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Why You Should Choose WordPress over Joomla and Drupal

Why You Should Choose WordPress over Joomla and Drupal

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This is a guest post by Jim Cochran

WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal are the top CMS (Content Management Systems) applications in the online arena.  When building a new website, these are the top three choices; but which one should you choose?  Unfortunately for Joomla and Drupal, no matter how you stack the cards, WordPress always seems to come out on top.

Let’s take a look at how WordPress consistently blows its competition out of the water:

1.  Cost: Hiring outside parties to manage and maintain your Drupal and Joomla sites will cost you an arm and a leg more than if you had a WordPress site.  Drupal and Joomla administration can be very multifaceted and intricate in nature, and both come with a steep learning curve.   Based on estimations at the lower end of the scale, the average set-up and cost of a Joomla site is right around $2000, Drupal $5000, compared to only $500 for a WordPress set-up.

WordPress also offers more free plug-ins and themes than Drupal or Joomla.

2.  Branding Features:  WordPress provides common branding features that Drupal and Joomla do not.  Businesses and organizations who use websites for marketing purposes suffer without unique branding and design, unique category pages, unique elements for each page, and user-friendly administration.  Drupal and Joomla, both designed by programmers, are simply not geared for the average person who lacks a degree in web design.  And while most small businesses, organizations, large companies, and even personal sites benefit from unique pages, i.e. a testimonial page vs. a services offered page, installing unique pages on Drupal and Joomla is tedious and time-consuming.  Installing unique pages on WordPress takes seconds- you simply click a button, create a name for your page, and hit “publish.”

3.  Simplicity:  Installing WordPress is easy, and as it evolves, upgrading is equally simple.  When WordPress 3.1 or “Reinhardt” appeared this past February year, users had only one version to upgrade.  (Joomla and Drupal have two major versions, making upgrading more of a hassle every time the software evolves.)

WordPress’s administration panel is clean and contained.  Adding widgets, themes, extension modules, and plug-ins is a cinch.  WordPress offers the best preview option, as well, so users can best plan and visualize their end product.

WordPress Auto-Upgrade Screenshot

WordPress Auto-Upgrade Screenshot

4.  Security: According to Secunia.com’s security profiles for each of CMS, WordPress has had only 284 security advisories since 5/30/2003, compared with 436 advisories for Drupal.  Joomla has had 447 security advisories since 11/22/2005!

5.  Fast Development:  WordPress is constantly evolving, and at a much faster rate than Drupal or Joomla.  WordPress comes out with both minor and major updates on a regular basis.  Because updating WordPress is easy, this rarely creates a problem for more inexperienced users.  And thanks to WordPress’s own community blog, questions and concerns can be answered quickly; no need to resort to hiring an expensive consultant or programmer!

WordPress is user-friendly, secure, progressive, great for marketing, and cost-effective, making it the CMS more and more people are turning to for their business, institution, organization, or personal website.

Sources: WordPress.org, Secunia.com, Comentum.com

About the Author
Jim Cochran is the owner of a legal form template software for IT companies and independent contractors called ContractEdge. This desktop solution allows you to easily create web development agreements for your new clients. For more information about IT Business contracts, please visit ContractEdge.com.

One Comment

  1. I respect your article here for WordPress.
    But in my point for your reasons.
    1. Cost: I build websites and host them using, WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal. They all cost the same to my customers to set them up and run them.
    2. Branding features: Websites I build with Joomla and Drupal are all unique. I don’t use pre-made templates for any website. You can buy templates for all CMS’s and then they all look the same.
    3. Simplicity: I actually find it much easier to build professional sites with Joomla actually.
    4. Security: More sites and larger sites are built with Joomla which means more opportunity for hacks also your can make your site as secure as you want or unsecure also depends on your host. I’ve never had a hack in my servers (That’s a fact)
    5. Fast Development: Just like Windows and Mac… Windows constantly updates their systems meaning you have to make sure everything updates all the time. If a system is built right it doesn’t have to be updated frequently. WordPress is built way to fast and has to be updated frequently. I have sites still using Drupal 4 and Joomla 1.5, and the sites have worked for the past couple of years and still work 100% functional until this day.
    I’m not bashing WordPress but it is by far the best CMS for every use. It is great for blogs and easy for people to set up. If someone wants a professional website they need a Content Manager System not a Blog tool with some CMS functions. WordPress is actually known as one of the most unflexable “CMS’s” out there.
    IMO WordPress is great for Blog’s but that’s about it for Worpdress.
    Thank you,
    Kevin

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