Compare Joomla and Drupal Terminology

Compare Joomla and Drupal Terminology

Common Terms

  1. Joomla Template is called Theme in Drupal.
  2. Component = Module.
  3. Module = Block.
  4. Mambot/Plugin = Input filter.
  5. Menu-Horizontal = Primary Links
  6. Menu-Vertical = Navigation
  7. Dynamic Content Item = Story
  8. Static Content = Page
  9. Back-end = there is no back-end in Drupal,
  10. SEF = Clean URLs (but some docs refer to SEF, too).
  11. Section = Taxonomy Vocabulary/Term
  12. Section Title = Taxonomy Term (master)
  13. Category = Taxonomy Term (child)
  14. Introtext = Teaser
  15. Maintext = Body (see explanation below)
  16. Pathway = Breadcrumb

Other terms are the same, such as: forum discussion, editor, search, region, comment, subject/title, preview, html tag, view, edit, advertising/banner, log in/log out, profile, avatar, access control, logs, cache, site maintenance, RSS feed, parent-child and snippets.


  1. Joomla only supports one Section and one Category for each content, while you can assign Drupal contents to several Sections/Categories.
  2. Joomla does not support multi-site setups, whereas drupal supports multisite setups.
  3. Drupal has built-in forum discussion, so you don’t need to install additional modules.
  4. The term Blog in Joomla is not same as blog in Internet dictionary. ‘Blog’ term in Joomla is actually a teaser view of contents containing: Title, Introduction and a Read More link. So, in short, ‘Blog’ in Joomla terminology is not ‘Weblog’! If one is asking if Joomla supports a ‘Blog’ by default, then the answer is yes, but with a different meaning.
  5. Comments on contents are not available in Joomla by default, but Drupal supports comments for all content-types by default.