Drupal versus Joomla versus Wordpress - the Site-Building Shootout!

War Among Developers, Designers and Project Managers
War Among Developers, Designers and Project Managers

From http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9219685/Site_builder_shootout_Dru... where ComputerWorld pits the php open source site-building frameworks against each other for fun and profit!!!

Site builder shootout: Drupal vs. Joomla vs. WordPress
Need to build a high-end website? We test three of the top free site-building applications.

By Brian Proffitt
September 14, 2011 06:00 AM ET

Building a website has never been easier. Gone -- mostly -- are the days of having to hand-code HTML and PHP scripts in order to get a slick, fully functional website, thanks to the capabilities of content management systems that do most or all of the heavy lifting for site creators.

There are boatloads of content management systems (CMSs) for serious site creators, but the most common for websites today are three open-source tools: Joomla, Drupal and WordPress. Actually, to call them "tools" is an understatement -- these are full-fledged platforms, with tens of thousands of add-on tools created by very active developer communities.

These applications have a lot of similarities. For example, all three are written in the PHP programming language, all three are licensed under the free GNU General Public License (GPL), and all three depend on the MySQL database to hold and manage the actual content within a website.

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Drupal had comparatively sedate beginnings. Built by developer Dries Buytaert, the project was open-sourced in 2001 and eventually gained a following of community members that has made Drupal one of the most successful open-source projects to date, with a large ecosystem of add-ons and commercial vendors.

Both Drupal and Joomla are designed to enable users to build websites with template-based management, and both let users plug in add-ons that provide highly dynamic features, such as e-commerce, blogging with comments or mapping. In fact, any Web app feature you might think of should be available with Drupal or Joomla add-ons.



Wordpress for beginners.

Joomla for more elaborate sites where a non-techie will be admin.

Drupal for the most complex sites and systems, where the steeper learning curve will pay off.