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Joomla vs. Drupal

Joomla vs. Drupal

At a Glance

While Joomla is generally considered one of the easiest content management systems to use, it is considered by some to be less stable than Drupal and therefore less appropriate for business websites.

Joomla vs. Drupal: Why do you need a CMS?

A content management system is server software used to manage the various files and media on a server and display them in the form of a website to the end-user. A CMS makes it easy to manage a website without knowledge of HTML coding, and almost every website today uses one. Some of the most popular CMS systems on the web are Joomla and Drupal. Both of these CMS are developed by programming communities and differ from each other in a number of ways. Each of them provides a completely new and different experience and management potential to the administrator. If you’re launching a website and need to know whether you should run Joomla vs. Drupal, we hope this comparison will help.

Requirements and Stability

Both of them need at least PHP 5 with Apache or IIS server. If you’re unfamiliar with Web servers, you needn’t worry as every major Web hosting company can install Joomla or Drupal for you automatically. Other such ideal condition for a web server is enough to run a fully functional website managed by Joomla or Drupal. During server tests it was revealed that Drupal is more stable than Joomla because of its nodal architecture and could work even when there is high traffic. Joomla crashed abruptly exposing some server variables and other important security information while Drupal shuts down gracefully without any information disclosure in the event of a system crash.


According to some experts, the level of security in Drupal is more advanced than Joomla. Joomla is more design and interface-oriented but Drupal is more concerned towards stability and functionality. The Drupal modules make it modular and thus help it in functioning in an object oriented way. The Joomla architecture is based on the design and functionality associated with the design and thus it is relatively less stable than Drupal. The updates and patches by Drupal make it stable and the updates and patches for Joomla add user interface elements and other widgets of design and functionality.

Extensions and Functionality

The Joomla and Drupal extensions directory contain more than 10,000 extensions and custom extensions can be developed by freelance programmers for a few hundred dollars. In terms of ease of use Joomla is easier and provides a lot of plugins and extensions to extend its functionality. You can easily download the Joomla extensions from the Joomla repository website. The Drupal extension directory has the best extensions that are developed by thousands of programmers collectively. Due to the community effort there are least amount of bugs and errors in Drupal code. On the other hand each of the Joomla extensions are developed by individual programmers and thus each of those extensions can potentially contain bugs.


Both the CMS are developed for users who want to develop either blogs or e-commerce websites. But according to tests and other experimentation it has been found out that Drupal is more suitable for e-commerce platforms and Joomla is especially suitable for personal blogs and community sites. They can also be used for various kinds of forums and other types of websites that we generally see on the web. The huge repository of extensions and other plugin’s help the user in creating a site of his choice. You can also develop required extensions and implement other functionality in the form of themes and extensions for your requirements.