A very common question from Beginners is whether I should choose Drupal or Joomla or other CMS?
I had to make this tough decision 2 years back and I thank myself everyday for choosing Drupal over other CMS. I am glad I did not quit when I found some things difficult.
Drupal has a superior architecture and very SEO friendly. It can cater to your needs, it can be used for a simple FAQ site or a very large million visitor site.
Here are some Key pros and cons of the two systems.
- Rock solid & high quality platform
- Real multi-site-feature (only one installation for several sites)
- Any Kind of user groups & user permissions, OpenId compliant in Version 6
- Can run membership and community sites, not only CMS etc
- Powerful templating system. Any XHTML or CSS template can be easily converted to Drupal.
- Drupal needs a little time investment to realize all the huge possibilities of Drupal
- Clear, high quality code and API (easy to integrate with other solutions etc)
- Flexibility and no known limitations
- Many high profile sites use Drupal (e.g.: MTV UK, BBC, the Onion, Nasa, Greenpeace UK, New york observer. )
- If you are not techy its good to start
- Easy install & setup with your mouse
- Easy learning curve
- Cannot integrate other scripts etc. to your site
- Generally you cannot create high-end sites, without investing huge amount
- No SEO out of the box, URLs are not search engine friendly.
- Server resources utilization is more compared to drupal
- Only one site per installation
- No Single Log-in to several sites
- No User groups & permissions
- More intuitive administration user interface
- Some polished modules for things like calendars, polls, etc.
- Modules cost you money
- Drupal can work with MySQL and Postgres while Joomla is known to support only MySQL
- Drupal can work with Apache or IIS while Joomla is known to support only Apache
- Joomla support SSL logins and SSL pages. Drupal not known to support it.
- Drupal has free add on for Workflow management. Joomla not known to have one.
- Drupal has inbuilt Translation manager. Joomla has a Free ad on for the same
- Drupal has more granular priviledge managment
- Drupal has iCal support [Add on] , Joomla not known to have one.
- Drupal is XHTML Complaint. Joomla not known to be one.
- Drupal has excellent versioning and Audit trail which Joomla lacks