Drupal vs Joomla: A Developer’s Take on the Open Source Platforms
Drupal and Joomla, the up and coming open source platforms, offer incredible web solutions! Both are known for their complexities, and enterprise level performance. They love challenging the users with their dynamism and versatility, which is essential for any CMS developer. For long, there’s been a debate over which platform is better- Joomla or Drupal. You will realize that comparing a CMS open source platform from a developer’s perspective requires more parameters than you can actually imagine. Here’s an in-depth comparison that helps understand which platform is better, and why.
Usability vs ComplexityIf you consider ease of use vs complexity graph from a webmaster’s perspective, you would find that Joomla falls in the middle while Drupal is considered to be difficult to use and suited for highly complex projects. But, the developer’s take on the same differs. Joomla is easy to install as well as configure when compared to Drupal. If you want to include custom functionalities to your Joomla based website, it is relatively easier as compared to Drupal. Drupal offers a modular approach for user interface design as well as content entry, which is why it probably considered majorly for complex projects. On the other hand, Joomla is not as powerful as Drupal to develop complex web pages. While Drupal is at the frontier when it comes to developing complex projects, Joomla offers more flexibility in terms of adding custom functionalities, and moving contents within the webpages.
SecurityWith hackers waiting on websites, it is time developers pulled up their socks and devised ways to define a more secure site. Drupal offers to be a very secure platform; an excellent example of which is the website for the “White House”. Joomla also offers excellent security, and it seems both the platforms are competing against each other to prove their prowess in offering better security. The support communities are bringing out the best in both the platforms. But, currently, from a developer’s perspective, Drupal definitely ranks higher when it comes to offering security.
DatabaseFor a developer, database and system logs are a matter of concern. Whenever you need to customize a few things on your platform, the logs are the place you are bound to visit. A detailed study of the database for Drupal reveals the below mentioned details
- Your views are stored in the database, which simply means you cannot collaborate on creating views or even have a version control over them. If you want you can override the default views, but that means adding some complex codes.
- if you are one of those developers who likes building web applications after creating an entity relationship diagrams, then Drupal will make the whole process a nightmare for you. A new content type in Drupal means adding a few database tables which eventually means structural changes within the database, and that simply means your ERD is unreliable for you
- While most platforms store the logs in files, Drupal resorts to the old method of holding on to the database. This simply means the data is hard to access/analyze. With time, your database becomes inefficient. If you have been checking into a high traffic site, you will find it difficult to analyze the logs within the database. This platform does not support log rotation or archiving the logs. Of course, you have the option of installing syslog, in case you don’t want to store the logs in the database, but that means disabling dblog, which is a complex procedure.