Drupal vs WordPress Showdown: Which One Wins?

Two of the most powerful and used CMS (Content Management Systems) worldwide are WordPress and Drupal. Both are efficient and more than just “get the job done.” But what you use has a lot to do with what you want to accomplish. Below are some of the features, the pros and cons of each system so that you can evaluate which one’s best for you.

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Drupal

Drupal is, without doubt, the more powerful of the two. First released in 2001, Drupal developers made it open-source like WordPress. It’s very powerful and is preferred by many developers over other CMS. Therefore, it’s the natural choice for data-intensive, content and feature-rich sites like those of the White House and the U.K. Government. Let’s see below what works and what doesn’t.

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For Drupal:

– It’s a powerful and flexible software, and there’s no doubt that developers prefer Drupal. Whether supporting thousands of web pages and millions of visitors every month or just a static, one-page blog, a Drupal back-end can support almost anything.

– The basic Drupal installation is very simple, with developers being encouraged to come up with their solutions. Though preferred by developers for its numerous possibilities, lay users can find Drupal sites a bit difficult.

– Drupal’s design is from the ground-up and thus, it’s easily picked up by search engines.

– For enterprise clients, Drupal remains the go-to CMS due to its large content handling and ACL (Access Control List) abilities.

– Drupal is scalable and doesn’t compromise on its stability even while catering to thousands of same-time users.

Against Drupal:

– For someone moving to Drupal from WordPress, the transition is overwhelming. Things can seem complicated if you aren’t comfortable with codes. Drupal has a steep learning curve.

Drupal developers have to work with plugins that are also referred to as “modules”. Since Drupal is enterprise-centric, the majority of the good modules aren’t free.  

– Drupal may be the most powerful CMS but it’s also the most frugal in terms of aesthetic appeal. It lacks themes unlike WordPress that can be customized with the many themes easily available to developers. You will need a capable designer to make your website look appealing.

Where can you use Drupal?

Drupal is an out-and-out, enterprise-based CMS. It should be your Numero Uno choice for large, complex projects that require security, stability and scalability. But it’s also true that power and capability has been given priority over aesthetics and ease of use.

WordPress

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Some of the most popular and visited sites like Forbes, Reuters, The New York Times and CNN are all powered by WordPress. If we look at numbers, close to 70 million websites use WordPress, taking it to number one spot as a blogging and publishing software. It’s flexible enough to power hundreds of pages of MNC blogs as well as help run a simple, personal journal.

Some advantages of WordPress:

– WordPress can accommodate multiple authors as it was built from scratch. Developers don’t have to deal with the excessive legacy codes, making it apt for serious publishers.

– WordPress is open-sourced, but so is Drupal. What sets it apart are the thousands of plugins created by the developer community which can be accessed easily.

– User-friendliness is something that is synonymous with WordPress. It’s easy for even first time bloggers and the UI is very intuitive. You can select a theme, add some plugins and get ready to blog!

– It’s SEO plugins mean on-page optimization is taken care of so that you can start blogging right away.

– WordPress comes with multiple themes that make it easier for different types of customizations. Anyone with a little knowledge of HTML and CSS can design WordPress themes which fit their requirements.

– Flexibility is a key advantage WordPress has over other CMS. It can be made to work like an organization blog, a portfolio of work, a video site or an e-commerce store due to the numerous plugins and available themes.

Disadvantages of using WordPress:

– Because of the hundreds and thousands of plugins and custom themes and the millions of iterations, hackers prefer WordPress. The software is far from secure right out-of-the-box and needs external plugins for enhanced security.

– WordPress sees new updates being released frequently to address security loopholes and fix problems. Often, the updates are incompatible with existing plugins. So if your site uses older plugins, you may have to delay your site’s updation which makes it all the more prone to hacks.

– Though WordPress is easy to customize, you can tell most installations to be WordPress installations. The developer community is working hard to rectify the problem with recent improvements to themes and plugins, but the CMS suffers from limited design capabilities.

– WordPress was meant to be a blogging platform, and this has, somewhat limited its ability to deal with huge amounts of content. Larger publishers (like Fortune 500 companies) may find the default back-end of WordPress a bit underwhelming for significant content volumes.

Where can you use WordPress?

Often referred to as a “mini CMS”, WordPress isn’t as powerful as Drupal but its USP lies in its ease of use. If you want a simple yet beautifully designed blogging solution with minimum fuss and that can support multiple authorship, go for WordPress.

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