There are 3 big competitors in the Content Management Systems (CMS) world: WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal. If you're creating a new website, you may wonder which one is right for you. These three have their own pros and cons and open-source code is free to use. To see which CMS is right for you, let's take a brief look at each one.
Created back in 2003 and currently running on more than 70 million websites, WordPress is by far the most popular CMS out there. It started out as just a simple blogging tool, but has evolved into a full, feature-rich, content management system. With it’s extremely easy to use interface, you can create a website in only a matter of minutes. Plus, with the endless amount of free themes and plugins available for WordPress, it’s easy to make your website look great. However, popularity does have it’s drawbacks. For instance, WordPress is one of the biggest targets for hackers. It is critical you keep it up-to-date to prevent attacks on your website. Regardless, with it’s intuitive design and countless number of free customizations, this easy to manage CMS demonstrates why it’s a popular choice.
Joomla, considered the second most popular CMS out there, is also easy to use, but it is a little more complex and requires a higher level of skill than WordPress. It has less free customizations compared to WordPress, but Joomla excels and continues to be a preferred choice when it comes to e-commerce pages. It is also considered one of the largest groups of developers. Joomla is built on PHP and MySQL, offering the ability to create a powerful web application to more experienced developers. With a small effort to learn the terminology and structure of Joomla, you can continue to create a relatively complex website. If you're still searching for something pretty easy, but more versatile than WordPress, Joomla may be the one for you.
Drupal is ranked as the world's third most popular CMS. It is considered to be the most complex, with the three's highest learning curve. In contrast with Joomla, Drupal has more free customizations and themes available, but less than WordPress. It is considered one of today's most versatile and robust content management systems. Drupal is an excellent choice when it comes to websites that contain a large amount of complex data with heavy visitor traffic due to its advanced structure's speed and strength. All this, however, comes at the cost of having to have more experience and expertise to really use this strong, developer-friendly CMS. Go no further than Drupal if you're looking for a company-ready CMS that will scale up with your growing business.
Whether you're a beginner who wants to start a blog, an expert developer who creates a complex, versatile site, or somewhere in between, one of these three CMS applications will definitely do the job. Best of all, quick one-click installs are free to use and support. So if you're currently hosting on the public cloud platform of TurnKey Internet or have a dedicated cPanel database, it couldn't be easier to get going! Then the question is not who is the best, but who is the best for you.