Thinking about building a site? For more than a decade, one of the most popular platforms to use has been WordPress. People and companies have created websites and blogs using WordPress. Well, there’s a new kid in town: named Drupal! A lot like using this platform too. Drupal is certainly one you’re going to want to keep in mind, if it is time to build a website.
So if you’re considering creating a website, it’s important to be aware of your options. In this article, we’re going to talk about the pros & cons of Drupal and WordPress. Then, you’ll be able to make the best decision.
Is the platform easy to use?
Pro : WordPress. Part of the reason this platform is so user friendly, is that we’ve all been using it for over a decade. Over time, WordPress has listened to the people who’ve created websites & blogs with it. They have done updates, to enhance this platform. You’ll find many buttons and simple shortcuts to do things. You also have the option to click a button or you can actually code on your site, whichever you prefer!
Con : Drupal. To be frank, some have found this a bit more challenging. But do keep in mind, that for the most part they are comparing it to platforms such as WordPress. WordPress has been through many updates. If you were one of the early users of WordPress, or even just using it about 5 years ago, then you could nod your head and smile because you realize that platform was not quite so user friendly. So we have to admit that if the functions of Drupal excite you, we encourage you to dig in and learn it!
Does it have a lot of features?
Pro : Drupal. Hands down, without a doubt, Drupal is the winner here. Now, to get to know all of the features you are going to really have to get to know the program.
What’s important to realize is that Drupal was not created for the everyday site creator, this platform was coded for developers. A developer is someone who typically is very “techy” and understands code and catches on to software quickly.
Don’t be intimidated by Drupal being a little challenging to learn. We say, get excited about its features and what it can do for your website!
Con : WordPress. Well, keep in mind that this is simply in comparison to Drupal. The actual features of WordPress are fairly impressive. You can add video and images with the click of your mouse. It’s easy to reposition and resize them, to wherever you wish to put them on your site. WordPress offers lots of Plug-Ins which have tons of cool features you can customize your site with too.
What about themes?
Pro : WordPress. Simply put, for now WordPress is the #1, most popular site and blog creation platform in the world. So theme creators are going to develop site and blog themes especially for it.
Do keep in mind this is something you’ll especially want to focus on if your niche is quite narrow or you’ve got your eye on a very specific theme and nothing else will do. Or you are on a tight budget and have to use a pre-made theme with a little DIY-ing. Quite likely you’ll have a simpler time doing this with a WordPress theme with each of these situations.
Con : Drupal. Not as many designers are creating themes for this platform. But do remember that you would have the exact same problem if you were looking for a theme for Blogger – which is also not as popular as WordPress. If you go ahead and search for themes, you will certainly find some great ones and probably even have a couple to choose from that you really like. So don’t let theme choice be your only deciding factor.
Both WordPress and Drupal have a lot to offer you. Drupal is only a little younger than WordPress. WordPress has become decidedly more popular with the public-at-large, which is why it is more well-known. It is also why you’ll find more Plug-Ins, themes and “tips” sites dedicated to WordPress than to Drupal. But Drupal has some really cool, unique features you simply are not going to get from WordPress. That’s like taking your Dad’s old car out to the Indy 5000 and expecting it to race against the top sports cars!
Choose what works best for the site you are creating. Each website is unique and different. Your choice will certainly depend on your own specific needs. It also may depend on your comfort level with technology and the time you can dedicate to learning a new platform. Or what you would like the website to do in the long-term. But it’s so exciting to have such terrific options available!