All those CMS options…

For all those burgeoning web developers out there (including moi) there’s a raft of options to be confused by and choose from when it comes to choosing an open source authoring / site building system to adopt with which to pursue, play or adopt to implement one’s loftily ambitious or confident web development purposes.

The three major players that strike most during research are:

  • WordPress
  • Drupal
  • Joomla

Each one  has it’s own vibrant and active community that will give documentary support and online forum help  for their own system(s) whilst sometimes gladly pointing  out the deficiencies of their rivals – but then enthusiastic advocacy was always thus 🙂

For my part, I’ve looked at, embraced and employed all three – each is uniquely distinctive from the other in application and certainly in learning to use as a tool.
Looking at things in “out of the box” terms:

  •  WordPress presents the quickest and most easily implementable solution for producing and presenting an effective web presence.
  • Drupal presents the highest learning curve of all but ultimately because of that provides the most potential for creativity and web site capability.
  • Joomla lands somewhere in the middle of the above two and admittedly is my own favourite.

There really is no ‘better’ or ‘worse’ to my mind because the user has to choose which ever suits their own capabilities, time and end purpose.

Btw this is a WordPress site just in case you were wondering 😛

Andy Brom