Literally a CMS itself is an web application which let us, manage the content and various assets of the website easily.. Basically the website created using CMS are supposed to be highly flexible, and easy to manage and update. Most popular CMS of these days are free to
use, this means anyone can use those to build a website. Initially, a CMS is supposed to be for a blog where admin adds the articles, and publish it, however with the change in time and dramatic changes in development of plugins, extension and customization, a CMS can do much more than just the management of content.
As a web development company, we work on various CMS, we’ve mainly developed websites on WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, Magento and Laravel, and in this post we’re going to share our experience while working on these CMS. We’ve limited this post on Joomla, and we’ll compare the pros and cons of Joomla over other popular CMS namely WordPress and Drupal.
So, Let’s dive to the Joomla, Joomla is an administration friendly CMS, which allows a publisher to manage the various assets of the website easily. From a small blog to a large website like linux.com or mtv greece or harvard university(school of art) websites, joomla can handles most of your need. Here’s our comparison of these Content Management System.
Joomla admin interface is powerful and user friendly, if you’re handling large set of assets in a website then you should go for Joomla because it’s too easy to manage and update the content in Joomla Website. If your website has been built with various custom modules, you can easily change the layout of your website too, by easily changing the positions of a particular module. While dealing with large set of content you can install extension like K2 to make it easy to manage everything, because this extension offers almost everything, from adding videos to marking up the content for search engine.
If you deliver products through your website, then managing products and product category are easier than other content management system. Drupal isn’t as administration friendly for a non technical users as Joomla, and if you’re dealing with variation of assets, and your aim is not only to deliver content, but also to offer something more in your website, which may require some custom app, then Joomla can serve better than WordPress.
However, in case of having only general purpose of the website, WordPress is the right solution. With multiple authors management, and it’s easy to use and learn interface has made wordpress a well known CMS around the web. It’s easy to build, maintain and update.
Available Extension and Customization
While talking about extension and customization, Joomla may be better than WordPress, because adding a custom features on wordpress is weird, if the plugin you required has not been developed already. In wordpress the plugin handles the tasks, but in joomla it is called extension. An Extension is an component developed for custom need. Although, Joomla community offers wide range of extensions it might hard to match the need. Learning curve of joomla is easy and even a newbie can learn it from scratch.
But in customization Drupal beats joomla, because Drupal is highly flexible and developer friendly. If you want to heavily customize the CMS, the humble solution is to use Drupal as your default CMS, and not to go with Joomla. Drupal has active developer community, and you can get support from the community easily, and it’s easy to learn and develop custom module in Drupal. WordPress is easy and pretty, Drupal is developer friendly and Joomla resides on the middle of these two CMS.
Search Engine Optimization is very vital for any website, because without getting admiration of search engine, a website can hardly yield something. For this reason each CMS offers SEO features. But in this race, Joomla falls at last, because you should manually deal with many SEO problems in joomla like content duplication, URL mismanagement, product duplication and mark up etc.
In wordpress a plugin called Yost handle everything regarding technical SEO, and drupal also offers SEO features like meta information and default URL structuring. It also offers content revision control . But the recent version of Joomla 3 is giving more SEO control over the content you publish. Unlike Joomla, these two CMS avoid content duplication, and gives a full privilege of SEO control form the backend.
Joomla always falls at middle while comparing with Drupal and WordPress. Joomla indeed can perform better than WordPress while discussing about scalability, however, it’s customization also limits for larger and enterprise solution. For such needs, Drupal always beats the race. With multisite and multidev capabilities, and most significantly quality code and API, Drupal can serve best for large scale development. In short Joomla is scalable than WordPress but not as much as Drupal.
Don’t limit your analysis with a particular CMS while selecting one. Although it might sound like each CMS can fulfill your need, you’ll realize after using how they differ, which is determined by various factors such as future extension of your website, customization and many other factors.
WordPress is almost best for general purpose, Drupal for high customization and quality, and Joomla resides on middle, because it can serve both general purpose and large customization to some extent.