Drupal vs. WordPress

Drupal Vs. WordPress

Valerie Boucher

Which is the best fit for your organization?

Drupal and WordPress are two of the best content management systems in the world. Both have risen in popularity for their open source software that makes is possible to create powerful custom websites at a lower price.

WordPress is well suited for small to medium sized websites, blogs and smaller ecommerce stores. Its focus is on creating the best user experience for bloggers, non-technical users, at the sacrifice of serving more complex content user cases and application development needs.

Drupal is the most powerful open source solution available out of the box, and is used both by large and small sites worldwide. Drupal pages typically load more quickly, has enterprise-level security functions and is highly customizable. Drupal also requires basic learning to fully leverage its power.

Get a sense for which system will best achieve your organization’s goals with the table below:

 
Drupal
Wordpress

Complexity

Drupal is a powerful, developer-friendly tool for building complex sites. Like most powerful tools, it requires some expertise and experience to operate.WordPress began as an innovative, easy-to-use blogging platform. With an ever-increasing repertoire of themes, plugins and widgets, this CMS is widely used for other website formats also.

Use Cases

For complex, advanced and versatile sites; for sites that require complex data organization; for community platform sites with multiple users. Drupal is highly scalable and can better support growth.

Ideal for fairly simple web sites, such as everyday blogging and news sites; and anyone looking for an easy-to-manage site.

Examples

Fast Company, The White House,  InStyle, and The EconomistWall Street Journal Blog, Times News Feed, New York Observer


For organizations looking for a unique design or custom project, or an organization with a lot of  company/client data who relies on high security, Drupal will be the best option. For organizations looking to create a multi-author publishing platform, or looking for simple ease-of-use will likely prefer WordPress.

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