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2012-04-20T18:32:14+00:00News|38 Comments


  1. Rebecca 07/25/2011 at 11:05 AM - Reply

    Not sure I get the bike comparisons. Is that a tricycle for WordPress? Training wheels? Is it easy or hard to ride? Thanks!

  2. Dave Andrews 07/25/2011 at 2:38 PM - Reply

    Hi Rebecca,It is easy to use. :)ThanksDave

  3. wpspy 07/26/2011 at 3:42 AM - Reply

    Great infographic. I liked the who’s is for it graphics, which is true.

  4. Rebecca 07/26/2011 at 7:53 AM - Reply

    Can I embed this infographic onto my website and link back to your site?

  5. Rebecca 07/26/2011 at 7:53 AM - Reply

    And… you answered me in your post. Sorry about that.

  6. Simon 07/27/2011 at 5:09 AM - Reply

    i get the bike analogy graphics but not the ‘who it’s for’ graphics? Woman walking, rock climber, hill climber?

  7. Ian Dickson 07/27/2011 at 12:17 PM - Reply

    Apples and Oranges and Pears mate. Drupal is a racing car. Hard to drive but if you have the skills, boy does it go.

  8. Jan 07/27/2011 at 3:31 PM - Reply

    what’s about TYPO3? I think its another important CMS…

  9. Dave Andrews 07/27/2011 at 3:42 PM - Reply

    Hi Jan,TYPO3 is not used widely. If you take a look at their homepage their news has not been updated since January 26, 2011. That is over 6 months ago. Would you tell your clients that they should use that open source platform over Drupal, Word Press, or Joomla? TYPO3 according to compete.com only has about 2,700 uniques a month with a peek of 9k users per month. Who knows maybe it will pick up but right now it looks stale.

  10. Dave Andrews 07/27/2011 at 3:43 PM - Reply

    Hi Simon,I agree with the iconography. It was a note to the designer. I take full responsibility for the poor choice of how to represent the ease of use in an art form.

  11. Dave Andrews 07/27/2011 at 3:44 PM - Reply

    Hi Ian,Love Drupal and the Devious media site is built on Drupal. It is very powerful. Hopefully, at some point it will get easier to use for the masses.

  12. John 07/28/2011 at 11:29 AM - Reply

    WordPress counts its major releases in points; 3.0 was a core version, 3.1 was a core version, 3.2 was a core version. WordPress has had 15 major releases, not 3 as the infographic erroneously asserts.

  13. Mihailo 07/29/2011 at 11:41 AM - Reply

    Vrlo interesantno.Danas smo objavili u savetu dana o WordPressuhttp://saveti.kombib.rs/5_linkova_za_wordpress_koji_ce_vam_mozda_trebati_01.html

  14. MarcusSchwemer 07/31/2011 at 8:59 AM - Reply

    Hi Dave,sorry to say that your assumption about TYPO3 are totally wrong. See http://news.typo3.org for latest news. They are updated regularly. Last post was written on Juli 28th. If you like to see who an where TYPO3 is used, just have a look at http://vimeo.com/16458561 . It’s the keynote at the last TYPO3 conference in Frankfurt.TYPO3 is developed by a highly motivated and professional community with developers from all over the world. They backed up by a swiss not for profit association (http://association.typo3.org).Kind regards,Marcus

  15. Jan 07/31/2011 at 11:09 AM - Reply

    @Marcus: thank you for pointing out the right informations about TYPO3 on the web!

  16. Dave Andrews 07/31/2011 at 2:06 PM - Reply

    Hi Marcus,Thanks for the feedback I appreciate it.Looking at the traffic to the TYPO3 site it is still a very small adoption rate right now:http://siteanalytics.compete.com/typo3.org/The video you provided only gets about 6.6 plays per day. I understand it is not always about traffic but how can I recommend to a client to use this CMS if there are few developers and it could be gone tomorrow?Expression Engine a CMS that cost money gets about 7 times the traffic that TYPO3 gets. It has a thriving community so you know it will be around for a while and there are a ton of developers.There are a numerous CMS’s out there. We chose these CMS’s since they are some of the largest and most widely used. Hopefully, TYPO3 takes off and it grows so there is more competition and choices.ThanksDave

  17. JustMe 08/01/2011 at 3:25 PM - Reply

    Is this the entire article? Any details on the methodology? What about 5.0 Mio visitors to the main site for wordpress? Does that include the wordpress hosted blogs, if so it is very misleading!You are really suggesting that 14.3% of the top 1 million websites are using WordPress as a platform? Does that weigh wordpress.com 143.000 times as among the 1 Mio top sites and count every blog hosted there separately? It just does not sound right, unless you can explain the methodology!Average number of tweets per day and/or the Facebook like counter? It just means their popularity correlates with users of the specific social media (or some marketing department decided that is where they focus their strategy). But how does this help ME make any decision between any of the three?

  18. Carl - Web Courses Bangkok 08/02/2011 at 6:29 PM - Reply

    I am currently consulting for UN ESCAP SDD division and the whole of the UN has just decided to move to Drupal, so something to put in the infographic.

  19. pbarnett 08/02/2011 at 11:02 PM - Reply

    As a web developer and longtime programmer, I find Drupal to be the Swiss Army chainsaw of content management systems – the core code is nicely put together, the API is well-documented online, and the community are very helpful (though they may not necessarily go out of their way for those who can’t use search 🙂

  20. Ozh 08/09/2011 at 12:28 PM - Reply

    Pretty on the eye, but barely informative to be honest.Who says which plugin is best for SEO? What does out of the box SEO mean? Is that a SEO comparison of each platform’s default theme? Where do the maintenance and setup costs come from? How is the number of followers or tweets supposed to help determine which CMS to use?

  21. Pablo Sámano 08/16/2011 at 6:26 AM - Reply

    I used wordpress and its very powerfull.

  22. Yavor 09/18/2011 at 10:18 AM - Reply

    Pablo, WP is nice, with many themes, very easy and many many more things but don’t say it’s powerfull please 🙂

  23. David 09/20/2011 at 3:32 PM - Reply

    Great article. I was wondering if WordPress has much of a future, but after reading this I’d say the future looks Very Bright !David

  24. matt magi 11/08/2011 at 6:44 PM - Reply

    I love wordpress and really can see no flaws in it, great article thanks for the graphics as well they are great!

  25. Ryan 11/15/2011 at 12:33 AM - Reply

    This seems like a biased post. WordPress has great features, but clearly this is pointing things out as WP is the best, Joomla is #2 and Drupal is #3. How can Joomla have anything but the easiest for installs? Installs and updates are 1 click. Moderation is just as easy in 1.7. How about Drupal? It can do some pretty powerful things, once it is set up right. Drupal and Joomla are completely separate from WP, since WP is not a CMS. I am biased, as I mostly work with Joomla. However I have worked with all 3, and if I wanted to do a fair comparison I’d point out the good and bad of each. Not knocking WP here, it is a great blogging platform.

  26. Luis 11/19/2011 at 1:53 PM - Reply

    Who doesn’t get the infographic? Tricycle, unicycle, bicycle…compares ease of use/moderation. Same with who is it for. Very intuitive. Also out of the box SEO meaning without variables / add-ons, etc etc…very clear. Thanks for the article and infographic, I am comparing and this helps quite a bit. In terms of web standards, (I.e. W3C) would the SEO rating described cover that? In terms of cleanest code and advances into HTML5 again to streamline underlying code? Lastly, open source vs private/commercial I.e. dreamweaver, besides client access, what are your thoughts?

  27. MiddleFace 12/17/2011 at 8:48 PM - Reply

    Gentlemen and ladies, I am a novice when it comes to websites and desire to build my own starter site. I would like to point out a few things from my perspective:1. At my level, all I hear about is WordPress, Drupal and Joomla regarding opensource to consider. Therefore, this side by side visual comparison is very important to me.2. I realize that a single perspective on anything will never be perfect because the author is not all knowing/all seeing and each reader has varied knowledge sets as well. 3. Anyone using their best judgment and knowledge to provide useful information to others gets an applause from me, but I realize it comes with a bit of responsibility as well.4. I am GRATEFUL for Dave taking the TIME to publish this article – especially leaving it open for comments/feedback!!! Why? Because all of you experts out there reply with AMAZING remarks that dynamically adds GREATNESS to the final read (for me and so many others). Dave, please continue to be the spark that ignites such wonderful collaboration and content!Make It A Great Day! John.

  28. Andre 12/24/2011 at 8:46 AM - Reply

    Excellent work! Just what I was looking for. Thanks for putting it together!

  29. Mitchell Bundy 02/10/2012 at 8:27 PM - Reply

    Nice looking infographic, but lacks the “info”. I don’t see how know how many twitter followers and facebook fans a CMS has can help in the decision making. No features were mentioned, aside from “out of the box SEO”, which is vague at best.The agency I work with uses both Drupal and WordPress fairly equally, and none of us believe one is better than the other, they each have their strengths and weaknesses.I used to develop Joomla plugins, pre-1.5, and gave up with 1.5 came out and became incredibly bloated.Generally speaking, Drupal is great for large, more complex websites, with its great caching modules, whereas WordPress is great for small website and can be put together in a matter of hours, not days.

  30. Dave Andrews 02/11/2012 at 12:06 AM - Reply

    Hi Mitch,There are a few reasons I put Twitter and Facebook.1. You can see trends of how many people are using their technologies based on followers and likes.2. you can see how active a community is around each property. – I had a few other CMS’s get mad cause I didn’t include them. They had one Twitter follower and didn’t have a Facebook page. Where was their community outside of their own site?3. You can look up and see what people are saying in each community. A more active community means more support, critiques, and comments for you.I agree with you about Drupal but Word Press is getting more robust and Drupal is getting easier to use. They are on a collision course between features and usability.ThanksDave

  31. dialashop 02/23/2012 at 6:18 PM - Reply

    Interesting comparison. I have tried the 3 and my favorite is Drupal because I can make .html pages with ease. In terms of making and editing pages, the three of them are ok, but I think the big weakness is making your own templates/themes on the three of them.

  32. Wine Recipes 03/01/2012 at 7:32 PM - Reply

    Nice chart and points. Does the adwords cost mean how much the sites pay for adwords?

  33. Potion265 03/30/2012 at 12:24 AM - Reply

    Great infographic. I’d love to see it updated – I suspect that WordPress had gained even more ground since WP3, and Joomla! appears to have lost the plot by not tending it’s documentation and making it web-developer friendly.It would be nice to see how each system’s support environment stacks up: # pages of documentation, # forum posts, post response time, etc. I have no doubt that WordPress will prevail, but the comparison will be interesting.

  34. Potion265 03/30/2012 at 12:25 AM - Reply

    Great infographic. I’d love to see it updated – I suspect that WordPress had gained even more ground since WP3, and Joomla! appears to have lost the plot by not tending it’s documentation and making it web-developer friendly.It would be nice to see how each system’s support environment stacks up: # pages of documentation, # forum posts, post response time, etc. I have no doubt that WordPress will prevail, but the comparison will be interesting.

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