Content management systems are found in the backend of 34.1 percent of websites, according to W3 Tech. While WordPress might be one of the most popular content management systems around, its blogging focus doesn’t lend itself to be an effective script for a full-blown business websites. Joomla and Drupal, on the other hand, are well-established content management systems with a flexible focus and scalability that allows you to take it from a standard site, to a full-blown intranet portal with the appropriate modules. Both content management systems have a unique set of features. Here are a few things to consider when you’re trying to figure out which you would like to handle your business website back-end.
Joomla is the more user-friendly of this content management pair. If you’re a small business or you have a limited website development budget, it takes a lot less time to get your developers up to speed with this script. It is also rather intuitive for content managers who are potentially more accustomed to the way WordPress is laid out, as Joomla’s back-end interface has a lot of similarities.
Joomla has many extensions. Modules can make small changes to your basic site, and components making vast, sweeping changes that greatly affect the functionality of the website. It has a strong community that produces these add-ons, along with many template options if you don’t want to design a custom site.
Joomla has a smaller development team and active community than Drupal does, so the range of improvements on the code are not as broad. Joomla also takes some alteration to be completely SEO-friendly, although plenty of modules exist to fix any innate issues for you. Joomla is not as scalable, and the coding makes it better off for small- and medium-sized sites, as opposed to massive enterprise portals.
Drupal has been around for more than a decade, and it’s gone through many changes in that time span. Its massive development community gives it a wide range of additions, and the flexible structure of the code makes it perfect for companies who need a variety of website structures and options. It’s also very scalable due to this feature, and WebHostingBlueBook.com recommends getting a robust enough server to handle the high traffic load to make Drupal work even better in that situation.
Drupal was designed for developers, as opposed to web designers, so the sky is the limit on what devs can do. The stable, supported Drupal updates make it attractive to enterprise-level businesses who need stability and support with the scripts running their back-ends.
Drupal has a massive learning curve due to its broad range of features. It starts off rather basic, but as you add in additional codes, content and plug-ins, it quickly grows into an expansive and all-encompassing script. It also doesn’t have many free plug-ins or themes, so you are going to spend more in your IT budget to handle Drupal development.