Top Three CMS

Compare Between Top 3 CMS – WordPress, Drupal and Joomla

Before comparison, Let’s understand What is CMS?

CMS stands for Content Management System. It means basically a system where u can manage your contents means what user sees when someone visits your website, all of that content u can manage. You can add, edit, delete, update and rename it in a software or a system. And the Rest things about your website manage the system itself.

Example – WordPress, Joomla, Drupal and many more. These three are the top ranking and downloadable CMS.

Now, so why WordPress (released in 2003) is so popular than Joomla (released in 2005) and Drupal (released in 2000).

The simple answer is WordPress is really simple and you don’t need and skills for creating website/blog”.

Similarities –

> All of the three are open source software licensed under GPL (General Public License), which guarantees end users the freedom to run, study, share and modify the software.

> All three of them are written primarily in PHP.

> They all support MySQL as their database management system. WordPress exclusively supports only MySQL, while Joomla and Drupal support other database management systems.

> All three of them use themes and templates for the visual appearance of sites, and plugins extensions for extending features.

Difference –

Platform WordPress Drupal Joomla
Released 2003 2001 2003
No. of themes 3000+ 2000+ 1000+
Plugins 44k 26k 5k
Cost Free Free Free
Skills *

Technical experience is not necessary


It requires the most technical expertise of the 3 CMSs


Less complex than Drupal, more than WordPress

Best used for Ideal for a simple website, blogging. Anybody easy to manage a site. Add-ons make it easy to expand the functionality of the site For complex, advanced and versatile sites, for sites requires complex data organization, for community platform sites with multiple users It has more content and structure flexibility than WordPress. Fairly easy to manage than Drupal and best for social networking and e-commerce
Who uses Techcrunch, Mashable, time, CNN, Sony, Forbes NBC, Taboola, Oxford,

Tesla, Warner Bros

Harvard, Linux, IKEA, McDonald’s, Lipton
Pros Customizable, easy to use, tons of learning resources, excellent community & support More technically advanced, websites generally perform better, enterprise-level security Easy to learn, great help portal, can be used for social networks, updates integrate seamlessly, more built-in options
Cons Needs code for major visual customizations, updates may cause issues with plugins Users need basic knowledge of HTML, PHP, and other web development languages Modules are hard to maintain, middle-ground CMS (not as easy as WordPress, not as advanced as Drupal)


So, here’s the comparison is done. Let me know in the comment below that, what you use for building a website or everyday projects and why you still use it means the advantages and Which CMS you prefer most?

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