Comparison of WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, LifeRay, Expression Engine & Typo3

A content management system (CMS) is used to manage the digital content. It helps users create content, manage and modify it on their websites according to their needs. CMS is easy to use and a user can operate it without having technical knowledge. The competition between different CMS is very high nowadays and it is difficult to choose the best CMS for your website. Below is a comparison chart for Top-rated CMS for you to better understand their features and help you choose the most reliable CMS to manage your digital content.






Expression Engine


Number of Websites Built 75 Million 2.8 Million 1.1 Million 10K – 15K 2.4K 5K – 10K
Downloads 160 Million 75 Million 25 Million 20K 9 Million
Market Share 58.4% 7.2% 4.8% Less than 1% Less than 1% 1.5%
Free Themes 3000+ 1000+ 2000+ 100+
Free Plugins 44K 5K 26K 1500+
Software Cost FREE (Open Source) FREE (Open Source) FREE (Open Source) FREE Free & Paid FREE (Open Source)
Updates Frequency 40 Days 36 Days 30 Days 30 Days 60 Days 60 Days
Best Used For Ideal for fairly simple websites. i.e blogging,  news site and anyone looking for easy to manage website. Add-ons make it easy to extend the website functionality Joomla allows you to build the website with more content and structure flexibility than WordPress, with fairly easy and intuitive usage. It is best for social networking sites For complex, advanced and versatile sites. for sites that require complex data organizations. for community platforms sites with multiple users Mainly used to enable corporate extranet and intranet. It is also described as a web application framework or content management framework. Mainly used for small and individual websites TYPO3 is an enterprise CMS. It is specially designed for publishing digital content
Best for WebSite Type Newbie, Professional, Business, and eCommerce Professional, Business and eCommerce Professional, Business and eCommerce Professional and Business Small Business and Individuals Professional and Business
Ease of Use Fairly simple to use Somewhat simple to use but hard from WordPress Not easy to use, requires professional knowledge Not an easy CMS Not an easy CMS Not so easy to manage
Customization Highly customizable Less customizable Highly customizable Less Customizable Customizable to some extent Customizable to some extent
Security Less secure, but there are plugins that make it secure Secure to some extent as compared to WordPress Highly secured Secure to some extent Secure platform Built-in security features
Architecture Fairly simple architecture Complex architecture Complex architecture Complex architecture Complex architecture
Support Easily available Community support Community support Very limited Limited Limited
Performance Moderate Good Excellent Good Slow Good
Search Engine Optimization Built-in support for SEO Not good in terms of SEO Has built-in SEO support  but less than WordPress Does not have built-in support No built-inn support No Built-in support
Multisite Support Yes No Yes No No Yes
Scalability Easy to Scale Less scalable Enterprise level scalability Scalable with the help of plugins and extensions Little scaleable Scaleable
Integration Integratable to 700+ platforms Integratable to 100+ platforms Integratable to 200+ platforms Integratable with different portals with REST, SOAP and RSS No information available No information available
Language Used PHP PHP PHP Java PHP PHP