It is the age-old debate in the world of CMS: WordPress vs. Drupal. Both platforms have been incredibly successful in recent years and both have their diehard backers. This article aims to determine once and for all which of the two should be crowned king.
WordPress vs. Drupal, Round One: Required Skills
This is not a particularly difficult decision, as WordPress has become a favourite amongst amateur web designers around the world. If you are just starting out with web design, you should definitely choose WordPress. As a beginner, you can have your website set up and ready for blogging in a matter of minutes. Drupal on the other hand has a more complicated backend, a less user-friendly interface and a much smaller support community. Any problem you might encounter with WordPress has likey already been explained somewhere online. No matter what the challenge, a solution is often just a quick search away.
WordPress vs. Drupal, Round Two: Design
As is to be expected, where Drupal loses out in ease of use, it gains in design. Though a lot can be done with WordPress of you know what you’re doing, the structure of its interface is often limiting, especially when using free themes. Drupal on the other hand is hugely customizable and opens the door to many options that WordPress struggles with. Content translations and multi-sites are also a field in which Drupal easily upstages WordPress.
WordPress vs. Drupal, Round Three: SEO
This is a tough one and one might be inclined to call it a tie. There are, however, a few elements that give WordPress a slight edge. The one advantage with Drupal is that Drupal sites tend to load faster than WordPress sites. However, WordPress is a lot easier for blogging, especially when it comes to having multiple users posting content. The most significant advantage that WordPress has is that it handles mobile sites a lot better than Drupal does. Drupal usually uses a separate URL for mobile sites (e.g. www.m.yourwebsite.com), meaning that two URLs needto be indexed by Google. WordPress doesn’t have this problem as most of its themes are responsive. Though there are workarounds, WordPress has a slight edge when it comes to SEO.
WordPress vs. Drupal, Round Four: Cost & Flexibility
Given its ease of use and abundance of free themes, WordPress is quite easy to manage and finding a professional developer to help you is relatively easy and cost effective. Drupal developers on the other hand are less common and can cost you more. Another close call, but once again, WordPress snags it.
WordPress vs. Drupal, Round Five: Security
Drupal wins on security, hands down. The fact that WordPress uses and relies on so many different plugins makes it much more vulnerable than Drupal. Both platforms are safe, but Drupal still has a clear advantage.
WordPress vs. Drupal: The Verdict
This might seem like the mother of all cop-outs, but it definitely depends on the person. If you are looking to build a simple site by yourself or you plan on being very active on the website once it’s designed, then there is no doubt that WordPress is the right way to go. However, if you have very high standards and ambitions, chances are that Drupal might better suit your needs. Though this does not definitively answer the question of WordPress vs. Drupal, it certainly shows that both are viable options. Now you just need to figure out what Joomla is all about.