Wordpress and Drupal and Joomla, oh my!
March 27, 2011 10:40 PM Subscribe
Wordpress, Drupal, Joomla - I can't commit! Help me with the pros and cons.
posted by IndigoRain to Computers & Internet (17 answers total) 23 users marked this as a favorite
It seems this hasn't been asked since 2009. I have a personal website currently (not the one in my profile) that is made up of HTML and CSS. I want to go with a CMS because I am horrible about updating HTML files by hand, but with more wiki-style editing I update a lot more often.
I already have a blog on Wordpress, and I like the software a lot, but I've broken it 3 or 4 times in the process of upgrades, so that makes me wary of running my whole site on it. I have installed Joomla (1.6) and Drupal (7) on my webhost during the past week and played around with both, put up some content, and so I have some working knowledge of both of those as well. Drupal seems easier than Joomla to me. The thing is, on my main site I don't need anything like user comments or to let other people edit or even log into the site. I only need that sort of thing on my blog. The one thing I am looking for is front-end editing - visit a page, hit the edit button, submit, and it's live. Are these CMSes overkill? (FWIW I tried TiddlyWiki and I don't like it.)
I also don't like the idea of mixing my site and my blog - static articles that rarely change with new posts that happen every couple of weeks - so on Wordpress I'd likely run 2 installations, one as my main site and one as my blog. (To me, the main page of my website isn't something that should change often, while the main page of a blog should, of course.) If I used Drupal or Joomla, I would likely keep my Wordpress blog as a separate entity. Of course the cons of this are running 2 separate CMSes. Do you have examples of personal websites that do combine a main site and a blog?
Finally, I completely suck at graphic design and don't want to have a free template permanently, so what's the going rate to pay a designer for a template for each of the CMSes? Is one particularly more expensive to buy a design for than the other 2?