Content management systems (CMS) are a popular choice for amateur enthusiasts, professional bloggers, web designers and small businesses. In a society where ‘content is king’ more people are using CMS to manage their websites. With so many to pick from the following infographic compares WordPress, Joomla and Drupal, the 3 most popular open source Content Management Systems. How they are used in the modern day society and if you are undecided about which one to use this guide may help you decide which one is suitable for you.

Drupal, released back in 2000 is currently the oldest of the 3 heavyweights. Drupal powers complex data-driven websites or community hubs including universities and government websites. It has a steep learning curve for anyone who wants to start and develop their own theme or plugin but it’s also the most powerful once it has been mastered. Drupal is only available to install on your own self-hosted domain.

WordPress was released in 2003 and is primarily used as a blogging platform although is capable of running as a CMS. WordPress was built for simplicity, speed and features SEO out of the box. If there is a feature that is not in the latest release you can always find a plugin that will serve the purpose. WordPress is best for beginners as it is easy to use, manage and extend with a good API for developers to use. If you don’t want to host your own website you can also use WordPress.com hosting services to get your blog up and running in no time.

Joomla was released in 2005 allows you to build powerful websites, applications, E-commerce sites and social networks. It’s not as complex as Drupal but might be a bit more of a learning curve than WordPress. Unfortunately, Joomla is only available to install on your self-hosted domain.

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