InfoBeans Drupal Vs Joomla CMS


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InfoBeans presents a white paper that tries to help you decide which web based CMS is best for your needs - Drupal or Joomla. InfoBeans specializes on web based CMS and focuses on Drupal and SharePoint

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InfoBeans Drupal Vs Joomla CMS

  1. 1. Drupal Vs Joomla Whitepaper Amit Makhija
  2. 2. InfoBeans - Drupal Vs Joomla comparison whitepaper ABOUT THIS DOCUMENT This document attempts to clear the air about the confusion regarding the use of Drupal and Joomla. Both platforms are good content management platforms, but have their own inherent pros and cons and situational behaviors. We are not attempting to recommend one over the other. This document just tries to provide a good set of facts that can help you decide which platform would be best in your particular situation. InfoBeans is a content management solutions provider using Drupal and Microsoft SharePoint as the primary platforms of delivering content management solutions. You can get more information about InfoBeans at our website – For more information about Drupal, our case studies and our services, please contact us at or call us toll free in the US on 1 888 4INFOBEANS DRUPAL Use Drupal when  You want a rock solid & high quality platform for your sites  You want or need a real multi-site-feature (only one installation for several sites)  You need any kind of user groups & user permissions  You need to run also membership- and community sites, not only CMS etc  You want a Powerful templating system  You 're ready to invest a bit of your time in order to realize all the huge possibilities of Drupal  You understand the meaning of clear, high quality code and API (easy to integrate with other solutions etc)  You want flexibility and don't like limitations Thumbs up  Easy deployment  Editing tabs integrated into actual pages 2 of 2
  3. 3. InfoBeans - Drupal Vs Joomla comparison whitepaper  Editing content is simple as well  Very flexible in its configuration  Modules are plentiful, free, and suitable for non-profits  Versioning is available  Many high profile sites use Drupal (e.g.: MTV UK, BBC, the Onion, Nasa, Greenpeace UK, Kleercut )  Multiple levels of categories allowed along with easily integrated tagging system(Great Taxonomy).  Human readable URLs which are search engine friendly (Url Renaming).  Installation allows you to create and manage multiples websites (very handy when creating campaign sites)  Highly configurable user permissions handling Thumbs down  Administration area is clunky, but it's getting better with each version.  Terminology in the administration can be cryptic.  Adding a visual theme to Drupal can be time consuming.  Support for the free modules can be frustrating. 3 of 3
  4. 4. InfoBeans - Drupal Vs Joomla comparison whitepaper SITES ON DRUPAL 4 of 4
  5. 5. InfoBeans - Drupal Vs Joomla comparison whitepaper JOOMLA Use Joomla when  You don't know about the tech stuff at all.  You want easy install & setup with your mouse.  You don't want to learn the tool you're using.  You don't need to integrate other scripts etc. to your site.  You want a candy site and don't mind several other sites using the same template(s).  You don't need SEO out of the box.  You don't care about server resources.  You don't need one log-in to several sites.  You don’t need user groups & permissions.  You don’t run membership site(s). Thumbs up  Easy deployment  More intuitive administration user interface  Editing content is simple  Lots of polished modules for things like calendars, polls, etc.  Easy addition of modules  Versioning is available  Large community of developers (more than Drupal) for helping with setup and development  Multi-lingual 5 of 5
  6. 6. InfoBeans - Drupal Vs Joomla comparison whitepaper Thumbs down  Installation of the software gives you 1 website.  Categories can only go two levels deep.  Limited roles and permission allowances.  Modules cost you money.  URLs are not search engine friendly (there is a purchasable module).  Out-of-the-box blogging functionality is mediocre. Joomla sites 6 of 6
  7. 7. InfoBeans - Drupal Vs Joomla comparison whitepaper DRUPAL VS JOOMLA: POPULARITY 7 of 7
  8. 8. InfoBeans - Drupal Vs Joomla comparison whitepaper 8 of 8
  9. 9. InfoBeans - Drupal Vs Joomla comparison whitepaper Drupal vs Joomla: People Count 9 of 9
  10. 10. InfoBeans - Drupal Vs Joomla comparison whitepaper DRUPAL VS JOOMLA: JOB TRENDS 10 of 10
  11. 11. InfoBeans - Drupal Vs Joomla comparison whitepaper DRUPAL VS JOOMLA: PERFORMANCE Requests per Second When caching is disabled Joomla can serve 19 pages per second, while Drupal can serve 13 pages per second. Hence, Joomla is 44% faster than Drupal. However, when caching is enabled Joomla can serve 21 pages per second, while Drupal can serve 67 pages per second. Here, Drupal is 319% faster than Joomla. In other words, Joomla's cache system improves performance by 12%, while Drupal's cache system improves performance by 508%. It is important to note that Drupal can only serve cached pages to anonymous visitors (users that have not logged on). Once users have logged on, caching is disabled for them since the pages are personalized in various ways. Hence, in practice, Drupal might not be 319% faster than Joomla; it depends on the ratio of anonymous visitors versus authenticated visitors, how often your site's page cache is flushed, and the hit-rate of your Drupal page cache. Document Length 11 of 11
  12. 12. InfoBeans - Drupal Vs Joomla comparison whitepaper Drupal always attempts to send compressed pages. Joomla, on the other hand, doesn't compress pages unless this option is explicitly turned on. 12 of 12
  13. 13. InfoBeans - Drupal Vs Joomla comparison whitepaper DRUPAL & JOOMLA HEAD TO HEAD Drupal Joomla Database MySQL, Postgres MySQL PHP PHP 4.3.5+ Any that supports PHP Platform Windows, Unix, Linux, BSD Windows, Unix, Linux. BSD Object Oriented No Yes Architecture Web Server Apache, Microsoft IIS Apache, Microsoft IIS Platform Drupal Joomla No Yes Shopping Cart Yes No SEO Yes No Granular level User Permissions Yes No Multisite Management Version 5.0 is 2.89 MB 1.5 is 16.7 MB Size Free Free Approximate Cost No Yes Trash 13 of 13
  14. 14. InfoBeans - Drupal Vs Joomla comparison whitepaper Yes No Versioning Joomla 1.5.1 is 3 million Downloads downloads in less than a year 14 of 14