Templates in Drupal, Joomla and WordPress

Drupal, Joomla and WordPress are management systems, on the basis of which you can create functional and easily-managed sites without significant financial cost. We’ve decided to compare these systems and have chosen one aspect that is likely to interest the ordinary user, and namely the usage of templates.


The Template Engine is the strength of Drupal. This component is well-designed, so even a newly-fledged PHP-programmer can work with it. On the whole, Drupal offers a wide range of opportunities to manage themes.

In addition, if you familiar enough with HTML and PHP you can simply convert PSD to HTML.


Joomla 1.0.x does not support templates. Of course, it features a general template that allows creating of quite intricate site structures on the basis of PHP, but individual elements can be changed only by the use of CSS. However, there is ContentTemplater, which allows you create templates for articles and manage their appearance quite effectively.

There are also PSD to Joomla template converter services that let you convert psd to joomla, but they only give a rudimentary template.

Another point worth mentioning is the system of separate modules. The modules are merged into a position that can be added in the right places of your template. Modules can be linked to specific pages as well as displayed in a variety of ways all through the page. Sometimes, one can create a beautiful home (or any other) page by simply turning off the component working there and putting in modules instead.


Thousands of patterns are created for WordPress and many of them are of very high quality. This management system is made in such a way that it easy to convert HTML-template, for instance, or PSD to WordPress. Patterns are based on common PHP functions, so the study of the so-called patterns language should not cause any difficulties. There are many articles on how to create a WordPress template, and one can use even an on-line generator. You just download ready made templates to a separate directory and then choose a favorite one in the admin panel.

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