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03
January
2016

Choosing Between Drupal And WordPress

It is widely believed that WordPress is a more user-friendly platform, especially compared to Joomla and Drupal. On the other hand, Drupal prioritizes on providing more creative space and extensive platforms to the developers. To some extent, this could be true, but not entirely. We know that both WordPress and Drupal are essentially open-source platforms. We could add them with new functionalities and designs not available in original designs. They are constantly updated and new versions are constantly provided for people who want to create websites.

Choosing Between Drupal And WordPress

Now, it is the time to know the truth about both platforms. WordPress is ideal for people who have simpler goals and minimal customization needs. For them, installing some plugins, widgets and an attractive free theme are adequate. Despite its simple platform, WordPress comes with excellent tool for standard blogging and there are rich selections of management tools.

WordPress is also known for its strong and large online community. It means that we can ensure new designs and themes. Drupal is more suited if we want to design a complex website. Although it is easy to create a fully working e-commerce website with WordPress, the scope of customization is much more limited compared to Drupal. Compared to WordPress, there are fewer available pre-designed themes and plugins. However, the scope of customization of Drupal is nearly limitless. Drupal users have the freedom to constantly update their design and they can come up with their own customization works.

WordPress is often seen as a learning platform, before we migrate to a more complex system, such as Drupal. As the need for customization increases, we may need to start considering using new CMS. WordPress serves as a great CMS under typical website applications, but Drupal is needed for better customization.

However, despite this fact, some website owners continue to stick to WordPress until later stages of their online presence. It is possible to use WordPress to support a large community, but our options could be more limited and we may not be able to achieve many things compared to when we use Drupal. In nutshell, it should be safe to say that WordPress is intended to be user-friendly, while Drupal is actually developer-friendly.

WordPress is about providing content-rich websites with “just enough” functionalities. There are many thousands of plugins and themes for WordPress, but they don’t match the strong customization potentials of Drupal. With the above sets of pros and cons, our selection should depend on our requirements and future goals.

We need to fully understand our own business needs. We could choose WordPress if we want slightly easier UI and we need less optimization. People who like more challenges, should be able to deal with the steeper learning curve of Drupal. We should have more freedom in giving the personalized touch to our website. In this case, we may need to discuss with our team and consider choosing the best for our service provider.