Joomla, Drupal, WordPress, the three most popular content management systems.
The most common problem for novices is: Which CMS to choose to build a website. Below I will take you one by one to understand the basic characteristics of these three content management systems, and compare their advantages and disadvantages.
Joomla was officially released in 2005 as an open source content management system whose core design goal is to enable web developers to build websites based on templates. Joomla can be used to build various types of websites, especially various types of portals and commercial websites. Like WordPress and Drupal, Joomla has a high degree of scalability. It mainly uses the MVC architecture (model-view-control), which makes it easy for developers to extend the platform.
- Second popular CMS
- Explicit installation process
- Rich out-of-the-box experience
- Intuitive control panel
- Built-in search engine friendly URLS
- Simple and rich operation interface
- High degree of customization and development flexibility
- For web application developers and art designers, Joomla! retains the greatest customization flexibility and integration capabilities.
Since these extensions of joomla are stacked independently of each other and have no consistent models and interfaces, once you find that some places cannot meet the requirements and need to modify the modules, it is very cumbersome to change, the workload is large, and the development and maintenance costs are steep. Growth, through painful suffering.
Joomla is designed for those who don’t need to write php. Joomla has more plugins, about 5,000, which can extend your functionality. Joomla’s background operations are simpler and more user-friendly, so in general, you only need to make a picture of the artwork, then modify the joomla template, and then install some plug-ins to complete your website. The most important thing about Joomla is to be familiar with plugins. If you don’t have an artist to do the renderings, you can also download many beautiful free templates online. So if you don’t want or don’t write a PHP program, then using Joomla is the most suitable.
Drupal is written in PHP and is an open source CMS platform for building multi-functional, multi-service dynamic websites. Drupal is widely used to support a variety of different application website projects from personal blog sites to large community driven websites. Drupal has a very modular structure that provides many modules including short messages, personalized bookmarks, diaries, blogs, forums, electronic publishing, guestbooks and more. Users can choose according to their own needs, and Drupal installation and configuration is also very convenient.
- A large number of modules for easy expansion
- Unique Book module
- Flexible, can implement tags, directories and other functions
- Excellent caching mechanism to improve efficiency and reduce load
- Search engine friendly URLs that help SEO
- Role-based privilege system, you don’t have to authorize each user, you just need to authorize the role.
- The template system realizes separation of content and performance, which is convenient for controlling the appearance of the website.
- Provide comprehensive site management and analysis tools
- Powerful multi-language support system
- Not friendly for beginner installation
- The learning process is more complicated
- High customization costs
- No built-in social media tools
- By default, there is no rich text editor
Operationally speaking, Drupal is not as simple and intuitive as Joomla, and the templates provided are relatively simple. But Drupal’s code is the world’s highest in terms of security and robustness. In terms of SEO, Drupal is significantly better than Joomla. At the same time, Drupal can be installed once to build multiple websites, and the built-in forums and blogs are very easy to use. In general, if you want to be an interactive community and want new people to develop new tools to apply to the site, choose Drupal.
Currently, WordPress is the most widely used in the blogging field. WordPress is a very powerful blogging system with many plug-ins, easy to expand, and easy to install and use. At present, WordPress has become the mainstream blog building platform. Need to emphasize that WordPress is not simply a blog application.
- The most popular CMS
- The best out-of-the-box blog to build a platform
- Simple installation process
- Easy to master, easy to get started
- Simple content addition
For some sites that require special features, WordPress is a bit overwhelming. The core code is not as good as Drupal (better than Joomla!), but it is still increasing year by year. Static page management needs to be added to the plugin before it is available.
If you want to build a blog, you can easily get started and use it, and you can change the template as you like to change clothes. You should definitely choose WordPress.