Building a website with a content manager system (CMS) can be difficult within itself. There are many different options that are different in price, quality, and content. Choosing one that fits your website development needs and ideals can be difficult. We should look at the two top quality brands, WordPress and Drupal, and compare them. Knowing more about each can help you make an informed decision. Let’s look at the overall qualities of each.
WordPress is the world’s most popular CMS website. It has over 140 million downloads and has over 45,000 free plugins for you to customize your website. Because of this, WordPress is an easy interface for non-coders to customize their website. It allows for the page by page editing and has over 4,000 free themes to choose from. Why is WordPress so popular? It is free. No contracts or hidden fees.
This is great as it cuts the initial investment costs for startup companies. With so many themes and free plugins, WordPress is also one of the most customizable CMS platforms. Lastly, because of the popularity of the site, there is a ton of online support. Between googling an issue, WordPress support, or the support forum, you can find exactly what you need to solve your problem. This allows you to customize your website easily without all the knowledge of coding.
Of course, WordPress is not perfect. WordPress does limit the amount of creativity. Even though they have numerous amounts of plugins and themes, doing any significant visual design is difficult. Additionally, building the website from the ground up can be challenging without coding knowledge. This means that if you do want to make significant visual edits, you’ll probably need to hire someone. This can set you back depending on the size of the project. Although this is a negative, for a beginner, this is a positive. By limiting the ability to mess with the coding, there are fewer chances for beginner to accidentally mess up their entire website.
Drupal is a smaller website than WordPress but still has a significant following. With 15 million downloads, Drupal offers only 34,000 free plugins. Even though this is 10,000 plugins less, it still beats the nearest competitors such as Joomla. Drupal only has half the themes at 2,000 free downloadable themes. This offers less for beginners, but Drupal makes the ability to edit files directly.
Instead of being at the mercy of your plugin, Drupal allows users to edit content, visuals, and plugins alike. With this, Drupal is the most customizable CMS platform out there. It is also the most powerful at face value. With faster response times, it uses resources more efficiently and works well with hosting websites. Just like WordPress, Drupal is free. There are no contracts or hidden fees. Once you download the software, you can add this to your hosting server.
Drupal also has its downfalls. One of the biggest complication of Drupal is that it requires advanced technical knowledge. Many people require at least some basic HTML or CSS editing knowledge. If you do not have this, hiring someone can be more difficult. You will have to hire someone with more technical expertise which could cost you more. Although Drupal requires higher tech-savvy individuals, it allows for people to customize their visuals or plugins to exactly what they need. This is good if you want to create more complex stores.
So what does this mean for you and your website? Either CMS platform can help you create a good website. Depending on your specific websites needs will determine the exact choice. Looking at them side-by-side, here is an overview to help you better determine what you need.
- WordPress is a good choice for beginners because of its easy interface. This is usually the best from smaller e-commerce websites and blogs. This is one of the better options if you want to create the website from a template.
- Drupal requires the basic understanding of HTML and CSS. Because of it is more difficult, you can create the website to your exact specifications. This is better more complex and larger websites. Easy for those who are tech-savvy.