Inn the CMS market Drupal & WordPress are the big names. WordPress without any doubt hols the #1 position and Drupal is on the #3 (after Joomla). WP & Drupal both are open-source projects, which means they are free to download. Both of them come with great features, customization options & security. Drupal is the older one, came into existence in 2001, while WordPress was born in 2003. However, the popularity of WordPress is 10 times more than Drupal, but how different are they from each other? let’s have a look.
WordPress & Drupal both come with the GPL license, so you’re free to download & use them, but of-course you’re going to need domain and web hosting.
While the both platforms have large communities and it’s easy to get support, things change a little bit when it comes to development cost. Drupal has a steep learning curve and for the very reason, Drupal has less developers & they are not easily available, therefore they charge a lot more. But with WordPress it’s quite the opposite and always easy to find a developer for a lot less price than Drupal.
WordPress has 1000s of free themes and plugins in its repository and if you need something more, you can always opt for premium themes and plugins or hire someone to build a custom design of your choice. Drupal, however, is expensive when it comes to premium plugins and themes.
Ease of use
It is very important to know if it’s easy to work with the platform you’re choosing for your website?
The admin panel is where you’ll spend most of your time, so how easy that is – can be a big deciding factor. If you’re just a beginner and have no or limited knowledge of website platforms, WordPress without any question is the most user-friendly option. WordPress comes with WYSIWYG editor, and you can get started within minutes, there’s no learning curve. Drupal, however, is targeted towards the developers and someone with no or little experience could find it very confusing and hard to operate. Drupal has a steep learning curve, but it’s considered the most powerful open-source platform available.
For extended functionality and look, both WordPress and Drupal has Themes and Plugins/Modules. With WordPress it’s very easy to install themes and plugins, it can be done right from with dashboard, but Drupal is little different here and not so easy. If editing on the go, WordPress has a mobile app, which can do pretty much everything: write, edit, and post articles. Drupal doesn’t have any app, but its interface is responsive and easy to use on mobile devices.
This one is quite easy, because without any doubt, Drupal is the winner here. Drupal has enterprise-level security & provides in-depth security reports. The very reason it’s being used by big corporations and governments, Whitehouse.Gov is also among them.
WordPress is quite secure itself, but because of its popularity, it’s always been a target for hackers. WordPress has many 3rd party plugins, and if a plugin has vulnerability it can be easily hacked, which means with a single attack, hackers can wipe out hundreds of thousands of sites. This can be avoided by making sure WP and plugins are always updated. Further, you can use security plugins or opt for Managed Services, which will take care of things for you.
It doesn’t matter which platform you’re using when it comes to Search Engine Optimization (SEO), but there could be few tricks and features within your platform which could help with better results. Both WordPress and Drupal have SEO built into them, while Drupal is said to be SEO friendly, WP has many plugins like Yoast, that could enhance the functionality.
Drupal has the ability to handle large amount of content and traffic without affecting loading time, it also has default caching features that makes the website load faster, and speed is a factor that search engines prefer. For WordPress, one can use caching plugins like WP Cache or w3 Total Cache.
One downside of using Drupal could be its mobile site. Many of Drupal’s mobile themes run better off a sub-domain, which means there has to be a sub-domain for a mobile site eg. m.mysite.com or mobile.mysite.com. Now search engines have double content/URLs to index. WP doesn’t have this problem, most of its themes are mobile-friendly/responsive and they can run on the same domain.
The choice here is not so hard, if you’re new to this and have no previous experience or you’re a small business and don’t have a very big project or needs, no need to consider Drupal. WordPress is an easy choice and it’ll most likely satisfy your needs. Drupal is better if you’ve bigger goals and your website is likely to grow huge in future.