CMS war: an analysis of the 3 top content management systems

By | 14 April 2011

When we talk about opensource content management systems (CMS) there are 3 “kings” of web, WordPress, Joomla and Drupal.

Each one has own features, if you want to setup a web project you should ask yourself about what kind of project is and what features you need; so in my opinion there isn’t a CMS which is better of another one.

Generally however i can list the pro and cons of each one.

WordPress is very user friendly, good for blogs and simple sites, good extendibility thanks to lots of plugins, lots of themes available.

Joomla is good for small – medium sites, communities and e-commerce, simple interface, has limit for complex jobs, some modules are commercial, good themes support.

Drupal is the max for flexibility and customization, an heaven for developers, it adapts for various tasks, many modules available, less intuitive.

For deeper considerations i suggest to read the very good article from Comentum and the good slides of Marco Barbosa.

Let see some statistics; according to 2010 OSCMS report we can extract:

download per week

WordPress: 983,625
Joomla: 113,836
Drupal: 33,671

What Are Most Sites Running On?

WordPress: 12.9%
Joomla: 2.5%
Drupal: 1.4%

Any Preferred CMS and if so, which one?

Joomla: 1105
Wordpress: 278
Drupal: 318

You can notice the increasing popularity of WordPress also from Google Trends graph, Joomla has falling from the half 2009, whereas Drupal is stable but a more low level; another data to confirm these statistics is the graph of searched job positions, note that however here also Drupal has a big escalation.

Other interesting stats:

Joomla run from 2005 and is used by Linux.com, TNA Wrestling, Citibank, MTV Networks Quizilla.
Drupal run from 2001 and is used by Ubuntu, Le Figaro, White House, Opensource.com.
Wordpress run from 2003 and is used by TechCrunch, Playstation blog, NASA.

And you what CMS prefer and why?

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