If creating a website for your business is on the horizon, you may be wondering which content management system (CMS) is the best choice for you. Choosing a content management system can be tricky. Without a clearly defined set of requirements you will be attracted by fancy functionality that you will never use. What then should you look for in a CMS? Here’s a look at three of the most widely-used ones. All three are open-source software, each developed and maintained by a community of thousands. Not only are all three free to download and use, but the open-source format means that the platform is continuously being improved to support new Internet technologies.
Ease of use :
By far it the easiest CMS available. You need not be technical to use this CMS. You can get a simple website up and running in no time.
Less user friendly as compared to WordPress but more as compared to Drupal. You need to have some technical skills to be able to use Joomla.
You need to have technical skills to be able to use Drupal. Learning Drupal is much more difficult compared to other CMS. It provides higher flexibility due to its bare bones structure where a developer can develop all the modules on its own.
Themes & Plugins :
WordPress has a very wide range of Plugins and Themes available. WordPress plugins are mostly developed for blog-type websites. However these plugins are very efficient and will fulfill all your needs.
Joomla plugins known as extension are more versatile. Joomla like WordPress has a very wide range of Plugins and Themes to choose from.
Drupal lags behind on this. Modules as they are called in Drupal community are fewer compared to Joomla and WordPress. It is assumed that the nuances you want can be implemented in-house.
WordPress and Joomla have a very good support centre. Drupal scores over them here. Drupal has a well documented support centre and Community of techies who know their CMS.
SEO Friendly :
There is no hiding from the fact that WordPress is substantially better for SEO than Joomla. Drupal is also good SEO friendly software. While Joomla isn’t horrible in the SEO department, it can be a bit of a hassle to get 100% right.
Market Share :
WordPress today has a market share of almost 60%. Joomla is next with just less than 10% and Drupal about 6%. Just emphasizing that WordPress is by far the most popular CMS available right now.
In most cases, any of the top three (or even the top 20) CMS’ out there will do the job admirably well. Picking one CMS over another is usually determined more by the IT department’s personal preference or by the core competency of the firm you are working with or by the platform of choice for peers in your industry.
While WordPress might have been “just blogging software” for a time and didn’t have the features needed to be a true CMS, those days are gone. Anyone who says otherwise is trolling or living in the past or smoking something really strong.
If you are technical with years of experience or if you have plenty of time and enthusiasm to learn a new software you can think about Drupal. If you little time and you are not technical just go for WordPress. It’s easy to paste text from a Microsoft Word document into a WordPress site, but not into Joomla and Drupal sites. In fact Drupal does not ship with WYSIWYG editor. Anything in between you can opt for Joomla.