When you think of a good quality CMS solution for creating and maintaining a website, what do you think of? If you’re me, it will probably be WordPress, after all, it’s the most popular CMS in the world.
That doesn’t mean that there aren’t other options. We’re going to go head to head, WordPress versus Drupal to see which one is the real contender.
What are the similarities?
- With both CMSs, there are a number of readymade themes which mean that you can take something off-the-shelf and start your own website in a matter of minutes. All you need to do is customise your template, picking colours, fonts, textures and visuals and you are away.
- Both WordPress and Drupal are open source. This means that you can download them and use them for free.
- Plugins give each CMS additional functionality, for free or through premium paid services.
- There are great support communities for help and advice.
- Both systems are design agnostic, allowing developers to create original work.
- Both WP and Drupal are easy to develop when considering SEO.
What are the differences?
- WordPress is easy to use. As a blogging platform, it’s easy to get started, with fewer options to confuse newbies. Drupal, on the other hand, is quite complicated and generally better suited to large corporate entities, as there are lots of additional features that can take a while to get your head around.
- Drupal is aimed at experienced users who have learned how to use the platform, whereas WP can be used by absolute beginners.
- WordPress has a wide variety of additional features which can be added to the website later.
- WordPress, as such a popular CMS, is more vulnerable to hackers who get to know the platform inside out to attack its vulnerabilities, whereas Drupal is less well known and therefore less likely to be attacked*
- Drupal is more flexible than WordPress, with more complicated features meaning more complicated, in-depth websites.
So in conclusion, WordPress is great if you are a smaller business, looking to set up a website or blog. If security is your number one priority, then Drupal is the answer, although the cost of running it is higher as you can’t simply dive in and edit it the way you can with WP.
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* Though not completely exempt as noted by the Register.