Ultimate Comparison of 3 Most Popular Content Management System [Infographic]

Content management systems make life easier for millions of bloggers, website designers and small business owners working in different industries and targeting different audiences. Finding a functional, flexible and fast content management system (CMS) is every developer’s dream. Content management systems are popular with everyone, from novices to experienced users. The market for these helpful publishing tools is one of the most versatile and fastest growing ones. There are a number of well-known CMS out there, and it can sometimes be quite challenging to figure out which one is the right one for you.

This article and the accompanying infographic reflect and compare the best content management systems on the market. The infographic offers a comparative analysis of the three most popular web content management systems: WordPress, Joomla and Drupal. There will be a few of the comparison parameters outlined in the article and the rest can be found in the infographic presented alongside this article. The comparison examines different features of WordPress, Joomla and Drupal to find out which one works best in terms of meeting different user needs and requirements.

Getting to Know WordPress, Joomla and Drupal

To begin the content management system review, it is first best to understand the three CMS that are under review. WordPress was released in 2003 and is arguably the most recognizable CMS on the market today. It is an open source software used for building visually appealing web pages, blogs and apps. Joomla was released in 2005 and is a CMS that enables users to create websites and powerful applications. The oldest CMS out of the these three content management systems is Drupal, released  back in 2000. Drupal powers a number of commonly used apps and websites such as Rainforest alliance, Pinterest and The Economist.

CMS Usage & Website Types

Content management systems power numerous amounts of websites. WordPress powers over 17.3 million websites, Joomla powers 2.5 million and Drupal powers 0.74 million websites. The data collected reported that 27% of all CMS-based websites use WordPress, 2.8% of them are powered by Joomla and 2.20% use Drupal.

WordPress has a simple interface and easy-to-install features and add-ons making it easy for beginners to use. It is the most suitable CMS for everyday blogging and news sites and it works best for simple website designs. Joomla is more targeted towards web designers as it is designed to power complex and professional sites. It works best for e-commerce businesses and social networks. Drupal aims its service towards  web developers that require complex data organization. Drupal is a CMS that can power complex websites like community platforms with high user numbers and online stores.

Download Costs and E-Commerce Support

One of the key aspects that these three popular content management tools have in common is that they can be downloaded free of charge.  WordPress offers support for e-commerce businesses via its open source plugin WooCommerce. Joomla has built-in extensions for managing products and content on e-commerce websites and Drupal is yet to develop a system that supports stable e-commerce.

Installation Time

The installation time of each CMS being discussed are relatively short. The installation time for WordPress is approximately 5 minutes, Drupal takes an average of 10 minutes to install and Joomla has the longest installation time of 15 minutes.  A key feature of WordPress, Joomla and Drupal is that they all offer one-click installs.

Themes & Plugins

The top three CMS on the market each offer a variety of useful themes and plugins that have won over millions of users. When it comes to themes, WordPress is the best CMS software with the most generous offer of more than 7600 themes. Joomla has more than 4000 themes and Drupal users can choose between more than 2300 themes. For  plugins that are offered, WordPress offers the most with 47.593 available, Drupal offers 35.825 extensions and the number of extensions that Joomla currently has on offer is 8.634.

Available Languages

Drupal is not as widely used as WordPress or Joomla but when it comes to the number of languages on offer, it takes the top spot. There are 100 available languages on Drupal compared with 66 on Joomla and 62 on WordPress. Joomla and Drupal both offer extensions and modules for translating custom data. It is possible to make custom data translatable on WordPress  with the help of Language Manager.

Setup and Upkeep Rankings

The data collected reported that WordPress was the top ranking CMS in relation to setup and upkeep. WordPress, Joomla and Drupal are all written in PHP which is a free script language and interpreter. The database management system utilized by WordPress, Joomla and Drupal is MySQL which is an open-source relational database management system. WordPress and Drupal users also use the alternative database management system called MariaDB. A few websites powered by Drupal utilize Percona Server which is an enhanced version of MySQL.

Security Rankings

A content management system  comparison would not be complete if it did not examine how the three content management software rank in terms of security. Joomla’s core has been reported to be the most secure while Drupal core security is moderate.  User rankings indicated that WordPress has the least secure core. The security of WordPress plugins, extensions and modules were reported to be the most secure followed by Joomla. The User rankings ranked Drupal’s plugins, extensions and modules as being the least secure.Drupal was most recently updated for security on 21 September 2016. Earlier that same month, WordPress had its last security update, while Joomla was last updated on 4 August 2016.

CMS Comparison Infographic

This informative infographic is based on recent data obtained from a large number of credible sources. All numbers and data used in the infographic are accurate and up to date. If you are struggling to figure out what popular CMS to pick,  take a look at the infographic below. The infographic highlights key information on the top CMS and how to choose the one that will meet each website’s needs and goals in the most efficient way,




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