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Content Management System (CMS) Comparison

CMS Wars – WordPress vs. Joomla vs. Drupal: 

Websites have become an integral part of everyday life. Although most people know how to use a website, it is less known how to build one. There are different content management systems (CMS) available geared at various levels of knowledge to help build websites. The three most popular CMS available on the market today are WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal.

WordPress, released in 2003 appeals to everyone, from novices to professionals. WordPress has released 30 versions, with WordPress 4.6.1 being the most recent. WordPress has a straightforward and easy to use interface and is predominantly used for daily blogging and News sites. A few favorite websites that are powered by WordPress are; CNN, Forbes, LinkedIn, and TED.

In 2005, the first version of Joomla was released. Joomla targets web designers and supports e-commerce and social networking sites. It can create not only websites but powerful online applications. Joomla has released 12 versions with Joomla 3.6.4 being the latest. Favorite websites that use Joomla are Ikea, eBay, and NCA.

Drupal was developed in 2000 and targets web developers. Drupal powers sites that require sophisticated data organization and platform sites with multiple users. There have been 8 versions of Drupal released, the latest being Drupal 8.2.2. The CMS Drupal powers websites such as the likes of Fox News, The Economist, and Taboola.

Together WordPress Joomla and Drupal account for approximately 32% of all websites found online to date. WordPress hosts 17.3 million web sites and accounts for 27% of sites. Joomla hosts 2.5 million web sites, which is approximately 2.8% and Drupal hosts 0.74 million web sites which account for 2.20% of all websites found online.

A key strength that all three CMS have in common is that each of them is customizable Users are not limited to a single layout but can customize and make their website unique and personalized. WordPress offers the most freedom to design with more than 7,600 free themes and 47,593 free plugins available. Joomla and Drupal aimed towards more complex websites off 4,000 and 2,300 free themes, respectively.

Drupal provides 8.634 plugins and Joomla offers 8,634 supporting different functionalities. Another way that each content management system helps customizability by providing various languages. CMS systems are not limited to just English. Drupal offers 100 languages.

Joomla provides 66 and WordPress offer 63 languages. This includes communication managers, extensions, and modules to make custom data translatable.

One of the main issues around content management systems is security. CMS users need to have the assurance that the website they are building will be safe from internet malcontents and hackers. WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal all have a good record when it comes to user security, but have different security rankings in various sections. Regarding core security, WordPress has the highest rating, followed by

Drupal and Joomla respectively. For plugins and extensions, Drupal is ranked first, followed by Joomla and then WordPress.

To learn more about WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal, take a look at the adjoining infographic. The team at Skilled.co created the infographic which provides an in-depth comparison of each CMS. This comparison helps to determine which CMS is best for individuals based on their tailored needs.

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