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What is the right CMS for your website?

Posted 03/April/2013 by neubreed

The web development company you are working with should be able to answer the above question. The success or failure of your website hinges on your choice of CMS (content management system). Let us take a look at two of the most popular CMS out there today: Drupal and Joomla. Both platforms are open source software and are being developed and managed by entire communities with thousands of members.

Drupal is the CMS of choice for web developers as it is powerful and ideal for complex websites, which means functional and great looking websites. It requires some level of experience and technical expertise to maximize the use of Drupal. Joomla on the other hand has less complexity than Drupal, which translates to less powerful tools. Websites built on Joomla may not be as elaborate as the ones built on Drupal.

Since Drupal requires more technical expertise than Joomla, it can produce highly advanced websites. With every new version, Drupal is becoming easier to use and even more intuitive which is why more web developers prefer it over Joomla often making it to the most preferred CMSs time after time. While Joomla does not really require a huge investment in learning the ropes, the output is not often as rich nor technically flexible as that of Drupal.

Drupal is famous for its really powerful taxonomy as well as the ability it gives the web developer to categorize, tag, and organize highly complex content, meaning it can be used for every type of website be it an information site, a blog or an online store. Joomla on the other hand has rather limited applications and is most often, ideal for community platforms having good social networking elements.

Drupal finds its best application in complex, versatile, and advanced websites. Websites needing a lot of data organization will benefit from a Drupal CMS, the same with multiple-user community platforms and online stores. Joomla supports social networking, community platforms, and some e-commerce capabilities but it lacks the wow factor that Drupal is best known for.

It really boils down to what you need. If you are planning to launch an online store then you would probably do well with Drupal and you need a web developer who is well versed on this particular CMS. If you plan to launch a personal blog or a small marketing business, then Joomla may work for you despite its limited power.