Comparing CMS Platforms

It is important to compare the features of different CMS platforms, such as Joomla, WordPress and Drupal. This will help you decide which one is better to serve the needs of your website.

Online entrepreneurs need the best websites for their business ventures. In the same token, you will also need the most effective and useful Content Management System. At present, the top-three open-source platforms in the industry are WordPress, Joomla and Drupal. These can be downloaded without any costs and these programs are continuously being upgraded in support of novel web technologies. Therefore, simple functions can be improved endlessly through add-ons supplied by the community of developers and users.

Benefits and Disadvantages

Each one has its upsides and downsides. WordPress may be the best for plain blogs and brochure type of websites. On the other hand, Drupal is more for well-customized websites which require complicated content management and scalability. Joomla is somewhere in between the two and meant for those with easier learning concepts. Each application is said to have the support of enthusiastic and dedicated developers as well as user communities. You can obtain free support directly through their websites, e-books or online forums. Meanwhile, paid support is available from third-party sources like consultants, developers and designers.

The following comparison is provided by http://www.rackspace.com/knowledge_center:

  Drupal Joomla Word Press
Homepage www.drupal.org www.joomla.org www.wordpress.org
About Drupal is a powerful and developer-friendly tool for building complex sites. Joomla offers middle ground for the developer-oriented. Drupal is user-friendly and more complex compared to WordPress. WordPress is an innovative and easy-to-use blogging platform. The CMS is also widely used for other website formats.
Example Sites Community Portal: Virgin, Warchild Social Networking: MTV Networks, Quizilla

Education: Harvard University

Restaurant: IHOP

Social Networking: PlayStation Blog

News Publishing: CNN Political Ticker

Education/Research: NASA Ames Research Center

News Publishing: The New York Observer

Installation Drupal Installation Forum Joomla Installation Forum Word Press Installation Forum
Ease of Use Drupal requires the most technical expertise of the three CMS. It is capable of producing the most advanced sites. It is less complex than Drupal but more complex than WordPress. The installation and setup is not complicated. Technical experience is not necessary; it is intuitive and easy to set up. It is also easy to paste text from Microsoft Word document into a WordPress site but not for Joomla and Drupal sites.
Features It is known for the ability to tag, categorize, and organize complex content. It is designed to perform as a community platform with strong social networking features. Ease of use is a key benefit for experts and novices alike. It is powerful enough for web developers or designers. You can build sites for clients with few instructions. Clients can take over the site management. It is known for an extensive selection of themes.
Caching Plug-ins Press flow: This is a downloadable version of Drupal that comes bundled with popular enhancements in key areas, including performance and scalability. Jot Cache offers page caching in the Joomla 1.5 search framework, resulting in fast page downloads. WP-Super Cache: The Super Cache plug-in optimizes performance by generating static HTML files from database-driven content for faster load times.
Best Use Cases This is for complex, advanced and versatile sites; sites that require complex data organization; community platform sites with multiple users; and, online stores Joomla allows you to build a site with more content and structure flexibility than what WordPress offers. It supports E-commerce and social networking. WordPress is suitable for simple web sites such as everyday blogging and news sites. Add-ons make it easy to expand the functionality of the site.