Drupal vs WordPress – Finding the Best CMS Tool

  • By : Moeedul Hussain
  • Date : 04-11-2016

Be it car manufacturing legends like Ferrari and Lamborghini, or brands like Pepsi and Coke, business rivalries are common nowadays! If not a hard-core rivalry, a grave comparison among the brands has become quite a trend these days. Extending this comparison trend to the digital word, ‘Drupal vs. WordPress’ became a much debated rivalry in the world of web development or CMS services!

Though WordPress is being used largely these days, Drupal has created a niche in CMS development. With more than 25% of the total websites being built on WordPress, Drupal also emerged as a prominent name in web application and development. Listed below are some of the comparisons between these two CMS frameworks that may help you decide which one to adapt if you are looking for effective results:

1. Drupal vs. WordPress – Security

Security has always been a major check between WordPress and Drupal! However, when both are placed together in an arena, Drupal wins this round! Believe it or not, WordPress is prone to security attacks and can be easily hacked. The only way to make WordPress secure is by installing third-party plugins; which is again an additional headache among developers.

On the other hand, Drupal development offers enterprise level security and in-depth security reports. Owing to this, most Government sites these days use Drupal as their CMS framework; for example - Whitehouse.gov.

2. Drupal vs. WordPress – Ease of Use

WordPress uses WYSIYWG editor which makes it easy to create blogs content publishing. It also allows the users to use drag-and-drop functionalities and ease the process of publishing. On the other hand, Drupal uses taxonomies, blocks, content types, views, and several other functionalities. Using these; in Drupal, user can manage multiple page templates or content types in one go.

Again, WordPress can be used by a novice user, but Drupal requires some technical skills. However, once a user gets acquainted with the tips and trick of using Drupal CMS, he will be able to unfold an array of possibilities in terms of site admins, content editors, access to private content, and several other functionalities.

3. Drupal vs. WordPress – SEO

Even though search engines cannot directly decide which of the frameworks are more SEO-friendly, both Drupal and WordPress have their own advantages in terms of search results. WordPress comes with an ample amount of plugins that can be synced perfectly with the search engines. WordPress also makes it easy to manage and implement SEO parameters throughout the page. Drupal, on the other hand offers something more than this.

Drupal comes with default caching features that allows a page to load extremely fast. A page that loads faster, always get special preferences and ranks good in the search engine. Also, with Drupal, a page can handle a bulky amount of content, which in return helps in terms of SEO results.

4. Drupal vs. WordPress – Flexibility to Use

If you are planning to build a website with limited number of pages or content, WordPress is the ideal choice for you. It comes with a wide range of themes or plugins; mostly free, to get started and get a quick breakthrough in the market. However, you must never forget that WordPress was developed as a blogging platform, and it cannot handle a large number of pages.

Drupal, on the other hand, comes with a robust architecture and can handle a large number of pages and content at the same time. Its modules (what plugins are for WordPress) can be used for complex projects.

5. Drupal vs WordPress – Customisation

WordPress offers almost millions of themes and plugins to custom a site in your own ways. With these themes and plugins, one can customise the site's colour, font styles, page layouts, and several other tasks easily. However, in order to customise a page with WordPress, developers need to rely on HTML or CSS coding to a large extent; this also proves to be a drawback for those who are not aware of programing or coding languages!

On the other hand, the modules, themes, customising options, and taxonomies offered by Drupal, allows easy customising options. If you are a tech-savvy, you can just unbox numerous options with Drupal. And for the non tech-savvies, they also can get enough options with Drupal's customising tools.

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