Using CMS to build your website has it’s advantages and disadvantages. With CMS you can change almost everything and there is no need to know how to write code (HTML/CSS, JavaScript or PHP). You can choose between myriad of them, and each has it’s strengths. We’ll give a short overview of three most used CMS in the world today: WordPress, Joomla and Drupal.

All of the three above mentioned CMS are completely free, but is can be a difficult decision which one to use.

How to choose best option? Let’s compare them to see.

WordPress

The most popular CMS is great for novices because it is really ease to use (five minute install). Most people are not programmers, they do not know how to make professional website. But with WordPress you can build beautiful websites with blog, eCommerce or something else, depending on your personal needs.

Because it’s the most used CMS out there, there are a lot of tutorial pages, YouTube videos on how to manage content on it.

It is open source and there are a lot of free and premium themes and plugins that will modify your installation. Also, you can find plugins for easy and fast translation (WPML, PoEdit, qTranslate etc.), which will make your sites multilingual. One of the biggest advantage of WordPress is a great community. That means if you have issues or questions you can always ask people for help or advice.

You can install it on your own server as a self hosted site, or you can create blogs or sites on wordpress.com which is a blogging platform based on WordPress.

It has it’s shortcomings. The biggest one of them is that if you want to customize it, you’ll need some technical expertise. A lot of options to change are locked down. But for a beginner it’s better that way.

Joomla

In a crowded marketplace, this is second most used CMS (after WordPress). Joomla requires some technical expertise and coding knowledge. It’s also structured a bit different, in that it doesn’t have classic pages and, but uses modules, and menus. It has a lot of plugins, so customization is not a big issue.

Core of this CMS is reasonably secure and any disadvantages that have been discovered, have been addressed quite quickly. It’s often praised as the middle ground between Drupal and WordPress.

Joomla doesn’t have a blogging platform like WordPress, so you’ll have to install it on your server and manage it on your own.

Drupal

This is most technically advanced CMS of the three. It is great for developers who like to solve issues the harder way. When we build our page with Drupal, it loads more quickly and has faster response. The reason is because Drupal uses less resources. It’s customizable, but doesn’t have as many plugins as WordPress or Joomla. You can download Drupal for free.

If you want to use CMS, you need to know some basic knowledge of HTML, CSS, and PHP. Like Joomla it doesn’t come as a hosted site.

It doesn’t matter which of this three CMSs you decide, they all ensure you that you don’t expose yourself to any critical security flaws. All are great choices, and can be customized to your liking. If you’re a beginner, we can recommend using WordPress. Drupal or Joomla will provide you some other functionality, but be aware that you’ll spent more time working on them.