WordPress vs. Drupal: Choosing the Right CMS Platform

WordPress and Drupal both serve the Web hosting community and provide a platform for displaying articles and media content online. Choosing the right platform can make the difference between running a slow, tiresome website that visitors leave quickly and running an effective and robust community that readers flock to.

While each choice has its pros and cons, the content management system that works best for your needs depends on a number of factors. Carefully weigh your needs and budget to determine the best content management system for your website.

WordPress CMS and the Drupal CMS

The WordPress CMS and the Drupal CMS both have different purposes and depending on your needs one might end up being a better choice for your website. WordPress installations work great if you have a blog that you want to update quickly, with new content displaying on the front page and older content displaying categorically by date in the sidebar. While you can customize WordPress to use different tabs and have several different sections of content, it isn’t set up to be a fully-functional article directory. Drupal, on the other hand, works well for individuals and companies that run online shops, article directories and want to categorize articles more specifically. Drupal also provides complete extensions and add-ons to allow you to easily add a store, media catalog and other features for your readers.

Premium WordPress Themes and Drupal Themes

Regardless of your platform choice, both WordPress themes and Drupal themes can spruce up your content management system and provide a method to attractively display your content. Both platforms provide a way to upload and install your Drupal and WordPress themes without the need to tweak code. The built-in template installation manager makes it possible to upload, customize and get your website running quickly. Premium WordPress Themes can provide an additional layer of professionalism and many come with an option to remove the designer branding. This makes it possible to create a completely tailored and custom look for your website.

WordPress Web Hosting and Drupal Web Hosting

Drupal requires more expertise but can produce the most advanced sites.

WordPress installations tend to require less resources than a fully-functional Drupal installation. With a barebones WordPress installation, you don’t need a lot of server resources and the installation can be installed on virtually any server. Drupal can require more resources than WordPress Web hosting. The basic resource requirements for both applications are virtually the same. However, experienced Drupal users know that the CMS can take up large amounts of resources and require a high number of maximum concurrent connections to the database. Because of this, WordPress is often a good choice for those just starting out. Drupal works well for businesses and companies that need to have a large number of applications, complicated user management systems and more granular user permission controls.

The Final Verdict

Ultimately, the content management system that you use depends on your own personal preferences and partially, your budget. Drupal requires more resources, so expect to upgrade to a more capable Cloud VPS server or if your website gets lots of traffic. If you don’t expect to get a lot of traffic and you want to start small, you can use Drupal and then upgrade your hosting. Otherwise, individuals that just want a simple, effective blog with some advanced capabilities should start with WordPress. As you gain experience, you can start to learn how to modify your WordPress installation to include add-ons and other services. However, out of the box, WordPress works much more effectively and requires less time and resources to set up.

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