Trends: WordPress vs Drupal vs Joomla

The battle’s been going on since 2004-2005, the three open platforms (WordPress, Drupal and Joomla) have been competing for ages. Which is the most popular? Of course you could search for reviews, votes, researches. I even came across a commercial research document about content management systems, their pros, cons and popularity. It still is difficult to convince clients (especially the bigger ones) to use open platforms for their websites. Tonnes of questions are asked about security, performance, etc.

This article will not review any of the platforms mentioned above, nor will it give pros and cons to certain properties of such platforms. We’ve seen enough reviews, tests, benchmarks and even competitions to figure out which the best platform is. In my opinion, there’s no best platform, each is good, and which ever to use is a decision the developer should make.

Anyways, I had my coffee this morning and decided to check out what Google is up to, so I browsed to the Labs. The list is quite big but suddenly I spotted Google Trends, which has been around since 2006. Haven’t used that for a while ;) Sticking in “wordpress, drupal, joomla” into the trend search, I came up with the following results:

Trends: WordPress vs Drupal vs Joomla

Quite interesting isn’t it? Joomla (orange) was in a leading position from 2006 to late 2008, and in late 2009 WordPress (blue) took the lead. Drupal (red) heh, wha? There’s also a ranks by regions, cities and languages which give even more interesting results. For instance, Joomla still leads in Russian, Italian and German languages, and Drupal is very popular in India.

These stats are good when comparing the open platforms, they also show that open platforms are growing overall. But does this convince our clients to pick an open source platform for their website? I recall or three latest clients who calimed that they’d love .NET websites and an ASP (seriously) website. Let’s see:

WordPress vs .NET vs ASP

So Microsoft’s technologies are not as popular as they were in 2004, at least based on Google searches. There’s much more fun stuff you can do with Google Trends, but the question remains. Is this information useful when speaking with clients? Does the global trend mean that pictures in regions will change over time? And why is .NET losing popularity? Just thinking out loud ;) Cheers, and don’t forget to tweet this post if you like it.