WordPress and Drupal are the most popular content management systems around the web. While both are considered to be highly effective tools for content management, each of them comes with its own set of advantages and disadvantages.
Currently, WordPress has a following of more than 140 million users, but Drupal is more popular as a “multi-faceted” tool that fits the needs of everyone. Depending upon the user’s needs, both the CMS’s can be rated in several categories including the availability of themes and plugins, ease of use, update frequency, and security among others. If you are planning to work with any of these CMS’s and are confused about your choice, this article shall help you to make up your mind.
Ease of use
WordPress was launched as an open source platform and so, it’s extremely easy to learn and use. Even a person without the core programming skills can develop a nice looking and functional website using WordPress. The platform offers an impressive plugin library, several themes to choose from and add other interesting features which you can implement on your website. WordPress is well known for its independence and ease of customization. The easy to understand interface allows anyone with a little HTML and English skills to come up with a high quality website within a matter of hours.
On the other hand, working with Drupal tends to get a bit harder (the community that supports this CMS is much smaller and the interface could be a bit more user friendly). With WordPress, you certainly can hope to save money, time and more importantly attend to the core aspects of your online business.
If you’re considering SEO as a barometer for choosing between WordPress and Drupal, well, you are better off both ways. Both of these platforms allow you to come up with a search engine friendly website. However, for content-specific SEO, Drupal offers more options that we discuss in the next point.
Content carrying capacity
The latest SEO updates (including Google’s Penguin) demand more usage of original and unique content to achieve a desirable SERP ranking. The better the content, the more chances you have for getting to the top. This is also the reason Drupal would be a better choice as it allows hundreds and thousands of pages with equal capacity. Websites that integrate a lot of content or e-commerce tend to work better on Drupal than on WordPress.
Also, Drupal is a better choice for enterprise solutions. Drupal’s interface integrates strong access control list (ACL) with version control capabilities. This makes the website more secure, which is a highly important criteria for those looking to do business and engage in monetary transactions. WordPress is more recommended for small and medium scale enterprises, since the platform’s back-end is designed rather for blogging, than for e-commerce.
Using WordPress for enterprise solutions will slow down the website as you need to regularly update it with loads of content. Drupal also helps enterprise solutions by automatically scaling the server capacity to attend all the users accessing the site. Websites built with WordPress are more stable when traffic is gradually increasing.
Businesses look for multiple authors to manage different aspects of a website. As such, WordPress is a better bet. Made for intensive blogging, it allows an easy interface to allow several authors to work on a single back-end. However, Drupal is more oriented towards making things more secure.
Since WordPress is being used by many, and is an open source tool, it’s more prone to security issues. If you are concerned with hacking and website data piracy, Drupal is always a better choice. This is also the reason why e-commerce sites, banks and other moneymaking websites choose Drupal over WordPress. WordPress also has a compatibility issue with older plugins. If your current installation is not updated, it will not support the latest security plugins, automatically pointing out to a possible breach.
Drupal is an unrivaled platform when it comes to design aspects. WordPress does offer a variety of tools for creating a visual treat;, yet the design options are limited when compared with Drupal’s. Drupal’s highly capable and unique design tools will help you create an attractive, appealing and user-friendly platform. However, WordPress offers more tools for customization, and requires fewer design and coding skills.
WordPress is being used by a variety of websites, from hobbyist bloggers to small scale e-commerce businesses. However, Drupal again ranks above in this aspect by integrating powerful tools that are able to handle thousands of pages easily. Obviously, it will be equally effective in creating and maintaining smaller sites.
Drupal is developer-friendly and presents a variety of design and coding possibilities. Developers find it easier to put in their original ideas better in a Drupal back-end than in WordPress. However, on the user front, Drupal is more complicated and unless you are sure that users will be willing to spend some time understanding the site, go for WordPress. It makes work more difficult for the developer but ultimately presents an easy platform to the end users.
It’s always more advisable to pay for extra security and flexibility features. The cost of Drupal adds up as the CMS doesn’t offer any plugin or theme for free as in WordPress. To support a high functioning website, you’ll just have to invest more with Drupal. Working with Drupal also takes more time and this will amount to a certain amount of time-cost. If you are looking for the cheapest solution, WordPress is a better alternative.
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Looking at the points above, Drupal seems to take away the trophy but the choice really depends on the user demands from the CMS and type of website that you want to create. Both CMS’s come with their set of advantages and it is only a decision maker who can weigh between each. It will also be true that both of CMS’s can help you achieve a highly impressive online platform.