Drupal runs three times as many top sites as the next CMS

Here’s a statistic I haven’t seen bandied about much. Drupal runs three times as many of the Alexa 10,000 top sites as the next CMS, according to backendbattles.com.

This figure was extracted using Wappalyzer. It’s not perfect: The Onion doesn’t show up as a Drupal site, for example, probably because it runs an old or heavily hacked version.

It’s nice to have this statistic at hand when Drupal supporters feel disheartened by popularity comparisons to Joomla. There are many ways to be successful; capturing the attention of the world’s biggest sites is a pretty good one.

Having said that: WordPress is found on nearly three times as many big sites as Drupal. (Backendbattles.com categorizes it as “blog software” rather than a CMS, so it doesn’t show up in the comparison.)

16 replies on “Drupal runs three times as many top sites as the next CMS”

The Onion is not figuring out
The Onion is not figuring out in Drupal site because they have been rewriting stuff in Python since a long time

Background info?
Really? That’s intriguing, since it’s long been a feather in the Drupal community’s cap. How did you find this out? Do you have any more information?

Thanks for the link!

From a quick skim of the article, it’s not clear that The Onion’s *main* site has moved to Django. But if the A.V. Club portion moved successfully, there’s every reason to believe the rest would follow. Ah, well.

Anyway: I’ll stop using theonion.com as a Drupal bragging point. 🙁

theonion IS actually running
theonion IS actually running on Drupal. They’re just running it from subdirectory content. You can try to use /user or /taxonomy/term/1 or feed.xml and you can see the results. So yes, they sure have done some work there, but it’s still Drupal ,)

Thanks for the update!
I wonder what the inside story was? Insider insight would be most welcome.

Different numbers from BuiltWith
The numbers from backendbattles.com differ greatly from those provided by trends.builtwith.com. According to BuiltWith, Drupal runs on 1.57% or 15,835 of the top 10,000 web sites. Note they don’t mention Alexa top sites so I’m not sure to which top 10,000 web sites they refer. It’s still far and away the most frequently used CMS.

CMS statistics
According to W3Techs Drupal is indeed stronger than Joomla within the top 10.000 sites, but not in the top 1.000.000. And both are well behind WordPress.

Need more info on this post
Interesting facts you’ve found here. I was wondering if anyone knows the main reasons for such staggering results. Does Drupal offer better coding or SEO attributes compared to Joomla or DNN?

Open source content management systems can make the tasks of creating and managing your website a lot easier – and there’s no licensing fee involved. The issues on comparisons between Joomla and Drupal [link] are very common these days as they are currently considered the top two open source content management systems (CMS) out there. But, which one is more usable, powerful and popular? It’s a simple question with no simple answer. I had heard of Drupal and how great its Taxonomy system was, but I couldn’t wrap my head around it. Based on the enthusiasm of developers and coders that I respected, I took the plunge and changed to working with Drupal… and I never looked back.

The problem with all open source systems is… vulnerability. I don’t say that other systems are safe, but open source systems are so much easier to hack because you have access to the source code. If you have something like a vulnerability checklist for a certain programming language, you just need to check the source code for it. That’s why I always preferred coding our own small CMS systems, although using solutions like Drupal is more comfortable I guess plus there is a community developing add ons and improvements 24/7.

Best regards,

A bigger subject than Drupal vs. other open-source CMSes
Hi, Jim. That is, of course, a topic of much debate over the past 15 years. I disagree with your viewpoint, and expect that most others here would as well. But rather than have it here, a quick Google search takes you to places where the discussion is in full swing:


I’d rather not continue that discussion here, and will block further posts on it. Cheers,


P.S. to make this Drupal-specific
If you’re interested in Drupal security specifically, I recommend Greg Knaddison’s excellent book on it, Cracking Drupal.

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