(written by JamesColin)
I’d like to introduce you to my personal favorite CMS, it’s Drupal – Open Source CMS | drupal.org
In my view the best CMS you can use which is free and based on PHP & MySQL is Drupal.
The only reason to use something else would be if you plan on simply doing a blog with a few categories & pages. Then use WordPress – Blog Tool and Publishing Platform
WordPress is the option to choose not because in unable to handle professional blog, IT IS indeed, but because WordPress started as a blog platform and most web services have at least one WordPress module/plugin if they have only one.
So for blogging full force, get yourself the wordpress script.
For everything else, including blogs up to multi users websites, take Drupal.
Never do the mistake of taking Joomla because your friend told you so or because you read on a forum that it is easier and better than Drupal, this is false.
Drupal might be more difficult to grasp at first, but this steep learning curve lasts only a few weeks, and after investing the time to learn Drupal you will never regret it.
It’s been about 5 years I first installed Drupal and I’ve been in lvoe ever since, it has served me very well. Every time I see web awards, made by professionals, Drupal always win over Joomla, and those guys know what they’re looking at, they don’t choose Drupal because they are fanboys, they analyse the code and functionnalities very carefully and objectively.
Next awards is Packt Publishing in november, last years it has always been Drupal the winner, except one year, why? Because this year they’ve put a stupid rule that the previous year winner couldn’t win the next year, and since it was Drupal…
They’ve removed this rule since and then Drupal wins every years over ALL CMS out there, not only Joomla.
But Joomla comes second, yes. It’s not a bad CMS at all. I simply advice you to invest time in the best. And if you’re just starting, you know what? Install Drupal 7.
It’s not yet release as a final version, but the final version will come out around christmas, so start with the number 7, not the 6, by the time you become good with Drupal, the final version will be out and most essential modules will be updated to the 7th version.
This was my advice, what is yours?