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.