WordPress and Drupal are two of the most widely used Content Management System (CMS) platforms all over the world. Knowing which CMS platform is right for your business depends on your short and long-term goals. If you’re looking for an open-source and user-friendly solution to your CMS needs, either platform will do.
If you start asking around, however, you may get a diverse range of opinions on which platform is best – depending on who you ask. For example, if you ask an experienced web developer and a business owner who isn’t very tech savvy, you will likely get very different responses. Why? Because they have very different technological skills, and most likely have significantly different goals they are looking to achieve.
Though Drupal has been around for longer than WordPress, it currently powers just 2 percent of websites worldwide vs. WordPress’s 30 percent. With such a significant difference in reach, you may wonder why we would even choose to compare them. Regardless of popularity, however, both platforms have a valid place in the world of online CMS solutions.
WHY THEY’RE BOTH GREAT:
There are a few things that make both WordPress and Drupal great – whether you’re new to CMS solutions or a highly skilled web programmer:
They’re Both Open Source Solutions
Both Drupal and WordPress are open source solutions, which means they are free to use and to develop further. This makes them both affordable and customizable to meet your specific needs.
You’ve Got Support from a Strong Community
Both platforms are popular and therefore widely known and used throughout the web development world. If you have an issue or don’t know how to do something, you’ve got access to a community of developers and users who can help you find the best solution.
They’re Both Easy to Use
While both Drupal and WordPress are considered user-friendly platforms, some may argue whether they’re equally as user-friendly. When compared with some other available CMS platforms – especially propriety solutions – they’re both generally easy to use.
HOW THEY DIFFER
There are several key differentiators between WordPress and Drupal to consider when choosing between the two:
_Extensibility & Customizability
Technically speaking, both WordPress and Drupal are made to be equally secure as CMS solutions. However, due to the way website are build, customized and extended on each platform, many users will say that Drupal wins the security battle. However, it’s not the core of WordPress that is at the core of the problem. It’s user habits and mistakes that are more commonly seen with WordPress users vs Druopal users, due to the way the platforms work.
The main security issue with WordPress sites stems from the vulnerability that is created when 3rd party plugins are uploaded. Each time a plugin is uploaded to WordPress, the site becomes vulnerable to malicious hacking. If proper security measures aren’t taken, then any site on any platform can be as vulnerable as the next. Because Drupal is less reliant upon third-party extensions by default, it is less susceptible to security vulnerability that comes with uploading potentially malicious code from non-verified 3rd parties.
Here’s a cheat sheet to help you make your decision:
Looking for a Low-Cost Initial Investment? → WordPress
WordPress is highly affordable and allows for customizability down the road. If you’re not sure what the future will bring, WordPress is a great place to start.
Looking for the Fastest Set Up? → WordPress
Regardless of your web development expertise, WordPress will typically allow for the fastest set-up time, as long as you’re not building anything too complex.
Looking for a Robust and Complex Solution? → Drupal
If you know your needs are complex and that your website will require robust functionality, it’s worth investing in Drupal from the start. It may take longer to develop, but it will be worth the time and cost.