CMS battle: Drupal vs Joomla

If you are digging for CMS comparisons and trying to decide which one is best for you, here is the comparison

Here are some statistics from CMS Matrix for a more detailed comparison. It shows that Drupal is extremely modular and Joomla has a heavy core, thus a terrible architecture. That means Joomla is hard to extend and messy under the hood. Drupal, on the other hand, looks beautiful.

roduct Drupal 6.2 Joomla! 1.5.3
Last Updated 4/10/2008 5/31/2008
System Requirements Drupal Joomla!
Application Server PHP 4.3.5+
Approximate Cost Free Free
Database MySQL, Postgres MySQL
License GNU GPL GNU/GPL v2
Operating System Any Any
Programming Language PHP PHP
Root Access No No
Shell Access No No
Web Server Apache, IIS Apache
Security Drupal Joomla!
Audit Trail Yes No
Captcha Free Add On Free Add On
Content Approval Yes Yes
Yes Yes
Granular Privileges Yes No
Kerberos Authentication No No
LDAP Authentication Free Add On Yes
Yes Yes
NIS Authentication No No
NTLM Authentication Free Add On No
Pluggable Authentication Yes Yes
Problem Notification No No
Sandbox No No
Session Management Yes Yes
SMB Authentication No No
SSL Compatible Yes Yes
SSL Logins No Yes
SSL Pages No Yes
Versioning Yes No
Support Drupal Joomla!
Certification Program No No
Code Skeletons Yes No
Commercial Manuals Yes Yes
Commercial Support Yes Yes
Commercial Training Yes Yes
Developer Community Yes Yes
Online Help Yes Yes
Pluggable API Yes Yes
Professional Hosting Yes Yes
Professional Services Yes Yes
Public Forum Yes Yes
Public Mailing List Yes No
Test Framework Free Add On Yes
Third-Party Developers Yes Yes
Users Conference Yes Yes
Ease of Use Drupal Joomla!
Drag-N-Drop Content Free Add On No
Free Add On Free Add On
Friendly URLs Yes Yes
Image Resizing Free Add On Yes
Macro Language Free Add On Yes
Mass Upload Free Add On No
Prototyping Limited Yes
Server Page Language Yes Yes
Site Setup Wizard Limited No
Spell Checker Free Add On No
Style Wizard Limited No
Subscriptions Free Add On No
Template Language Limited Yes
UI Levels No Yes
Undo Limited No
WYSIWYG Editor Free Add On Yes
Zip Archives No No
Performance Drupal Joomla!
Advanced Caching Yes Yes
Database Replication Limited No
Load Balancing Yes Yes
Page Caching Yes Yes
Static Content Export No No
Management Drupal Joomla!
Advertising Management Free Add On Yes
Asset Management Yes Yes
Clipboard No No
Content Scheduling Free Add On Yes
Content Staging Free Add On No
Inline Administration Yes Yes
Online Administration Yes Yes
Package Deployment No No
Sub-sites / Roots Yes Yes
Themes / Skins Yes Yes
Trash No Yes
Web Statistics Yes Yes
Web-based Style/Template Management Yes Yes
Web-based Translation Management Yes Free Add On
Workflow Engine Limited No
Interoperability Drupal Joomla!
Content Syndication (RSS) Yes Yes
FTP Support Limited Yes
iCal Free Add On No
UTF-8 Support Yes Yes
WAI Compliant Limited No
WebDAV Support No No
XHTML Compliant Yes No
Flexibility Drupal Joomla!
CGI-mode Support Yes Yes
Content Reuse Limited Yes
Extensible User Profiles Yes Yes
Interface Localization Yes Yes
Yes Yes
Multi-lingual Content Yes Free Add On
Multi-lingual Content Integration Free Add On Free Add On
Multi-Site Deployment Yes Free Add On
URL Rewriting Yes Yes
Built-in Applications Drupal Joomla!
Blog Yes Yes
Chat Free Add On Free Add On
Classifieds Free Add On Free Add On
Contact Management Free Add On Yes
Data Entry Free Add On Free Add On
Database Reports No Free Add On
Discussion / Forum Yes Free Add On
Document Management Limited Free Add On
Events Calendar Free Add On Free Add On
Events Management Free Add On Free Add On
Expense Reports No Free Add On
FAQ Management Yes Yes
File Distribution Free Add On Free Add On
Graphs and Charts No Free Add On
Groupware Free Add On Free Add On
Guest Book Free Add On Free Add On
Help Desk / Bug Reporting Free Add On Free Add On
HTTP Proxy No No
In/Out Board No No
Job Postings Free Add On Free Add On
Free Add On Yes
Mail Form Free Add On Yes
Matrix No No
My Page / Dashboard Free Add On No
Free Add On Free Add On
Free Add On Free Add On
Polls Yes Yes
Product Management Free Add On Yes
Project Tracking Free Add On Free Add On
Search Engine Yes Yes
Site Map Free Add On Free Add On
Stock Quotes Free Add On No
Surveys Free Add On Free Add On
Syndicated Content (RSS) Yes Yes
Tests / Quizzes Free Add On Free Add On
Time Tracking Free Add On No
User Contributions Yes Yes
Weather Free Add On No
Web Services Front End Limited Yes
Wiki Free Add On Free Add On
Commerce Drupal Joomla!
Affiliate Tracking Free Add On Free Add On
Inventory Management Free Add On Free Add On
Pluggable Payments Free Add On Free Add On
Pluggable Shipping Free Add On Free Add On
Pluggable Tax Free Add On Free Add On
Point of Sale No Free Add On
Shopping Cart Free Add On Free Add On
Subscriptions Free Add On Free Add On
Wish Lists Free Add On Free Add On
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