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I hope you will find this comparison of mine interesting if you plan to do a SWOT for different web solutions.

 

 

http://www.unric.org

Strengths

 

Weaknesses

Opportunities

 

Threats

Technology chosen for the website development

 

  • MySQL server
  • About Joomla 1.5.  – free source CMS:

Ø  supports multiple operating systems

Ø  Creating a new functional website is very fast

Ø  Better design opportunities - best visual CMS around

Ø  The Support for e-commerce is better than the one of Drupal

  • · XHTMLSuite –Highly intuitive state of the art Online HTML Editor

 

  • Joomla is better decision for
  • XHTMLSuite – additional costs
  • It is not easy to develop large complex websites with Joomla
  • Unsatisfactory support of Joomla SEO
  • Not that satisfactory support for SSL
  • It is easier to find qualified developers who know Joomla than those who know Drupal
  • New developers can learn easier Joomla
  • · easy to train clients to use Joomla effectively
  • The Joomla interface is easy to learn for non-technical people
  • You can easily migrate to Drupal or other CMS

 

  • No content staging in Joomla

Ø  No granular privileges

Ø  No code skeletons or code templates to make it easier for new developers to write plugins

Ø  The core CMS has more bugs than the one of Drupal

Ø  Joomla’s framework makes it more difficult to extend its capabilities

Ø  Not that satisfactory quality of add-ons to enhance website functionality

Overall grade according to website performance monitoring tools

  • Overall grade 21/24 (88%) (Spider simulator)
  • SEO Score (domaintools): 97%
  • 13.7 sec: The page loaded quickly.

13 image descriptions; one image has no description - 8% failure: A tiny proportion of images are missing descriptions.

  • HTML size: 27k Not a bad size: Users might be tempted to stay around for the page to load, if the content looks good. Still room for improvement.
  • The speed of page load might be approved

 

  • Joomla is heavier – the more add-ons and extensions are implemented, the longer the page loadings will become

 

Traffic

  • #470,759 in the world according to the three-month Alexa traffic rankings.
  • Page rank 8/10
  • The site has a bounce rate of approximately 78%
  • Visitors to this site view an average of 1.5 unique pages per day
  • Approximate time on site for the average of 3 months: 1.45 s
  • SEO optimization could improve the traffic to the site – required asap
  • 52 links found – up to 100 possible to be indexed on Google; so room for more!
  • The interest to the website is very low; if immediate actions aren’t take this will lead to major decrease of long-term interest

Sticky?

  • The website succeed in grabbing visitor attention
  • Attractive design, interactive
  • Simple and easy navigation
  • unique product, service and information

 

  • Poor and confusing functionality of libraries, publications lists

 

  • The information can get lost and if it is not presented often and provoking readers’ attention enough – will get just buried

 

http://www.sesarju.eu

Strengths

 

Weaknesses

Opportunities

 

Threats

Technologies

  • Test environment: Windows Server 2003 – nice solution for test
  • Sharepoint:
    Money up front per CPU and likely future licensing fees for upgrades and significant investment in learning and supporting system: Server cost and a client access license (CAL) cost of MOSS 2007 EES: ~ $4600;
  • More complex integration process of the MOSS used for the intranet&extranet with the Drupal for the internet site
  • SharePoint only runs on Windows (supports interoperability with other platform, but requires Windows to run on);
  • Since MOSS requires SQL server, and  Drupal – MySQL/Postgres, u need Drupal 7 driver for SQL Server – additional complexity by the configuration
  • If the client decided to give up MOSS as a solution for intranet and extranet – it can develop Drupal to the needed functionalities;
  • If the client decided to change the general used OS – Drupal can be used still
  • Drupal can actually quite easily be modified to look like SharePoint (or any way you want). it's harder to go the other way around;

 

 

  • SharePoint supports ASP.NET; Drupal supports PHP: The Mix between the 2 technologies requires a developer with deep knowledge in the both server languages;
  • In case of a radical change in the upgrades of one of the two solutions –MOSS or Drupal, there might appear a compatibility problem
  • The Drupal interface is not that easy to learn for non-technical people
  • Production environment: 2 front-end MOSS2007 Entreprise Edition Servers: flexible Business Collaboration Platform that provides a wealth of functionality above & beyond basic CMS capabilities, very good in terms of functionality and capabilities; provides easy integration with other Microsoft products and a certain amount of out-of-the-box functionality; licensed software - feeling safe/secure/well taken care of.
  • OS Windows Server 2003 for MOSS
  • One index server & SQLServer
  • ABOUT DRUPAL for the internet site:

Ø  open source, free

Ø  supports multiple operating systems

Ø  easy to customize to meet clients needs

Ø  Granular privileges

Ø  Support for social networking is better

Ø  It is easier to develop large complex websites

Ø  Code skeletons / templates to make it easier for new developers to write plugins

Ø  Most stable CMS - winner because it scales well and is rock-solid under heavy load.

Overall grade according to website performance monitoring tools

  • Overall grade 18/24 (75%) (Spider simulator)
  • 9.7 sec: The page loaded very quickly. The hosting is comfortably up to scratch

 

  • SEO Score (domaintools): 89%
  • A handful of images have descriptions, but not nearly enough to make an impact

 

  • HTML size: 24k Not a bad size: Users might be tempted to stay around for the page to load, if the content looks good. Still room for improvement.

 

  • Meta Description is missing and only 1 meta keyword cannot lead to good indexing: Having a good meta description can improve your chances of the visitor clicking on your result in the search engine.
  • 62 links found – up to 100 possible to be indexed on Google; room for more but be careful not to exceed

 

Traffic

  • #2,308,854 in the world according to the three-month Alexa traffic rankings.
  • Visitors to this site view an average of 2.5 unique pages per day

 

  • Roughly 63% of visits to the site are bounces
  • Approximate  time on site for the average of 3 months: 1.5 sec
  • Page rank 6/10
  • SEO optimization could improve the traffic to the site

 

  • If the content wouldn’t get actualized often enough, the traffic could decrease more (time on site too low)

 

 

  • Nice images that explain ’1000 words’ each
  • Extremely catchy multimedia gallery
  • Clean design
  • Simple and easy navigation
  • unique product, service and rich on information

 

 

Multimedia gallery is not that easy to find – could be taken out more

 

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Comments  

 
0 #2 Lucy Setian 2011-03-25 08:39
Hi Mathew, first of all - really thanks for your expert comment! That's really helpful.

I agree that there coudn't be single one solution, that will win the overall battle of needs for the different sides. That's why the choosing of the appropriate technology is rather a question of pre-economical evaluation of the target group of people, who are going to interact with the final product.

However, since I rather stay in the middle of ICT biz and dev side, I can tell only my experience with Joomla and it's that if you want to achieve user-friendly navigation on the front end it is also after you put some additional efforts in the back end... :)
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0 #1 mathew 2011-03-25 07:55
Hi, thought I'd add my experiences. A couple of years ago my webteam and I launched/upgraded 9 sites using 8 different web publishing technologies over a 6 month period. We used .ASP, PHP scripts to produce files for Documentum, WP, Joomla, Drupal, Plone, Typo3...

An interesting 6 months! It gave us a very robust CMS choice methodology.

If you're waiting for a single winner, sorry - different technologies are useful for different applications. You can't evaluate a CMS unless you know what it is you want to achieve. You need the specs.

Having said that, Drupal was so often the clearest winner that I hired some of the best Drupal developers in Brussels.

But one thing must be said: Drupal & Plone are *much* easier for non-technical editors than Joomla! The editor simply navigates to the page and clicks 'Edit'. In Joomla, users must go into the Back Office to find the file in a list. Much Less Fun!
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