Drupal was launched long before WordPress (WP). Yet, WP powers 28% of websites, while Drupal’s share is 2.3%.
Now, this doesn’t simply make WordPress better than Drupal.
Or does it?
Here lies the dilemma. Drupal or WordPress? Which one should you go for?
Both WordPress and Drupal come with their own set of benefits and their loyal followers. But you’re not sure which platform will work better for your business.
- Both platforms are open source solutions i.e. you can use and develop these further for free.
- Both have strong community support. In case of any issue, you can easily access a community, where users and developers can help you with your questions.
- Both are user-friendly and easy-to-use.
- Both platforms are free to use and own a complete library of plugins and modules.
Apart from the similarities, WordPress and Drupal are quite different too. So which CMS you go for should entirely depend upon the kind of website you own.
Let’s take a look at the major differences between WordPress and Drupal:
You can initially set up WordPress at zero cost. However, any premium themes or plugins may cost you more. On the other hand, Drupal’s initial set up is also free, but it may cost you extra, as you need to hire an expert. It entirely depends on what your needs are.
A technical expert or even an amateur can easily use WordPress to build a simple website. However, you may want to hire a developer if it is a complex website. But to build a website in Drupal, you must be a technical expert. Especially, if you have plans to introduce changes in it to help it evolve. Development with Drupal can save you a lot of money in the long run.
Extensibility & Customizability
WordPress allows for easy customization with its built-in options. Using these, you can make both design and functionality changes. Change anything from color schemes and widgets to header and background images. There are 55,000 plugins available along with thousands of themes if you want to extend your website.
Drupal is already about building custom websites, which is why it also has numerous built-in options for customization. Tailor any design or functionality as per your specific requirements with 40,000+ modules and 26,000+ themes.
WordPress initially emerged as a blogging platform. So handling large volumes of data is a bit challenging for WordPress. It might give you a slower experience. Contrary to that, Drupal has the potential to support small, static websites to large, dynamic websites—whether e-commerce websites or online communities.
As compared to WordPress, Drupal is more secure. Why? WordPress plugins are susceptible to hacking, if not updated. Moreover, due to its popularity, hackers target WordPress first. You can ensure more security by installing third-party plugins.
On the other hand, Drupal comes with enterprise-level security. Also, you get detailed security reports.
Comparison Table (At a Glance)
|Installation||Takes around 5 minutes||Takes around 10 minutes with special packages|
|Extensions||Has tens of thousands of plugins and themes||Has thousands of extensions, but challenging to install|
|Support||Runs an online community at a monthly pay||Runs online community for free, and has Marketplace|
|Size||Supports small websites, but has scalability issues for large websites||Supports websites, portals of any size|
|Cost||Out-of-the-box solutions at affordable prices||Expensive|
|Security||Vulnerable to hacks||Ensures enterprise-level security|
|Multilingual Options||Pay for premium plugins||Has built-in modules|
Standard Features – Comparison
|Simplicity||New Theme Engine|
|Publish with Ease||HTML5|
|User Management||Configuration Management|
|Media Management||Easy Authoring|
|Full Standards Compliance||Quick Edits|
|Easy Theme System||Support for Industry|
|Extend with Plugins||Web Service Built-in|
|Built-in Comments||Field Galore|
|Search Engine Optimized||Guided Tour|
|Easy Installation and Upgrades||Industry Standards|
|Custom Content Types|
Third-Party System and App Integration
Best Used for
|Personal Blog Or Website||News publishing|
|Business Websites||Intranet/Corporate Web Sites|
|Social Networking Websites Like Facebook||E-Commerce Web Sites|
|Online Discussion Forums||Resource Directories|
|E-Commerce Website||International Sites|
|Classified Ad Websites||Art, Music, Multimedia|
|Membership Websites||Social networking sites|
|Consumer Reviews Websites||Conference and “camp” websites|
|Photo Gallery||Online Communities|
If you need a simple and small website that doesn’t require much technical know-how, choose WordPress, which is easier to install. Customizing it would also not be an issue, with the availability of thousands of plugins and themes. Even if you want to hire a professional for building new WordPress features, you can easily find one.
However, if your site is large and complex, opt for Drupal. Make sure you have proper technical knowledge, if you are going to use Drupal.
Both technologies come with their own set of pros and cons. It solely depends on your business requirements which one you go for.
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