WordPress vs. Drupal
So…your company wants to create fast, updated content, but you’re not sure which content management software (CMS) you should choose out of the most popular – WordPress or Drupal.
There are plenty of advantages and disadvantages of using either one, and we’ll explore those here.
If your company is the type that picks a service provider baed on what other companies are currently using, then let’s mention a few that use WordPress for SEO purposes. According to WordPress’s website, the New York Times, Forbes, and CNN all use WordPress to write content for their companies, as do we at LSEO.
Aside from its popularity, WordPress provides many advantages to using its software.
Advantages of WordPress
- It’s very user friendly: Almost anyone can navigate using WordPress. You don’t have to be an expert blogger to post content. Everything is pretty much self explanatory, but if you do come across something you’re not sure about, there are many help forums available.
- It’s free: WordPress runs on HTML software, simplifying things. Some hosting providers allow a one-click installation of WordPress. For others, you have to download the software and create it through FTP, but most offer one-click solutions.
For example, you can add the Yoast SEO plugin; in the beginning it will be free, but if you want more options you will have to purchase them.
- Easy access: You can access your WordPress account on any computer, smartphone, or tablet. You can create content on the go.
- Access to SEO plugins: With WordPress, you can add SEO plugins to your account. Some of them are free, while others are not. For example, you can add Yoast’s SEO plugin; in the beginning it will be free, but if you want more options you will have to purchase extra expenses.
- You can have as many authors as you want: If you have multiple authors working on creating content for your company, all of them can write and edit as needed.
- Using categories and tags are helpful: With WordPress, you have the option to use categories and tags. These additions can help you get your content noticed by readers. For the differences, visit our Categories Vs. Tags post.
- You can use permalinks: In WordPress, you can edit what you want your links to look like in your settings. This change can help you get your content noticed by not only search engines, but also viewers.
- WordPress has loads of theme options available – both paid and free.
- Track revisions: Users can track changes while editing content.
- You can manage multiple sites with WordPress.
- You’re limited on what kind of content you can create: WordPress was originally designed to be a platform for blogging, and that’s exactly what you can only do with WordPress: create blog posts.
- The security isn’t great: Hackers have an easier way of getting into your WordPress account.
- You constantly have to update your plugins: If you don’t update your plugins, you run the risk of your plugins being incompatible with newer ones.
Advantages of using Drupal
- Drupal is mobile: Drupal is very responsive to sites so its users can use Drupal with any mobile device.
- More freedom with content: As opposed to WordPress, with Drupal you can upload videos, menus,and paths to UI content.
- Integrates well with other applications: Drupal wins over WordPress in this category. Drupal works well with other business applications, and marketing technology.
- Security is strong: Drupal’s software identifies your company’s website vulnerability.
- Manage multiple sites: You can manage multiple sites with Drupal.
- In-place authoring: Users can create and edit content. Users can browse the page, click on the content, and edit the content.
- Track revisions: Users can track the changes of editing the content.
- Learning curve: Drupal’s software is more complex and more confusing than WordPress. It might take users a longer time time to figure out how to do everything.
- Costs: The cost to purchase plugins are more money than WordPress plugins.
- Drupal developers: They are not easy to get their attention if you need help.
- Audience: Drupal is more intended for professional developers.
Based on these bullet points, the decision of whether to choose WordPress or Drupal is ultimately up to what’s going to work best with your business.