Which CMS Platform is Right for My Website? WordPress, Drupal or Joomla?

If you’re a business looking to start a new website, then you’re probably considering which content management system (CMS) is right for your business. There are three popular CMS platforms used on the Internet today, these are WordPress, Drupal and Joomla.

Although these platforms differ substantially they do have a few similarities in common. Firstly all three are free to download and the constant updates makes them easy to use and customise. They also all offer access to online communities to a growing base of online technical support that provide the expertise to get your website where you want it. Below we delve a little deeper into each of these CMS platforms and what they offer.


Let’s start with the most popular CMS on the Internet today. WordPress takes the title as the most used CMS platform with over 60 million websites. The system is packed with themes, plugins and add-ons that assist you in creating your own unique website. It provides non-techies the ability to create their own website in a matter of minutes the core is already there all you have to do is insert your own images, text and logos. There are thousands of themes to choose from and these are all customisable to your company colours. So much more than a blogging platform, WordPress plays host to some well-known brands like CNN, Sony, Ford and Ben & Jerry’s.


Drupal is a little more complex than WordPress. It was designed to provide web developers the opportunity to build complex websites. Drupal is a more versatile and customisable platform than it’s competing rivals which means there is more expertise and time required to develop a website on this platform. Drupal sites mainly consist of online stores and data rich websites. Of the three, Drupal is the least popular, mainly due to the level of expertise required to develop on this versatile platform. Some well-known brands that use Drupal are Mattel, McDonalds Australia and Universal Music.

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Joomla slots somewhere in between WordPress and Drupal based on popularity. Joomla is best described as a user-friendly version of Drupal when it comes to design and maintenance. It allows users to create a more complex website with the ability to sort and share content in a flexible structure. Joomla gives users access to customise the system to suit their requirements. It is widely used for ecommerce sites that feature a larger, more complicated shopping site. Here are some popular websites using Joomla; Harvard University, Linux and MTV Greece.

The above is a quick overview into the three main CMS platforms used today – WordPress, Drupal and Joomla. These are all available for free download and use. Once you know what type of website you are after it will be a matter of finding the best CMS platform that fits your requirements.

Comments: 5

  • Keith Adams says:

    For small, static websites, none of the “big three” are particularly good solutions. Most small businesses only need a few static pages. Barebones CMS is my CMS of choice when I encounter a client that only needs a half dozen or so pages. I’ve found I can train those clients to use Barebones in less time than it takes me to train them on the other CMS systems.

  • iquallsama says:

    Hello there,

    Based on your requirement it depends if you want to start simple website with manageable from admin side easily then WordPress is the best option for you.

    Now a days small business owners are preferring WordPress to get start online.

    But another Joomla and Drupal are more advance then the WordPress and not easy to manage from client side as compare with WordPress.


  • Patrick says:

    We just finished building our site with Drupal. We are a small business but its a content rich website. That said Drupal is nearly impossible to manage without paying a developer to make even minor changes. Avoid at all costs !!!!

  • Olga says:

    Hi Jamin,

    I have read your article and I really likes them. It is always clear and informative.

    As you are interested in website builders I propose you to try Pikock – new easy to use and reliable website builder. At Pikock our goal is to help SMEs to be visible on search engines.

    It’s a pretty cool application for people to finally be able to focus on creating content and get an amazing website on any device.
    Professional and ready-to-go responsive themes, multi-device live preview, drag and drop builder and everything you need to get a personal or business-oriented website up and running online.

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    I would love to have your feedback or review as an expert.

    Thanks for your time and I am looking forward to hearing from you.


    Olga Kirillova

  • Nico says:

    WordPress is by far the best for this.
    You can also try flat file cms’s like toko CMS editor or cmswing or livecmsdb

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