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CMS Comparison: Drupal, Joomla and WordPress

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If creating a website for your business is on the horizon, you may be wondering which content management system (CMS) is the best choice for you. Here’s a look at three of the most widely-used ones. All three are open-source software, each developed and maintained by a community of thousands. Not only are all three free to download and use, but the open-source format means that the platform is continuously being improved to support new Internet technologies. With all of these systems, basic functions can be enhanced ad infinitum with an ever-expanding array of add-ons, contributed from their respective communities.

There’s no one-size-fits-all solution here; it depends on your goals, technical expertise, budget and what you need your site to do. For a simple blog or brochure-type site, WordPress could be the best choice (while very friendly for non-developers, it’s a flexible platform also capable of very complex sites). For a complex, highly customized site requiring scalability and complex content organization, Drupal might be the best choice. For something in between that has an easier learning curve, Joomla may be the answer.

When you have questions or need help, will you be able to find it easily? With all of these systems, the answer is yes. Each has passionate, dedicated developer and user communities, making it easy to find free support directly through their websites or through other online forums or even books. In addition, paid support is readily available from third-party sources, such as consultants, developers and designers. Each of these systems shows long-term sustainability and longevity; support for them will continue to be readily available for the foreseeable future. The more time and effort you are willing and able to invest into learning a system, the more it will be able to do for you. With both WordPress and Joomla, you can order a wide range of services and options off the menu to suit your needs; with Drupal, you’ll be in the kitchen cooking up what you want for yourself, with all of the privileges of customization that entails.

See the comparison chart below for more insight into the differences in these top content management systems. Still not sure? Download each of the free platforms and do a trial run to help you decide.

Drupal Joomla WordPress
Homepage www.drupal.org www.joomla.org www.wordpress.org
About 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 formats also.
Example Sites Community Portal: Fast Company, Team Sugar Social Networking: MTV Networks Quizilla

Education: Harvard University

Restaurant: IHOP

Social Networking: PlayStation Blog

News Publishing: CNN Political Ticker

Education/Research: NASA Ames Research Center

News Publishing:The New York Observer

Installation Drupal Installation Forum Joomla Installation Forum WordPress Installation Forum
Ease of Use Drupal requires the most technical expertise of the three CMSs. However, it also is capable of producing the most advanced sites. With each release, it is becoming easier to use. If you’re unable to commit to learning the software or can’t hire someone who knows it, it may not be the best choice. Less complex than Drupal, more complex than WordPress. Relatively uncomplicated installation and setup. With a relatively small investment of effort into understanding Joomla’s structure and terminology, you have the ability to create fairly complex sites. Technical experience is not necessary; it’s intuitive and easy to get a simple site set up quickly. It’s easy to paste text from a Microsoft Word document into a WordPress site, but not into Joomla and Drupal sites.
Features 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. It’s powerful enough for web developers or designers to efficiently build sites for clients; then, with minimal instruction, clients can take over the site management. Known for an extensive selection of themes. Very user-friendly with great support and tutorials, making it great for non-technical users to quickly deploy fairly simple sites.
Caching Plug-ins Pressflow: This is a downloadable version of Drupal that comes bundled with popular enhancements in key areas, including performance and scalability. JotCache offers page caching in the Joomla 1.5 search framework, resulting in fast page downloads. Also provides control over what content is cached and what is not. In addition, page caching is supported by the System Cache Plugin that comes with Joomla. WP-SuperCache: The Super Cache plugin optimizes performance by generating static html files from database-driven content for faster load times.
Best Use Cases 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.
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How To Load a Module Inside An Article in Joomla

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If you want to Load a module inside a module in Joomla. We need this feature when we want to embed one module inside another module. That means if you want to embed slider into another html code then we can use this feature in Joomla.

Steps to Load a module inside a module in Joomla

First log in to Joomla Admin panel, Then enable the load module plugin from

Extensions -> Plugin Manager -> Enable the Content – Load Modules Plugin.

load module

  • Create a module that you want to embed in another module or in Joomla article, or K2 article. When creating the module don’t select the position from instead type a position name that is unique never been used for any position.

load Joomla module

  • Next step is to create another article or module, which you want to load the module into, type this codeBelow is a sample of pre tag or code class and enter the position. EG.
    {loadposition unique}
  • Then save the module or article, view that module or article from front end, you will see the result.

We can Load a module inside a module in Joomla or article in different ways, we can use some extensions like module anywhere which helps us to directly load the module using module ID.

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How To Increase Session expiry time in Joomla

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Increasing Session expiry time in Joomla, If the admin user is idle for more than fifteen minutes. Then user will be logged out automatically. For Increasing session expiry time in Joomla, just change some settings. Do not change the time to high, it will cause some issues.

If you want to maintain, admin user login session for a long time. Then you need to use an extension, to maintain session forever.

Steps for Increasing session expiry time in Joomla.

From the administrator Panel.

Go to Site -> Global Configuration -> System.

From the System Settings page. Under session settings increase the session life time in minutes.

And save the settings.

And the other method, is by installing Joomla extension called Admin Forever. Just install the extension, it will takes care of everything.

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List Of Joomla Extensions That Are Useful

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These are the list of the joomla extensions that i use often for the client websites. Joomla extensions that are useful, There may be many useful extensions than this, but these are the modules that i have used frequently for other projects.

1. Ari Image Slider: Ari Image Slider module which provides possibility to create awesome image slideshow based on images from specific folder

2. Maxi Menu CK: Maxi Menu CK is a RESPONSIVE Megamenu dropdown with multicolumns and multirows.

3. AcyMailing: AcyMailing is a reliable Newsletter and email marketing extension for Joomla.

AcyMailing enables you to efficiently manage an unlimited number of subscribers, organize them into mailing lists, send personalized newsletters

4. AllVideos: You can use the plugin to easily embed media hosted on popular services like YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion, SoundCloud (and many more) inside your Joomla! articles.

Additionally, it allows you to playback almost any video/audio file format hosted on your server or even a remote server.

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