Getting into web business is a risky venture today not so much because of the difficulty involved with building and maintaining websites, but actually because it’s so simple to start that the competition is insanely dense. Thanks to content management systems like WordPress and Drupal, the average Joe or Jane would-be web entrepreneur can now easily design and integrate and manage websites like professionals.
If you’re in web business and are looking for a content management system, you may be wondering which of the big two to go with. Although there are many, many more to choose from, WordPress and Drupal are pretty much the industry standards for the time being, and when lined up side by side, Drupal seems to win out over WordPress in a big way. Here’s why.
Three Main Reasons that Drupal is Better
Speaking strictly from a coding standpoint, Drupal is far superior to WordPress due to its open-endedness and constant updates. WordPress, on the other hand, while still offering comparable features in its theme system, is a black hole of data loss and security risks. The platform with WordPress seems to be set in stone, more or less, with relatively few adjustments when compared to Drupal.
2: Advanced Solutions
When dealing with problems of a technical nature, solutions need to be more like water, able to fill holes. Drupal’s solutions are infinite. If ever you encounter a problem, the open-ended nature of the program allows for modifications, plug-ins, and a million different directions. With WordPress, you’re left dealing with a series of set solutions. If you need something custom, you may be forced to fit a round peg into a square hole. Drupal simply allows you to fill any shape you want.
3: Superior Interface
To understand how the setup and functionality of these programs differ, you have to understand what they were designed to do. While Drupal was designed with every intention of the program functioning as a content management system, WordPress was designed to operate within the confines of a blog.
One user, one page, a limited number of steps and features to manage the content within – that was the initial setup of WordPress, and it hasn’t changed much. A true blogging utility. With Drupal, however, you’re looking at a platform designed for multiple users, multiple pages, a wide range of content, and thus it was created to evolve with a user instead of having a user evolve to it.
Many individuals familiar with WordPress may sing its praises. And in all honesty, WordPress is the second best content management system out there for most site owners and designers. When you get right down to the meat of the matter, however, Drupal beats out WordPress in almost every conceivable category.
There are numerous advantages you may find when using WordPress, but they’re ultimately limited. Drupal provides an infinite array of solutions and the overall functionality needed to properly manage content on websites.