Blogs have become quite famous nowadays. There was a blog search engine like Technorati which has tracked more than 106 million blogs. Nowadays more people start the blog on a separate domain name. Blogs help people to express their ideas, views related to any field. For blog hosting some blogging tools are there based on which blog can be developed. To create a website, blogs are one of the easiest ways. The most popular platforms nowadays on which blog can be made are WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal. These are open source software and developed by a community. Being an open source it doesn’t mean that it is free but it can also be improved to new internet technologies.
There are some basic differences between three platforms:
WordPress is a Content Management system (CMS). Important features include a template system and plug-in architecture. Plug-in is used to customize user’s site according to their requirements. The range of customization is from search engine optimization to the client portals which help to display private information to log in users. This is most popular blogging system in use more than 60 million of websites. WordPress is based on PHP and MySQL database is used to store the information. Users can install and switch between themes allow users to change the functions of the website. Each and every theme should be designed using structured PHP, CSS, and HTML.
Joomla is a Content Management System (CMS) used to publish web content. It is built on web application framework named modal-view-controller. Joomla is a web-based written in PHP, uses OOP techniques. For data storage MySQL, MS SQL or PostgreSQL database are used. Many features are included such as RSS feeds, page caching, news flashes, polls, blogs and support for the language. The extensions of Joomla increase the functionality of Joomla websites. Five types of extensions are there: modules, components, templates, plug-in, and languages. Each extension has own function.
Drupal has standard release known as Drupal core which contains basic features include user account registration and maintenance, RSS feeds, menu management, page layout customization, taxonomy and system administration. Drupal installation can serve as a single or multi-user blog, a simple website, an internet forum and community website providing user-generated content.
To summarize above description of three platforms we can say that WordPress platform is mostly used to make blogs, corporate websites, and small-medium sized websites. Joomla is used in e-commerce and social networking sites. Drupal is used for all sizes/ types of websites.