Comparing 3 top content management systems (CMS)

A CMS widely known as content management system is a computer application which allows publishing, editing and modifying content as well as maintenance from a central interface. Such systems provide procedures to manage workflow in a collaborative environment this is the reason so many webmasters choose these cms based on there requirement.

So what Factor will you look at while choosing a CMS? Although i agree right thing would value what brings each and see which best fits the project to be taken in hand, there is a tendency to look at what others do, because normally if a majority working with a tool, usually have strong reasons.
Making a small google search, find lots of usage statistics of each other, as shown in the bellow picture.

Here as we can see most used cms’s are WordPress, Joomla and Drupal, therefore the comparasion focus on these three CMS. Also note that overall WordPress gives you a big difference amoung its competitors, which is a result of its simplicity which results in widespread use by non-professional developers.
From all the cms available i have obtained 3 CMS which are used by about 85% of developers.


Although there are some notable differences between them, they do share some common features which include:

  • They are free and open software. Therefore the price of the license will not be a reason to ignore any of them.
  • All of them are programmed in PHP. Allowing us to switch from one to another depending on the project, if this language is known.
  • They can run on an Apache or IIS server, which will give us plenty of options for hosting to host the site once it is completed.cms2

So bellow i have shared some advantages and disadvantages of WordPress, joomla, Drupal.

WordPress :

Main advantages:

  1. Usable and easily implemented.
  2. Easy to adapt to the most repetitive web projects such as blogs or briefcase.
  3. Crowd Themes (Templates), both free and paid.
  4. Very user friendly administrator.
  5. Great community support.
  6. Countless plugins so you can expand the site to be developed without much knowledge of programming.Easy learning curve compared to other CMS.

Main disadvantages:

  1. A somewhat more powerful than a basic one to implement because it makes extensive use of PHP hosting is required.
  2. Must be ordered with the plugins, since as they are developed by different programmers can exist safety filters.
  3. And to change the structure and your web site is display you would need some knowledge of HTML and PHP, that if we do not fit the theme we have chosen.
  4. If you want to implement filters for spam, as it does automatically, it is the responsibility of the developer.
  5. The programming level is much lower than other CMS like Drupal.
  6. Because of its popularity, the site can be the target of attacks, either “bots” or hackers.



Main advantages:

  1. Learning is a bit faster but slower than Drupal WordPress.
  2. Diversity plugins (modules) to install but less than WordPress.
  3. Large community of developers.
  4. Long on the market.

Wide range of options for menus and widgets positions.

Main disadvantages:

  1. If you want to implement a blog, it is much less efficient than Drupal and this difference becomes more
  2. apparent if it is compared with WordPress.
  3. The implementation of SEO is not as efficient as in the other two CMS.
  4. The code is complicated to edit and tidy little further.
  5. The learning curve is higher than WordPress.

Drupal :


Main advantages:

  1. Better optimization of PHP, is able to support a greater number of visits to WordPress.
  2. High customization of modules for each template.
  3. Large community of developers.
  4. It is designed for communities, so that if the project is focused on that line (users, permissions, registrations, etc.) is a very powerful tool.
  5. Plugins to extend the functionality but not as much as WordPress.
  6. Despite having a complicated code is clean, something that developers often appreciated.
  7. It has high security, however it depends administrator for the site to remain secure over time.
  8. A great advantage over its competitors is that although your database is MySQL default, as in Joomla and WordPress, due to the application of design patterns in implementing its core, can easily switch database management system data. We would have at our disposal options such as SQL S, PostSQL, SQLite or Oracle.

Main disadvantages:

  1. As already mentioned above, one of the most important disadvantages is their high learning curve, both from the standpoint of a user, as a developer.
  2. Less friendly interface than other CMS, as it has many indoor levels (submenus or subcategories) in the control panel which tends to confusion.
  3. Some hosting services do not support all the features that Drupal has therefore depending on the project you may have to look for one specialized, and therefore more expensive.
  4. At company level, would clarify that developers are more expensive, because there are fewer than for other CMS.


Comparison could continue and could expose variables and tables security and each technical characteristics, but the goal is not to provide a thorough understanding of all CMS or provide more data, nonsense.
A priori, the two best CMS comparative unemployed are WordPress and Drupal, but which of the two is most suitable for the project to be taken in hand?

If the project requires developing one or more of these points, the final choice would certainly be Drupal:

  • Maybe in specific moments have to endure many visits.
  • Flexibility in content creation is needed, because you have to consider future expansion.
  • It must support multiple user profiles with very different roles and highly configurable permissions.
  • Safety is a key factor of the project, eg for administration jobs often require minimal implementations.
  • If you have to interact with a base of existing data, and that this is different from MySQL, or are expected strong growth of the site, which may make considering a jump to a DBMS (Database Generator System) more powerful as Oracle.
  • As seen when we’ve talked about the advantages of each, Drupal is the most robust when you expect a high traffic site.
  • For, WordPress has some default content types, but has the flexibility to modify them without having to modify code while Drupal allows us to create as many as you want easily and quickly.
  • Although the implementation of a simple website can be faster with WordPress because of its simplicity, ease of use and the amount of existing modules, if you expect to have to add very personalized features, it may fall short to medium or long haul.
  • As for user profiles, both WordPress and Joomla, have the flexibility required in creating them, nor on the interrelationship between different content.
  • It is normal, that once completed development want to publicize the project and for technical SEO (Search Engine Optimization), is also better prepared Drupal, since among other things, allows you to assign specific URLs to each element, and even automate this process through a module, creating friendly URLs using the default title of each content.
  • Once seen all these differences, we can conclude that Drupal is the best choice in projects with high complexity, and even more complicated to learn, offers great flexibility and scalability in the projects we play.
  • If at this point, we still have doubts, we will talk figures.
  • As a major drawback, as it has been said that the great potential of Drupal has a price, which is one of the most complex CMS, and therefore the learning curve is hard, because you have to become familiar with many concepts, and how programming is quite different when compared to other technologies.
  • But ultimately, all efforts are worthwhile, because once handled, can carry large projects and make huge profits.The illustration below shows a comparison between the benefits to be gained by working with the most popular CMS, and in which we can observe that provide facilities to tackle a larger project, the benefits of working with Drupal can be much higher in other cases.

So these are some comparison i could draw between popular CMS WordPress, Joomla & Drupal .

If at all you think there are some more differences feel free to comment. Make sure you share it 🙂