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    Joomla Vs Drupal : Which Is Simplest CMS, To Start Your eCommerce Store?

    Updated 1 March 2018

    General Introduction:

    Joomla Vs Drupal: Which Is Simplest CMS, To Start Your eCommerce Store? Joomla and Drupal are two popular Content Management Systems (CMS) on the internet world. Let us go through the similarities and differences of these two CMS giants, here we have compared Joomla and Drupal in terms of different factors like backgrounds, features, Friendly to use, Extensibility, Design Approaches, Bottom line Architecture and targeted users(Market segment). The central idea of this blog is about how Joomla is easy to use compared over Drupal.

    Joomla Overview

    Joomla is an award-winning CMS that enables users to build websites and powerful online eCommerce store. After launching Joomla is one of the most preffered “Free” open source framework. With time Joomla being used to build highly interactive websites and extensive eCommerce applications as well. Joomla applicability extend to web content in static web pages to bigger online pools, blogs, online store etc.
    After establishment  2005, Joomla has been downloaded over 50 million times. Besides, thousands of free and commercial extensions are available from the official Joomla! Extension Directory.

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    • Joomla provides easy user management tool that allows the Joomla users to configure personal options as well as groups with various types of permissions on their site(s).
    • Next one is the media manager, in Joomla for easily managing media files or folders there is a tool called media manager. Here users are allowed to handle any types of file(s).
    • A simplified three-tiered system of articles makes organizing content a snap. End-users can rate articles, can e-mail them to a friend, or automatically save a PDF.
    • PSD to templates(HTML) is the powerful way to make a Joomla site look exactly the way you want.
    • Extensive flexibility gives you ample of ways to enhance Joomla to suit your personal needs.

    Drupal Overview

    Launched in 2001, Drupal is a free and open-source CMS written in PHP. You can use it for creating integrated digital frameworks. A number of add-ons are available that you can use to enhance the feature of your Drupal site.
    Provide high stability and security, it is used to powerful at least 2.1% of all websites worldwide, ranging from personal blogs to corporate, political, and even government websites.

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    • Organize & Reuse – Lot of tools are provided to help users to organize, structure, find, revamp and re-use content.
    • Content Creativity – Users are able to utilize very easy to use a web interface to manage multiple content types like video, text, blog and podcasts etc.
    • Administrative level – Drupal comes with good options for new user accounts and user permissions related.
    • Collaborate – With the focus on social publishing, it allows you create sites and applications to help your clients express opinions and engage with one another.
    • UI and UX – It enables designers to create highly usable and interactive experience to engage visitors and decrease bounce rate.

    Joomla Vs Drupal: Which Is Simplest CMS, To Start Your eCommerce Store? Comparative analysis

      • Joomla VS Drupal – Friendly to use:Joomla comes with a very user-friendly interface and easy management. It provides an option for user registration system that allows also allows a user to customize their personal information. Also, the software comes with language manager, media manager, content manager, web link manager etc, which helps a user to manger their content and website too easily.In the order hand for Drupal, it is a general perception for especially for a non-tech guy that it is more complex, but that doesn’t mean it comes with critical management, but it offers power features that are more than personal needs. It also provides a good option for new users, it allows an option by which each new user can be assigned multiple roles.
      • Joomla VS Drupal – Extensibility: one of the most important powers of Joomla is that users can extensively customize Joomla. An extension may be module, plugin and component( ready to use a software package developed by mostly 3rd party individual companies like WEBKUL ) helps to enhance the Joomla functions and make your site more advanced and functional.Some popular form like JED there are almost 8000+ addons by different companies which offer a thousand ways to enhance your Joomla site depends on your requirements.

        On the other hand, Drupal also comes with great extensibility. In Drupal, there is presentation layer which enables build highly usable and marvellous templates. There are popular communities that contribute modules which are available to alter and extend Drupal’s basic and core capabilities.


      • Design Approaches: First of all Joomla is Object Oriented, but on the other hand, Drupal is based on old versions of i.e. PHP4 procedural programming. Drupal implements design approach which is old and known to be not so good practice: Procedural, Hooking.However, Joomla uses design approach which is modern and good to be in practice also used by one of the best frameworks such as Zend, symfony2 and EPL( Enterprise Programming Languages) like Java, Object-oriented( polymorphism and encapsulation etc), Singleton and Factory.

        Although some of the Design approach use on both framework such us DBAL( Database Abstraction Layer) and have been done good enough in case of Joomla. Joomla’s Database Abstraction layer is good as an ORM. Implementation of these modern approaches is due to the continuous improvement that the Joomla Framework as CMS has done over years.

        On the other hand, Drupal is stagnated in this way.

      • Bottom line Architecture:Drupal has very complex tortellini code, on the other side, Joomla has very clean structured core API. If anyone compares both the architectures would see Joomla architecture is similar to Christmas tree whereas the Drupal architecture is buckyball i.e. a hollow spherical shape full of a large number of codes.In short, we can say Drupal core architecture is tough to understand, whereas in Joomla it seems tree hierarchy easy to understand. Since in Joomla, the core architecture seems in a tree shape where the branches act as API to which you can attach more braches like components, and leaves of the tree act as modules to another branch.

        In Drupal is a spherical hollow shape with a large number of points across the surface called modules. While building an extension you may hook into any or all of these modules. This strong integration means all of them communicating with each other. Such architecture is less elegant and thus reduce the quality of the code of any custom features. Also, for long-term maintenance is an issue due to complexity.

      • Performance monitoring and Caching: In Drupal on an average makes 100 database queries per page load due to this and other performance issues like relating to hooking architecture, all have to be abstracted and cached heavily that creates another complexity.Joomla is a very lightweight and optimised. Joomla recommended memory is 512MB while in case of Drupal it is 2GB.


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    We hope this article would help you to decide which CMS would be best to start your online store or Business?? Overall, so if you are looking forward to get started with a large business website or blog, with a good amount of investment and want to go with professional development team or developers. then Drupal is the best option for you.

    If you are looking forward to create something different from social network or eCommerce website, and with more customising way in most cost-effective manner then Joomla could be the best option.


    After going through this blog you will find to go with Joomla template or if you want to migrate from your Drupal website to Joomla, feel free to add a ticket

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