There are many content management systems in use today, but the top three that people talk about are WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla. Each has their own focus and strengths. So which should you choose?
WordPress is by far the most popular CMS around. It’s free and open source. WordPress started as blogging software, not a true CMS. Over time people started using it to manage websites and more CMS features have been added. Today it powers more than 74 million websites and blogs, with a 59.7% market share (October 2017). It has a strong and active community of developers and users.
Joomla is in a distant second place behind WordPress in market share, carrying 6.7%. Joomla is really good for building portal sites and can have a slightly different approach to managing content instead of pages. Most of my clients have a difficult time understanding how Joomla is set up. If you need to build a portal site with a lot of content, Joomla may be your answer.
Drupal is another open source CMS that is extremely flexible and powerful, and comes in third place with a market share of 4.7%.. It, too, has a vibrant developer and user community. Drupal tends to carry a steeper learning curve than WordPress. Many government agencies have adopted Drupal because its permissions and workflow are much better than WordPress.
There are many more good and powerful content management systems out there. Sitecore is very popular on the .NET platform (disclosure: I’m a Sitecore Certified Developer), MODX is great for marketing sites, and quite a few people use Dreamweaver (software installed on your computer).
Have any questions about which CMS is the best pick for your specific needs? Get in touch!
(Market share source: https://w3techs.com/technologies/history_overview/content_management)