While WordPress is recognized as the most widely used CMS, it is not the only content management system available out there. Drupal is another one that has been giving it a tough competition. Though both the software are big players in the web industry, WordPress has still managed to gain a lot of popularity and 10 times bigger user base.
But is it worth all the popularity and hype? Or you are better off with Drupal? Well, to answer all your questions, we have compiled the benefits and drawbacks of these content management systems.
1. Ease of use:
How easy it is to use a particular content management system is the first and foremost deciding factor especially if you are not familiar with programming languages and developing.
Drupal comes with easy installation and a pre-packaged bunch of configurations and modules to make specific types of sites. Drupal doesn't have easy customization as well. Beginners will definitely find it difficult to add different elements, change appearance and work on other areas of it. Drupal was basically launched for developers which means it has a complicated user back end and features.
On the other hand, the major reason for the popularity of WordPress is its ease of use and user-friendliness. There is no need to get yourself familiar with any programming language or the basics of HTML or CSS to get started with it, though if you know these languages it's an added bonus. It also lets you start building a website with the help of WYSIWYG editor. It also comes with a 5-minute installation that allows you to install it in a matter of 5 minutes.
2. Themes and extensions
Themes and extensions play a crucial role in choosing the CMS for your website requirements and needs. Drupal, as well as WordPress, come with many themes and extensions to extend a website's functionality and customize its appearance.
Drupal does come with templates and add-ons. There is a wide range of templates and extensions available to choose from that can be used to do just about anything from managing email to building an e-commerce store. However, the amount of these themes and extensions are not as high as WordPress which makes it difficult for the users to find the most relevant solution to their problem.
Since WordPress offers a huge support community, it is quite easy to find the most appropriate theme or extension for your website. Also, it comes with few built-in free themes for you. It offers many free and premium themes to choose from to change the appearance of your website. And plugins are no exception. There are a plethora of options available in this category too.
Choosing a particular software becomes a lot easier when you know there is a reliable and trustworthy source of help provided.
Drupal has certainly dedicated community of users and fans. Just like any other content management system, Drupal also comes with community support options to help you find solutions to your problems. There are various good places to get help including IRC chat rooms, user groups, mailing lists, support forum, and extensive documentation.
More than 23% of the websites are being powered by WordPress today which is indeed a huge number. This is only possible because of the strong community of users it has. WordPress is so popular that you can find help on almost every forum which is all about web development and design. Moreover, a majority of technical websites focus completely on WordPress and its issues.
4. Customization options
A content management system is only as good as its customization options. The easier the customization option the reasonable the learning curve.
Drupal comes with modules instead of plugins and the best of them are not available for free. Drupal only offers the flexibility of customizing the options on page types without having to add any modules. However, in order to customize the appearance of the website, you still need to hire a designer or developer to get the job done because of the steep learning curve it has.
WordPress comes with plenty of options to customize the look and functionality of your website in the form of plugins and themes. In fact, a number of themes come with theme options to allow the webmaster to make small to major changes in the website without having to mess with the code.
Winner: Certainly WordPress
WordPress and Drupal both has their own benefits and drawbacks where WordPress is a great CMS for those who are just starting out in the web industry, Drupal, on the other hand, is an ideal software for those who are more into development and are always on the lookout for something new in the same industry. It also comes with many more built-in features and options to develop than WordPress.
It actually all depends on your personal choice and preference. However, WordPress apparently beats all of the content management systems with its ease of use, customization options, and support.