WordPress, Drupal or Joomla: Which is better?
What CMS is best? This is something you have wondered before deciding how to build a website. Unfortunately, the best answer we can give you here is that it all depends on what you need and what you want to achieve.
Although we are fans of WordPress in beginning, worth going out of our comfort zone and trying other content managers. In this way, we can learn and get a more realistic view of the current situation of WordPress and alternatives.
In this article we will compare the three most popular content management platforms:
And we will compare them from five different viewpoints. In each of these points, we will try to define a winner and arguing why it is. And in the end, we will see which the best content manager is. That is why we encourage you to keep reading to the end.
- Ease of Use
The growing need for online presence (both personally and commercially) and the democratization of the Internet have meant that everyone has an interest in creating websites. And most people who want to mount the web today does not have the expertise of a programmer or web designer, so you need everything to be simple, or otherwise frustrated.
Therefore, one of the most important factors in choosing a content management above the rest is its ease of use. Let’s see how WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla behave in this regard.
Once installed, the WordPress is the place that centralizes all, both the creation and management of content as the configuration of the web. And its simplified form shows all options in sections.
WordPress hides the complexity and shows users those menus that are really relevant in their day to day content creation over advanced configuration options.
The installation process is similar to WordPress. In addition, most web hosting providers already include wizards that allow us to have it instantly.
As for the learning curve, it is slightly larger than WordPress for the average user. Although content creation is simplified enough, it is somewhat far from the WordPress editor facility.
As for configuration management, Drupal is, in our opinion, a bit more chaotic (though much improved, and the latest updates have helped).
As with the other two content managers, its installation is greatly simplified and practically there are few differences between the three options.
As for ease of content creation and management, the step taken by Joomla has been enormous. The interface is very similar to WordPress, a left side menu containing the relevant options and some shortcuts in another menu at the top. The content editor is also very similar to WordPress, although it is still behind something.
WordPress is clearly ahead, followed closely by Joomla. Still, there are new options as Wix, Medium or even Ghost that focus on ease of use and creation of content above all.
The three content managers extend the functionality through extensions default and change the final design of the web by installing themes.
By default, WordPress includes several topics we can choose to change the appearance. It also includes a built-in desk to find more topics in the official repository browser.
WordPress started as a blogging tool, but it is clear that this is no longer true. There are many different types of sites that we can create in WordPress.
Drupal is not far behind in this regard and maintains a repository with over 32,000 extensions you can install. However, the number of available topics is much lower, so it becomes difficult to find one that we can come in handy.
Its official repository contains more than 7,500 extensions and finding compatible themes to change the appearance is even more difficult (although not impossible).
Here the popularity of WordPress has made many more developers opt for creating extensions (plugins) and themes for this platform over the other two. You can get more users and therefore higher income working to Drupal, WordPress or Joomla.
- Localization and Internationalization
Another highlight is the ease of integration of multiple languages within the platform, both to have translations of content we create, as the fact of the platform translated into our preferred language.
With the latest updates to WordPress, choosing the default language of the user interface has become very simple. You just have to choose which language you want and the installation is done alone. In addition, there are very powerful translation teams working for WordPress, documentation, themes and plugins are translated into many languages.
With Drupal at the time of installation, you can choose whether you want to have multi-language. This makes necessary additional modules installed and from here you have everything ready to write content in several languages.
Joomla includes a default configuration option in which you can add new languages to your content. It is as simple as adding a new language. In its content editor, you can select the language you are writing with a drop simple.
Although WordPress with one of the two proposed plugins can get to its height, however, Drupal clearly has a most advanced multi-language support.
- Security in General
We talked at length about security. Recovery against hacking, backup or protection against attacks has been issues discussed several times.
The popularity of WordPress and its large market share which makes it the most targeted content manager today. However, this does not mean much unless it is the least secure. WordPress is safe and will remain safe, although not 100% foolproof. On the contrary, when WordPress vulnerabilities are detected, they are usually solved quickly.
It is very similar to WordPress. Even they reported on its Web vulnerabilities found and the solutions to these. On the other hand, we must let you know that although there are many people who think that Drupal is safer than WordPress, which is nothing more than a false myth.
Here the security issue is taken very seriously. As these potential problems are resolved quickly once discovered. Responsibility for updating the system is on the user, but we can say that this is the same in the previous cases.
All platforms focus on the safety aspect much alike.
If you are thinking of selecting a content management system over another, the key is to know if you can access help if you need it, and how easy this will be.
WordPress has a large community of users. If you have problems with your website you can ask for help in official support forums. Besides this, you can enter and search Slack professionals and learn more about WordPress.
Just as happens with WordPress, there is a strong community of users of Drupal, which can be found on this website.
The Joomla is also quite active. You can find information about this here. In addition, also they perform similar to what would be a WordCamp or WordPress Meetup events.
On all platforms you will find specialized experts who may help you, in addition to technical documentation and user manuals people.
Have covered five points covered in the analysis, WordPress wins in usability and extensibility of the platform. Meanwhile, Drupal is the winner in paragraph Multilanguage. And there is a tie of the three content management for security and support. We could say that WordPress is the final winner, but seen this, we would rather you who has the last word.