Drupal vs WordPress: Pros and Cons
The internet has changed a lot since CMS (content management system) titans Drupal and WordPress arrived on the scene roughly around 2001. Developed initially as a tool for bloggers to display their posts online, both systems have evolved into full service solutions for just about any kind of website you would want to build. So which is better? That’s a question that’s tough to answer easily. A lot depends on your needs and technical expertise. Here’s our best shot at offering a straightforward comparison between the two.
Easy to Use: Advantage WordPress
There’s really no debate here. When comparing the two, WordPress is much easier to use out-of-the-box than Drupal. If you have never built a website using a CMS system, there’s a good chance you’ll find the latter frustrating and presents a steeper learning curve. With WordPress, you literally can start using the thing with only basic computer skills. So if your goal is to get a website up and running in the shortest amount of time AND you are short on computer skills, WordPress would probably be your best bet. As we will soon learn, there’s a reason Drupal is more complex. Keep reading.
Security: Advantage Drupal
As hackers grow more numerous and clever, protecting your website becomes a big deal. You don’t have to even be a good hacker in order to exploit the vulnerabilities inherent in WordPress themes and plugins, especially if you don’t update regularly. Drupal, on the other hand, prides itself on enterprise-level security, a feature that makes it more appealing to government agencies of all types. We also should consider the possibility that WordPress is hacked so much more because it is used approximately 10 times more than Drupal. With both platforms, you can substantially increase protection by adding third-party plugins.
Bells and Whistles: Advantage Drupal
We mentioned before that Drupal was tougher to learn for a newbie. The reason is obvious once we realize it was originally intended to be used by developers, which means – even today – that you can make a Drupal-powered website do just about anything you can imagine. WordPress was intended as a blogging platform and, while it is possible to achieve just as fancy a website as Drupal, you’re going to have to get into the backend and know how to code. WordPress is a dream come true for bloggers or small business operators without the money or time to devote to learning Drupal.
And the caveat…
Not to make it seem that you should run from Drupal like it was a rabid dog if you don’t have high level technical chops. If you want the extra flourish and security of Drupal, consider talking to a Drupal development company about your needs. An experienced company will be glad to answer your questions and talk to you about the SEO, security, and mobile responsiveness that makes the platform an excellent choice if you appreciate the fine differences between “okay” and “high quality.”
The Bottom Line
Ultimately, either of these two CMS platforms are great choices. We can’t say which is better for your needs. Only you can decide that. As we’ve said, though, WordPress can get you up and going fast, maybe within minutes thanks to its WYSIWYG dashboard that makes sense the moment you open it up. If you have time and money in the bank, maybe you’re more interested in the Cadillac of websites and don’t mind waiting for the dealer to order exactly what you need. One more thing to remember. As your website grows, Drupal adjusts on the fly; you should never notice a slowdown in response time. WordPress, designed for blogging out of the gate, can start to display lag times as a website grows heavy with audio, video, and images.