Drupal Vs WordPress
To those unfamiliar with Drupal and WordPress, the difference between the two can often seem insignificant, and the choice between them is often based purely on the personal preferences of the team of developers and designers tasked with building the site. At Dgtl, we believe in choosing exactly the right tool for the job, and that means considering both your immediate and long term objectives when selecting a CMS. We won’t bore you with technical jargon, but we do believe in educating our clients on the range of options available to them, and explaining why we would recommend one choice over another.
Both Drupal and WordPress offer excellent community support, extensive customisation via a very broad range of third party extensions, and a large marketplace of developers, designers and other support professionals. Both platforms offer a range of core functionality which make them a solid choice for a broad range of sites, but they excel in different areas.
When to use WordPress
WordPress was originally developed as a blogging platform and, though it has evolved in to a more general purpose CMS in recent years, its core feature set continues to be heavily influenced by this heritage. It’s particularly suited for small to medium sized blogging and marketing sites, and we regularly use it for this purpose. The content creating and editing tools are feature rich and user friendly, and in our view are WordPress’ single biggest strength. We’re also big fans of Yoast’s SEO plugin, which is an essential tool for understanding both how your site’s pages will be seen by search engines and ensuring they are fully optimised for your target keywords. WordPress is most suited to a small number of contributors, editors and admins, and doesn’t offer community oriented features such as forums for example.
When to use Drupal
Although Drupal can also be used for small to medium blogs and marketing sites, it really excels when used as a platform for larger community oriented sites where visitor contribution is a key goal, and features a very comprehensive and granular permissions system that offers far greater flexibility than WordPress. The content creation and editing experience is much simpler than WordPress, but also less feature rich—especially when working with media rich sites that include lots of imagery and video. Drupal, in our opinion, also offers greater flexibility “under the hood”, which is particularly helpful when integrating with third party tools and services.