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Drupal vs WordPress

Introduction

Both Drupal and WordPress are CMS. You don’t need to have a technical knowlage to manage a website when it’s build in a propriat way with one of both CMSes. You can change images and texts.

Drupal and WordPress are among the most popular CMS platforms. Wordpress has run over 455 millions websites and Drupal has more than 1 million active installations. You can check the official Usage statistics for Drupal core.

Both platforms are build with PHP programming language and are using MySQL database.

How easy is to install it?

Almost every hosting company offers option to install WordPress and Drupal only with clicks in the menu. Ask your hosting provider how to access this management panel. Our's is using Softaclous:

It is easy to install both of them with only filling few fields and clicking “Install”, “Next” and “Done”.

If you want to install them on your own please read our articles for Drupal and WordPress.

Which one is easier to use?

Drupal is more complex and not as friendly as WordPress. Let’s take a look how easy is to add a new post from the admin panel. Of course this is a basic CMS functionality and it is not desigion making criteria, but will give the newcomers a filling about Drupal and Wordpress.

Add post in Drupal8

Add post in WordPress 5.2

Who is using Drupal?

  • University of Colorado
  • State of Colorado
  • The Economist
  • Dallas Cowboys
  • Nasa

Who is using Wordpress?

  • Whitehouse
  • Sony Mobile
  • University of Washington
  • Mercedes Benz
  • TechCrunch
  • The New Yorker

What about security?

Security is the biggest differentiator between WordPress or Drupal. Drupal has enterprise level security. While the WordPress core itself is secure, WordPress’ massive third-party ecosystem introduces a ton of wildcards that aren’t as prevalent in Drupal sites. One of Drupal’s selling points is its lockdown security, which is why it’s a popular content management system for government institutions and other large, security-conscious players. In contrast to WordPress, Drupal only accounted for 1.28% of the hacked websites that Sucuri looked at, which is well under its market share of 4.7%:

If you want to know more about security risks and statistics check Sucuri.net report: 2019 Website Threat Research Report.

Search Engine Optimisation

SEO is platform neutral and there is not a particular SEO advantage towards either CMS if it was developed using best practices. Drupal sites can be nightmare if the developer is not experienced enought. WordPress has less potential for errors.

Multilingual

In Drupal 8, multilingual functional is baked into the core, whereas WordPress sites need to turn to third-party plugins.

Let’s Talk About Price

With Drupal, it’s likely to cost you more to get your site up and running, since developing with this CMS platform requires more technical expertise. Your initial investment will typically be higher than if you were to build with WordPress because you most likely will need to pay for a developer vs. doing it yourself. And, along with having to pay for web development services, you’ll also have to invest in the basic services mentioned above – domain registration, hosting, added security, etc.

Extensibility

Drupal has 2 843 themes and 44 889 modules on their official website.

Wordpress has 7 355 themes and 55 859 plugins on their official website.

Conclusion

To deceide what to use for your website is important to clarify:

  • how big is your project?
  • how big is your budget?
  • what is your estimation?
  • are you a developer or will hire one?
  • what level of security is required?

Both CMSs are amazing. We love to use them in our projects.

Contact us if you need help.

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