When building a website, regardless of the type, one of the key considerations you will need to make is the content management system (CMS) to use. With the various CMS systems, how to create a website is no longer a problem for many people today. This technology allows you to develop a professional-quality website or blog, regardless of your level of skills in website design. Additionally, the systems may be used to alter minor details on websites and blogs, such as editing pages, uploading new images and adding blog posts. Currently, WordPress is probably the most popular CMS-powering about 23 percent of websites on the Internet today. However, this is not the only CMS you can use to develop your website.

Drupal and Joomla are other content management systems that are comparatively spectacular. As such, you may have a hard time when deciding the appropriate software to use for your website. The three content management systems have many things in common, but differ in a number of ways. Throughout this article, you will learn how the three compare; hence be able to make a more informed choice.

Similar Features Offered By Drupal, WordPress and Joomla

These content management systems have various similarities, with regards to their technology, community and philosophy. For instance, all the three programs are licensed by GNU GPL. Other similarities depicted by the three systems include the following:

  • All of them are free, open source content management systems.
  • All of them are community-driven type of projects.
  • The three systems are primarily written in PHP.
  • All feature an array of templates and themes for enhanced website appearance as well as modules/ extensions and plug-ins for more features.
  • The three systems use MySQL to manage their databases. While WordPress exclusively uses this database management system, Drupal and Joomla support other systems-in addition to MySQL.

While the three systems are similar in a number of ways, they still have their differences. It is these differences that should influence your choice of content management system for your website.  The following are some of the ways, in which the systems differ-based in various CMS aspects.

Add-ons and Themes

For the CMSs to offer enhanced and appealing website appearance and allow for integration of various features and services, they are packed with a wide assortment of plugins and themes. However, each is unique in its own way.

WordPress

With WordPress, you may alter the appearance of your website using the various WordPress themes. The software comes with various pre-installed default themes and plugins (about 38,000 free plugins), which you may use to customize the appearance of your website. You may also install additional themes and plugins from the WordPress.org website free of charge. To do this, click on the ‘Add New’ option on the system. This CMS also features an array of premium themes and plug-ins, which are often developed by third party theme developers. These are usually available at a cost.

Drupal

While there are various themes and plugins that have been developed for this CMS, their availability is somewhat a problem. To add these, you need to search for them–outside the Drupal website—locate the zip file URL for the project and add it to the theme or modules page on the content management system. As compared to WordPress themes and plugins, the quality of Drupal modules and themes is a bit low.

Joomla

There are various extensions and templates for Joomla CMS as well. Just as is the case with Drupal modules and themes, the various Joomla extensions and templates are of a lower quality-when compared to WordPress plugins and themes. However, this system makes it more convenient for user to search for these extensions and plugins. This is done using the search feature on the administration area of the system.

Ease of Use

Currently many people are learning how to create a website. Additionally, many have been able to develop a good website or blog without any website building skills. In this case, the use of an appropriate and easy to use CMS comes in handy. How do the three systems compare, with regards to ease of use?

WordPress

Basically, this CMS features a five-minute installation process. Additionally, most hosting providers of the CMS allow for one-click installation of the CMS. This ease of use of the WordPress CMS has allowed beginners as well as experienced web developers to set up WordPress blogs in a few minutes. As compared to Drupal and Joomla, WordPress offers a better post-installation user experience. This may be attributed to the user friendly interface in WordPress, which features menus for creating pages, posts and customizing the appearance of the website.

Drupal

The installation of this CMS is similar to that of WordPress; you just need to download the program, upload its package and run its installation script. This CMS features distributions– pre-packaged bundles that have configurations and modules for creating specific types of websites. The post-installation experience offered by Drupal is a bit complicated-especially for beginners. If you have never used this program before, you may have hard time figuring out ho you can change various website aspects. While changing the appearance of your website using Drupal may be a bit complicated, uploading new content using the CMS is comparatively easy.

Joomla

The installation of Joomla is not as quick as that of WordPress, but is somewhat similar. Most of the shared hosting providers of Joomla today offer one-click installation packages for the CMS. This also makes the installation process easier. The user dashboard displayed by the CMS after installation features many menus, which may be hard to understand and use for some users. However, you will find that that the various menus are highly beneficial as you get used to the software.

You may also need to consider the level of security offered by each of the CMS programs. In this regard, WordPress is still the best option. While the other two are not as good as the WordPress content management system, they come in handy as reputable alternatives. With the right CMS, developing a website or blog will become easier.