Choosing a CMS for your website is a tough choice. WordPress and Drupal are the trending and most used CMS platforms. But WordPress has gained a lot more popularity over the years. Its user base is almost 10 times that of Drupal – but is it 10 times better? This article is aimed at presenting you with the comparison of the two prominent CMSs – Drupal and WordPress. We will try our best not to persuade you in favor of either one but would present the overview of the features.
WordPress has long been known as a publishing or blogging platform. There are some users who still believe it as a blogging platform. However, this is not the case. Since 2003, WordPress has become a really large Content Management System CMS, and it possesses more than enough features to be called one.
Drupal is 2 years older than WordPress, and it is often called “the developer platform”. It is a powerful framework used not only for building websites but also for applications development. It’s got extensive opportunities for creating sites of any complexity, provided you’ve got expertise in this area.
Let us examine the different aspects of both CMS before choosing any one in the beginning.
Ease of Use
WordPress claims to be the most easy-to-use CMS in the market, and it’s really simple to get started in a very short time – even for a user with no experience. However, this would mean the basic site. To configure your website and make it correspond to your requirements, you’ve got to work on it.
As to Drupal, this CMS calls for more efforts to be used successfully. For a beginner, mastering the basic functions would require more learning than WordPress. For example. the visual editor is not included in the out-of-the-box install, but it can be implemented by adding a plugin. For a non-technical user managing content may seem complicated, but a seasoned developer will possibly find this CMS straightforward and very functional.
Also, with the introduction of WordPress 3.x, its area of websites covers almost any kind of website. WordPress is still considered as limited tool whereas there is no doubt that drupal can make any kind of website.
Both CMSs have a big number of free themes available. WordPress is believed to have the greater variety of those. It may be due to the fact that Drupal is often chosen as a platform for big corporations, which require the unique Brand theme. On the contrary, apart from corporate sites, WordPress is also a frequent choice by non-technical users, for simple small websites or personal blogs due to its simplicity. This creates the demand for the ready-made themes.
The easiest way to customize your website is through themes and plugins. Adding these takes it from being a blank canvas to something that fits your individual needs. WordPress is the winner here, as it has more than 47,000 plugins and a variety of free and premium themes.
Drupal offers this flexibility on page types without the need for plugins. However, if you want the convenience of using a plugin, Drupal uses modules instead of plugins and the good ones don’t come for free. Plus, there are limited themes available, so you’ll need to seek out a designer to help you turn your site into something pretty.
Drupal wins this round. WordPress’ many plugins can have vulnerabilities and be easily hacked, particularly if the website owner doesn’t update to the latest version or the plugin gets old. Or simply, hackers target WordPress because it is so popular. However, there is a paradox solution: install third-party plugins that increase your security.
Now, SEO matters for everyone who’s got the smallest bit of ambition and desires to let the world see their Internet project -the website. In terms of SEO, both Drupal and WP are working great with the help of additional plugins for meta tags, SEO-friendly URLs, site maps etc. The difference here lies in the fact that with WordPress you may get lost because of the abundance of plugins available, while in Drupal it’s vice versa, but this can be hardly called an issue.
WordPress and Drupal both have their own advantages and disadvantages. Choosing one of them totally depends on what type of website you are building. If you want to look unique with a lot of security then you choose Drupal. But if SEO and ease of use are your concerns then you should go for WordPress. Drupal is made for developers only, however WordPress can be used by non-developers as well.