Joomla vs Drupal: Which is Best for News Portals?

Joomla is an open source content management system. It is free to use and also to modify. Its license is GNU General Public License. Joomla is written in PHP and uses object oriented programming. It also can use MySQL, MS SQL or PostgreSQL as a database. It is cross-platform and has 10.5 MB archived and 28.8 MB extracted. It is well known that is the second most popular content management system.

It was created on 17 August 2005 by The Joomla Project Team. The last stable version was released on 24 December 2015 and it is the 3.4.8 version. Joomla can be used as content management framework and content management system.

Drupal is another open source and free content management system released in January 2001. The last stable version is 8.0.5 and it was released on 2 March 2016. It is build using the PHP programming language as almost all content management systems and it is cross-platform. It has 64.9 MB extracted. You can use Drupal as content management framework, content management system, content management community and blog software.

Joomla is great for an e-commerce website, but to create a real website you need to know a little programming. Drupal is one of the most difficult content management systems but also it is one of the most powerful ones.

Drupal is used by Linux website, White House website, Lady Gaga and so on. Joomla, however, it is used by The Hill, Ikea, McDonalds and so on.

Similarities between Drupal and Joomla

Both Joomla and Drupal are open sources and free to use.

You can also one click install them using the cPanel and the auto script installer such as Softaculous or Fantastico. And it takes 10 minutes to make a manual installation for Drupal and for Joomla.

They both are community driven projects having a large community that offers themes, templates, modules, plugins, tutorials, documentations, scripts and so on.

They support MySQL as their primary database management system.

They offer proper security, privacy and safety. They also offer proper multilingual support.

They both use intuitive Menus such as Menu Module in Drupal where you can create, edit or delete content and Menu Manager in Joomla where you can also create, edit and delete content.

Both Drupal and Joomla need third-party extensions/ modules to support rich media such as videos, image galleries, flash, slides, animate images and other interactive media.

The same problem they have with the social media features. You need to install additional extensions and modules for Drupal and Joomla in order to have social media features on our website.

Both platforms offer mobile friendly designs and controls together with responsive designs and depending on the themes and template you choose a retina ready design.

Both of them are having similar system requirements and compatibility issues together with tech support and search functions.

Differences between Joomla and Drupal

Popularity is one of the major differences between Joomla and Drupal.  Joomla is newer. There are more than 30 million downloads in comparison with Drupal which is older. But it has only more than 15 million downloads. There is a four-year difference between the release of Joomla and Drupal, but Joomla has double downloads.

Even if Drupal isn’t so popular, it has more than 1800 free themes, while Joomla has around 900. There are 24000 free plugins for Drupal and only 7000 for Joomla. Drupal has a lot of features and it can be used for powerful websites because it has a large number of extensions.

There is more than 760 thousand websites created with Drupal while 2.8 million websites are developed with Joomla. Also, Joomla has more than 50 million downloads and Drupal just 15 million.

Drupal is the third most popular content management system on the Internet after Joomla. It has 8% market share while Joomla it has 13% market share, more with almost a half.

Drupal is much easier to moderate while Joomla is a little more difficult. Even so you need the same skill level or both of them to fully manage them.

Drupal updates almost at every 51 days while Joomla at every 36 days.

Drupal offers technical advance and improved performance while Joomla offers social networking, commerce site, and a great help portal.

Joomla runs very well on shared hosting, on Apache while Drupal runs well on properly configured servers.

Joomla doesn’t offer the multi-site feature while Drupal has this feature built in.

You need more time with Joomla to create a large project while Drupal has special features such as across servers and multi-site capabilities that can help you save time.

For installation, you just need to know the language you install Joomla because it is very easy and fast to install without needing any knowledge. For Drupal, you need some server side manipulation.

Joomla comes with some sort of content types such as articles, banners, contacts, news feeds, web links, but in Drupal you need to create these from scratch.

Even if both have templates or themes in order to customize the functionality and the design of the front end, Joomla has an easier and faster way to implement them without losing too much time. The market for third-party themes is larger for Joomla than for Drupal so you will have a great number of themes to choose from.

Joomla has a native WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor where you can schedule controls and interfaces while Drupal doesn’t have this functions. However, Drupal shines over Joomla using naïve capabilities to handle multiple versions of the same content.

Joomla has an SEO friendly framework while for Drupal you need to install additional extensions in order to have an SEO friendly website.

Even if both content management systems come with user roles and permissions, Joomla offers more site membership features in comparison with Drupal.

For e-commerce part, Joomla is more suitable to become an online shop because it has third-party software which offers this feature while Drupal doesn’t offer this kind of feature.

Drupal is able to offer a much more precise level of control over caching than Joomla, but Joomla can offer caching options.

Drupal websites are harder to update and maintain while Joomla has one single-click update and it is much easier to update.

Drupal has more speed than Joomla, but its learning curve is large.

Joomla has more features than Drupal and it is easier to customize.

Conclusion

In the end, you should research and test both of these two content management and also you need to think what kind of website you want to do. Depending on the website type you can use Joomla for e-commerce or Drupal for a more powerful website.

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David Cross

David is the chief editor at WebHostingMedia right from the beginning. He has a great passion for building and managing websites and creating helpful content. He is also interested in programming - currently learning python.