Drupal and WordPress have established themselves as leaders within online content management systems(CMS). We here at Dorey Design Group have made countless websites from both CMS’s, and often times people are unsure which to go with or why to pick one over the over.
These are some great things to wonder.
WordPress was released in 2003 and Drupal in was released in 2001. So similarly, when two movies come out about the same time about the same thing, it's easy to get them mixed up. So let’s set straight which is which and how to pick one of them. Choosing between these two platforms will depend on the nature of your project. With over 20 years of web design and development, Dorey Design Group is here to give you the lowdown on what CMS is best for you to use.
Drupal has a well-deserved reputation for being a highly secure CMS. This is because it is rarely hacked or compromised. If there was ever a website that would be the perfect example of this it would be the official website of the White House as it uses Drupal. Also, it is considered to be the poster boy of the Drupal community, this famous web portal has generated a lot of enthusiasm and debate.
WordPress is less secure as vulnerabilities are inevitable if best practices aren't followed. 52% of these vulnerabilities are from WordPress plugins and are a targeted by hackers and third parties. However, WordPress powers 25% of all websites, so it is still trusted by many great companies and organizations.
Easy to use
Drupal is more focused on the tech-savvy persons, and it shows. It has a fairly complicated back-end. However, there are beginner friendly packaged “bundles” that are said to have a steep learning curve, but they try to make the process easier. Apart from that, the interface is very responsive and easy to use. There seems to always be a trade-off between simplicity and flexibility.
Setting up a platform for bloggers is simple and easy to use. The problem comes if and when you are interested in doing anything more advanced or customized. WordPress sites are easier to use, but aren't particularly good for anyone trying to do any serious internet marketing. Because Drupal is so powerful and flexible, it has a far greater range of options, and settings for you to familiarize yourself with. It takes longer to go from a Drupal newbie to a competent Drupal webmaster than it does for a platform as WordPress.
WordPress has this thing. It’s called the 5-minute install. This integrates your web hosting services and all of WordPress’s main strengths in a way that is easy to use within 5 minutes. This creates a situation where you don't need to get bogged down in any CSS, HTML, or PHP. This is great because if you are like many people, you don't know what that means. However, if you do know what those things mean, then WordPress has a place for you too as you can get a more in depth customized site.
Both the systems are free to install worldwide. But when it comes to Drupal developers, they are often times a little more expensive as there are less of them in the market. The Drupal community has put effort into incorporating symphony as a framework as it is more familiar in the PHP community to make Drupal easier to access. However, when you take into account of the flexibility and capabilities of Drupal as a platform, it's quite affordable for what you get.
WordPress is built on being budget-friendly. This platform is a great CMS for any budget-conscious buyer as well something you can do a lot yourself. However, hiring a developer for more customization is fairly affordable as well.
Both WordPress and Drupal are pretty effective when it comes to SEO- depending on your content of course. Drupal has a higher capacity for large, high-content sites, meaning it's more customizable than WordPress or any other CMS.
When it comes to SEO for WordPress plugins as Yoast’s SEO are pretty powerful when it comes to optimizing a site quickly. WordPress is for less tech-savvy folks and it's no different when it comes to SEO as WordPress makes SEO very simple for someone who doesn't understand it.
Drupal was created to be able to handle a huge amount of data and customization. Left in the hands of an expert, Drupal-run sites can really live up to their full potential. However, left to someone with little experience or technical skill the reality could be quite different. This is always the difficult balance of something that is highly customizable compared to something with a short learning curve.
WordPress started out by being a blogging platform and quickly grew. However, when it comes to performance, it's easy for WordPress to get too bogged down by too many plugins, or too much content. However, WordPress is still a great CMS for someone with zero or none technical experience.
Drupal and WordPress are both great content management systems that are very popular for high-traffic brands and business. It really comes down to what goals you want your website to achieve, and then after that, it's a good idea to decide which CMS can do that job the best.