Comparing Plone and Drupal speed evolutions

Comparing Plone and Drupal speed evolutions

Ok, testing the home page of a CMS is generally a bad idea, it is not representative of the responsiveness of the application when people eventually use it. Anyway I did it. I had seen a few benchmarks comparing Plone 4 to previous versions, and comparing Plone with Joomla, Drupal or Wordpress. So I just wanted to check it by myself.

Comparing the homepages of successive Plone versions is perfectly relevant because their contents are very similar. Comparing the homepage of Plone and Drupal is not fair : a default Drupal without modules is pretty useless and offers almost nothing. A default Plone can be used without additional modules to create any website or intranet and offers a lot of features.

So I've installed all major versions of Plone since 2.5, and Drupal 5, 6 and 7 alpha7, without optimisations, and without caching.

The conclusions are:

  • Anyone running a Plone 2.5 or 3.x should seriously consider a migration to Plone 4. This will not always be easy, but it's possible. We, at Alter Way, are conducting a test consisting of a migration of an even older Plone 2.0 site with deprecated products, to 4.0.
  • Each new version of Plone is faster, while each new version of Drupal is slower.
  • Plone 4 (and even 4.0.1) is available now, while Drupal 7 release date is uncertain.

Please note that the interesting point of this curve is not the absolute number of req/s, but the slope of the curve.