We all know that WordPress has, in recent years, gained a reputation as one of the most popular methods of building a website. However, if you are reading this, it is likely because you are wondering, is there other software out there comparable to or better than WordPress? While WordPress may be the right choice for some, each website, being different from all others, has specialized and individual needs. Below you will find a comparison of the three most popular Content Management Systems (CMS) available on the internet today: WordPress, Joomla and Drupal.
WordPress is known for being the easiest CMS for beginners to learn how to use. In addition, it is free to download and readily customizable, with thousands of free plugins and themes. All of this does, however, come at a cost. Aside from the fact that–simply because it is the most widely used CMS–it is the most vulnerable to being hacked, WordPress websites are also known to become sluggish and clunky when too many extra plugins are downloaded. Thus WordPress is typically only best for beginners, and those who want to build relatively small websites.
Joomla, like both WordPress and Drupal, is a CMS with numerous available free themes and plugins. However, it is known for being more powerful and efficient in some regards than WordPress. For example, it contains numerous features from the moment you download it that, were you using WordPress, you would have to download extra plugins to implement. On the downside, the level of technical experience required to use Joomla is notably greater than in the case of WordPress.
Drupal is known as the most powerful of these three Content Management Systems. This is why it is used most often by corporations, government departments, and other groups with a need for large, advanced websites. In addition, Drupal websites often load faster than those of WordPress or Joomla, because it is highly optimized and efficient. However, as with Joomla, use of Drupal requires some advance knowledge of coding. Also, because it is less widely used than software like WordPress, Drupal has a notably smaller online support system.
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