If you are new to the world of content management systems (CMS), you may not have heard that a war has been raging as of late to decide which CMS is the best. The three main contenders are WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal, and each CMS has its own army of defenders. The truth is though that while this may appear to be a war to some, a quick look at the facts reveals a very different story: there is one overwhelmingly obvious winner in the CMS war, and it is WordPress, with the other two contenders managing to do little more than cause a few dents in WordPress’ armor. If that judgment sounds a bit rushed, just take a look below at some of the reasons why WordPress is the overwhelming choice as the best CMS available today.
Before we get into the details, however, let’s provide some background of each of these systems. In case you aren’t aware, a CMS is simply a site that will host and manage all of your own site’s content. Many sites, from blogs, small business, major retailers, news outlets, and even the White House use at least one CMS. WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal are all open-source, meaning they’re created and updated by a vast array of web developers, and all three CMS’s can maintain all of your content management needs. So if they’re so similar, why is WordPress the clear favorite?
The answer is simple: WordPress is big, very big. Not only does WordPress have more users than Joomla and Drupal combined, it also leads the way in number of Google searches, Facebook likes, gadgets, budget, and so on. Size may not account for everything in the world, but when it comes to which CMS you choose, bigger really is better. The reasons are multifaceted, so we’ll look at just a couple.
When you have a CMS as large as WordPress, you gain a massive advantage in exposure. The fact is that most people who have even some vague notion of the internet will have heard of WordPress. The same cannot be said for Joomla or Drupal. This knowledge already means that if you have a blog or business on WordPress, you already have a enormous amount of brand recognition backing your website. People, after all, tend to be more willing to trust a site if the CMS behind it is one that they are familiar with. Furthermore, with WordPress, you gain access to a massive community of other WordPress blogs and sites, and your site can be searched for from within WordPress’ own main site (which is visited far more often than either Joomla or Drupal). Most importantly, WordPress leads the way in Google searches. Thus, if you are looking to increase your Google page rank, WordPress is the way to go.
Another advantage of being such a large CMS is that WordPress has the resources to offer its users more features than Drupal or Joomla. For example, WordPress offers about as many plugins, modules, and extensions as Drupal and Joomla combined, which gives you greater ability to customize your website as you see fit. Likewise, WordPress is the leader in the number of themes it offers its users. Furthermore, because WordPress has the largest team behind it (compared to the other CMS’s), it also features far more frequent updates. All of these features combine to make a site hosted by WordPress far more unique and creative than it could ever be on other CMS’s.
But Size Isn’t Everything…
Aside from the benefits that come with WordPress’ greater internet presence, there are other benefits as well that have little to do with how big WordPress is. We’ll take a look at a couple of them here.
Believe it or not, despite the exposure WordPress offers, as well as its massive amount of features, it is also the cheapest of the three major CMS’s. Setup costs for WordPress run in the low hundreds of dollars whereas, for Joomla and Drupal, you are looking at setup costs well into the thousands. Furthermore, maintenance costs for a WordPress site are only a fraction of what you would pay with a site hosted by another CMS.
Ease of Use
So far we know WordPress offers the greatest exposure, with the most features, and at the lowest cost, but chances are you’re not a web developer and are already starting to worry whether you can even handle everything WordPress has to offer. Relax, because WordPress is far and away the easiest CMS to use. It features an interface that is intuitive, simple to setup, and easy to understand. WordPress, after all, started off specifically for bloggers who had little or no knowledge of web design, and it has retained that accessibility to this day.
Who’s it For?
WordPress is for everybody, which is why it has become so successful. While some may claim that WordPress is ideal only for private individuals that want to start up a small blog or website, this view is largely outdated. From major corporations like Time magazine and the Wall Street Journal, to small businesses, and, yes, all the way down to private blogs, there are few people who wouldn’t find WordPress able to handle all of their online content management needs. After all, if you are a business owner, for example, that doesn’t necessarily mean you want to be worrying about the specifics of how to write code and other complex aspects of web design. Rather, you want a site that has the greatest chance of reaching out to the greatest number of people. That fact is true for everybody with a site, from the largest corporations to the smallest of businesses
Thus, the winner in the CMS war is clear: WordPress beats Joomla and Drupal on all the most important points. If you are looking for a CMS that will provide your site with the most exposure, the largest number of features, the lowest cost, and the best ease of use, there is simply no CMS that can compare with WordPress. While Joomla and Drupal will continue to have their defenders, for businesses and private individuals that are looking to grow their presence quickly on the web, WordPress is the best choice.
About Author: Michael Keeler has worked extensively with all three content management systems. He now leans more towards WordPress and enjoys sharing his findings through blogging. To learn about internet bundles, visit the www.clearinternetdeals.net link.