The Boldest Nemesis of WordPress
When we talk about competition, we are referring to Joomla and Drupal in first place, the biggest names after WordPress in the market when it comes to free CMS platforms. Though they all have quite different platforms and goals, we could surely say WordPress is the one really attaining their own objectives here, while the other two, which seem to be more sophisticated – and really are – offer results that are much more about the wrap than the product itself. You can do a lot of complex programming with these two but that doesn’t mean you will get a neat, bulletproof product as it is supposed to be.
The Joomla Arbitrary Programming
We could say Joomla WANTS to be for the CMS platforms what Linux is for operational systems, but is really not right there because of security issues. The platform offers an experience much more pro-alike than WordPress, with more complex features and freedom to programming, though they are really not that robust, a reason why they have been growing so much popular and have right now a huge user base. This amateur-going-professional profile of the platform has been arousing the interest of hackers who often try – and easily do – hack sites developed in the platform. Yes, this kind of issue also happens to WordPress and is likely to happen to any other site around the web, but Joomla seems to be a tastier target.
Some key factors must be taken under consideration to understand why this happens more often to this platform: Joomla creates more complex sites because its users base is looking for this kind of product for free. That means, they develop sites that require more complexity because they are much more data sensitive than projects that often are developed on WordPress. Is not a surprise then it is a platform more often targeted by hackers than WordPress, simply because their projects are more profitable to hack and steal.
Joomla has a cooperative open source user base, the collaborative content created by users is simply explicit to anyone as experienced as the developers to look for vulnerabilities and find a way in.
Once again, is quite unlike someone who really appreciates its own business to try to set an e-commerce site with a free service – in the Joomla case, a half-free platform. When it comes to money, you just have to be as cautious as possible and security in this case, naturally, costs money and often will require the services of professional developers. If CMS platforms like Joomla were really good enough to run e-commerce sites, giants of the e-commerce like Amazon would not be programming their sites using C++ and Java with their own team of genius programmers, offering their own referential standards of security. Surely not everybody is Amazon and will not be targeted as easily. Even if you have a small business, however, is up to you to ponder whether your business is showy enough or not to require a reliable security system.
The Not So Free Drupal
Drupal is exactly what Joomla wants to be but, the irony is, the platform is a Linux for CMS that costs some money. This platform is actually a really robust program targeting very professional and technical oriented users, ideal for developers that are looking for a total experience of the kind do-it-yourself. So basically, you can start from scratch here or use one of their free templates or plug-ins to implement better versions. Is the best option to develop more complex sites or very authentic ones if you don’t have any other option or budget to do so, like paying for web designers to implement your fancy portal.
Drupal is not actually for free, it offers an interesting amount of free content but many things of this free batch of features are often outdated or not properly reviewed. You can work in an environment as collaborative as Joomal or WordPress, but the results aimed here are much bigger and you can’t rely on any kind of trustworthy customer support team or expect that failures and technical issues will be promptly fixed a while after upon contacting the support. A slow, mostly self-taught process where you achieve success trying and testing. If you wish anything more ready to use or helpful, you have to purchase – sophisticated plugins, for instance – so what is really the benefit here? The workforce and extra money spent here could be easily used to hire a high end web design firm or, if you are the kind of user looking for convenience developing your content site, you won’t really need to go through their complex board.