Drupal vs. Joomla!: Which Content Management System Should You Use?
When it comes to building a feature-rich, scalable website, not all content management systems (CMSs) are created equal. For large or complex projects, you’ll likely need more in terms of extensibility and security than drag-and-drop solutions that are designed to help non-developers get started quickly. If you need a CMS with more under the hood, you may want to check out Drupal or Joomla! They each require a little more technical expertise to set up and maintain, but they can more than make up for it if you’re building a complex site for a large organization.
In this article, we’ll compare these two CMS platforms and help you decide which one is best for you.
An Intro to Joomla!
Joomla! is an award-winning free CMS that really does it all, also boasting a lot of extensibility and ease of use. It powers millions of websites and applications of all types: think anything from personal blogs to corporate portals and intranets. It’s built with PHP and MySQL (or MS SQL, or PostgreSQL), which makes it easy to install and set up for any developer who’s familiar with these technologies. No need to be super advanced, but Joomla! does require a bit more technical skill than WordPress out of the gate. Similar to WordPress, a Joomla developer will download the CMS, set up hosting, and your site could technically be live in a matter of minutes.
If you’re looking to build an ecommerce store or a social networking-style application, Joomla! performs well in these areas. Once you’re set up, updating and maintaining a Joomla site is right on par with WordPress’s ease of use. Should you need to add additional, special functionality, Joomla has thousands of extensions (many are free) in its Extensions Directory. These extensions come in a few different forms: languages; plugins; components, which are the most complex; files and packages; and modules, which are similar to a WordPress widget. You can find extensions for anything, from image galleries and slideshows to script integrations, URL redirects, and ecommerce functionality.
The core Joomla! Framework is different than the Joomla CMS, and it gives developers the ability to create PHP-based applications without the overhead that comes along with the whole CMS package. Hire a skilled Joomla developer to leverage the Framework to do things like build integrated ecommerce systems with product catalogs and inventory control systems, add on handy reservation systems to a restaurant site, or integrate data reporting tools.
Sites that are powered by Joomla include Nintendo Nordic, Harvard, Linux, and The Hill.
An Intro to Drupal
Drupal gets five stars when it comes to power and security, but fewer when it comes to ease of use. Being a majorly powerful CMS, Drupal calls itself a “content management framework” that lets users launch, manage and scale “ambitious” sites and applications. Think larger, enterprise-level projects. It’s powered by PHP (and the Symfony PHP framework) and gets its extended functionality from modules that build off of its Core package (which includes basic things like blogging, forums, contact forms, and Go to the full article.