Would We ChooseConcrete5 (over Drupal)?  Admin interface is way better   Focus on content management and not on system management  More permissive license for the customer  Less configuration and hacking
  • 33. DRUPALwww.drupal.org
  • 34. Drupal  A fully featured CMS with a great community and UGC (user- generated content) support  Literally thousands of modules and a very active development community – as you should know  Has a huge user base, considered one of the market leaders of open source CMS systems by 2011 market survey by Water & Stone   www.waterandstone.com/downloads/ 2011OSCMSMarketShareReport.pdf  Powers around 2.1% of websites accorgind to W3Techs survey (May 30, 2012)   w3techs.com/technologies/overview/content_management/ all
  • 35. Drupal  Multi-language and multi-site support in the core  Has a great API, a lot of hooks and toolkit overrides for extending  Has a decent documentation, even very good if you compare it to other open-source products  A lot of good quality modules
  • 36. Drupal+ -  Excellent community feature   Not enough features in the core support for typical CMS case   Bad admin interface that focuses  Extendible easily and to pretty too much on system much anything administration  Widely used   Caching is somewhat limited  Huge user-base   No integrated admin workflow with user access controls  Active community, quality   Community focuses too much contrib modules available on code, design and marketing  Install profiles and distros seems to be a hindsight   Drupal.org is not “selling” the  Excellent references system at all
  • 37. When Do We chooseDrupal? 1/2  When the client specifically wants it (this is way more common for Drupal than any other CMS)   You can create pretty much any site with Drupal – the other CMSes just might do some specific sites faster to build or easier to use  When the site focuses on community and user generated content   There is no match to Drupal’s community features, as we see it
  • 38. When Do We ChooseDrupal? 2/2  When the client wants/needs a CMS for which they can get support from a lot of technology companies  When we need the CMS to bend to anything we want   There’s no match to Drupal’s API and flexibility for extending on   You can build pretty much anything on Drupal, without breaking the core   On the other hand, the content models of eZ Publish and Concrete5 make them easier to extend without coding or configuring the system
  • 39. POSITIONINGImage by Marcoshttp://www.flickr.com/photos/albertoabouganem/6697834133/
  • 40. Positioning:User Perspective User generated Drupal WordPress Joomla! Contet sources Small size Site size Big size eZ Publish Concrete5 Top-down information
  • 41. Positioning:Developer perspective Powerful eZ Publish Drupal Concrete5 Joomla! Hard Development Easy API WordPress Restricted
  • 42. Recap  Different systems serve different needs  There is no fit-for-all system available  Drupal is quite a good candidate for an all- around system   If you tolerate its weaknesses
  • 43. Want to hear more from us? www.exove.com @exoveMeet us at Drupalcon 2012 in Munich
  • 44. THANK YOU FORYOUR TIMEQuestions? Comments?Image by Pascal Vuylstekerhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/pvk/58685520/in/photostream/