If you’re trying to decide on the right CMS for your website, WordPress and Drupal are both flexible and SEO capable CMS’s. Yet, the two present stark differences in areas like cost and usability.
Check out the infographic below where we outline some stats on the differences between WordPress and Drupal.
Now that you’ve seen the infographic, let’s outline some key differences between the two CMS’s to help you determine whether WordPress or Drupal is better for you.
Because WordPress is so widely used, it becomes a bigger target for hackers than Drupal. But the frequent claim that Drupal is more secure than WordPress is false, especially when the right security precautions are taken.
Vulnerabilities can exist in outdated WordPress plugins, core, and themes, meaning it’s imperative to keep them up to date with the latest security patches. WordPress also contains many powerful third-party plugins to enhance security.
There are many other security precautions you can take with WordPress to avoid vulnerabilities.
Ease of use
If ease of use is important to you, you’ll want to go with WordPress. It’s super easy to use WordPress and instantly customize your site and start producing content. No coding knowledge is required, although it can help attain more possibilities in customization to learn a bit of CSS.
Also, WordPress’ massive community makes it easy for you to find answers to your questions; Drupal also boasts a helpful community, but doesn’t have as large of a user base or resources.
Drupal can be very difficult to use if you’re not experienced with code, yet using WordPress is a piece of cake for those who lack technical expertise.
WordPress owns nearly 60 percent of the CMS market, while Drupal accounts for almost 5 percent.
The numbers do not lie — WordPress is the preferred choice and is used more than any other CMS for a reason, likely due to its simplicity and ease of use.
Scalability and speed
Both WordPress and Drupal are known to deliver scalability and speed to massive websites. And WordPress can scale even more by investing in managed WordPress hosting, which helps optimize site speed when content reaches large volumes and traffic levels are high.
Many huge media sites that produce massive amounts of content, like the NY Times, Forbes, Tech Crunch, etc. trust on WordPress for scalability and speedy content delivery.
Drupal claims to be built specifically with SEO in mind, and WordPress has a multitude of plugins to enhance SEO as well.
One main difference between the two is how they handle mobile. Many mobile themes on Drupal run better off a subdomain. This creates two separate URLs to index in search engines (i.e. www.yourdomain.com and www.m.yourdomain.com). Most of WordPress’ themes are mobile responsive and don’t have this problem.
WordPress is the better solution if you’re looking to have multiple authors on your site. WordPress has standard roles for Admins, Editors, Subscribers, and so on, however Drupal doesn’t have as many standard roles.
WHO’S USING WHAT?
See here for notable WordPress users: wordpress.com/notable-users.
Notable sites on Drupal can be found here: drupal.com/showcases.
And the winner is…
So which CMS is the best? Sources point to WordPress, however we’ll leave it up to you to decide. Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.
For additional information on the differences between WordPress and Drupal, check out this white paper.