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Drupal or Joomla

A question from a concerned developer recently came in:

"I am looking for some professional advice on two different Content Management Systems. I am curious to know which of the following is a better content management system, Drupal 6.4 or Joomla 1.5? I want to know if you all have had any experience with any of these free tools and wondered what is easier to work with. For someone who is going to want a website designed their way and not an "out-of-the-box" look, which tool is easier to configure and plug into that type of design? Also for someone who is going to be developing the main site design "i.e. template" which tool is easier to develop a template for? I have done some research and found that a lot of people use Drupal since it is free, but so is Joomla. Is the reason that so many people out there are using Drupal because it has been around longer? On the flip side I have heard that the user interface of Joomla is prettier. From a functionality prospective what is the better tool to go with in the long run. I would like to be able to build a website using a tool like Dreamweaver and simply plug in the necessary PHP script for the CMS tool.

What tool is your favorite? I am new at this and wanted to get a professional opinion before I invested too much time into a tool that later down the road I am going to wind up switching off of...

Thanks so much,

Travis ******"


Honestly - they're both junk. [(not really, but I do think they've been over engineered from all the features over the years)]
We tried them both a few years back - but they are so incredibly bloated that it's not worth our while [some would say feature rich is great - but it comes at an expense to simplicity].

The advantages are that the open source community has really grasped them as easy to use and install CMS's - so there's plenty of support, but they're heavy and a bit clunky in my opinion.

Other may not agree with me. We have built our own very light CMS that can be customized and enhanced with other features.


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