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django CMS vs. Typo 3, Joomla, WordPress, Mezzanine, Drupal, Wagtail CMS comparison: Which is the best CMS platform

Mario Colombo

July 24, 2020

comparison Drupal Joomla django CMS Wagtail Wordpress

In this article, we will show you an in-depth CMS comparison of the best platforms out there.

 

There has been a growing need to update websites faster to keep content fresh and use content management systems (CMS). These offer a flexible, back-end interface for users to edit, modify, and publish content on a website. CMS has played an essential role in updating the content of websites, and with the growing variety of content management systems, there are a few things you should know when choosing a CMS and getting started. In this article, we will show you an in-depth CMS comparison of the best platforms out there.

django CMS vs. other CMS comparison

In the following table, we compare some of the most popular content management systems against django CMS to see who scores the best.

  django CMS Drupal Joomla Typo 3 Wagtail Wordpress Mezzazine
License Open Source Open Source Open Source Open Source Open Source Open Source Open Source
Release year 2007 2000 2005 1998 2014 2003 2012
Security High High Low Moderate High Moderate -
Programming language Python PHP PHP PHP Python PHP Python
New releases unavailable Every 6 months

Every 6 months

Fixed release cycles

Every 2 months Every 4 weeks unavailable
Supported databases MySQL, PostgreSQL MySQL, PostgreSQL MySQL, PostgreSQL,SQL Server MySQL, PostgreSQL, SQLite MySQL, PostgreSQL, SQLite MySQL MySQL
Devices supported Mobile / Desktop Mobile / Desktop Mobile / Desktop Mobile / Desktop Mobile / Desktop Mobile / Desktop Mobile / Desktop
Commercial Support Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes -
Developer Community Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Developer Certification No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Documentation support Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Multilingual functionality Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Only with Plugins Yes
CMS Features

Drag & Drop Content
Image Resizing
Multiple Upload
Simple editing
Unique data validation
Custom user permission

Extensible User Profiles
Interface Localization

Image resizing
Drag and Drop Content
Multiple Upload
Template Language

Image Resizing
Multiple Upload
Spellchecker
Style Wizard
Template Language
Interface Localization

Simple editing
Content economy
Image Resizing
Multiple image upload
Easy configuration

Drag & Drop Content
Image Resizing
Multiple Upload
Interface Localization

Drag & Drop Content
Scheduled publishing
Ready-to-use themes
Out-of-the-box Django
internationalization
Embedded integration
Rich API

Market share in % unavailable 3.40% 5.20% 1.20% unavailable 60.4% 0.01%

 

Who uses which CMS platform

WordPress

 

WordPress is one of the most popular open-source CMS platforms. It initially launched as a blogging platform with an emphasis on editorial features like article and blog publishing. Due to the platform's simple interface and an extensive amount of website themes, it might be useful for smaller businesses or ones that have less experience with design. 
 

Advantages:

  • Doesn’t require programming knowledge
  • Wide range of plugins and large community
  • WordPress offers free and paid templates according to your websites needs
  • Allows you to add labels and categories
     

Companies using WordPress: BBC America, TechCrunch, and Sony

Drupal

 

Drupal is another open-source CMS option targeted to a vast pool of developers, marketers, and agencies. It allows its users to create a site from a template or entirely from scratch.  Drupal has similar features as WordPress but is more suited for users who have experience with coding and web development. 

 

Advantages:

  • Enables Drupal developers to deploy core features and functionality rapidly
  • Allows developers to develop custom modules using well-documented API
  • High flexibility when displaying SEO-friendly content
  • Mobile-friendly Content management system
     

Companies using Drupal: eBay, Twitter, and Tesla

Joomla

Joomla is considered one of the most popular CMS solutions for programmers; it has a large and active developer community and is a developer-centered CMS. Joomla enables developers to create a custom operating website and offers brands to launch and market content internationally. Due to the higher degree of complexity than WordPress and the security issues, it's not recommended for beginners.

 

Advantages:

  • Offers advanced user management options
  • Easy to install 
  • More than 8000 extensions 
  • Includes multilingual support functionality
     

Brands using Joomla: Nintendo Nordic and General Electric Russia

Wagtail

 

Wagtail is an open-source solution that offers a flexible way of writing content. It provides the user with a powerful way of creating content with a set of building blocks to stack and order different layout types. Similar to django CMS, it also uses the Django framework and focuses on flexibility and user experience.

Advantages:

  • Easy to add new parts
  • Big community of experienced developers ensuring further development and improvement
  • Resource-efficient, no need for big servers
  • Supports Multilingual websites
  • Integrated support of A/B testing 
     

Companies that trust Wagtail: Google, Microsoft, NHS, and BMW
 

Typo3


Typo3 is the oldest CMS in this comparison and provides you with a platform to create enterprise websites and smaller websites with a wide range of extensions. Users will benefit from an active and helpful community. Typo3 also runs an internal language called TypoScript, which allows users to build additional elements, including dynamic content.

Advantages:

  • Easy usability
  • Suitable for websites with multiple languages
  • Big and supportive user community
  • Used in many universities and science institutions
  • Long term support versions ensure continuous safety updates

Companies using Typo3: Pearson, MSD and Mercedes Benz

 

Mezzazine

 

Mezzanine is a consistent and flexible content management platform. Built using the Django framework, Mezzanine provides a simple yet highly extensible architecture that encourages diving in and hacking on the code. Mezzanine is BSD licensed and supported by a diverse and active community. Unlike many other platforms that make extensive use of modules or reusable applications, Mezzanine provides most of its functionality by default. This approach yields a more integrated and efficient platform.

Advantages:

  • It resembles CMS frameworks such as WordPress
  • Intuitive interface
  • Free themes and premium theme marketplace
  • Translated into over 35 languages
  • Seamless integration with third-party Django apps

 

django CMS

 

 

django CMS is a user-friendly option for developers looking for a lightweight core, easily integrated with other software. The very intuitive drag and drop interface makes it easy to use for content managers, content editors, and website administrators. It's built around the needs of multilingual publishing by default. All websites, pages, and content can exist in multiple language versions.

Advantages:

  • Easy to extend
  • Simple organization of documents
  • Custom web application can easily be integrated
  • Built to support multi-language environments
  • Easy drag and drop editing function
  • Very secure and reliable
     

Companies using django CMS: NASA, AAMC and L’oreal
 

Choosing the Right CMS

When it comes to choosing a CMS, you need to do some solid research to ensure you pick the CMS for your company's needs. Brands that produce a lot of multimedia projects might want to choose a CMS that provides a highly visual theme. On the other hand, if your company focuses on sales, you might want to consider a CMS that can help you develop a secure website with a plugin feature related to E-Commerce. For others, the market share might be an important factor for the right decision.

The above mentioned CMS platforms are useful in many ways. However, when it comes to choosing the best CMS for your business goal, you have to look at various aspects presented in this CMS comparison. 

Further Reading

Are you interested in reading more about django CMS features? Become a member of the django CMS association and learn more about the benefits the content management system has to offer for your projects.

 

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