WordPress is by far the world's most popular CMS, but there are several other options with dedicated user bases. Drupal, for example, is the CMS of choice for millions of site-owners.
So, which is better? Is the wisdom of the crowd correct with WordPress, or is Drupal a true hidden gem? Read on to find out.
WordPress vs. Drupal – A Basic Understanding
WordPress and Drupal both provide you with a self-hosted solution through which you can manage your website.
While WordPress saw the first light of the day back in 2003, Drupal launched slightly earlier, in 2000.
But WordPress has grown at a much faster rate – it's now used by 29% of all websites. Drupal, on the other hand, powers just 2.3% of websites. While Drupal may have fewer users, it does have some high-profile users, including The Economist and Taboola.
WordPress – WordPress is incredibly easy to use. Anyone can create a fast and stylish website on WordPress, even if they have absolutely no coding experience.
Drupal – With Drupal, things are a little different. If you're a coding novice and you want to make anything more than a very basic site, you might need to hire a professional developer to do it for you.
WordPress – One drawback to WordPress is that it is somewhat vulnerable to hackers. You must always maintain a high level of protection when you're relying on WordPress.
Drupal – Conversely, Drupal is very secure. In fact, it's probably the most secure PHP-based CMS. Each of the elements on your website will be treated as an object, and it does all it can to make its security algorithms work on them.
WordPress – WordPress comes with a directory of amazing resources. Countless themes and plugins are available to you (themes enhance the look of your site, while plugins add functionalities). They come in both free and premium versions, so you don't even need to spend any money to start improving your site.
Drupal – Drupal also has a lot of customization options. It offers close to 40,000 modules (the Drupal equivalent of plugins) and more than 2,500 themes.
WordPress – WordPress adjusts to devices of all types and screens of all sizes.
Drupal – Drupal is also very responsive. It even resizes images when needed.
WordPress – The more themes and plugins you add to your WordPress site, the slower it will become. But if you're smart about your modifications, your performance will be fine.
Drupal – Drupal is less efficient. Even without added modules and themes, Drupal's tools and scripts often lead to slow load times.
WordPress – WordPress is an open-source and community-driven project. It is maintained by a dedicated community that is constantly improving the platform. Most themes and plugins are regularly updated. You can also reach out to this community and even meet them in person at the annual WordCamp convention.
Drupal – Drupal also has a strong community of both users and developers. Most of its extensions are regularly updated as well.
WordPress – WordPress products consistently have thorough documentation. If you ever have any problems during installation or operation, you can usually find the answer with a quick look at the documentation.
Drupal – Documentation for Drupal products is more spotty. You'll often just get the source code, and then you're supposed to figure out the rest. Sometimes, you won't have access to a single word of documentation.
The Choice Is Clear
Drupal gets points for security, but in every other contest, it's either a tie or WordPress has the advantage. It turns out there's good reason why 6 out of 10 CMS users choose this CMS. You just can't beat WordPress.