CMS Battles: Drupal vs. WordPress
So you want to build a website, and you want to able to update and add content on a regular basis? What you need is a Content Management System (CMS). And out of the myriad of CMS offerings across the Internet, two of the best and most popular are Wordpress and Drupal. Both of which we happen to specialize in. Now why are these two at the top, and why should I choose one over the other?
Wordpress is the most used Content Management System on the Internet today. Wordpress makes it very easy to get you up and running in very little time. They even offer free hosting with a wordpress.com domain. So if you just want to get a site up and don’t care about the domain name, you can be up and running in minutes. But even if you have a desired domain name, it doesn’t take too much longer to get set up with a hosting company specializing in Wordpress setups.
Once set up, there are a wide selection of Wordpress community plugins and themes to enhance their out of the box toolset to try to accommodate your specific website needs. They have a pretty intuitive administration interface, making it easy to manage your site content, manage your plugins for added functionality, and control your active theme.
Wordpress is great for a blog site, even multiple users on the same site, and for your more basic standard website. However, if you have needs for more than just standard pages with a little content and imagery, or if your site is really starting to grow, Wordpress starts to become more like a square peg trying to fit into your circular hole. It just isn’t the right fit. You can attempt to force things and maybe you can get it do what you need for the time being, but ultimately you end up spending more and more extra time to accomplish things that it just wasn’t built to accomplish.
Drupal usage is on the rise over the last few years, sliding into #2 behind Wordpress. With the latest version of Drupal, the initial site setup is getting even easier to have you up and running in a few minutes. Unlike Wordpress, Drupal doesn’t offer up any hosting, but there are nearly as many Drupal specialized hosting companies. So once you’ve picked your domain name, setting up a Drupal site is virtually as quick and painless as Wordpress.
Drupal has a pretty solid out of the box toolset, providing you the ability to build almost any type of website you can think of. This solid toolset had extendability, usability, and scalability in mind from the ground, which makes it the perfect foundation for any website. This means you get a square hole for the square peg, a round hole for the round peg, and even the octagonal hole for the octogonal peg. Drupal also has a great selection of community modules/plugins to add to and further increase your website’s potential. These modules are continually being updated to enhance their functionality and squash any potential bugs.
With all of this potential and power, it can be daunting for the non-tech savvy website builder to put everything together to reach your final goal: your website. Queue the Drupal Experts. Just like with building a house, you’re not going to tackle it all by yourself. You need the right people with the specialized skillsets for all the different facets of the build. And if you don’t create a good foundation, there is the potential for it all to crumble.