Drupal Vs Joomla and other CMS

  • Drupal Vs Joomla

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

System Requirements:

  • 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.

Site Management

  • 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