Why We Chose Drupal Over Joomla - Simpler Page Editing

One of the most valuable services we provide as an "Internet Strategy & Services" firm is to seek out "best-of-breed" web applications (typically open source) for our customers and recommend them. As recently as a year ago, we were recommending Joomla/Mambo for content management to our clients. Late last year we changed course and made the transition to Drupal as our best-of-breed recommendation. Over the next few weeks, I'll delve into the reasons why we chose to make the switch. Today's reason is the simplicity of finding and editing web pages within Drupal.

Editing Pages Is More Intuitive in Drupal
In Drupal, you go to http://<website>/user and login. Once you successfully login, you just navigate to the appropriate page as if you were browsing the site normally and, if you have security privileges to edit that page, you are presented with a tab for "Edit." Click the tab, edit away and click the Submit button. Drupal even has built in versioning that will automatically save all of the different versions of that page and allows an administrator (or other designated user) to revert the page backward.

Images can be uploaded to the server right within the editor page using either the "File Attachment" section or by adding the "Image" module to Drupal.

Just like Joomla, you can use a variety of rich text editors including TinyMCE, FCKEditor as well as a variety of WIKI style editing formats.

There is a similar process in Joomla but it seemed that most of the documentation we ever found for Joomla always discussed editing in terms of going into the Administrator back-end system, finding the page from a list of all pages on the site and clicking to edit it. Our clients always found this cumbersome and when you went into the hundreds of pages, it was VERY difficult to find what you were looking for.

One way to speed the search was to limit by "section" or "category." In Joomla, every "story" is assigned a section and, from there, a category. (The Section & Category mechanism within Joomla that always felt forced. They were an arbitrary way of categorizing pages. I know that 1.5 Joomla will eliminate the requirement for those but, at the time, it was difficult to explain what they meant and why they, to a degree, had nothing to do with navigation

In Joomla, the fact that there was a "front end" and a "back end" was a bit confusing in terms of authentication and workflow. If I need to edit a page, do I login to the "administrator" or to the front end?

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