You are not alone if you are struggling to choose the right PHP based CMS for your website. Should you go for WordPress or Drupal? Both are good content management system, but the choice depends heavily on what you are looking for.

In this article, we will be helping you to decide which one you should pick for your project. We will cover different criteria and ultimately will pick a winner. So, without any delay, let’s get started.

Cost

Cost plays a vital role in choosing technology as it has both short term and long term implications.

Drupal: Drupal is an open source free-to-use solution. However, there is an additional cost associated with using. The first thing that you will notice is that it requires less powerful hardware to maintain. However, the cost of maintaining is what makes it overall costlier than WordPress.

WordPress: WordPress is also open source and free to use CMS. The fact that you can get cheaper hosting and talent to work with WordPress makes it less expensive.

Conclusion: WordPress is way cheaper than Drupal, as cheap as 10x. So, if you are looking for a cost effective solution, WordPress is the way to go.

Ease of Use

Ease of use also determines the developer experience.

Drupal: Drupal is not easy to use from both the user’s and developer’s perspective. It is not made for beginners and hence requires some technical background. The learning curve is steep and needs a lot of hard work to master and excel.

WordPress: WordPress, on the other hand, offers excellent ease of use out of the box. Developers can also modify and implement WordPress without much difficulty.

Conclusion: if you are looking for a cheaper PHP based CMS, then WordPress is for you.

Customizability

Customizability ensures that the CMS offers the ability to embed custom requirement.

Drupal: Drupal’s customizability options are excellent. It is best suited for those who want to create a custom website with CMS capabilities. With Drupal, you can customize everything and have full control over what you are doing. You can use modules and themes to make the most out of the Drupal ecosystem.

WordPress: WordPress is equally customizable thanks to its amazing ecosystem. You can get almost every plugin and theme for your website. It is also easy to edit. However, it lacks behind when it comes to creating custom websites.

Conclusion: Even though Drupal is hard to use, it is the best pick for creating custom websites. Both offer almost similar customizability thanks to the rich ecosystem.

Other aspects that you should know about

There are other criteria that you should take into consideration including security, SEO, performance, and so on.

  • Security: WordPress seems to have weak security when compared to Drupal. Drupal is always the first to provide security patches.
  • SEO: Both the platforms provide equal SEO features.
  • Performance: Drupal provides better performance as it is less resource hungry.

Final Thoughts

As you can see, there is no clear winner. Both of them offers state-of-the-art architecture to provide best in class user experience and customization. It is difficult to decide which one is the best as one can suit better than the other based on the requirement. So, which one will you prefer? Comment below and let us know.


About the Author

Abhishek is a Drupal Architect having 12 years of experience in designing, development and implementation of various internet/web and client/server application. He is an expert in open source technologies like PHP, LINUX, MYSQL, APACHE and frontend technologies like HTML, jQuery, AngularJs, XML, CSS, JavaScript, Databases including PhpMyAdmin.
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