Drupal Vs. WordPress: Which CMS Should You Choose for Your Next Project?

We all know that, CMS is a software system using which we can easily develop websites, blogs and applications with less or no knowledge on programming or HTML languages; we are also aware of a few content CMS’s like WordPress, Drupal and Joomla. But what leaves us in dilemma at times is to choose the right content management system for a project.

Of course, there are lots of content management systems to choose from. But how would you choose the right one for your project?

If this has been a concern for you too, here we have brought to you the similarities and differences between two powerful content management systems (Drupal and WordPress) to help you choose the best CMS Platform for your project.

WordPress – Introduction

Though WordPress grew popular as a blogging platform, it hasn’t remained as just a blogging platform anymore. Its wide variety of features have made it a full-scale website framework powered by PHP, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, AJAX and lots of other plugins, themes and widgets.

The platform’s easy-to-use features and intuitive interface makes it really easy for you to add new pages, blogs, images or content. As the platform is browser based, you can manage your website from any computer by logging in. Its advanced custom field plugin provides more control to admins over how the content is displayed making it user-friendly.

Websites powered by WordPress include some big names like LinkedIn, TechCrunch and so on.

Drupal – Introduction

Drupal being one of the very popular content management frameworks lets you develop, launch and attractive websites and applications.

The platform is powered by PHP and it requires very less or no programming experience at all if you’re planning to have some limited features on website or app. And yes, sometimes it gets pretty complicated customizing the backend of a Drupal powered website and it requires a skilled Drupal developer to do it.

But having more than 29,000 modules and 2000 different themes, thousands of add-on modules and designs, Drupal has been a preferred choice for most of the designers and developers.

Are there any similarities between the CMSs?

Yes, there are a few. Check them all below.

  1. Powerful Developer APIs: Both the CMSs have powerful developer APIs; Drupal’s API offers innumerable data functions and UI components whereas WordPress APIs also cover almost everything from theme customizations, plugins and so on.
  2. Both extend core functionality:  Having more than 36,000 modules and plugins, Drupal lets you add any functionality in categories like mobile, ecommerce, SEO, third party integrations, etc. WordPress with more than 37,000 plugins also lets you customize and add required functionality.
  3. They are open sources: Both Drupal and WordPress are open sources, but you’ll have to arrange your domain and hosting. However, few premium themes and plugins can cost you more even though the CMS is free.
  4. They offer mobile responsive themes: Both the CMSs offer you plenty of mobile responsive themes, but Drupal sites perform better when they run on a subdomain wherein WordPress site perform well on the same domain.
  5. Both have great SEO: Both platforms possess great SEO aspects but as already told, sometimes Drupal can be a bit complex and the platform would miss out on SEO if not handled properly. But WordPress makes it really easy as its SEO aspects are hard to beat. And, the top rated SEO related plugin like Yoast SEO is available on both the platforms.

These are a few similarities, but what about differences? Well, take a look at them too.

  1. Drupal has more complex build: Yes, Drupal has more complex build under hood and it can take very long to get used to the platform, but it’s certainly a good choice for enterprise grade sites and other larger projects. WordPress is relatively easy to learn and use; it ramps up the admin capabilities when needed.
  2. They handle version updates differently: WordPress codes are upgradable and it happens in the background with the database updates seamlessly. It releases updates for every few months which makes it a great platform for non-professional developers.  As Drupal doesn’t include code updates, the process is labor intensive, and sometimes you may have to redesign the whole website for an update.
  3. Difference in security vulnerabilities: Drupal is known for its high security which makes it suitable for enterprise sites and government sites. But in WordPress, there are a few third-party services that offer security measures, but you must be aware that the site will be open to hacks and attacks if the plugins are not updated regularly.
  4. Mobile apps for admins: WordPress has a native app to update a website on mobile. Drupal doesn’t have any app to update the site on mobile but it has a responsive mobile admin dashboard.

After going through the similarities and differences between both Drupal and WordPress, which do you think is the best CMS platform for your next project? Is it Drupal or WordPress?

Before just blindly choosing the platform and facing troubles later, make sure you ask these questions yourself and see which suits the best for your project.

“What are you building? What’s the budget? How many admins you’re planning to have? What are your template needs? What are your security requirements?”

If you’re sure about what exactly you need, it won’t be difficult for you to choose the platform. You can just analyze the pros and cons of each platform and choose the one that best suits your needs.

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