Pros and cons of WordPress, Joomla, Drupal
February 05, 2015
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Everyone who ever wanted to set up his own website, blog, forum, or any other serious project like those had to ask oneself the same fundamental question – which framework should I use? Makadu experts will help you find the one best suited for you.

There are three most popular content management systems now, namely WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal. Regardless of the fact that they still vary significantly in terms of complexity, stability, security, and features available, they are becoming more and more similar to one another. Moreover, they are all frequently upgraded, therefore feature comparisons are in fact pointless as they can change very quickly. And, last but not least, with the whole range of extensions, modules, and plugins available you can do virtually anything you want with all those three CMS’s. The only thing you need to do that is to learn as much as you can about it, or hire an expert to help you with it.

Let us start with the most popular and the simplest of them. WordPress started as a blogging platform and for the long time served the role of the main competitor of Google’s Blogger.  Unlike Blogger, WordPress is an open source system on which you own everything you create and publish. This is one of the main differences between them which allowed the latter to become a powerful tool for such high-profile brands as www.bbcamerica.com , www.time.com , www.snoopdogg.com, www.rollingstones.com.



As has been said before, WordPress is not only a blogging platform anymore. It is a regular CMS with all required functions such as holding multiple authors or a wide variety of plugins allowing the user to create a powerful website. It is very customizable and user-friendly tool as you do not need any specific knowledge about coding for a basic website. Unfortunately, in comparison with the other two systems, WordPress still has some issues in terms of safety and stability, especially when it comes to larger projects. Being vulnerable to the attack of hackers and possibly unstable when visited by large number of people, maybe it is not the best option for someone who want the maximum reliability.

As regards reliability, the most powerful and stable of those three is definitely Drupal. At its core version, it is fairly simple and does not require advance skills to operate it. Creating a basic site in Drupal is quite simple but the greatest value of that framework is that you can create anything you want with it. However, to do so you need some specific knowledge, which should be comprised of at least PHP, HTML, and CSS. The undisputed strength of Drupal is the fact that it has virtually no limitations in the possible final effects. Literally, your imagination (plus skills and knowledge) is the limit. If you want to create built-up, highly customized page serving many users, Drupal would most probably be your best possible option. Another advantage of Drupal is the fact that it has the largest community of the three www.drupal.org  there is over 1 149 000 user accounts.

Among the most known brands with their websites based on Drupal are www.virgin.com, www.princeofwales.gov.uk, www.warnerbrosrecords.com, www.pinkspage.com Their common denominator is a strong need to be secured. Moreover, there are numerous government sites created with Drupal, starting with the most known of them, the White House’s official website www.whitehouse.gov Drupal’s developers take the issue of security very seriously and provide its users with security reports. For comparison, the similar function in WordPress is unavailable in the default version of the program.
Another  positive quality of Drupal-based sites is SEO-friendliness, probably even greater than with WordPress. This is because those pages are very often very complex ones, and therefore they offer a lot of unique content which is essential for ranking them high in the search engine result page (SERP). This happens because you can organize content in a better way, according to certain hierarchical categories. Finding longtail keywords positioning is even simpler.
If you want your site to be multilingual and have many roles and access levels such as managers, admins, content creators, and so on, Drupal is the better option again.



Joomla is often described as some kind of a middle ground between these two frameworks. In a nutshell, its biggest value is a possibility to create social networking sites and commerce stores. It is moderately easy to operate, but on the other hand once created sites are often quite difficult to modify. This framework is also less SEO effective than the previously described ones. On the other hand, you may achieve that goal with some extensions and additionally get very extensive and mostly free technical support. At least, there are numerous renowned brands with their websites based on Joomla, such as
www.guggenheim.org , or the www.unric.org.

To summarize, there is simple answer to the question which one of these three framework is the best ovecourse each of them is best suited for different purposes. But the choice is Drupal this frameowrk is recommend mostly by makadu team - very univerals and friendly platform
 

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