So you are looking forward to developing a website for taking your business to new heights or just want to bring out the blogger in you. Irrespective of what your objectives are, having websites is the prerequisite for stepping into the online realm. The moment you make the decision of developing a website here comes another hurdle – which platform to choose. The discussion about which platform to opt for. There are many debates going on for quite some time as which is the better?
Even if you pass the critical decision of making websites, then choosing the right platform will definitely make you more confused as web development is the perfect way to kickstart the development.
This Blog post compares all the three Content Management System (CMS) and we will be running through all the pros and cons of them and will determine which CMS to use for developing the website.
WordPress, Magento and Drupal are free and open source built on MySQL and PHP. Each of them has different functionality, capabilities, features and customization flexibility. All of them are developed and maintained by developer communities and are free to use. The term open source means that they are continuously being improved so that they are adaptable to new technologies also to enhance their performance with a regalia of plugins, add-ons and much more.
The above pie chart shows percentage usage of the respective CMS but as I said this solely can’t decide which is the better platform for developing websites.
Let’s get an insight of the three CMS so that you can make a reliable choice.
Drupal was released in 2001 by Dreis Buytaert and is a content management software based on PHP and MySQL, thus, it is an ideal choice for developing websites. There are 763K websites that run Drupal. It is generally used for developing complex sites that require some advanced functionality. The prerequisite is that you need to be familiar with the programming language and require some technical expertise and experience to operate. If you need to include complex functionality, then Drupal is the way to go.
- It is simple with convenient customization: you can easily customize the content and can modify or add pages efficiently plus the wide range of extensions and plugins add to its functionality.
- It is best suitable for creating large scale websites. For example, you want to develop an educational site or any online portal then Drupal is the perfect choice as it makes website creation and management clutter free.
- If the soul purpose of your site is Content Marketing, then choosing Drupal is the right decision.
It has standard features like good performance, easy content authoring and reliable security. But its module flexibility is what sets it apart. It lets you build well organized and structured content and a versatile and dynamic site. It is also recommended for developing integrated digital frameworks and can add extensions and plugins thereafter. You can even integrate Drupal with external functionality and other applications making it the most scalable and powerful one.
Magento was released in 2008 by Roy Rubin. As of March 2015, its market share is approx 29.8%. There are 502,666 websites that run on Drupal out of which 251,825 are live sites while 250,841 sites previously used Magento. It generally know as the best e-commerce platform for developing e-commerce sites, the reason being, as number of web pages in an e-commerce site can run into hundreds and plus all those additional features like shopping cart, price tags etc. make it more intricate, therefore, Magento is used because of its ability of managing and controlling all the pages simultaneously through single admin control.
Magento development is the fastest growing e-commerce technology as it assists you in developing sites that have some complex functionality. It has rich features and has built-in SEO features, thereby, taking care of your site’s rank on different search engines. You can create secure and scalable online e-commerce sites.
- Store administration is easy: It comes with sets of tool that lets you manage e-commerce sites efficiently. Whether you want to add new pages or modify existing ones or to manage e-store products, it is a piece of cake as Magento lets you do all that efficiently and conveniently.
- Offers numerous functionality like detailed analysis report, product management, mobile compatible payment and much more.
- Easy to customize and Customer Segmentation.
- More stable and secure platform.
- Better SEO functionality.
- Robust platform with a high level of functionality and customizable.
- Searching and sorting of product capability.
Some sites that run on Magento:
Coca-Cola, BevMo, Nestle, Burger King and much more.
WordPress was released on 2003 by Matt Mullenweg. At first, it was merely a blogging site but soon became the most popular Content Management System (CMS). Before we proceed further let’s have a look at some of its fact.
- WordPress powers approx 23% of the entire websites.
- Almost 75 million sites depend on it.
- WordPress related keywords score 37 million searches per month.
- It has more than 45,000 plugins.
- WordPress sites around the world publish 24 posts per second.
- It has been downloaded 160 million times.
WordPress is the most popular and sought after Content Management System. It is flexible and easy to customize. Whether you want to create a blogging site or small scale site or any large scale site, WordPress lets you do that. It began as a blogging platform but with the ever growing plugins and customization of themes made it a reliable option for web development.
It is free and open source platform and why it is used widely because it has plugins for almost everything. For instance, you want to analyze your site performance in detail you have a specific plugin, you want to enhance the SEO of the site you have another one and so on also for developing websites you don’t need to be familiar with programming knowledge and no technical expertise is required. Its major drawback is its security. Being the famous CMS, it is susceptible to cyber attacks and is prone to hacking.
Some sites that run on WordPress:
BBC America, SONY, MTV, TechCrunch, The New Yorker, eBay Inc etc.
The Final Verdict:
Depending on your objectives and business requirements you can choose the platform that best fits you and the one that you can easily operate. Lots of renowned sites run on all of the three CMS so you can rely on any one of them. Again, depending on the technical expertise and knowledge you possess, you will be able to choose wisely.
If you are into blogging, then WordPress would be the ideal choice and if you want to have an e-commerce site, then Magento and if Content Marketing is your goal, then go for Drupal.
Emily Smith is an ed-tech enthusiast and has been associated with CWS Technology as a writer for more than 7 Years. CWS is the leading web development company that also provides html to wordpress services and other IT solutions. Emily has a passion for writing on emerging technologies like application management outsourcing, consulting, system integration etc.