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A look at WordPress and Drupal for building websites

It goes without saying that WordPress and Drupal are two of the biggest open source content management systems available today. It is also well known that WordPress has attracted a larger user base since its inception in 2003, with a current user base that is almost 10 times that of Drupal.

Like any other technical debate, there are supporters and opponents on each side. And for web designers who have yet to make up their minds or make a decision, there are compelling arguments for and against each platform. However, rather than just looking at popularity, a wiser scheme might be to look at how each CMS performs against key design factors, then make the best decision for each client’s business, free from bias. staff.

Ultimately, the debate can be boiled down to user skill level. Drupal comes with more features, which makes it a great platform if you know how to navigate it, but there’s also a higher learning curve that some find frustrating. WordPress, on the other hand, is much easier to navigate, use, and customize, but has fewer features. Let’s look at a few factors in detail.

1. Relative ease of use

This is one of the most important factors to consider, not only for you as a web designer, but also for the client. If you have limited web design/development skills, Drupal might not be your first choice as it has a more complicated back-end than its counterpart. WordPress has a very user-friendly platform, and with the WYSIWYG schema, it allows virtually anyone with computer skills to create a blog in minutes.

WordPress also has the advantage of a larger community of users, which means the chances of getting help if you hit a wall are higher. You can also get tips from the experiences of other designers, which can help you improve your site. Drupal also has a user and development community, and not a small one at that. It is, however, smaller than the WordPress community.

2. Upgrades and Changes

WordPress rolls out upgrades around 3-4 times a year, and it’s done seamlessly, meaning there’s not much for the designer/webmaster to do once the upgrade is installed. Drupal also updates regularly, but their updates for the Drupal core are not automatic. This means that a web developer must be hired to maintain the backend code.

WordPress has a great mobile app to allow editing on the go. You can write new articles and publish them or edit existing ones as easily as you would on a computer. Drupal also has a responsive user interface to allow easy access on mobile. However, Drupal does not have its own mobile application.

3. Personalization

Plugins and themes are the easiest way to customize a website, transforming it from a standard site to one specific to a client’s needs. As far as they go, WordPress tops the list with a directory of almost 37,000 themes and plugins, both free and paid, to choose from. Premium themes are more customizable, allowing you to customize virtually every aspect of the website.

WordPress’ large plugin base is directly attributable to its huge community of developers. The result is a high degree of flexibility when using WordPress, whether for a blog, portfolio, e-commerce store, or official business website.

Drupal also offers a high level of flexibility with page types minus plugin installation. If you are still looking for the convenience of using plugins, the Drupal version of these are called modules and the best of them are paid. Drupal has fewer theme choices, which means a designer’s input may be needed to make the site what you think you want it to be. Savvy developers can help you create a unique and highly functional site using Drupal, avoiding the risk of looking like someone else when choosing a WordPress theme.

4. Cost

Development cost

Although both platforms are open-source (i.e. free), the site owner still has cost considerations to make. For example, it is easier to find web designers and developers who are proficient in using WordPress than Drupal. Since Drupal has a steeper learning curve, the few designers/developers will have higher fees to repay their investment.

Additionally, premium plugins in WordPress are generally less expensive than the modules available for Drupal, and there are many more free plugin options with the former than the latter. Website owners will also need to consider that as the website grows, WordPress will require greater server resources.

5. Security

Many WordPress plugins come with inherent vulnerabilities, which open a site up to security breaches and hacks. This becomes more true if site owners/webmasters are slow to download the latest updates and/or fail to update their plugins once they get older. Because it’s so popular, hackers spend a lot of their energy looking into WordPress vulnerabilities. However, there are third-party solutions that can help bolster your website’s security posture.

Drupal is undoubtedly the more secure option, with enterprise-grade security settings and an in-depth security reporting system. That’s why it’s a favorite with many government sites, like the White House.

6. Size

Drupal has the ability to support sites of all sizes: from static single-page websites to sites with hundreds of pages and traffic in the thousands accessing the pages simultaneously. WordPress started out as a blogging platform and, in the author’s opinion, has a limited ability to handle huge volumes of content and traffic. In such cases, WordPress may provide a slower browsing experience for users compared to Drupal.

7. SEO


Although search engine optimization is not platform specific, there are certain things that make one better than the other. Both have built-in SEO features, but Drupal is designed to be specifically search engine friendly. However, you can improve WordPress optimization by using a host of available plugins.

Drupal has faster page load speeds due to a robust default caching capability, and faster page load speeds are preferred by search engines. Additionally, because it can seamlessly handle larger amounts of content, Drupal delivers larger volumes of relevant content, making these sites likely to rank higher for queries.


For any web designer, it’s not about which one is better than the other. On the contrary, for each client, the specific needs of the users must be taken into account, taking into account all the factors above, before choosing the most suitable CMS platform for their use.

Authors biography : Lalit Sharma is an SEO consultant who runs an SEO house called Ranking By SEO. It specializes in link building and other SEO-related activities. You can also find it on TwitterGoogle+ and his personal blog.