CMS has taken the world by the storm. Before that, the website making was a mammoth task in itself and to be done only by professionals. Website update and maintenance were even more tedious where the website would stay unavailable to users online until the website code was updated, the skin or web design reapplied, backups created and finally, the new version was uploaded.
CMS such as WordPress, Drupal, Joomla and others have made lives easier; people now do not need the help of a professional. Without writing even a single piece of code, websites can be made in a jiffy and uploaded for the world to see. This article will compare WordPress and Drupal to see which provides ease of use and maximum features of novices and advanced users.
Before we do that, let’s delve into the history of both CMS to understand what their initial purpose was and how they developed over time.
WordPress – Background
WordPress was released in 2003 and later licensed under GPLv2. It is an open source content management system based on PHP and MySQL. The b2/cafelog is considered a precursor to WordPress. It was basically made as a blogging platform and was extensively adopted and used by bloggers. It became most popular by 2009 and enjoyed a maximum number of users using it as a platform.
— WordPress (@WordPress) June 8, 2017
Drupal – Background
Drupal like WordPress is an open-source content management system based on PHP and MySQL. It is distributed under GNU General Public License. It is a knowledge management and business collaboration tool and about 2.3% websites are currently based on Drupal.
Drupal was created as a message board in 2001. It was boosted by Howard Dean for U.S, Presidential campaign and was used to represent 50 states and 50 sites and users could connect to each other using messages. After the election, the team continued development and by 2014 developed a community of open-source professionals contributing to its growth.
— Drupal (@drupal) July 27, 2017
WordPress versus Drupal
So, now the big question: which is better? In order to answer this question, let’s us do a detailed comparison based on the features a common user who does not want to write a single of code wants in a CMS:
1. Ease of Use
WordPress users are 10 times more than Drupal users. The users range from novices to expert user. Creating a WordPress site without much customization is rather easy for novices than Drupal. So, in the world of WordPress or rather the editor of WordPress, a non-technical person finds as much ease as the person who is a developer. In the case of Drupal, it is not so. Drupal rather required some knowledge of HTML and CSS as the editor is not user-friendly.
Drupal has less option of themes as compared to the WordPress, hence users require developers to provide custom themes and for slightest modification, you have to go to the code level.
Customization and Upgrades are frequently done in WordPress, hence it is more up-to-date to current trends. Responsive themes and widgets are easily available. Since the community of developers is relatively larger than that of Drupal, updates, custom themes and widgets are regularly available.
It will sound strange but if you are a hard-core developer than Drupal is way powerful than WordPress in terms of options but you have to really know them in order to use them. Drupal has developed in a short time to be one of the most powerful CMS at the backend as compared to both WordPress and even Joomla.
Numbers are as follows:
- Free Themes: 4K+ WordPress while 2K+ Drupal
- Free Plugins: 45K+ WordPress while 34K+ Drupal
3. Performance and Security
In terms of performance and security, Drupal take the cup from WordPress. The reason can be that fewer threats are there for Drupal as the users using it are expert users and know how to gear up their websites against threat. WordPress is more prone to risks because non-technical users might leave their websites vulnerable to threats.
Drupal is used by government organizations because it provides enterprise-level security.
WordPress updates itself every few months so performance is good. Again for Drupal, performance is way better than WordPress. It loads faster, update mechanisms are faster than of WordPress.
4. Community Support
WordPress naturally has a bigger developer community who provide support as compared to Drupal. It is not that that Drupal does not have support. It has support available for developers but several unexplored factors are there in Drupal and the support is less for novices.
WordPress community makes plugins almost every day so WordPress has been explored more as compared to Drupal.
WordPress tutorials are available online for novice users as compared to Drupal.
5. Technically Advanced
Drupal is technically more advanced as compared to WordPress. It has many features that are lagging in WordPress such as support for thousands of pages as compared to WordPress. Since WordPress was initially made for blogging and not for websites, as the number of pages goes higher, it becomes slower. Drupal, on the other hand, supports as many pages as you can think of!
6. Mobile Application
WordPress has a mobile application through which you can write and publish blogs on the go while Drupal does not have one yet. So, this is yet another WordPress win against Drupal.
Below is a video comparing WordPress and Drupal:
Both WordPress and Drupal are enjoying equal popularity among professional developers. However, when it comes to common users and novices, WordPress is more convenient because of features that are user-friendly, many widgets that even common users can easily use and do not need to be afraid.
Unless, specified by the client, a developer has equal options to use any of the two CMS without worry. Since both are based on PHP and MySQL, either one is easily modifiable and for custom theme development. So, it is up to you to decide which fits your requirement and what kind of a user you are – a novice, an intermediate developer or an expert!