If you’re considering starting a new business website, creating a blog or maybe building a web shop, you might need to know first which content management system (CMS) to choose for your specific need and which choice would be the most suitable for your requirements. In this context, you’ll need to have a good understanding of the content management systems out there and you’ll need to know what each of them can offer regarding your needs.
Today we’ll try to draw a little comparison between two of the most important CMSs, both free and open source based: Drupal and WordPress.
To begin with, maybe it’s important to clarify the concept of open source before getting to the actual comparison. Open source means that the source code of the program is available to the general public for use and modification and in this context, these powerful CMSs have their functionalities constantly being improved by a community of thousand developers. You can find out more about open source here.
So both Drupal and WordPress are open source free based CMSs so the question remains ‘Which CMS is most suitable for your needs?’
What is WordPress?
WordPress is a standard open source software that has gained its popularity as a blogging platform. It has been embraced by many companies as a tool for powering their corporate blog, but it is rarely used as a company main website. One reason could be that creating a Wordpress based website requires a lot of time and money in order to build a larger and scalable multi-user experience website.
Another reason might be the fact that WordPress’ target market is mainly the blogging community and there is no doubt that in this specific area the software has developed many simple to use plugins and widgets for any blogger with little experience.
What is Drupal?
Drupal is an open source content management system that proves to be an outstanding platform on which websites and web applications can be developed. Drupal comes with many strengths such as scalability, a variety of modules, handling multiple users, and strong community involvement.
Drupal is based on a very strong community of more than 630, 000 users and developers. The Drupal project’s principles encourage user collaboration, ease-of-use, modularity, and high standards.
So what is Your Need: Drupal and WordPress
Drupal and WordPress are slightly different CMS so when choosing one of those two it is important to know for sure why do you need a CMS and what are you going to do with it.
Drupal has been referred to as the most Developer-Friendly content management system. The software is easy to install you’ll always get someone from the big community to help you with any problem. The community is formed from many working developers and consultants who contribute everyday to the improvement of the CMS.
You can build with Drupal many sophisticated websites that require different custom content types, depending on your needs. Drupal is used by developers both as a CMS and as a broader Web development platform.
The downside of Drupal is that it can sometimes be more difficult to use. The CMS can be a little hard to tackle for newbies and non-techs. However, Drupal’s community is in constant growing and is always willing to collaborate and make thing easier for the users.
Regarding WordPress, the platform is a very simple to use and easy to learn content management system.
Moreover, if the users don’t know or like to create content in the code section, WordPress offers a completely customized section where users can only add text and simply customize the layouts, using from a variety of plug-ins and widgets.
WordPress was initially released as a blogging platform but it is under constant development to improve its functionality. However, the downside of WordPress is related to the security issues that make this CMS more vulnerable comparing to other CMSs. There have been reported more attacks and malware on WordPress websites.
The Reasons We Choose Drupal
Here at Joy Group, we just love Drupal! We have a bunch of reasons for choosing Drupal, but here are probably the most important ones:
- SEO friendly
- Large community with support
- Totally free modules (instead of plaid plug-ins) = Real Open Source
Choosing between Drupal and WordPress is closely related to your specific needs for web development. If you just want a simple “blog” website, choose Wordpress. If you want a strong foundation to build and extend up on your website, small to large, choose Drupal. That being said, choosing a suitable CMS can be a tough decision but hopefully this article has provided you with some important and useful insights for the most popular CMSs out there: WordPress and Drupal.