Back in 1998 – 2007, building a website was a very technical affair that required hands-on professional experience. Only the folks with complete knowledge of HTML / CSS could think about developing their own site and make money through online presence. Well, it's quite astonishing to see how time can change the trend and open new prospects for everyone. The myth that only professional developers can build a site is a matter of the past. Thanks to the Content Management Systems like, WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, Blogger, etc. that have made this task so easy for almost everyone.
Well! Talking about the aforementioned CMSs, all are open source software that have their own features and benefits. While each of them provides a readymade platform for blogging and creating websites, they can be compared on the basis of ease of use, security, technicalities and aesthetics.
Interestingly, WordPress is the best platform that has took the CMS crown from Drupal, Joomla and other Content Management Systems. It is the most user friendly and intuitive content management platform that has established itself as a leader of all CMSs.
Word Press debuted in 2003 with a single bit of code to enhance the typography of everyday writing and with fewer users. Since then it has grown to be the largest self-hosted blogging tool in the world, now used by millions of people worldwide. While all other platforms involve some kind of complexities and entanglements, WordPress is a full-fledged CMS that can be used even by the beginners, those who have little or no knowledge about website building. To make it further clear, why WordPress is better than others, let's have a brief look into its comparison with other CMSs – Drupal and Joomla:
1) Ease of Use:
- Drupal: Very Complex UI. Suited only for professional developers.
- WordPress: Very Complex UI. Suited only for professional developers.
2) Technical Expertise required:
- Joomla: Good level of technical expertise and experience required to make a professional website on Joomla. The learning curve is a bit steeper and requires skills to understand.
- Drupal: Very high level of expertise and experience is required. It has an extremely steep learning curve, which is difficult to understand for people of non-technical background.
- WordPress: Amount of skills required to work with WordPress is minimal. Just sign up for a WordPress account, choose from the available templates, have some interesting content and you are ready to go.
3) Themes and Plugins:
- Joomla: 900+ themes and 7000+ plugins.
- Drupal: 1800+ themes and 24000+ plugins.
- WordPress: 2000+ themes and 27000+ plugins – more than both Joomla and Drupal.
- Joomla: Joomla is an enterprise-grade CMS that is flexible enough and can handle a large volume of data.
- Drupal: For a complex, highly customized site Drupal might be the best choice.
- WordPress: The user friendly interface and high level of abstraction make the WordPress stand out of all. It's a flexible platform that not only offers the basic features for startups, but is also capable of very complex sites.
5) SEO Capabilities:
- Joomla: Joomla is not much SEO friendly . On the SEO side, you need to work a lot to rank your website in Google.
- Drupal: Drupal is SEO friendly.
- WordPress: With WordPress plugin, 'All in One SEO', you can start blogging directly without having to worry about on page SEO.
6) Use Cases:
- Joomla: With Joomla, you can develop a website that requires structure flexibility, and thus is best used for E-commerce and social networking websites.
- Drupal: It can be used for any site that requires complex data organization.
- WordPress: Though, it holds its best use case for Blogs, small-medium sized corporate websites, but with the extensions and plugins support, it can beat both Joomla and Drupal in terms of flexibility and data organization.
7) Sites using the platform:
- Joomla: Harvard University, MTV Networks Quizilla , iHOP restaurant, The Hill.
- Drupal: Fastcompany, Linux, WarnerBros, The White House, Team Sugar.
- WordPress: PlayStation Blog, Forbes, NASA Ames Research Center, CNN Political Ticker, Sony, The New York Observer.
The above mentioned facts are enough to figure out why WordPress is so popular among folks. While Joomla and Drupal have 15 million + and 30 million + downloads respectively, WordPress alone has 140 million + downloads enough to prove that it is the king of all CMS. After all, the authenticity and reliability of any product or service can be proved from its user base.