Content Management System (CMS) is a collection of procedures used to manage work flow in a collaborative environment. A CMS allows large number of people to contribute to and share stored data. Drupal and Joomla are the two top open source content management systems these days so a comparison between them is inevitable.
Comparison between Drupal and Joomla
|Content Construction||Drupal allows multilevel category.||Joomla has sections and single level of category.|
|Drupal provides support for tagging the content.||Joomla lacks this feature.|
|Drupal can create different content types.||Joomla has only one content type. But all above features can be extended through custom componet like jsebold , k2 ,sobi2 etc|
|Ease of Use||Drupal has text based admin panel that requires some time understanding the terminology.||Joomla has excellent GUI and is quite easy to understand.|
|Template/Themes||Very few commercial themes are available in Drupal.||Joomla has a wide selection of free and commercial designs|
|Drupal has excellent overriding features.||Joomla has limited overide functions|
|Drupal supports multiple themes.||Only a single template can be used with Joomla at one time.|
|Access Control List||In Drupal, user can create unlimited user level s, roles, users groups and set permissions.||Joomla has only 3 user levels and 7 user groups.|
|Performance||Page loading fast in Drupal.||Page loading slow in Joomla|
|SEO||Drupal has clean search engine friendly (SEF) urls and code is generally well-optimized.||Joomla requires a third party extension to have SEF urls.|
|Internationalization||Drupal has inbuilt support for multilingual sites.||Joomla requires third party extension e.g. joomfish.|
|Multisites||Drupal can create multisites and sub-sites and data can be shared between the sites.||Joomla does not have the multisite feature.|
|Development||Drupal does not follow the MVC structure, instead it uses limited OOPS concept.||Joomla follow MVC structure.|
|Drupal can be extended through new module. Drupal provides hooks to extend system.||Joomla can be extended through new extension and module and provide plugins to extend system capability.|
|Drupal provides template override to theme of every page||Joomla has limited template override features.|
|E-commerce||Drupal has ubercart for ecommerce||Joomla has virtuemart|
|Forums||Drupal has inbuilt forum support||Joomla requires Agora, Kunena|
|Document Management||Drupal lacks this||Joomla has docman|
|Photo Galleries & Event Calendars||Requires third party modules and extensions||Requires third party modules and extensions|
Joomla is easy to use, simple and intuitive. Any novice user can use Joomla to build and run a good website. While Drupal has a bit complicated terminology which is not easy to use and requires high level of technical knowledge to understand and build successful websites.
Joomla vs Drupal – Which CMS is better?
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