February 8th, 2019
Since 2015, Drupal has made significant progress with each and every release, thanks to the dedication of the Drupal Community. Whether you're a website designer, developer of themes or modules, or end user of a website, Drupal has features and improvements that give you the freedom to build great websites or applications. Drupal includes content authoring, media management, workflows, layout building, multilingual capabilities, mobile-first responsive design, building and managing your website or application, front-end developer tools and back-end management.
Simply put, Drupal is content management software and it's used to make many of the websites and applications you use every day. It also has great standard features, like easy content authoring, reliable performance, and excellent security. What sets it apart is its flexibility. Modularity is one of its core principles and its tools help you build the versatile, structured content that dynamic web experiences need.
Drupal is also a great for creating integrated digital frameworks. You can extend its power and flexibility with many thousands of modules. Modules expand functionality and themes let you customize your content's presentation. You can mix and match components to enhance Drupal's core abilities, or you can integrate Drupal with external services and other applications in your infrastructure. No other content management software is this powerful and scalable.
WordPress on the other hand has the largest developer and end user community. There are numerous sites for support, and WordPress has a ginormous amount of plugins and themes. WordPress has made it so easy to use that of all CMS software, it requires the least amount of technical knowledge in order to use. WordPress and Drupal are both great tools and ideal for different types of websites. But Drupal and WordPress also differ in many major ways. Your individual website needs will play a role in which CMS makes the most sense for you.
While Drupal is complex, especially compared to WordPress, it has a lot of advanced functionality. Although it’s true that Drupal has more features, if you do not understand how to use these features, they will be confusing and a hindrance to your design and/or development. Drupal contains classifications, content types, blocks, views, and more. This definitely creates a learning curve when using Drupal. Ultimately, it provides more power to the Drupal platform and its users.
If you desire multiple templates for your pages or content, Drupal will work better than WordPress when designing your site or application. Drupal also allows for multiple site admins, editors, private content accessible to those given privilege and much more.
WordPress has a variety of free and paid themes and plugins to get you started building your website. There are starter themes also available for Drupal as well. However, the majority of Drupal is designed for custom development.
Most people chose to work with WordPress because of the available plugins. Anything from SEO to social media and more are all available from the thousands of individual developers for WordPress. Drupal’s version of plugins are called modules. Modules are free and contain many of the same pieces of functionality that are available using WordPress plugins, especially in Drupal 8. However, in WordPress, plugins are generally easier to manage without needing a developer. In Drupal, you’ll need a developer to handle installing or updating any modules.
Originally designed as a blogging platform and although there has been many changes to WordPress, it still does not have the same ability as Drupal to handle large volumes of content. Drupal can handle thousands of pages and users.
While Drupal, and the entire open source community, has seen its share of security issues, the platform has an extreme level of security, and provides in-depth security reports. It’s due to that level of security that you’ll find governments and even large corporations using Drupal.
However, that does not mean that WordPress does not have its security features as well. As written in (Which CMS Is The Right Choice For You?), most hackers believe that because WordPress is a free open source software that not only can anyone download and be set up by an end user, but also it can be modified by the end user, which entices hackers because they believe that end user changes make WordPress seem more vulnerable, which will allow a hacker to easily insert malicious code.
WordPress has a team of designers and developers worldwide to keep WordPress updated, stable and secure. WordPress even has a team of developers that dedicate themselves to constantly monitoring WordPress for security vulnerabilities. When a vulnerability is detected, this dedicated team immediately corrects the issue and issues a patch to fix it. These patches happen frequently enough to show that the WordPress security team is hard at work at keeping your site safe and secure. While this is the first line of defense for WordPress, it is definitely not the only defense against hackers.
Your website or application development requirements depend upon what you need. If you fit all the requirements for utilizing Drupal, then it should be your first choice of CMS. However, if Drupal is going to be overkill, then stick with WordPress as it will be end user easy and you can have your site or application up and running far quicker.
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