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Drupal vs. WordPress – who wins?

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Drupal vs. WordPress – who wins?

For the last ten years in the world of web design and development, we keep hearing the question: which is better, Drupal or WordPress?

Both of them have their outspoken advocates and a stable market position, and they even arrived at a similar time frame. Drupal was launched in 2001, while WordPress was released two years later, originating a little revolution in the world of blogging (but that's a totally different subject).

Drupal and WordPress are, without a doubt, efficient digital platforms without which the world of the web would look totally different then it is today, but there are certain differences in functionality, features and capabilities. The answer to the question above is not always simple, it actually depends on what kind of website the user wants and what the desired goal of the website is. In this blog post we will address the main differences and also similarities between the two competitive platforms.  

Complexity and functionality

In comparison with WordPress, Drupal is a significantly more complex system which supports more advanced possibilities and features, making it more suitable for large sites with rich content.  It also provides more advanced options for managing and accessing pages between different categories of users. Thus, Drupal is a tool primarily intended for professional developers, while working with WordPress does not require special technical experience.

Security level

WordPress is the more popular platform, thus making it more interesting to hackers as well. There is also a large number of add-ons, or „plugins“, that potentially create security risks, especially when it comes to outdated and un-updated versions. On the other hand, Drupal provides a higher level of security and security support, and the best proof is the fact that the White House website is built on it. Of course with Drupal it is also important to keep an eye on the system updates, so the latest version, Drupal 8, is also the safest one.

Add-ons and adaptability

Although WordPress is widely known for a number of available themes and plugins, Drupal doesn't fall behind. Drupal plugins are called modules and they provide similar page customization functionality as does WordPress (e.g. SEO optimization, social networking integration, and more). The key difference is that WordPress is easier to manage by installing and updating plugins, while Drupal modules still require developer knowledge, but they also give more power to customizing the page.

Speed of the website

Website speed is one of the key factors for user experience (UX) and conversion. Although both platforms allow implementation of fast pages, Drupal has a slight advantage because of the embedded cache system and better page resource management, although the number of modules used can also affect the speed.

All in all...

And the winner is ... In fact, the winner, in the classic sense, does not exist. If you need a blog or a website whose content is based on text, WordPress is a good choice, even more so because you don't need special knowledge and experience in management and implementation. Drupal is suitable for large and complex web projects and databases, which at the start require a higher level of security as well as a more complex user access hierarchy. In other words, Drupal is an excellent solution for web systems of medium and large companies, state organizations and agencies, public services, and educational scientific institutions.

If you have concluded that the Drupal-based website is just what you need, contact us. Our experienced team of developers has the best solution for you!