An old debate continues till today; which is the best content management system to be used? Drupal vs. WordPress is a common question that small and medium enterprises refer to after reviewing the common development alternatives on the market. The answer to that is not just a one liner but a thorough analysis that would help you compare these systems on your own.
WORDPRESS AND DRUPAL
WordPress and Drupal are the two most popular names in the list of top 20 Content Management Systems (CMS) that are used worldwide. With Drupal being launched in 2001 and WordPress after a gap of just two years, in 2003, both of them offer similar services but in different ways.
Whether you want to write a blog, create your own website or deal with any other work related to digital content, initially you need to choose an application that would help achieve your goals. If you want to make the best choice, you will probably consider doing it between WordPress and Drupal.
MAKING THE CHOICE
You might be thinking why don’t I just see which of them has captured bigger clients of the market? Let us tell you; both of them has! The White House, The Economist and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. use Drupal. WordPress also has some major customers like The New York Times, Forbes and CNN.
According to the results of survey carried out by w3Techs;
“Almost 55% of the 1 million most visited websites that are run on a content management system (CMS) are run on WordPress.”
So, what is it that The Economist finds in Drupal but The New York Times and many other websites do not and they choose WordPress? You’ll find the answer in the end!
Let us discuss other factors that you would look into while doing the selection between WordPress and Drupal.
EASY TO USE
The basic question you would ask is; which one would be easier to use? For a beginner who does not have technical expertise would find it easier to work on WordPress. Drupal on the other hand, is a bit complex when it comes to web development. The user is required to have enough knowledge of HTML, PHP etc. that allows him to deal with problems related to coding.
Let’s see what expert advice our experienced web developers give when asked about the best CMS for beginners.
“For beginners, I would definitely lean towards WordPress being the one which will most likely satisfy the needs of the individual. Of course, it always depends on what your endgame is – what purpose the site is meant to serve. Seeing that WordPress provides great SEO out the box and has a bunch of easy-to-use plug-ins and themes, as well as the fact that WordPress is infinitely easier to update and maintain than its competitors, I feel that WordPress provides the most complete solution for a beginner looking to build a new website.”
– Mark Atkinson from Red Giant Design
The installation and set-up procedure for WordPress is easy as compared to Drupal. Also, WordPress offers automated upgrades which Drupal does not. Hence, for using Drupal; you need to be skilled and well acquainted with web design and programming.
Attractive themes and plug-ins are essential elements that you would need when customizing your website. WordPress offers over 35,000 of such themes and plug-ins that anyone can use according to the needs and most of them are for free. While Drupal also offers such themes, plug-ins and many other good options through which a good developer can easily create a unique layout for his website, but the premium ones are not for free.
This again poses the same point. A beginner having almost no knowledge of programming, would prefer to use WordPress but he’ll have to compromise on uniqueness, because he might find some website or the other having the same layout as his. WordPress is ahead of Drupal here as well, we say this because a good developer can be even more creative on WP.
WordPress can be used for diverse range of applications, but it was initially launched as a blogging tool. Drupal on the other hand, offers a wide variety of services under the umbrella of content management from its beginning. So, if bloggers need easy and flexible services and solutions to their problems, most of them would go for WordPress rather than Drupal without even thinking. Because they have this idea in mind that WordPress is only for blogging (although this is not the case, but it makes WordPress more popular and enables it to capture a bigger market).
Many of the highly rated technology blogging websites such as SitePoint, Six Revisions, etc. run on WordPress. This just increases the credibility of WordPress even more. The Winner of round 3? WordPress again!
The performance of WordPress becomes limited when it comes to size of the web content. It functions without any error for light websites but its speed and performance decreases when used for heavy and large content (but with some knowledge of coding and stuff, you can resolve this issue as well). Drupal however, does not compromise its performance on content size. If the user has technical expertise, he can run huge data on Drupal at an excellent speed.
SECURITY FROM HACKERS
Hackers can easily get hold of the websites that run on WordPress because of their highly vulnerable plug-ins. Drupal offers better security services. However, you can always install third party plug-ins while using WordPress and make it as secure as Drupal.
Both Drupal and WordPress have SEO built in them but they work slightly differently from each other. WordPress has a lot of plug-ins and is quite simpler, which makes the websites running on it search engine friendly. Drupal does the same but by supporting large content at a fast speed.
When it comes to the affordability of these systems, WordPress again wins the race. It is more affordable because you have unlimited access to millions of free themes and plug-ins. You do not need to hire a developer for your work, and even if you do, it will cost less.
While at Drupal, the premium themes and plug-ins have to be paid for. Their developers also charge a lot. But, if you want to utilize the extraordinary tools of Drupal and make your business and website stand out; then your money is worth spending for.
WHO WINS THE RACE?
An honest answer to that is; it all depends on you and your needs. Be it WordPress, Drupal or any other content management system; they help manage your content. But, what are the prime features you want in your content? What functions you want the system to perform for you? Think, explore and then make the choice.
Here is a useful infographic that might help you pick the right CMS for your needs.
If you are a beginner and want to avoid facing technical issues and spend less money, then WordPress is the best option for you. If you are creating a personal blog or a web page for a small business, then WordPress is your tool.
Well, if we are to decide a winner we would definitely be going for —- —–. But it’s you who matter the most! Let us know your winner in comments below.