If you are unfamiliar with a content management system, it is a web software application that assists the creation and editing of content on websites. The two major players in the CMS industry are WordPress and Drupal. There is quite a bit of dissent about which CMS is in fact the best, but the following information will help you decide for yourself on Drupal vs WordPress.
I think for most website managers, ease of use is the most important factor. Since content is constantly being created and modified, the rate and efficiency at which it can be done is quite probably the ultimate factor in deciding between the two platforms.
WordPress is unarguably the easiest CMS to use. Web managers can create, edit, alter, amend, and perform any other synonym you can think of to their content. And it’s all extremely simple. The dashboard of WP makes much of the content editing process self-explanatory, and the amount of tutorials online are almost endless.
One quality that separates websites is customization. With that in mind, which CMS allows for the most options to customize content and other features? The best way to create custom content is through plugins and themes. While both CMS’s offer variations of these, there is one clear winner.
The plugin library for WordPress seems unlimited. The amount of web developers working daily to provide amazing plugins to use with your website is astonishing. While Drupal does have its own ways to enhance your website, it does not have the level of community involvement that WP offers to its users. Much like is said about “apps” on smartphones, WordPress has a plugin for almost anything these days.
The great part about both Drupal and WordPress is that they are both free. While they have in-software purchases that you can make, the actual software is free to install on your website. As far as hiring someone to create either a WP or Drupal website, WP will probably be less expensive, only because there is a higher supply. With that said, the price difference isn’t anything to get excited about since they are both technically free.
Like we stated, they are free. There is no reason to indicate one free CMS being better than the other in regards to price. As far as premium plugins are concerned, Drupal’s are quite a bit more expensive, and as mentioned earlier, there is less of them. WP has many plugins available, and the price range ranges from very high to quite low. You should always research plugins before buying them. Some of them have major bug issues or are glorified scams. Be careful and read reviews.
Nobody wants their website hacked. So which CMS provides better protection against site breaching? While WP plugins are seen as an advantage in regards to convenience, customization, and price, one downside is their security vulnerability. Drupal plugins are believed to be much harder to breach than WP.
Since there are less plugins, less hackers have developed ways to infiltrate them. To Drupal’s credit, most of their plugins are extremely well designed and provide the security that conservative web managers are hoping for. In fact, Drupal’s security is so highly regarded, that many Government institutions are documented to use it.
So which is better overall? The term “better” is really too simple for smart business investors. You should look at the strengths and weaknesses of each CMS and decide which suits your company the best. At DFW SEO, our personal choice is WordPress but we understand that Drupal offers its own set of great qualities.