Comparing the Numbers: WordPress, Joomla, Drupal
Posted by Matt Krautstrunk on March 22, 2011 in Web Design [ 19 Comments ]
What used to be a WordPress vs. Blogspot battle is now more like WordPress vs. Joomla & Drupal. The once relatively unknown, blogger platform has grown up and adopted a name for it’s self as one of the most user friendly content management tools, used by everyone from Bieber buffs to established businesses. In fact, WordPress is used by over 13% of the world’s 1,000,000 biggest websites. So what’s the difference between WordPress, Joomla & Drupal? What are the tradeoffs? What CMS is best for your business?
It is widely known that WordPress is gaining momentum. Their main value proposition is the ease of use with the user interface and back end system. Drupal is widely known to offer a wide variety of features with their CMS system. Drupal is popular for its scalable potential and ability to grow with a business. WordPress, Joomla! and Drupal are similar because they offer the ability to add plugins for virtually anything from SEO to security, widgets and themes. A draw to this system is that there is no need for FTP access. Drupal’s myriad of plugins are very functional however they aren’t as easy to use as WordPress or Joomla, but they are more customizable.
Joomla! and WordPress are both known for their user-friendly interface. Drupal, however may be able to last you a bit longer, but also take some time to master. For those looking for slick web design and creative plugins, Joomla! and WordPress take the cake. For those looking to optimize things such as load times and performance, while planning for the future, think Drupal. Take a look at the 2010 numbers comparing all three platforms:
According to the OSCMS Report:
Downloads Per Week in 2010
What Are Most Sites Running On?
Any Preferred CMS and if so, which one?
All three of these CMS’s should go above and beyond to deliver what you are looking for with your CMS. However still, none of these three content management systems have integration with HTML5 and they offer minimum collaboration across systems. Overall, WordPress is quicker, more flexible and simpler. If your web designer specializes in Joomla! or Drupal it won’t affect the success of your businesses marketing, SEO, and e-commerce operations. The trends however are point towards WordPress CMS for website management but as WordPress matures who will take its place in the blogger world… Tumblr?
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