These days, there are many different content management systems (otherwise known as CMSs) that our digital marketing agency company can use to create a website. One of the most popular (and our favorite) is WordPress, but there are a few others – namely Drupal and Joomla – that have been steadily growing in popularity. All three are free and are open-source programs (meaning the source code is available to anyone), but what are their differences?
WordPress began in 2003 and was originally a blogging platform called b2/cafelog. The original blogging platform is still available (though now called WordPress), but it has also been developed into a fully functional CMS.
Joomla originated from Mambo (an open source CMS) in 2005. It became a website called OpenSourceMatters.org and was eventually reorganized and called Joomla from the Swahili word “jumla,” which means “as a whole.”
Drupal was created in 2001 and gets its name from the Dutch term “druppel.” It originated as a website called Drop.org, and the website’s code evolved into what is now Drupal.
All three of these CMSs are relatively easy to comprehend, but each has a slightly different learning curve. WordPress is the most intuitive and easiest to understand, while Drupal is the most developer-oriented and requires the most technical expertise. Joomla falls in the middle and is less complex than Drupal but more complex than WordPress.
When it comes to actually creating a website, each of these CMSs features a few cons: When you create content on Drupal, the program doesn’t default to a rich-text editor, so you have to use HTML (or add a plug-in). Joomla proves to be difficult when you want to upload images or include a “comments” area. WordPress is the easiest to use all around, but limits you on how complex your website can be.
You’ll be able to find an abundance of WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal plug-ins (and many of them free) that you can add to each program to further customize it. WordPress has the most available at over 24,000. Drupal comes in second with over 8,000 and Joomla features over 6,000.
WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal all have a three-step process when it comes to installations, but Drupal’s process proves to be the most difficult (though not by much). WordPress is the easiest (it even says on the installation screen, “Welcome to the famous five-minute WordPress installation process!”), and Joomla is the only one that gives you the option to include sample data.
To conclude, WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal are all great CMSs and which one you pick is entirely up to you, but if you’re looking for the most popular CMS with the smallest learning curve, we recommend using WordPress.