Difference Between Drupal and Joomla


Main Difference

Both Drupal and Joomla are free and open-source content-management platform for publishing web content. Both are widely used platform by web developers but both contains lot of differences. The main difference between Drupal and Joomla is that Drupal is a good for eCommerce, however, requires some technical coding while Drupal is also difficult but it is the most powerful CMS.

What is Drupal?

Drupal is an open source and free content management software written in PHP for building personal blogs/websites to enterprise applications. It was initially released on January 2001 and contains main features common to content management systems that includes: account registration, menu management, RSS feeds, taxonomy, page layout customization, and system administration. It can equally serve as simple website, single/multi-user blog/website, an internet forum, or a community website providing for user-generated content. The main feature of Drupal is that it is capable of performing on any computing platform that supports both a web server capable of running PHP and a database to store content and configuration. Additional features of Drupal that can be extended by the administrator are: Descriptive URLs, OpenID support, multi-site support, advanced search, coaching and feature throttling for improved performance, various access control restrictions (user roles, IPD addresses, and email), etc.


What is Joomla?

Joomla is also an open-source and free content management system (CMS) for publishing web content and developing powerful online applications. It is CMS that keeps track of books and stores them. The main advantage of using Joomla is that it requires no technical skill or prior knowledge to manage. Joomla is used for corporate websites/portals, corporate intranets/extranets, online magazines/newspapers/publications, eCommerce and online reservations, government applications, small business websites, NGOs websites, community-based portals, school and church websites and personal/family homepages. The Joomla framework enables developers to quickly and easily build: inventory control systems, data reporting tools, application bridges, custom product catalogs, integrated eCommerce systems, complex business directories, reservation systems, and communication tools. Joomla is based on PHP and MySQL.


Key Differences

  1. Drupal and Joomla both are written in PHP and MySQL.
  2. Joomla is only a content management system (CMS) while Drupal is a CMS, content management framework, community and blogging software platform.
  3. Drupal has free plugins while Joomla also has over 10,000 free plugins.
  4. License of Drupal is GPLv2/GPLv3 while license of Joomla is GNU General Public License.
  5. Drupal size is 11.8 MB. Joomla size is 28.8 MB.
  6. Drupal is best for large projects where versatility and scale-ability matter. Joomla is best for small to medium projects.
  7. Joomla is more flexible and user friendly as compare to Drupal as Drupal needs more technical skills and knowledge to deal with.
  8. Drupal has strong SEP capabilities as compare to Joomla that has limited SEO capabilities.
  9. Joomla has more usage as compare to Drupal. It is 8% of all websites worldwide as compare to 5.5% of Drupal.
  10. Drupal is more secure than Joomla.
  11. Drupal was released in January 2001. Joomla was released in August 17, 2005.
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