Difference between WordPress and Drupal
WordPress vs Drupal:
Building a website has never been easier. Gone, mostly are the days of having to hand-code HTML and PHP scripts in order to get a slick, fully functional website, thanks to the capabilities of content management systems that do most or all of the heavy lifting for site creators. There are boatloads of content management systems (CMSs) for serious site creators, but the most common systems for websites today are Drupal and WordPress. Every IT person, developer,and programmer has an opinion when it comes to the various open source content management systems out there. However, this article aims to enlighten those who are yet blind to the distinction between Drupal and WordPress by providing brief descriptions regarding the two.
What is WordPress?
WordPress is a free, Web-based software program that anyone can use to build and maintain a website or a blog. Started in 2003 with a single bit of code to enhance the typography of everyday writing with fewer users than you can count on your fingers and toes, it has grown to be the largest self-hosted blogging tool in the world, used on millions of sites and seen by tens of millions of people every day. Today’s WordPress is really a “content management system” (CMS), which means that it can be used to run full-sized, social media-rich business websites. One very popular feature of WordPress is its rich plugin architecture which allows users and developers to extend its abilities beyond the features that are part of the base install. WordPress has a database of over 18,000 plugins with purposes ranging from SEO to adding widgets.
What is Drupal?
Drupal is a free, open-source web development platform for online content and user communities. Drupal powers some of the busiest sites on the web and it can also be adapted to virtually any visual design. Drupal runs over a million sites, including WhiteHouse.gov, World Economic Forum, Stanford University and Examiner.com. Drupal was created over ten years ago and released as open-source software under the GNU Public License. Drupal’s default installation is a database-backed web platform with file maintenance tools and a high level of security. It has proven itself repeatedly in the field on sites with over a million pages, and at over 20,000 requests per second. Drupal is not only a tool for managing content on a website, but a tool to build tools to manage content on websites. It is a Meta tool, used by web developers to build customized web publishing tools. In some aspects you may even call Drupal a programming language.
What is the different between Drupal and WordPress?
Wordpress was built specifically catering Bloggers and News type websites. It has a pre-built user interface which is very recognizable. Since every WordPress admin screen look the same, once you get used to it, things are much easier. One of the downsides of WordPress is the lack of functionality that requires installation of 3rd party plugins. Looking at Drupal, it was built with security and flexibility in mind. It has some basic themes / modules that come with the installation to help users get started and it also comprises of very good documentation. Drupal is more of a developer ready platform that allows you to create custom websites functionality.
Drupal development community is made up of modules that are thoroughly tested against Drupal’s standards to minimize potential errors where WordPress development community is made up of many plugins that are not correctly coded or tested to guarantee that they do not interfere with functions of the website. The WordPress platform is a stable setup if only WordPress approved plugins are used. Problems occur when web coders duplicate a successful plugin with ulterior motives that could potentially be malicious. Some of the more common cases are the white screen of death reported by many WordPress blog owners. One of the major drawbacks of Drupal, also a reason many “web designers” do not choose Drupal, is the learning curve in understanding how to properly build website themes on the platform. This CMS platform has amazing flexibility for a web developer to start on a strong foundation.
WordPress has a long list of plugins, to which five out of ten will work exactly as one would expect. Drupal on the other hand, has a long list of modules, to which nine out of ten will work exactly as one would expect. As a web designer, going through the learning curve of Drupal is difficult but will pay off in the end by cutting down production time. Due to its scalability, a website owner can start out a small website project of 15-30 pages and building up to 100+ page website without the stress of “rebuilding” the website. But WordPress not only creates incredible frustration for website owners, but can cripple efficiency of developing a website. WordPress is a wonderful tool for blogging, but it takes skill to build a large scale website with dynamic functionality using it.