There are just too many content management systems out there for one person to do their own comparisons, but over the years I have done as much as I could to do some testing to make my own personal kick the tires comparisons.
My technology websites were first done in the phpWebSite content management system and later XOOPS, before I eventually built the sites using Drupal.
After many years of website building, and using numerous tools, I have Why choose Drupal as a website building tool
Why Drupal Emerged as the Winner
I have personally tested and used phpWebSite, PostNuke, Xoops, WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal, as well as a few less popular content management systems over the years.
Many of the content management systems has features that I wish the other would have. Some were much easier "out of the box" to customize, some had more intuitive administration.
I got to the point where I had to make a commitment to one, as trying to stay on top of changes on many different systems, and always trying to compare features, was too time consuming.
I focused my effort to select a content management system on the answer to the following two questions.
1) Does the product look like it has been steadily growing and being developed and does it look like it has a clear direction moving forward?
2) Does the product have a professional and helpful support community where I can find help quickly and easily online?
When I focused the stability of the developer and the quality of available support it became clear that Drupal would emerge as the content management system for the Guru 42 family of sites.
Why I choose Drupal
Drupal is my my preferred content management system. I have personally tested and used phpWebSite, PostNuke, Xoops, WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal, as well as a few less popular systems over the years, and I settled on using Drupal.
After testing other content management systems, the decision for me to go with Drupal came down to two issues.
1. The product has been steadily growing and being developed, and it looks like it has a clear direction moving forward.
2. The product has a professional and helpful support community where I can find help quickly and easily online.
Drupal is currently used by many large businesses and universities to build very complex sites. Drupal is also the choice of many small businesses and organizations looking for a quick and easy solution to setting up a website.
What can I do with Drupal?
The good news is that there are Drupal modules that can do just about anything a website can do.
This is one of those questions where the best thing about the product can also be the worst thing about it. The bad news is that there are so many modules developed for Drupal that finding the exact one you need to do a specific task can take some time.
Modules are the blocks of code that allow Drupal to perform its tasks. Basic modules can be activated to use Drupal as an online forum or blog. Thousands of modules can be downloaded for free from the Drupal website to allow Drupal to do just about anything possible with a website.
Themes are the blocks of code that give Drupal its look and feel. The basic software comes with a few themes that can be changed to various color schemes. There are hundreds of themes that can be downloaded for free from the Drupal website.
Is Drupal the right choice for me?
On one hand Drupal offers a sophisticated programming interface for developers. On the the other hand no programming skills are required for basic website installation and administration and you can have a Drupal website up and running in a very short period of time.
If someone tries to pitch you on a content management system, ask who uses it. Are there many large companies using it? Are many small companies using it? If the person pitching it to you were not around, who would support it?
I've seen many debates, and even tried to join in on a few, as to which content management system is the best to use. Similar to arguments on which brand of computer, or which brand of car to buy, you can use data to narrow it down to a few you feel right for you, but in the end it comes down to making a choice based on what feels right for you.
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