WordPress vs Drupal
Since 2003, WordPress is evolving from the default blogging-system to the full fledged CMS. In 2007, there was a time of WordPress boom and majority of the websites used to be developed using this platform. At that time period, WordPress was known as the easiest platform to be used by the non-programmers. With the advancement in the field, many other CMS-platforms surfaced as its competitors. Among them was Drupal which was originally launched in 2001. As compared to WordPress, Drupal was being used by the developers/ programmers as it was more advanced and complex than WordPress.
Generally, the developers adapt this platform for the enterprise level websites or web applications as it was a renowned beast in the developers’ community as compared to the WordPress. The taxonomy and core-structure of Drupal was built more complicated than WordPress yet it offered more advancement in features and code-exploitation than the other platforms.
Below are few differentiators of the two platforms.
The security of Drupal is much stronger than WordPress. The most famous government website i.e. Whitehouse.gov had been created using the Drupal platform. In WordPress, hackers exploit the vulnerabilities inside any plugin and can wipe-out thousands of sites. Also, the latest version of WordPress lacks the compatibility with the older plugins. It means that the new updates of WordPress releases won’t work with the currently installed add-ons. It makes the site more vulnerable to threats of hacking. In order to avoid the issue, make sure to get updated in a timely manner. Drupal, on contrary, has the enterprise-level security and site-scale. Both platform use third party hosting-applications that assist in their security management, for instance, MediaTemple has recently launched the WordPress-service.
Both platforms provide design-&-development responsiveness to the sites. The main aspect of responsiveness is the image-scaling. The difference between the two platforms is that WordPress allows the user to achieve the goal by bringing-in the changes in .php file whereas, in Drupal, the same can be done from the admin area. Other than that, both CMS’s are design-agnostic. The users can create/ modify themes as per their requirements.
Both, WordPress & Drupal, provide facilitation to the mobile-theme creations. The core difference is that Drupal provide additional content-fields per page so as to adjust the content in mobile site. Moreover, the Drupal mobile sites runoff on a sub-domain i.e. m.yourdomain.com, which creates challenges regarding mobile-site indexation in search-engines. On contrary, WordPress has a native mobile-app that helps in content-editing on mobile. In addition, WordPress mobile-sites use same ‘www’ domain.
Although WordPress is popular due to its ability to create a whole range of simplistic and sound designs, including portfolios, blogs, e-commerce stores etc., the spectrum of its ability is still behind the Drupal’s. No doubt Drupal is known for the development of powerful & large websites, however, the platform can also be used for the creation of simplest websites such as event/ product-listing site. In order to learn Drupal, make sure to achieve the benefit of its flexibility. The key is to master the beginner level functionalities before moving on to build complex and impressive websites.
There is no fine differentiation between the two platforms in doing SEO as they both are SEO-friendly. However, Drupal has a disadvantage of going rogue if the user doesn’t understand the functionality of what he is doing. On the brighter side, Drupal is well-known for managing hundreds-of-thousands of content-pages with ease. Hence, for business websites that offers huge lot of content, for instance e-commerce sites (Amazon etc.), Drupal is the better choice to get the site on top of Search-Engine-Result-Page (SERP).
WordPress is basically the platform for small to medium sized websites as its backend was built for the purpose of using as blogs. So, if it is burdened with heavily posting or large-content management, it will cause general difficulty & slowness. On the contrary, Drupal is the better option for the large sized websites with huge pile of content. Also, it includes the strong version-controls and access-control-list (ACL) capabilities that enhance its maintenance power and security. One other advantage of using Drupal for the enterprise level site-development is its maximum stability-power by accommodating several users simultaneously.
WordPress has the largest theme market i.e. WordPress.org. You just have to install the theme, edit the content, and upload the images and viola! WordPress comes with a few pre-installed default themes. However, thousands of new themes can be browsed from the official directory of WordPress and installed directly from the administration area of the platform.
Drupal also has a large stock of themes but not as large as of WordPress. By default, Drupal doesn’t have a feature that let the users to browse and install the templates/ extensions from administration area. For new extension installation, there is a web-feature that provides this functionality. The templates, however, need manual browsing. The users need to leave their original site, browse the module online, locate its zip-file-URL and enter it in the Themes-page for its installation.
Installation & Usage Complexity
WordPress comes with a 5-minute easy installation package compared to the 10-minutes Drupal installation. The hosting servers of WordPress also offer one-click install of the platform. Drupal, on the other hand, doesn’t provide the hosting servers. The users require installing the website on their own servers. However, Drupal comes with the pre-packaged bundles for the specific kind of website-development.
The post-installation experience of WordPress is relatively easy with respect to Drupal. In WordPress, the users find a simple user-interface with the separate menus to create pages, posts, or customization of appearances and themes, whereas, in Drupal there is a bit complicated process of site modifications. For a beginner, WordPress is a much steadfast platform, however, for programmers; Drupal is the obvious choice as it is renowned for complex projects with its more robust-features.
Both, WordPress and Drupal, are used by thousands of users to develop their online appearances. There is no fine line between the best choices between the two platforms. However, the choice can be made based on the requirements for which the platforms are being used.