Should you use WordPress or Drupal for your next project—this is a common and fair question to ask. I have been using both content management systems, and both have their pro’s and cons. Planning for your project’s needs is critical in determining which CMS be sufficient.
Both content management systems are a pleasure to work with, but each one is better suited for certain demands. Overall, both WordPress and Drupal offer an amazing experience, but which one is right for you?
WordPress is one of the most sought after publishing platform by new bloggers, and is unquestionably one of the most popular.
- Easy process for migrating to Drupal
- Simple install
- Many themes available
- Easily customizable
- Very stable
- Quickly ready for production
- Built-in image and media handling
- Popularity ensures third-party support will not be a problem
- Look elsewhere for community-based sites
- Extendable, but there are limitations
- Questionable security (but reasonable turnaround time on fixes)
- User roles are fairly restricted
Drupal is an excellent choice for people that wish to create expandable and community focused sites.
- If you can think it, you can create it
- Amazing centralized community on the Drupal site
- Powerful, extendable modules
- Relatively easy to develop modules
- Easy API reference
- Fast growing
- User roles completely customizable
- New data types (nodes) are easily created and extended
- Difficult and time consuming task for migrating to WordPress
- The available themes leave much to be desired
- Management of the site can become a full-time job
- Lack of a built-in rich text editor (can be added with a module)
- Lackluster image handling
The simplicity and efficiency of WordPress is amazing. I enjoy knowing that I can install WordPress and be blogging within minutes. It is familiar to me, and it works.
WordPress has also come a long way to maturing as a proper CMS, and more websites are finding it to be a great way to handle complex sites. (Revision 3‘s latest site was built using WordPress.) With time, I slowly see the WordPress development community making changes to the back-end to allow more expandability—similar to Drupal, but it will never be able to outperform Drupal in this manner alone, that is, unless there is a complete re-write (which is highly unlikely any time soon).
The amount of effort it requires to manage a Drupal site might not be worth it. This is also true if you are juggling multiple blogs. It can be a handful, and this is not the ideal situation for plenty of people.
I would reserve use of Drupal to sites that will be more than just a typical blog. If you want to create a community around a blog, then Drupal is perfectly fine. If your site will be handling many types of media, and needs to be extendable for the future, then Drupal, again, is an excellent choice.
To sum it all up, if you want a system that will work without the need to extend your blog into something more in the future, use WordPress, but if you want a CMS that can act as a blog and so much more, consider using Drupal. Something to keep in mind is the fact that WordPress’s export functions would easily allow you to move to Drupal, if required.