WordPress vs. Joomla vs. Drupal

Posted by Clint Reeves

What is your favorite CMS?

wordpressvs. joomla vs. drupal

Recently some of us at the midPhase offices were debating about which content management system was the best. While there are a lot of great CMS solutions out there, we narrowed down our debate to WordPress, Joomla, & Drupal. One thing that has surprised me in working within the hosting industry is the passion that people have towards a specific CMS solution. You might argue that depending on the intended use that one is better than the other. However, we wanted to know – all things consideredwhich one is the best?

Ultimately, we never could agree which aforementioned CMS is the best. That’s when we decided to take a different approach and see which of these three CMS solutions clients were installing the most. Unfortunately, there is no way for us to be 100% accurate with the total number of installations but we attempted to do our best.

Unofficial Results:

WordPress – 43%

Joomla – 29%

Drupal – 27%

These numbers are constantly changing and are by no means definitive but it’s a fun look at an ongoing debate.

So, we are curious what is you favorite CMS solution and why?

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12 Responses to “WordPress vs. Joomla vs. Drupal”

  • CariNovember 19th, 2010 at 5:37 PM

    Well, for what it’s worth, I feel that wordpress is a bit of a double-edged sword. As is with all popular CMS’ they get lots of great support and love from all over the net, but it also makes them a target for hackers and script kiddies. The more popular a CMS is, the more often I’ve seen it get exploited. To be honest, I dislike all three of these CMS and prefer to use custom home-made ones.

    It’s a hassle for hackers to tinker around with a CMS to find a weakness, so these one-of-a-kind sites are far safer. There’s so many others that can fall like dominoes because once an exploit is found, everyone and their mama rushes in to have a field day with the countless sites running that software. (Which is where the script kiddies come in.)

    As for user-friendly interfaces, WordPress was always my favorite. Good UI’s come from enough demand and user support to help build up a universally-friendly environment. So again, double-edged sword with the popularity. It helps development, but makes it a target.

  • Eric HallNovember 22nd, 2010 at 10:18 PM

    I would have to basically agree with Cari about WordPress vs. Jommla vs. Drupal.

    However, I don’t agree that a home made solution is more secure. I find it hard to write code as well as thousands of the best from around the world do.

    Simply put, I tend to trust an open sourced project written by thousands and tested by tens of thousands over my single written, single tested system.

    Thanks for the thoughts.

  • Clint ReevesNovember 29th, 2010 at 3:44 PM


    I agree with your comment about Joomla vs. Drupal. Drupal seems to have done a great job at expanding and building their community. Keep in mind that this was not completely scientific (although we tried our best) and that the numbers are constantly changing.

  • Wordpress Web DevelopmentDecember 3rd, 2010 at 6:52 AM

    Thanks for sharing information. All of three contentment management systems have different advantages and disadvantages. This is not fair to evaluate content management systems. It is depends on project requirements which cms user have to be use.

  • SeanDecember 6th, 2010 at 9:54 AM

    Well, you use “best” and “most popular” as if they were the same. Most popular certainly does not equal best… I would argue that WordPress is installed the most because it is the easiest to use (interface) and has been around the longest (more mature) and is not even seen as a CMS by many, but more simplistically as the top blogging platform (e.g., I need a blog, so I have and wordpress as my choices).

  • RoyDecember 13th, 2010 at 2:59 AM

    I use WordPress and enjoy it very much. While I don’t know nothing about joomla and drupal I know that most people recommend WP.

  • DennisJanuary 13th, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    I prefer WordPress due to it’s ease of use, flexibility and nearly countless options.

    If you don’t like the look there are tens of thousands of themes (skins) both free and paid.

    If you need some custom work done it’s easy to find contractors at reasonable prices or just choose from the tens of thousands of free or paid plugins (extensions, modules).

    I’ve used all three and all three get the job done but I prefer WordPress.

    Which one is the best? First define the word best and then I’ll give you a debate without any end.

  • PothiFebruary 23rd, 2011 at 10:11 AM

    I love WordPress. It doesn’t mean I hate others. 🙂 Competition is good for everyone. Love to see someone else comes from Ruby, or some other language.

  • IshrathJune 4th, 2011 at 6:48 AM


    Im always amazed by its capability, user-friendliness, array of plug-ins, etc.

    There is always a feel-good factor when you access your dashboard.

    You can feel how much you have benefited, only by using it.

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