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Discussion: Joomla vs. Wordpress vs. Drupal


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A student who is conducting research on content management systems. My paper is an analysis of the three most popular web-based CMS -- Joomla, WordPress, and Drupal. One of my evaluative methods is to obtain expert opinions from web designers.

What are the major pros and cons of each of these three CMS?


The website he intend to build is simply a page for a chemical marketing business. It will contain an About Us page, a blog, and a product list.

Which of these CMS are most appropriate for this task and why? Please be as detailed as possible.

This are some wonderful answers that were being given to this young man

It's a long time since I've used Joomla and I haven't done anything more than sniff around with Drupal.

For sites that need a ground up approach I use a framework called cakephp - but for something as vanilla as the site you mention I'd go with WordPress because

Users learn it really easily, Joomla used to be a nightmare for unconfident computer users.

Basic site installed and my standard set plugins activated, registered with Google Analytics & Webmaster tools in an hour

Able to have a static front page to introduce the company

Able to utilise off-the-shelf templates or get one built I'm then free to do what I do best and that is to analyse the right way to present the product list. It might be that woocommerce or wp-ecommerce is right, or I might need to write a custom plugin to upload the list, maintain it and present it to the world.
There are people who denigrate WP (aka turdpress) but they can't get past the fact that it builds good sites fast. If the pages are bloated that is the selected theme, pick one that isn't. Focus on the core business and use tools like WP (and the rest) to free up time.

So what your thoughts ? drop them below
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