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If creating a website for your business is on the horizon, you may be wondering which content management system (CMS) is the best choice for you. Here’s a look at two of the most widely-used ones.
Both are open-source software, each developed and maintained by a community of thousands
Each has passionate, dedicated developer and user communities, making it easy to find free support or help directly through their websites or through other online forums or even books.
In addition, paid support is readily available from third-party sources, such as consultants, developers and designers.
Out of the top one million websites using a content management system of some sort, over 14% use WordPress and only 1.3% use Drupal.
Number of plugins or modules in both cms matter because with more options, you can gain many added benefits.
The number of themes provides by both is about the same ratio. WordPress provides nearly 1,400 themes, which doesn’t include the custom themes you can have designed for you, whereas Drupal give you 885 choices. Many of the WordPress themes provide options making each theme customizable into many different theme choices.
With WordPress, you gain a ton of options for customizing your site. Drupal gives you plenty of customization, as well, but it seems to be easier to use WordPress when you want to change colors, add images, change the layout, add sidebars and more.
WordPress is built around posts, pages, comments, links, categories and tags. Drupal has a uniform structure called nodes. You could think of nodes as objects, with the same underlying data structure. They can represent a blog post, a recipe, a news item, a story, an article etc. Developers can add features like ratings, comments, geolocation information and so on.
- Many features for SEO and blogging are already built into the system and you can customize just about every part of the system, if you want.
- WordPress is easier to learn.
- Your site will be 100% customizable with the thousands of free and paid themes, plugins and other tools.
- Users can even create profiles with
- limited access for authors, contributors and others providing work on the site.
- Wordpress has 15000 plugins.
- With WordPress, you can start blogging in minutes using the WYSIWYG editor.
- With WordPress, hackers can target a vulnerability inside a plugin and wipe out hundreds of thousands of sites. There’s some street cred behind the damage that can be done to the WordPress ecosystem.
- WordPress is designed to only work with the MySQL database.
- WordPress lacks block functionality.
- It’s built for high performance with built-in caching, scalable databases and InnoDB default.
- You can even integrate many third party applications with SOAP, REST and JSON.
- The main reason for choosing Drupal over WordPress is the security, SEO benefits and management ability.
- Drupal has 8000 modules.
- Drupal is also more flexible when it comes to API development and its default caching features are more robust out of the box.
- Drupal has enterprise level security and site scale. Numerous government websites are built with Drupal
- Drupal works with a database abstraction layer which allows the platform to connect with basically any database.
- Blocks in Drupal allow you to have content in different parts of a page.
- Not beginner friendly
- If you have a web app, or any type of web project that requires user permissions, Drupal’s functionality is hardier than WordPress.
There’s no one-size-fits-all solution here; it depends on your goals, technical expertise, budget and what you need your site to do.
For a simple blog or brochure-type site, Wordpress could be the best choice
For a complex, highly customized site requiring scalability and complex content organization, Drupal might be the best choice.