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CMS Comparison
Comparing WebAdmin to Joomla, Drupal and WordPress

Copyright 2011 - Dave Green
 
Admitedly we are biased. On the other hand, we looked all around the web and found a lot of good, constructive opinions about the three top content management systems on the market - WordPress, Drupal and Joomla. As the new kid on the block, WebAdmin 4.0 is a virtual unknown in the CMS world. 

Our comparison includes features and capabilities we've built into WebAdmin as well as the most called for capabilities from users. The overviews of the "big three" CMS applications came to us from a variety of great sources ranging from Rackspace to CNET and CMS World.

Update:  WordPress v. Joomla Debate series via SitePoint - click here

 
WebAdmin 4.0
Drupal
Joomla
WordPress
 
Overview
WebAdmin is a powerful, developer-friendly tool for building complex and a user-friendly websites and integrated applications. The WebAdmin CMS requires no special knowledge or skills.
Drupal is a powerful, developer-friendly tool for building complex sites. Like most powerful tools, it requires some expertise and experience to operate.
Joomla offers middle ground between the developer-oriented, extensive capabilities of Drupal and user-friendly but more complex site development options than WordPress offers.
WordPress began as an innovative, easy-to-use blogging platform. With an ever-increasing repertoire of themes, plugins and widgets, this CMS is widely used for other website.
Ease of use
Technical experience is not necessary; itís intuitive and easy to get a simple site set up quickly. Itís easy to paste text from a text editor document into a WebAdmin, but not into Joomla and Drupal sites.
Drupal requires the most technical expertise of the three CMSs. However, it also is capable of producing the most advanced sites. If youíre unable to commit to learning the software or canít hire someone who knows it, it may not be the best choice.
Less complex than Drupal, more complex than WebAdmin or WordPress. Somewhat complicated installation and setup. With an investment of effort into understanding Joomlaís structure and terminology, you have the ability to create fairly complex sites.
Technical experience is not necessary except when the need arises to modify templates. Itís intuitive and easy to get a simple site set up quickly. Easy to copy and paste text from text documents into a WordPress site, but not into Joomla and Drupal sites.
Features
Inlcudes powerful taxonomy and abilities to tag, categorize and organize complex content including content, news and photos. User-friendly interface makes it great for non-technical users to quickly deploy complex content and tools.
Known for its powerful taxonomy and ability to tag, categorize and organize complex content. Designed to perform as a community platform, with strong social networking features.
Ease of use is a key benefit for experts and novices alike. Itís powerful enough for web developers or designers to efficiently build sites for clients; then, with minimal instruction, clients can take over the site management.
User-friendly with extensive support and tutorials, making it great for non-technical users to quickly deploy fairly simple sites.
Best Use Cases
For complex, advanced and versatile sites; for sites that require complex data organization; for community platform sites with multiple users and for sites that can utilize social media tools, built-in search marketing.
For complex, advanced and versatile sites; for sites that require complex data organization; for community platform sites with multiple users; for online stores.
Joomla allows you to build a site with more content and structure flexibility than WordPress offers, but still with fairly easy, intuitive usage. Supports E-commerce, social networking and more.
Ideal for fairly simple web sites, such as everyday blogging and news sites; and anyone looking for an easy-to-manage site. Add-ons make it easy to expand the functionality of the site.

Side-by-Side Comparison

 
Here is a side-by-side comparison of capabilities important to developers and designers and to users.
 

Feature

WebAdmin 4.0

Drupal

Joomla

WordPress

Built-in "widget-less" social media tools

Yes

No

No

No

Multiple, individualized dynamic menu structure

Yes

No

No

No

Scalable database architecure

Yes

No

No

No

Security conformity and standards

Yes

Yes

No

No

Developer/designer flexibility

Yes

No

No

No

Simple database schema structure

Yes

No

No

No

Relies on 3rd party components

No*

Yes

Yes

No*

Integrated search-friendly tagging and page naming

Yes

No

No

Yes

Mulit-user CMS accounts

Yes

Yes

No

No

Ability to mix page types in site navigation

Yes

No

No

No

Multiple photo gallery designs built-in

Yes

No

No

Yes

Requires extensive installation support

No

Yes

Yes

No

Requires Caching Plug-Ins for Optimum Performance

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Custom design flexibility

Yes

No

No

Yes**

* For a basic, functional implementation.
** Templates are rule-based and require specialized tags.

 
 
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