Drupal vs WordPress: Which One is The Absolute Best?

Drupal vs WordPress

Introduction

A soaring skyscraper must be built up on a solid foundation. The same principle applies when it comes to building a website. As such, it is of paramount importance to determine a suitable Content Management System (CMS) for your site.

  • All the pros and cons of each platform
  • Final verdict on which solution you should go with

Drupal vs WordPress — Overview

Drupal vs WordPress, both are self-hosted, open-source CMSs written in PHP. These two CMS solutions have been home to millions of websites, holding a valid place in the world of CMSs.

Drupal Overview

This year 2021 marks the 20th anniversary of Drupal. Originally created to serve as a small site that stored information for a group of students at the University of Antwerp, Drupal has rapidly evolved as a popular open-source framework. Since its inception, this CMS solution has been widely embraced for its great degree of flexibility and customizability.

WordPress Overview

WordPress was initially released in 2003 as a blogging platform and quickly became a top-notch choice when it comes to creating a website. With the impressive figure of over 28 million live websites, WordPress is considered the crown jewel of the CMS world. Some well-known names that have their websites running on WordPress are Bloomberg, Spotify, SoundCloud, and far more.

  • WordPress.org: The self-hosted CMS. The platform itself doesn’t cost you anything, but you will need a hosting account and maybe some efficiency-enhancing features which often come with a price tag.

Ease of Use

Drupal: Ease of Use

Compared to WordPress, using Drupal involves more of a learning curve. Even for users who have prior experience with other CMS softwares, building a Drupal site can also be a stumbling block. This is due to the fact that Drupal is mostly designed to act as a blank slate to be customized on all levels.

Drupal Dashboard
WordPress admin

WordPress: Ease of Use

On the contrary, ease of use can be touted as one of the primary reasons why WordPress stays top of mind with users. It only takes some minutes to install, and even newbies can easily figure out how things work in a heartbeat.

Pricing

Drupal Pricing

When comparing the pricing of Drupal vs WordPress, it’s quite hard to predict the final cost regardless of which platform you are using. The cost will vary as it strongly depends on what type of website you want to build and what features you want to be entailed.

  • Drupal hosting fee (from $4/month)
  • Plugins ($0 — $1000)
  • Developer fees ($40/hr).

WordPress Pricing

Similarly, WordPress is free to download and use. Nevertheless, to get your site up and running, you will need to incur some basic costs like:

  • WordPress hosting fee (from $3.95/month)
  • Security (from $50, on-going or on-off charge)
  • Developer fees (from $50/hr).
  • Plugins ($0 — $1000).

Content Management

While Drupal requires more time and effort investment, it’s truly a powerful platform on which you can build some very complex capabilities, especially when it comes to content manipulation.

Drupal Content Management

Drupal allows its users to display various types of content at a level that WordPress does not. Under the hood, your content can be based on the core types (article, basic page, book page, poll), or you can rename, configure and change as your site needs dictate.

Content management in Drupal

WordPress Content Management

Meanwhile, WordPress only has three default content types named posts, pages and media. While posts and pages are exactly what they sound like — to create and publish content, media is where you can store and organize images, videos, PDFs and the like. WordPress’s media allows drag and drop uploading, automatic image resizing and editing, and a visual gallery for management.

Content management in WordPress

Themes & Plugins

Here is the area where Drupal vs WordPress markedly diverge.

Drupal Themes & Plugins

Currently, Drupal users can easily access the robust library which offers more than 35,000 modules/plugins and over 2500 eye-catching themes. For as much of a blank slate as Drupal is designed to be, there’s no need for you to overly rely on either themes or third-party plugins.

WordPress Themes & Plugins

The core popularity of WordPress lies within its humongous theme and plugin repository, which has over 58,000 free and paid plugins and nearly 4000 themes. Basically, you are able to find any plugins that meet all your logistical, technical, and marketing needs.

eCommerce Support

Both Drupal and WordPress are for blogging rather than eCommerce purposes out of the box. However, both have plugins that support online businesses.

Drupal eCommerce Support

In terms of eCommerce support, Drupal provides its users with Drupal Commerce. Unlike other full-fledged eCommerce platforms, Drupal Commerce is mostly developed as a clean slate.

WordPress eCommerce Support

Similarly, with WordPress, you have to install an eCommerce-specific plugin such as WooCommerce to kick off your online business. WooCommerce boasts a simple clean-cut interface and possesses a varied set of powerful built-in features. Up to now, WooCommerce is the most widely used eCommerce solution with 4,414,537 live websites, taking up approximately 23,5% market share.

Security

Although Drupal vs WordPress are both relatively secure CMS softwares, security-related problems may still arise depending on how websites are extended and customized. Let’s see how Drupal vs WordPress stack up in matters of security.

Drupal Security

Drupal is home to some of the most high profile websites on the planet, meaning it has to store extremely sensitive information. In fact, Drupal’s edge is high security, majorly because it depends less on third-party plugins. As a result, there’s less worry about hackings.

WordPress Security

WordPress’s worldwide popularity is actually a double-edged sword. Its popularity has led to the growth of a robust ecosystem of resources, including both technologies and an active community that can give you a helping hand whenever you need.

Community

Drupal Community

While Drupal is the older platform, it has a smaller community due to its focus on more technically savvy users. Despite its limited size, the Drupal community is quite knowledgeable about the platform itself and capable of giving you insightful responses to almost every question. Hence, there might be no need for you to seek for answers in FAQ threads.

WordPress Community

With the largest user base, WordPress users are able to find a wealth of advice and tutorials from a vibrant community of peers, developers in a heartbeat in case unwanted contingency happens. Also, you can come across a huge truckload of multiple texts, video tutorials, guidelines compiled by other system users.

Final Verdict

Ultimately, choosing the proper platform is the very first crucial step to create your own website. This decision-making process is starkly not an easy feat and you’re the only one who can decide which solution suits you best.

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