WordPress vs Drupal

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Both are present for a few years right now and both are playing a significant role in the CMS market. Big popularity and enormous amount of devoted users or complex system suitable for advanced software developers? WordPress or Drupal? We will compare these two and try to help you with choosing the most suitable system especially for your  needs.

EASE OF USE

In previous articles, we already mentioned few times how comfortable and simple WordPress is. Besides having a great community which is always ready and willing to help, WP is prepared for using as least options as possible. This is very helpful when making company’s showcase website, a blog and so on. You do not need to know any HTML or PHP details to come across the webpage with incredible smoothness. Making it possible for not inside users to create their own dotcom valuable content is the biggest advantage of WP and seem to be the most significant reason why so many people loved this CMS. However, let us not be misled by the simplicity of the system, since a great number of top websites are using WordPress. Some of them are

  • Ebay
  • Yahoo
  • Sony
  • New York Times
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Playstation
  • Samsung

Drupal’s number of users is also impressive and provides satisfying technical background and support, it is just a little smaller than the WP has. Saying that Drupal is a lot more difficult in use than WP is not exactly true, however the truth for sure is that it is definitely much more absorbing and complicated to LEARN how to use Drupal. If you are not familiar with IT, HTML and you just started googling some basic infos, you may have big trouble with operating in Drupal. Let us see which popular, enormous sites are using Drupal:

  • Warner Bros Records
  • The White House
  • Examiner
  • Popular Science
  • The Economist
  • Greenpeace
  • Johnson & Johnson

CUSTOMIZING

Adapting your website for your specific needs is crucial and saves a lot of your work and nerves. WP is a real player in this matter – it offers around 15,000 plug-ins! And in this case the more the better, due to the variety of options provided by extensions. WP also has almost 1,500 themes which may be customized individually. Thanks to these benefits you obtain more control over your content. You may even change the single part of your webpage.

Drupal offers around 8,000 plug-ins (they are called “modules”) and less than 1,000 themes. It actually has a lot of different options, which should satisfy most of the customers, however it may not be that easy to take a usage of them all, especially simple ones like modifying colours or adding sidebars.

COST

Now let us talk about money. Which system is better when considering financial aspects? Both CMS are free to download so there is no fees at the beginning. However, there is a lot of premium versions of plug-ins or modules on Drupal which are unfortunately not free. On the other hand, you can easily find free of charges plugins and themes in WP. There are payable supplements as well, but if you only search a little you will definitely find some satisfying, free counterparts of themes and extensions.

Let us not forget about the employees factor – developers working on Drupal will be demanded to give much more of their time and knowledge to create a good website. There are also less popular than WP developers, so there is a huge possibility that their work will also cost you more. Of course, for some it will be a disadvantage and some will find it as a plus 😉

THE ATTITUDE

Again and again – the choice between CMS actually depends on your preferences, demandings and plans. Drupal is definitely more comfortable for people who already has quite an experience in IT and software developing. It is more costly too, but will definitely provide you better security. WordPress is perfect for all users, both beginners and advanced users. Thanks to its options and variety of possible additives, may be used for a blog, showcase website, but also more advanced reasons. There is also more people using WP than Drupal.