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Comparison of 3 best Content Management System (CMS) platforms for startups

  • November 28, 2017
  • 10min read

Content management system is an opensource software application that facilitates the users to create, edit and manage all forms of digital content. The CMS platforms are commonly used for enterprise content management and website content management. It provides advanced functionalities to manage documents, digital assets using role-based authentication system and content publishing functionalities. The enterprise content management assists in automating business operations by providing access to all internal employees.

The best benefits of the content management systems are: it needs no technical knowledge, it provides access to multiple users, it eases the website maintenance, it makes design changes easier, CMS streamlines your website, and manages your website content. Here, I have compared the 3 popular content management systems, its benefits, and drawbacks.


  • WordPress was released in the year 2003
  • It provides a library of 4000 free themes and 45,000 free modules
  • It is currently powering 28% of websites online
  • Being a popular network, it has a wide community of developers to assist new users


  • WordPress is a highly customizable and easily manageable CMS
  • It simplifies the development of multilingual websites
  • WordPress makes version upgrade easier
  • It assists to build an SEO friendly website
  • The user can effectively perform server maintenance at low cost
  • WordPress is best suitable for startups


  • Like Joomla and Drupal, WordPress also has security threads which known to provide less security.
  • Website and graphics modification needs a great deal of knowledge in PHP, HTML, and CSS
  • WordPress needs plugins to perform different functionalities. As it has a wide range of plugins for same functionality, it is difficult to find the right plugin to suit our purpose.
  • Formatting graphics or tables is complex when compared with Joomla or Drupal


  • Joomla was established in the year 2005
  • Joomla is an open source platform downloaded 81 million times
  • It is currently powering many news websites, online stores, blogs and more
  • It provides 7000 extensions for varied developer needs
  • As like other CMS, it also allows the user to create, edit and manage the content faster


  • Safe and faster managing of websites
  • It has a diverse of extensions
  • It is an SEO friendly CMS
  • It provides security updates


  • It is best suitable for large websites which need daily content update
  • Customization is limited in Joomla
  • It requires more technical knowledge


  • Drupal was released in the year 2000
  • It has 15 million downloads and 1.1 million active Drupal users
  • It has 37,000 free modules which serve different purposes
  • It provides 2000 different themes to modify your website UI
  • As it is an open source platform, the user can alter the functionalities of Drupal as per their needs.


  • Drupal provides large set of APIs for social media integration
  • It provides the flexibility in posting search engine friendly content
  • Businesses can rely on a Drupal website for generating conversions


  • It needs more technical knowledge to install or alter the CMS
  • Drupal lacks compatibility in adopting older systems
  • It provides less efficiency in loading heavy scripts
  • Cost of maintenance is higher

Comparison of Joomla, Drupal, and WordPress

  • All three platforms enable users to create their own plugins or extensions to perform their required functionality.
  • Most of the plugins or extensions of Joomla and Drupal are paid versions where developers have to pay the bill.
  • WordPress provides a wide range or plugins or themes backed by a wide community support to assist in building any kind of websites.
  • Both Drupal and Joomla CMS needs technical knowledge to manage the website.
  • Drupal requires high-cost maintenance which may not be suitable for startups whereas Joomla will be the right choice for a large website that needs a frequent content update.
  • WordPress is a highly customizable CMS which requires low-cost server maintenance, easier version update and hence, it is best suitable for all startups.

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