Drupal vs. WordPress: Which CMS is Right For Your Website?

So, your company is itching to upgrade its website. You’ve done your due diligence and you’ve chosen a course of action that includes using a CMS (Content Management System) as the framework to build your website.

There’s a good chance you’ve narrowed it down to the two most popular CMS options available today: Drupal or WordPress.

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As of December 2013, WordPress lead the charge with 42% of the CMS market share, while Drupal came in second at 14%. Both of these platforms have some things in common. They are free to download, with a large gallery of both free and paid customizable themes. If you’re not running your own server, there are a slew of website hosting companies that accommodate both WordPress and Drupal. And both are built with PHP and default to using a mySQL database.

Now, let’s take a look at what distinguishes them.

WordPress: easy to use

WordPress started as a blogging platform, and is still an excellent choice for a blog. But it has since evolved into a full-fledged CMS, with core software that is very easy to update and manage (think clicking a button vs. manually copying all files). And its ease-of-use makes it the most popular choice of the ‘Big Three’ (which also includes Drupal and Joomla).

WordPress is also more flexible to theme or design, because there aren’t many restrictions — almost anything is possible (relative to a non-CMS website). Part of its popularity lies in the bevy of third-party apps and resources like themes, productivity plugins, and online support available to implement. And you’ll fine many designers and developers actually specialize in WordPress-built sites.

Some examples of sites built using WordPress:

Drupal: developer-friendly

Drupal is the more “developer-friendly” CMS. It’s a bit harder to learn, but the rewards are worthwhile. Drupal is extremely powerful and its extendibility is unmatched. The CMS is robust and can handle large numbers of visitors; it’s especially well suited for online community-based sites. And it’s easier to create custom content types, multiple layouts, and content ‘views.’

Drupal has tighter security and advanced access control, too, making it a popular choice within government and education sectors. The platform also handles bilingual/multilingual sites well.

Some examples of sites built using Drupal:

So, which is right for you?

Both platforms are constantly evolving and improving, but the choice depends on your needs. Ask yourself some important questions:

  • How important is complete flexibility of design?
  • How robust a site do I require?
  • Do I need multi-language support, forums, or blogs?
  • Who’s going to be maintaining the site?

Or contact us. We’d be happy to dive deeper into the pros and cons, and help you make the call.

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