There has been an ongoing debate about which is the better CMS platform. Clearly, there are many tools out there to help build a website without starting from scratch. Here, we will be comparing two of those top CMS programs, WordPress and Drupal. Both of these platforms are great tools of web development. Drupal excels as a content management system with its high tech robust features. WordPress shines as king in the blog arena and a major contender as a content management system as well. Both are open source database software full of capabilities.
Setup and Installation
When it comes to set up and installation, WordPress definitely takes the cake. Not only is it the easiest and least frustrating to install, but most web hosting companies include the WordPress icon in the control panel for an easy one click installation. Drupal, on the other hand, is not as easy as it requires a little bit of configuration and most people, especially non developers, would not want to bother. If you wanted to reconfigure some of the WordPress settings it’s not very difficult. Usually the changes would be made to defaulted pages, posts, or links just by deleting them. The set up time for both of the programs only take minutes to install with WordPress being a little bit faster.
Ease of Use
The interface of a CMS program is very important for a user. It has to be clean, easy to navigate, and definitely user-friendly. Drupal was originally created by developers and geared mostly towards developers, which is a bit of a cripple if you don’t have much experience in coding. Drupal’s admin interface is tidy, but because of the overlay of features, it is bit more daunting to look at. If you’re a first time user of Drupal, it could get a little confusing from where you navigate to and from. WordPress has easy point and click features that are direct and straightforward. The dashboard on WordPress provides simple customizable information which is very intuitive for anyone to use. The process of going through any of the menu items is a speedy one.
Design and Extensibility
Both WordPress and Drupal come packed with different features. Each has their default themes which are customizable by adding plug-ins or modules. There are also many websites that offer themes for both platforms some of which are free and some that are accessible when purchased. Since WordPress has a huge following, there is no doubt that there are more themes and plug-ins available then there are for Drupal. You have more choices on which theme or plug-in that you would like to use.
These two CMS platforms are very powerful tools. They are similar in many different ways, but at the same time very different. WordPress offers a content management system that offers ease of use and a very user-friendly experience. Drupal is a bit more complex and has a higher learning curve than WordPress. For a first time user, this may not be the best way to go unless you have the patience to learn it. Whether you choose WordPress or Drupal, its best to research which will be the most beneficial for your use.