Choosing a Content Management System (CMS) to build your website can be a confusing task and it doesn’t help with the fact that there are now more choices available. Drupal and WordPress are both popular systems, but which one is right for your business? Do you opt for WordPress or Drupal or explore your options with website builders like Wix, Squarespace or maybe even something like Hubspot which provides something else? There are so many Content Management Systems which offer great features and functionality. Your decision should not only be based on functionality, but also the budget available and what your future plans for development are. What we mean by this is are you going to want to develop the site at a future date, maybe you would like to integrate business applications into the website – for example; a CRM or a payment system.
If you need any help choosing the right CMS for your business you can get in contact with ourselves or if you know you want to use Drupal or WordPress you can always contact an expert on our site for support. At Which Development Agency we are big fans of both technologies and have used both systems on many occasions.
Many businesses fail at the first hurdle when choosing a CMS – which means they go down the wrong path
To help you decide which CMS right for your business let us ask some questions.
- How often do you want to post or update content?
- How many administrators will be adding to the site?
- Are your customer’s goings to be logging in to your site?
- Do you need access and permissions setup? (for example; administrators, managers and directors)
- Is your site going to have lots of functionality or will it be a simple brochure style site
- Do you have any specific design, theme or template requirements?
- Does your company have a developer to support you or will you need to hire a development agency for support?
- What budget do you have?
Security & Usability
Both Drupal and WordPress are available on open source, this means that they are free to download and use. Both systems are supported by a community of individuals and developers who contribute to code updates helping to keep Drupal and WordPress secure. These updates also provide additional features to continue to improve their systems and keeping them up to date with the latest ‘must haves’. The security updates are really important as both the Drupal and WordPress communities work tirelessly to maintain their systems secure so their users can continue to use them.
Drupal vs WordPress – which is right for your business?
Webmasters and content editors which have used both Drupal and WordPress tend to lean towards WordPress for simplicity. Setting up a site in WordPress, creating content types, adding pages, templates is perhaps a more straightforward task compared to Drupal. It’s also worth noting that WordPress is considered the most popular and widely used CMS in the world. WordPress was originally just a blogging system but has evolved ever since. According to reports on the internet, WordPress was launched in 2003 compared to Drupal which was founded in 2000.
WordPress is user-friendly, we use it! Creating pages, posts and content types is easy and straight-forward. There are many great themes and templates available which come with predefined plugins to help give the site functionality. Setting up a WordPress site using an ‘off the shelf’ theme can be achieved in just a few hours.
In the early days of Drupal it is fair to say that the dashboard area, and adding new content, was considered not very user-friendly. However, Drupal has worked on their system from version 7 improving things for content editors. Their systems are more user-friendly and new features have been added to make adding new content much more straight-forward.
It is true that to set up a site in Drupal requires a learning curve as the way it is structured, but the level of customisation provides an opportunity for flexibility and allows a business to develop the site into something much more than just a website. Both systems can provide a simple ‘brochure’ style website or blog but for larger installations where integrations are required WordPress may struggle. This means that if your organisation has a heavy list of functionality requirements and business needs then Drupal is possibly the better option. WordPress can start to struggle to cope with installations which require a high level of customisation.
However, if your business requirements are for a small site with just a few pages and a blog then WordPress would suitable.
WordPress or Drupal?
We touched on security at the top of this section but in our opinion, Drupal is the clear winner. We are not saying the WordPress do not keep their systems secure, because they do. The way in which WordPress and Drupal operate is completely different. WordPress keeps the core updated but if your site uses themes or plugins (which it will) then it is up to the vendor to keep them updated. If they don’t, then you run the risk of your installation being compromised and hacked. The Drupal community keep the core and all modules updated, this is really important.
There are many plugins on WordPress which are not maintained and out of date. If you use these for your installation then you are leaving yourself exposed and you could also come up against compatibility issues because they have not kept their plugin or theme up to date with WordPress. This wouldn’t happen in Drupal as the community maintain the code and all code is checked. Before you click and install we recommend on looking at how many installations they have, their star ratings and when it was last updated. WordPress will also tell you if the plugin is compatible with your installation. This advice is really important and you need to be careful when installing a new theme or plugin. Installing a theme or plugin which is not compatible can break your site.
When installing a new theme or extension on WordPress or Drupal we recommend this work is done on a staging server for testing purposes.
In our opinion, Drupal is a better solution for llarge corporates and enterprises and for smaller businesses WordPress may be the better option.