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CMS Battle: Drupal Vs Joomla – Which Content Management System Should You Use?

Updated on November 20, 2017

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Here I am again, with another comparison of content management systems. It won’t be wrong to say that such comparisons or the “CMS battles” are essential and there’s no doubt that they enlighten various stakeholders of the applications. Whether you’re a freelance developer, blogger, store owner or a development agency, you’re definitely in need of the perfect content management system that does more than just the basic functions.

drupal vs joomla cms comparison

There are many CMS that must’ve grabbed your attention. But what you really need to know is that even though these applications might be free to download, they’re not the same when it comes to support, features and functionality.

With the intention to do justice to both the renowned content management systems, in today’s post, I’ll be highlighting the similarities between Drupal and Joomla (it’s fair, right?) and pointing out the distinguishing features of the two.

Similarities Between Drupal And Joomla

Before anything, it is important to discuss the cost of a CMS. Both Drupal and Joomla are free and open-source content management systems. Apart from the free downloads, the two applications support thousands of free themes and free plugins to customize your website and create a unique user experience. As for the installation process, it is important to know that both Drupal and Joomla require installation and hosting, unlike Wix and other cloud-based website builders. The installations of Drupal and Joomla are usually straightforward.

With Drupal and Joomla, you have the ability to make different kinds of powerful websites. You can create advanced and versatile websites with more content and structure with certain customization. Both have powerful developer APIs and extend the core functionality with add-ons.

In this age and time, having a mobile-friendly website is not an option but a necessity. The increased usage of mobile devices demands that a website is responsive on all devices. Drupal and Joomla allow for mobile-friendly themes.

When it comes to managing a website, easiness in the use of admin panel can make a lot of difference. Drupal and Joomla offer powerful and user-friendly admin panels, making it easy to manage the content of a website.

What’s So Different Between The Two?

Without a shadow of a doubt, Drupal is known to be more complex with a steeper learning curve. The CMS has all the powerful functionalities and the abilities to back larger projects, even enterprise level. And this is what makes it more complex to use and develop. At the same time, this makes it harder for Drupal website owners to find a skilled Drupal developer. Joomla, on the other hand, is easier to use and to learn.

When we talk about using an application, developing it or solving issues, community plays an important role. A strong and effective community means that there are several stakeholders, including developers, website owners, and professionals actively contributing to the issues and development of an application. The level of engagement ultimately defines the success of the application. With both Drupal and Joomla, the communities are robust and highly responsive. Their community members are active in helping each other out and launching plugins and extensions. However, with Joomla, there’s a slightly upper hand, with its community being quicker and cheaper. It is safe to conclude, that the two communities are shaped differently with different benefits.

As for the modules and extensions, Joomla has a limited marketplace for add-ons and modules. Also, Joomla users often encounter compatibility issues with some plugins which requires work on the PHP code. Drupal, however, has countless modules, themes, and extensions with the support of an active community.

The Deal Breaker

I saved the mention of security features for last because that’s where things really take a turn. Without any doubts, Drupal provides top-notch enterprise-level security which makes it extremely hard for the hackers to breach a website. The CMS powers The White House website and many other high-level organizations. Drupal is a comprehensive and secure framework that is suitable for any website.

Drupal is also a highly scalable CMS and can be easily scaled up. Another reason why big and busy websites choose to use Drupal. The extremely extendable CMS is versatile and can be customized the way you want; giving you not only a powerful website but also scalable and secure one.

The fact that Drupal is complex and requires technical expertise only gives you more reasons to building a website that has high performance, stable and secure structure, and clean professional look, see blog post: Why Drupal Should Power Your Next Web Project. With Joomla, advanced users have limited adjustment options, giving Drupal an edge over medium to high-end users in the market.

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Hamza Zia

Hamza is a Drupal Community Manager at Cloudways - A Managed Drupal Hosting Platform. He loves to write about Drupal and related topics. During his free time, he can be seen obsessing over Football, Cars, Android and Gaming.

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