Drupal, Joomla or WordPress?


There are three major players in the CMS (Content Management System) market, and they are: Drupal, Joomla or WordPress. When you’re trying to pick which one to use, it can be difficult to see the wood from the trees and identify the strengths and weaknesses of each.

Let’s start with popularity – WordPress is by far the most popular platform with nearly 5 times as many users as Joomla and nearly 10 times the user base of Drupal. Now, that could be down to the installation time, which is only 5 minutes with WordPress compared to 10 minutes for both Drupal and Joomla, but, I think it’s unlikely that this minor detail has caused such a gulf between each of the platforms – it’s just a small irritation in an otherwise decent CMS.

Each of the systems are able to extend their functionality through the use of Plugins. WordPress and Drupal both have ~25,000 free plugins that you can use on your site compared with Joomla’s pitiful 7,000. This doesn’t really present too much of a problem if you’re just trying to build a blog or an ecommerce website as those plugins are available in all 3 CMS – where this is an issue is when you’re trying to expand your web platform to be more than a website (e.g. social network, job site etc…).

In my opinion WordPress is by far the easiest to use and manage, with Joomla and Drupal both possessing unnecessary complexity & a clunky interface. It should be noted though, that Drupal has an ace up its sleeve & that is, that it is very light weight – meaning your website could run on a cheap and low-power server, whereas WordPress and Joomla will require something a little more turbo charged.


Whether a seasoned professional or a complete beginner, I really can’t see any reason that anyone would use Joomla – other than to cause themselves headaches. I have been working with content management systems for a long time and still struggle to understand how it was possible for Joomla to make such a bad interface and generally confusing system structure,

WordPress and Drupal are, for me, on a par in terms of functionality. However, WordPress is much more straightforward to use, manage and support. It has a very busy support network of other web masters just like you to lend a helping hand. I do think Drupal, when used correctly, can build extremely good, robust websites – but, it can be a real technical headache for the less experienced web master.

My bet – stick with WordPress

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