Joomla or Drupal?

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Joomla or Drupal. Which is best?

I've got several sites that I've built with Drupal, and I've been quite pleased with them.

However, I have been wondering about Joomla, not least because when I go to some of the larger bookstores there always seems to be more books on Joomla than there are on Drupal.

I'm assuming that, if they sell more books, this is because more people use Joomla than use Drupal, and because of that I'm also assuming that Joomla is probably easier to use and has larger amount of help available.

I started with Drupal, so as I added sites on, I just kept going with it and I am pleased with it as there always seems to be an add-on module for anything I think of adding to the sites. But I am curious now as to whether I'm doing the right thing, although worried about getting confused if I change. Is this a case of 'the grass on the other side always looking greener'?

Does anyone have experience of changing from a Drupal CMS to Joomla CMS? How easy was it? Are they pleased or sorry that they actually changed? Is there a large learning curve? Is it a good idea, or should I forget it?

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Well, we use Drupal for this site due to its really nice API and great documentation. Plus, as you say, there's an add-on module for everything.

I've not really used Joomla! extensively, but the last time I did they still used tables for layout, template editing was difficult and the way it worked was very rigid (the way categories works, for example). I'm not sure if this is still true, so you should give Joomla! a try and see if it works for you better than Drupal does.

I doubt it will be better though, and just because its popularity is greater doesn't mean it's better.

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Thanks for the advice. I've no real problem with Drupal, just naturally curious.

I may just try it on a test new site.

Then if I think it's not worth doing I can always change to Drupal before it goes live.

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Main differences are as under

1. Drupal use smarty template where as on the other hand
Joomla dose not

2. Joomla uses plugin and modules whereas Drupl has module only

3. In drupal php code can be written directly whereas in
Joomla you need to install plugin for php support

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I like Joomla cause it has the most ammount of features.

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I like Joomla better. Drupal is more complicated.

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Thanks for all your advice.

I did try a Joomla site on my local server, but didn't think it was as good as Drupal so after a couple of weeks playing with it I changed it back to Drupal.

That's not to say that Drupal is necessarily better than Jumla, it's just that I'm used to Drupal, it does everything I have ever wanted it to do, so (for me) it wasn't worth me changing to Joomla.

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I also have installed drupal for my website{link removed}. But it has a problem some times. The menus does not show properly in my template. the sub menu under the dropdown menus are just disappeared when we hover on it with mouse arrow.

I have tried to correct this problem, but I was unable. So I was just removed the Submenus of the dropdown menus. Now i only have dropdown menus. because I donot want to change the template design for my drupal website.

Moreover if we are developing the e-com website, then I think Joomla is more better than Drupal. The Drupal is difficult to modify by the normal user. This can only be handled by experienced drupal developer.

Any help will be valuable to me.

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Both are good if you know how to use it. It does not mean Drupal is better than Joomla or vice versa. If you know how to use the function properly than I support both of them are good enough.

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I quite like Drupal but i have always found that Joomla is easier to Template (Theme) and do what i want it to; more than Drupal did.

I believe this site is built on Drupal.

I guess that everyone has their own thoughts and experiences with either of the Content Mangagement Systems.

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Well recently Drupal was awarded as the Best CMS. But i think joomla is more easier to use for a newbie.

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I don't know much about Drupal. I have used Joomla.
Thanks all you share about your Drupal experience.
Joomla has a vast community, easy to setup & configure.
However, Joomla require some features of PHP which not any shared host also support them.

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I used Joomla for 6 months but now I'm on Drupal and only Drupal.
First problem with Joomla was the caching.
I found in drupal and extensible and scalable sytem. The best modules for drupal are views and cck.
I don't think you can import a drupal to joomla on the fly.

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I would have to go with Joomla. Easy to use but feature rich!

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If you are strong with one CMS it is difficult to switch to another one. Both Joomla and Drupal have their advantages and disadvantages. Only if your current CMS cannot do what you want with your website which is extremely important for the site and the other one can does switching become important.

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Go with Joomla

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Thanks all you share about your Drupal experience.I don't know much about Drupal. I have used Joomla.

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I like Joomla because it is easier than Drupal.

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Joomla wouldn't allow me to build my site as easily as drupal would, so I changed over to Drupal. Let's just say I'm much happier with Drupal.

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For me its a drupal as it is SEO friendly.

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well, i was watching a presentation of joomla,,, it is great,, it have great seo perspective features.. starting from url rewriting, keywords, etc.. great features of seo..

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There's certainly been quite a debate since I first asked this question, and the results seem pretty much split down the middle. All the CMS systems look at one another and learn from one another.

From my own point of view, I started this question over 12 months ago when I was only using Drupal. I'm now using Drupal, Joomla and WordPress and here's my impression of them all.

In order of ease of use WordPress is easiest, followed by Joomla and then Drupal.

In order of what you can do on the site the most comprehensive is Drupal, followed by Joomla and then WordPress.

In order of being able to create a two-tier site with parts of the site being restricted to certain visitors Drupal, followed by Joomla and then WordPress.

In order of being most easily updated to the next version WordPress, then Drupal, then Joomla.

I could go on and on ... but I wont. One CMS is best for some things, whilst one of the others is best for something else. As I said, I now use all three. None of them do everything I want all the time, but that's life.

Hope this has helped someone.

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@technologynow great review.
I'm using wordpress and as I can see my choice is right )

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Joomla users rated Joomla higher than Drupal users rated Drupal when it came to the ability for non-technical people to learn the CMS interface (another large gap), maintenance and upgrading, the ability to create a new and functioning site quickly, the ability to teach clients to use their CMS effectively, and their willingness to put time and money into improving poorly performing extensions.

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i have tested only joomla and it works great and I like very much the designs which are avaible for joomla. so I will go with joomla

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Eindeutig Joomla

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Just upgraded to Drupal 7

The thing Drupal has going for it, is that there are literally dozens of things you can do with Drupal that you can't do with Joomla, and both Drupal and Joomla can do dozens of things that you can't do with WordPress.

The downside was that WordPress is by far the easiest for a novice to use (because it doesn't do as much) with Joomla being the next easiest, and with Drupal being the hardest (until you're used to it).

All that has changed with Drupal 7!

Drupal 7 is now as easy to install and use as WordPress, so at present Drupal 7 is the best CMS by a long way (in my opinion). It installs easily and automatically, and is then simple to administer and update.

If you've not tested Drupal 7 I recommend it.

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As a Drupal fanboy, I heartily agree with this post.

Though I have to admit, this site isn't using it yet, mostly because I haven't upgraded the modules we rely on to run D7 yet. Smiling

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I found building new sites with D7 a breeze, but moving my D6 sites to D7 proved more difficult. I left my biggest site till last, but still had a few problems. Really glad I made the change, but I'd leave a site like this one for another month or two.

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Been using Drupal 7 for some time now and all the bugs seem to be ironed out. One click module upgrades make it really easy, and one click Drupal updates coming soon.

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For me also drupal as it is SEO friendly.

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I like drupal,I have several sites build with drupal.http://www.inurl-view-indexframe-shtml.com/

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To me it seems that Joomla is easier and less complicated to learn but Drupal has more powerful features to offer like the ones i need in my site (which people say are difficult to do in Joomla for non PHP programmers). But, as a beginner to the world of CMS i don't know if it's true or not.

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Drupal 7 is now idiot proof. Simple to install, simple to configure, simple to use.

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I like Joomla better, tried ones and now use only it.

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I prefer Joomla is best other then drupal. Joomla is a universal free open-source content management system. Also, Joomla designing is one of the free CMS's available for usage that makes it a user friendly application.

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i go with joomla Smiling

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Drupal 7 Manual Step by Step There's a really good and cheap Drupal 7 Manual on Amazon. Drupal 7 is really easy to set up now and includes over 20 modules as standard that other CMS's have as optional extras.

All that and Drupal 7 is almost a one click install now. I can fully understand that loads of big companies use it, but it's still completely free.

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Why we have to purchase from amazon, if we have free resources on drupal.org

You can get all documentation for modules as well as for template themes.

We just need to read documentation and do the customization.

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Hands down Drupal. I've been using it for several years. This website's built in Drupal!

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Joomla is Coding Friendly while wordpress is Design Friendly .... as we are mvoing to new cms's Drupal has all the Facilities of Designing & Coding . Drupal is going to rock in Cms Market . My fav is WP but Drupal's Websites are more SEo Friendly as compared to Joomla or even WP.

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Maradona wrote:
Joomla is Coding Friendly while wordpress is Design Friendly .... as we are mvoing to new cms's Drupal has all the Facilities of Designing & Coding . Drupal is going to rock in Cms Market . My fav is WP but Drupal's Websites are more SEo Friendly as compared to Joomla or even WP.

You're absolutely right in regards to SEO. There're several great modules that enhance SEO as well.

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Yes I am highly agree with you. Drupal sites are also looks good in tablets and smart phones while joomla, wordpress designs need some modifications.

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technologynow wrote:
I'm assuming that, if they sell more books, this is because more people use Joomla than use Drupal, and because of that I'm also assuming that Joomla is probably easier to use ...

As you rightly say, joomla is easier to use and start with for an end user, but Drupal is more flexible and provides better functionality. But if you don't need very complex project, you may look at Joomla CMS.
technologynow wrote:

Does anyone have experience of changing from a Drupal CMS to Joomla CMS? How easy was it? Are they pleased or sorry that they actually changed? Is there a large learning curve? Is it a good idea, or should I forget it?

As to migrating, it certainly is a difficult decision. So you should think it over very well. In general, the transition can be done via plugins or online tools, one I can recommend - {link removed} -fast and rather simple to use, nothing like days of copy-pasting. For my site with 1k items it took like 30 mins.

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I'm trying to determine the same for one of my websites where I will probably be using wordpress, drupal or joomla. From what I've read, wordpress is the easiest & drupal is the most complicated (but can do the most).

Probably what I'll end up needing to do is just test them all out.

I've seen Joomla on a number of sites lately... they do seem to have quite nice designs.

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My vote always for Joomla

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Мне кажется тема раскрыта не до конца. Предлагаю рассуждение.

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