5 things that make Drupal different from all the other CMSs.

There are lots of content management systems out there. Most of which are open source and normally get the job done. However, Drupal stands out amongst them for a host of reasons, five of which are
 
Community 
All the open source CMS out there have user communities that help out each other. However, the Drupal community out there is second to none. It is helpful to users of all levels from the complete noob to the most advanced. Once you have a question and ask it right and politely, you are sure to get an answer.
 
Modules
You can call them extensions, addons or any other name. Drupal calls it modules, and there is a module for almost anything you can think of. The extent to which you can customize your Drupal site is actually limited by your imagination rather than a lack of modules. In fact, for any task you can think of, there is a module for that.
 
Usability
Drupal is very easy to use even if you don’t know anything about web design. It was built with all user levels in mind and makes getting used to it very easy.
 
Third party services
Other than the Drupal world, there is also a cool third party ecosystem that has sprung up to add value to your use of Drupal. Artisteer, Drupalzilla and Drupalmodules are all examples of third party services you can make use of.
 
Code base
Drupal is built on solid code that is updated regularly and is open source, available for download. The quality of the Drupal code is attested by the stability and reliability that you get out of the box with every Drupal installation.
These are just a gist of the many reasons why Drupal is so unique and different from the others. If you are thinking of deploying a CMS for any project, I seriously recommend you give Drupal a try, you will be glad you did. 

9 Replies to “5 things that make Drupal different from all the other CMSs.”

  1. Anus-nymous, is you really love Joomla you'd better think twice before write such comment because it doesn't help to promote the image of Joomla's fans.

    Anyway, I love Drupal running on Debian.

  2. Well anonymous, I'm retarded enough to know two things

    -that Joomla has a very steep learning curve that is rivaled no other and
    -it has a user community that comprises people like you.

    So Joomla, no thanks! Drupal all the way!!!!

  3. sinaisix you're talking about the learning curve of Joomla, but I've never seen a learning curve like Drupal's. Assuming you're REALLY using it, not just using the admin interface to create CCK types and the views module to display your nodes. It takes very long to understand the logic of this "monster".

    Also there are one trillion ways to do the same thing, but none seems to be clean. There's no MVC distinction, you always end up with HTML in your PHP code. And there's still no integrated i18n support. The module which provide i18n support conflicts with lots of other modules. The more I use Drupal, the more I think that there are plenty of modules, but no one is fully working.

    And finally the concept of hooks… it could be a great thing but when you're enabling something like 20 modules and you realize that something is not working correctly, you end up debugging 20 modules to find the hook that messed everything up. That's a real PITA.

    If I could suggest a platform, it would be Django. It's a framework, not a CMS, so it's targeted to developers but it's really the best framework I've ever seen.

  4. In terms of security exploits Joomla vs Drupal
    Platform : No of exploits
    ———– ——————
    Drupal : 9
    Typo3 : 2
    WordPress : 70
    Joomla : 637

    Source hxxp://www.joomlaexploit.com/ (list of Joomla exploits)

    source hxxp://www.drupalexploit.com/ (list of Drupal exploits)

    source hxxp://www.exploit-db.com/

    In terms of market share

    1. If Top 1 million sites are considered
    a. Drupal : 44.04%
    b. Joomla : 7.96%
    c. Vbulliten : 17.16%

    2. If over all web sites on the internet are considered
    a. Drupal : 1.69%
    b. Joomla : 0.32%
    c. VBulliten : 0.69%

    source : hxxp://trends.builtwith.com/cms/Drupal

  5. Why is is that so many of these "Why Drupal is so great" articles seem to have no basis in reality whatsoever? I'm really looking for some valid points about what it is (if anything) that Drupal does better than Joomla. I've done A LOT of reading and A LOT of work with both systems and so far I'm empty handed in regards to Drupal's "many advantages" that so many people seem to know about but can't elaborate on apparently.

    Seriously? Joomla's steep learning curve? It's nothing compared to Drupal's learning curve. Any full featured CMS is going to have a fairly steep learning curve, as does any piece of software with any level of power or complexity, but I have found Drupal's lack of decent documentation to be a serious disadvantage to new users.

    And anyone who would even suggest that you can judge a whole community of people based on the fact that one person used the word 'retarded' in their post is just… well… retarded. Especially since, all name calling aside, he has a valid point.

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