There are multiple platforms and content management systems available when creating a website, yet some are more effective than others. For many, WordPress and Drupal stand out above the rest, yet is can be difficult to decide which one to use. The two are very unique in different aspects, so what’s the difference?
WordPress started out as more of a blogging platform but has evolved into more of a content management system. It is user-friendly, has plenty of themes and is great for building a website. WordPress assumes there will only be one person controlling the website and the content that is entered is all treated the same way.
General websites are easy to develop from start to finish with the use of WordPress and it is also very do-it-yourself friendly. You are able to start with a pre-built theme or start with a new HTML/CSS markup that you’ve created yourself. WordPress is more for the DIY/beginner-friendly purpose.
Drupal has been known as more developer-friendly because it is more complex than WordPress. The options for building have a wider range with the use of blocks. With Drupal, you are able to have many more site stakeholders and you’ll also have a cleaner admin experience for content editors. The projects will be more complex and with that comes higher security, websites such as the White House uses Drupal because of that higher level of security.
Drupal tends to be more unique than WordPress and custom content types are easier to set up in Drupal. The learning curve for Drupal is more difficult for some, although with the knowledge of PHP, the learning curve for both Drupal and WordPress are quite similar.
Using Drupal or WordPress depends on the type of site and the experience that you have building a website. WordPress will be easier for beginners, especially if you want to take a pre-built theme and start from there. However, Drupal has more content types, views and blocks, giving it a more professional look and feel to it.
In the long run, WordPress is chosen more than Drupal because not only is it great for blogs, but starting a website is easier and quicker than with Drupal. Drupal has better security, so if security is a concern, Drupal is more likely the way to go. However, each project has a different aspect and goal in mind for different people. It all depends on what your project is.
Whichever content management system you decide is best for your needs, it is always important to choose a web designer with the capability of creating a website specifically for your needs. Picking the right web designer can make all the difference, so be sure that you select a developer who is experienced within the CMS you desire.
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