Choosing a CMS platform for your website is one of the first and most important steps in the web design process. Not only does your CMS have to be able to carry out everything you think you’ll need to do on your website regularly, it also has to be a system that you understand and are comfortable working with. With all of these confusing determining factors floating about in your head, we thought we would compare some of the most popular CMSs to help you decide which one is best for you, with our first comparison being WordPress vs Drupal.
1. Round One: Usability.
WordPress was designed on the basis of Microsoft Word. So in short, it’s pretty easy to use. You don’t need any coding knowledge to carry out the majority of tasks a site owner would usually need to do like adding in your own content, adding a new site user and creating a new page. Whereas with Drupal things are a little bit more difficult. It’s not rocket science but it’s certainly not a walk in the park either. You do need to have some basic HTML and CSS coding knowledge to get started but if you don’t mind a steeper learning curve or enjoy learning new skills then you’d probably be just fine learning how to use Drupal. However, if you want to keep your learning curve to a minimum we’d suggest WordPress. So for that reason the winner of round one is WordPress.
2. Round Two: Security.
With so many WordPress websites on the web, it’s no surprise that they are more likely to be targeted by hackers. But don’t worry, it’s got nothing to do with WordPress itself, it’s just the fact that there are more WordPress websites out there which in turn makes WordPress sites a bigger target. Additionally, WordPress plugins can also compromise your website’s security. This is because some plugins are not created by reliable sources, which can lead to gaps in your security. Whereas Drupal websites are very rarely hacked. Why? Mainly because there are less of them but also because Drupal’s security team are always on top of their game. Whenever there is a security breach it is immediately posted up on their website to inform all of their customer and then patched up as quickly as possible. Did we also mention that some of the most high-profile government bodies use Drupal to store information and data? For instance, the Whitehouse? And for that reason, Drupal has come out on top for security.
3. Round Three: Power.
Both WordPress and Drupal are very powerful, but we know you didn’t come here to listen to that. You want a definitive answer. As WordPress was originally designed as a blogging platform, can quickly become sluggish if loaded with too much content or too many plugins. On the other hand, Drupal is designed to be able to deal with a lot of data and many customizable modules. Drupal websites can be content heavy and still run like a true powerhouse when set up correctly. Whereas WordPress is a lighter CMS that needs a little less substance. So, if you want a real powerful website then it looks like Drupal is the CMS for you.
Although Drupal has won two out of three rounds, it still might not be the best CMS for you. Despite these three main CMS components, you have to think about what you and your business needs from your website. This is the true deciding factor. For example, if you want to integrate your CMS with a CRM system you already have then you have to decide which one will be most compatible or if you want to run an e-commerce website then you need to decide which CMS offers the best payment portals.