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Joomla vs WordPress vs Drupal: The Triple Header Cage Match CMS Showdown

by Matt Banner | 6 COMMENTS Add yours here | Last Updated on

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It’s a Triple Header: We’ve got Joomla vs WordPress vs Drupal

Oh boy, this is exciting! I was never into wrestling much as a kid, but my brothers were. There was something captivating about a battle royal that pits three, four, or five beefcake monstrosities against one another. Sure, a two person fight was all well and good, but if you add another, suddenly it’s this miniature war that turns the heads of people around the world.

Well, here’s hoping that happens again, because we’re about to stack up three blogging platform titans in the greatest battle this world has seen since, well, ever. Welcome, to the triple header cage match! We’ve got Joomla vs WordPress vs Drupal.

The clash of the titans doesn’t have anything on this, Kraken or no, this is the blogging showdown of the century! I’m practically shaking right now. I wish I had made this article a televised event, complete with suspended microphones and some serious pyrotechnics. It’s okay, we can get the same effect from words, especially the ones I throw out on this page.

Okay, let’s start by examining our contenders, and what they each bring to the table. Then, it’s time for our battle of the century.

Wait, Time Out. What’s a CMS?


A commercial break this early on in the show? You’re right, it happens all the time. Okay, well CMS stands for “Content Management System.” It is essentially a program, or computer application that allows for publishing, editing and modifying your content however you see fit.

A commercial break this early on in the show? You’re right, it happens all the time. Okay, well CMS stands for “Content Management System.”

It is essentially a program, or computer application that allows for publishing, editing and modifying your content however you see fit.

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When you create a blog, this is the program that will keep all the wheels turning. These types of programs are also used for things like news websites and shopping sites. The best thing about CMS programs is that they remove the need for hand coding, but they still leave the option in if you like to get your hands dirty with HTML and what not.

These things aren’t too difficult to grasp, but they are an integral part of your blog, which is why it’s important that you pick the right for you. The biggest ones out there are the contestants of our epic cage match showdown, which is why we’re examining them in our article here.

Don’t forget, tonight’s match is brought to you by Web Hosting Hub. Click here to take advantage of a special offer from them to handle all of your hosting and domain related needs! So, now that you’ve seen seventeen commercials for different kinds of kitchen knives and prescription medication that has more side effects than it’s worth, let’s get to our lowdown.

In the Right Corner: Drupal the Dominator! Durpal

Standing at sixty billion lines of code tall, and weighing it at some immeasurable and abstract number, we have Drupal the Dominator! This program is about as old as it gets, and seeing when it actually started makes me feel like the brother of Moses.

Apparently it came out in early 2001 and that makes it the ancestor of more modern CMS options. Ouch, you couldn’t have let me down a little easier? Seriously! Despite its age, this has some fight left in it. Namely, the service is the second most used CMS available.

Part of this comes down to the fact that it’s an open source application. This means that people have full access to every aspect of the application and therefore can make any and all changes they see fit to the coding and design. You can’t rewrite the whole program, but you can tinker with a whole lot of things and modify most parts of the application.

If you’re a technically savvy person, this program would appeal to you.

Old man Drupal has a lot going for him. The platform has some serious power. It doesn’t require as many resources as something like WordPress (shots fired!) which can be more of a drain on servers when the page count gets really high.

Drupal the Dominator (Not the real name, it’s called Drupal) can be used to create a simple blog, but it’s mostly used by massive corporations because of what it offers.

What does it offer you ask? Oh, I thought you never would.

Drupal’s Strengths

  1. It’s smart, like, really smart

Drupal is advanced. Sorry, let me rephrase that, Drupal makes SkyNet from the Terminator series look like a toddler in comparison. Of these three, it is the most intelligent and advanced of the other blogging platforms.

It doesn’t need anywhere near as many resources as WordPress which makes it less taxing on servers that a corporation would use. Because of this power, owners won’t have to upgrade to more expensive hosting options for a while.

  1. Drupal the Dominator is more flexible than you would think

Whether you want something real simple when you build a blog, or you happen to be the owner of a huge corporation and you need hundreds of page to be supported at once without any crashing, Drupal has you covered.

Not only is this monster of a platform strong, but it can be as gentle as a fluffy kitten, or as menacing and powerful as a Viking warlord. Whatever you need, it can provide the support for it.

  1. Faster loading times and better response times

Because of the power that Drupal the Dominator wields, loading web pages and content posts is far faster than other competitors who happen to be in the ring, like WordPress or Joomla.

You will notice that your pages load faster when using Drupal, but adding plugins can drastically lower this time. Let’s hope none of the competitors have any plugins up their sleeves.

  1. Developers are welcome

I myself know a thing or two about HTML coding and blogging, but I’m not a developer by any means. Sure, I could manage, but ultimately, my expertise doesn’t lie exclusively in the realm of coding.

That being said, Drupal (or Drupal the Dominator as I like to call it) is tailored to be extremely open to those who know how to make a computer purr as it were. The actual installation doesn’t include a whole lot, and that’s fine.

Developers like yourself can create custom made solutions that allow them to fully customize the platform to their needs. For someone like me, this is like throwing my poor little self into a lion’s cage and asking me to fend for myself. Even so, this is a great resource and a source of creative freedom for those who have the tenacity to tackle it.

  1. You can Customize it, and it’s free!

Drupal the Dominator loves its supporters, so it also has a lot of different plugins and themes. Even more so, you can go into the actual files of the program (since it’s open source) and modify them to change even the slightest details, assuming that you know what you’re doing.

The program is also free to install on your hosting server. You can’t just find a site that will host it for you though, so you need to have a domain and a place to run the program. Again, this is all chump change for someone who knows everything about the internet, but I’m a little lost here.

Drupal’s Weaknesses

Listen, I’m not one to point out someone’s weaknesses right in front of them, but this is a triple header cage match, so I need to be realistic. Drupal the Dominator has some weaknesses, like anyone. Here’s what is not working:

  • That Learning Curve. Wow, if you’re moving from something like WordPress to Drupal, you’re going to feel like you stumbled into a physics experiment. Everything is really complex, which can turn off those who wish to get a soft start in building a blog.
  • Where’s the free plugins? Drupal calls these “modules” but the simple fact of the matter is that most of these essential tools aren’t free.
  • I need themes, now! Yeah, well, Drupal doesn’t offer any real themes. When you first start out, your page looks like the hallway of a hospital: bleak and sterile. To really make the most out of Drupal, you need to have a really good designer, or you need to become one yourself.


In the Right Corner: Joomla the JumperJoomla

Often referred to as a child of two worlds, Joomla is a rare species of CMS that hails from the far reaches of the Earth.

After much seclusion and solitary training, it has emerged as a platform that combines the promising aspects of WordPress and Drupal into one super-CMS that may, or may not, be greater than the sum of its parts.

Let’s see how the hybrid Joomla the Jumper stacks up against the competition.

Joomla’s Strengths

  1. The power to connect

Having a strong network of contacts, followers, and other like-minded individuals is one of the greatest things a blog can possess. Joomla makes this extremely easy and allows you to create a spider web of connections both with speed and ease.

  1. Supports online commerce

If you’re trying to go up against EBay or Amazon, well, good luck, and if you want to set up an online shopping website, Joomla has the advantage of making this quite easy. You can create a site like this with the other contenders, but no one makes it easier than Joomla.

  1. Simple to use

As I mentioned earlier, Joomla has been referred to as a healthy balance between WordPress and Drupal. This is no truer than in the managing of your site. The technical aspects of it are, for the most part, held to the side which makes it easy to use and intuitive for those without a degree in computer science.

  1. Free to install, great support included

Joomla offers the program for free to be installed on your own domain, and there is also a fantastic page where you can receive support and troubleshooting. You can visit the community page by clicking here.

Joomla’s Weaknesses

  • There is still some learning to be done here. This blogging platform isn’t something that a casual blogger can jump into and start making posts. The software requires some getting used to, but it’s not as difficult to grasp as Drupal in this regard.
  • There aren’t many SEO options to help you make your posts keyword rich and efficient. Without a strong knowledge of the concept, or the money to hire someone to optimize your posts, this can be a rough patch.
  • Depending on the size and use of your blog, Joomla does not fully support something called Access Control Lists. These are ways to allow various levels of access to different users and if your blog is a corporate machine, you will need this fully supported.


In the Back-Left Corner: WordPress the Wrecking BallWordpress

You’re here because you want to build a website, a blog, something that stands tall on the wall of the internet. We respect that, and while we’re here to debate which CMS is the best, this is when the true battle begins. You see, WordPress didn’t show up to the cage match alone, it brought some friends.

How many? Oh, about 68 million of them.

If you look over to the V.I.P section of our audience, you’ll notice that it’s filled with several highly recognizable companies who use WordPress to create and maintain their own websites and blogs. Look, there’s the New York Times, Forbes, and CNN.

Wow, I can’t imagine how someone managed to get them all into the same room without fighting. They, or rather, I, don’t call WordPress the “Wrecking Ball” for nothing. Let’s see how it stacks up.

WordPress’ Strengths

  1. Support for multiple writers

From the beginning, WordPress was meant to allow multiple writers to work on a single blog. If you have a massive publication like this one, then most times you’re going to need multiple people to jump on and create content.

Now you’re wondering if there’s more than one Matt Banner, aren’t you? The answer is no, it’s just me and all of my free time here, and that’s how I like it. Besides, another Matt Banner would cause the internet to collapse.

  1. Massive amount of Plugins

WordPress is very supportive of people who create content for the blogging platform, and as such, people in the community have developed thousands of various plugins, everything from placing a share button on your page, to optimizing your SEO in each post. It’s all there, and it covers the needs of just about any blogger out there.

  1. Very, very easy to use

Most people run screaming for the hills when they hear things like HTML and SEO uttered, but WordPress is fortunately one of the easiest blogging platforms out there. When you put it up against the competition, this is the ultimate winner in the user-friendly category. In fact, the process of setting it up is so simple; I decided to do a step-by-step guide about it.

  1. Plenty of SEO options

There are multiple options for plugins that will help support your blog’s SEO by ensuring that certain keywords are present in the right places. This is the only one of the three contenders who offers this level of SEO optimization and in a world ruled by Google, this is something you want to be very comfortable with.

  1. Varied customization options

With a wide selection of themes and options to tailor the blog to your liking, WordPress makes it easy to create a blog that stands out with color and pizazz. If you have some HTML experience, you can also tailor and tweak the themes and layouts to your liking, adding another layer to the options available.

  1. It can do anything

If you want to build a website, WordPress has you covered. Want to have a personal blog about your daily life? It has you covered. Everything from an online store, to a company blog, to an online portfolio, WordPress is the ultimate solution for all of your needs when it comes to creating online content.

WordPress’ Weaknesses

  • Since this is the largest blogging platform out there, it has been targeted by hackers in the past. Once you have it installed, choose a strong password and look for plugins to further boost your security.
  • While the software is constantly updated to fix all manner of errors, this means that older plugins will sometimes lose their compatibility.
  • Customizing the look of your blog, while possible, is not as robust as the other contenders. At the end of the day, you can tell it runs on WordPress, which isn’t a bad thing, but people who want to build a site from the ground up may want more options.
  • If you have a massive blog that posts hundreds of articles a week, WordPress isn’t quite equipped to handle this kind of flow.


Let the Cage Match Showdown Begin!

Out of the gate, Drupal lives up to its name with technical attacks and complex coding that catch WordPress off guard. The crowd is wowed as Joomla the Jumper leaps into the fray, attacking both of the other fighters with equal ferocity.

As they continue fighting, the audience suddenly realizes that there can be no clear winner or loser in this battle. In fact, if anyone wins from this, it’s them.

The existence of these three CMS blogging platforms offers you, the people, the ultimate selection of power, technical prowess, and user-friendliness to meet your needs. Everything is going to have a premise, and since I am only human (sadly) I must also choose.

In the end though, this competition breeds new innovations that can only benefit all the bloggers out there.

When it comes down to Joomla vs WordPress vs Drupal, personally, WordPress is the one for me. I love the ease of its interface and the power it has to support multiple authors, plugins, and themes.

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Thanks as always for reading folks and remember to choose the CMS that works best for you. Most people think that’s WordPress, but ultimately the decision is yours. Just don’t forget to take advantage of that offer above.

CMS Comparison Chart

CMS comparison chart

The Dust Settles, but My Ears Are Still Ringing!

Oh wait, that’s not ringing, that’s the sound of comments rushing into the section below. Beautiful sound, isn’t it? We may have settled this score, but the war has only just begun.

Tell me what platform you prefer to use and why, let’s get a little debate going! Who knows? Maybe you’ll start another triple-header cage match in the comments. That…would be awesome!


  1. jeff@jeffries.com'Bronson

    Fantastic breakdown of strengths and weaknesses. I think WordPress is the route for me to take. Thank you for the helpful insights!

  2. DMeagle@Yahoo.com'Donna

    Yup – sounds like WordPress is the route I should. Extremely information post on the 3 most popular platforms. Anyone starting a new website NEEDS to read this. I’ll do my best to share it! 🙂

  3. alexb@pswebsitedesign.com'Digital Agency

    Really great article Matt – it’s so refreshing to read something which is original and fun / entertaining to read! I think that if you’re a new business, whether you’re looking to setup an e-commerce store or you’re just looking for a brochure style website, the key is to think about your business model. How’s it going to function? What are your requirements? what are the core things which you are going to need to efficiently manage your business online? Only once you have got a blueprint of your business model can you start to decide which platform is best for you. When you’re at that stage come back and read this article – oh wait you’re already here! 🙂


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