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Drupal vs Wordpress

Comparison I - Drupal and Wordpress

Good morning to all of you! I sincerely hope you are all having a good Easter 2018. These last days I have been very busy due to the internship and integrated project of end of cycle, and it has been difficult to dedicate time to the blog.

Today I wanted to make a comparison between Drupal and WordPress. I've worked with both (I'm currently working with Drupal) and like everything in life, one has advantages and disadvantages over the other. Here we go.

What are they?

Both Drupal and WordPress are content management systems (CMS), they are open source and free and are written in PHP. They also have a wide range of add-ons, themes, plugins and modules to add additional functionality, both free and paid. Both CMSs have a graphical backend to manage content and configuration.

Both are excellent site builder tools, although it is true that WordPress has been much more popular over the years.

What to use in my project?

If you have used either one or the other, you will know that Drupal is said to be complex and has a high learning curve. Regarding this, I quote you a sentence from a web page that I liked a lot:

Should an airplane be discarded in favor of a motorcycle because the airplane is more difficult to fly? If you are the passenger you will not care, the purpose is to get to your destination as soon as possible.

This means that if you really want to take advantage of the power that Drupal offers, you have to work with it, while if you are "a passenger who just wants to get to his destination", you will take the easiest way to get to your destination.

That's why Drupal goes much deeper than WordPress, that's why they call it the CMS made by programmers for programmers. Drupal contains taxonomies, content types, blocks, views... among other things, this makes learning to use it more difficult than WordPress. It also has more advanced user permissions, for example, individualizing access to private content.

If you want a good tool that allows you to set up an attractive website, with a large selection of plugins (graphics, themes, SEO...) in a quick and easy way obtaining good results at a visual level, WordPress is your CMS.

On the other hand, if you are ready to work with taxonomies, views, pages, blocks, content types and many more features, plus plugins and a huge community behind supporting its use and development, choose Drupal.

Pros and cons

Drupal

Pros:

  • It is capable of producing very advanced web sites.
  • Huge community working with Drupal 8 and supporting D7, as well as documentation.
  • Drupal 8 is very secure across the board.
  • Solution for complex, customized websites that require scalability and large amounts of content to be organized.
  • The modules are more flexible and configurable.

Cons:

  • It is difficult to learn how to use it.
  • Modules require a developer to handle the installation or upgrade.

WordPress

Pros:

  • Installation is quick and easy.
  • Using WordPress is simple and is created so that anyone with minimal knowledge can carry out its use.
  • It has a good community and great documentation all over the web, due to the fact that it has been the most popular CMS for several years.
  • It has a large number of plugins for social networks, SEO, etc. as well as themes, both free and paid.

Cons:

  • It does not offer much flexibility and customization, both at the web level and at the plugin configuration level.
  • It is less scalable.

Personal opinion

I started using WordPress from start to finish, I am currently learning Drupal, and it is true that it is more difficult. But once you get into it you discover that it really has a lot of features that make it more flexible and therefore, more complicated to learn than WordPress.

If you want to make a simple page or blog, for a friend or small business, use WordPress, as it provides you with enough to make a site with excellent results.

If you want to create an enterprise or company website or simply a website that contains a lot of content or high scalability, use Drupal as it will offer you improvements in many aspects.

Other information

Drupal is "only" used by 2.1% of the world's websites. That "only" is due to websites like:

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