I recently received the following question in my email from one of TAPCDN’s users:
Greetings! I would love for your advice on debating between two options. I have a 5-year-old site based on Drupal, and I managed to reach it on my own on very good positions on Google, mainly by embedding appropriate key phrases in text and meta tags.
Today I want to upgrade the site, in terms of design, content arrangement and everything, and also adapt it to mobile, and I am debating whether to use Drupal again, or another platform like WordPress for example?
What do you think? Does Drupal’s system support Google’s organic site promotion better, or does it really matter?
So that’s how I decided to take this question a little further and make a more comprehensive comparison of all the benefits and drawbacks of Drupal vs. WordPress and WordPress vs. Drupal.
First of all, it is important to note already the most important figure in a comparison between these two systems.
WordPress – Perhaps the world’s most successful content management system has a share of over 30 percent of all the world’s websites! crazy. In contrast, the older Drupal has a share of only 2 percent.
Let’s start with the advantages that exist in both platforms:
Both are very convenient for novice and non-website users. Both systems are very accessible to the user and tens of thousands of useful guides can be found online. The two platforms are well known and subsequently broadly known and utilized all through the web improvement world. On the off chance that you have an issue or don’t have the foggiest idea of how to accomplish something, you have access to a network of designers and clients who can assist you with finding the best arrangement.
Both Drupal and WordPress are open-source platforms, which means they are allowed to utilize and to grow further. This makes them both moderate and adaptable to meet your particular needs.
As for the convenience of using these platforms, there are quite a few opinions and disputes, in my personal opinion – if WordPress and Drupal are compared to the other content management systems available in the market today, these two systems are in first place in terms of their ease of use.
Drupal vs WordPress: Which platform is cheaper?
Let’s start with the important fact, both systems are completely free and can be downloaded for free online. However, there are differences in the amount of money spent on each of these systems. WordPress is a system that allows a person without experience building a website/blog web store in just a few hours – the bottom line is that it is very easy to adapt the system to your various needs.
On the other hand, Drupal is a more complex drop system for building and adapting to customer requirements. I am not saying that it is difficult to develop, but it requires a little more knowledge and experience to adapt it well to your needs. As a result, a person with no experience in building a site will have a harder time building the site from scratch, so they will have to use the help of an experienced web developer.
The rest of the expense is pretty much the same, the site owner will have to buy storage, domain, design template (if you want – there are free ones of course) and ongoing website management expenses such as content writers, maintenance people and marketing professionals (this also depends on the need).
Drupal vs WordPress: Which system is easier to learn?
As I mentioned before, these two systems are easy to use for beginners too, but what happens when you have to build the site and tailor it to your needs? WordPress is extremely intuitive, while Drupal is more complex. WordPress is very instinctive and easy to use for the non-software engineer hoping to make a site without any preparation.
Then again, Drupal makes getting a site fully operational very hard for amateur ‘Webmasters’. It’s not what numerous clients would think about natural. Rather, it requires getting up to speed on ease of use prerequisites before hopping into an advancement area. Particularly when contrasted and WordPress, Drupal’s substance creation procedure is regularly depicted as anything besides straightforward.
In summary, WordPress is easier to learn but I do not think this is the figure that should determine whether to choose WordPress or Drupal.
Drupal vs WordPress: Which platform is faster?
Still, who is faster? Drupal. Not much, but Drupal’s system is faster than WordPress mainly because of built-in caching and a less resource-intensive framework.
Tip: Read this article about speed Up Your WordPress or Drupal Site with PHP 7.3.
Drupal vs WordPress: Which provides more Security?
Here the competition is easier. Drupal wins the security battle.
Although WordPress is a secure system, it has always been known for various hacking sites that use its system. It has quite a few plugins that improve security but also many plugins that are considered very popular that tend to create quite a few security holes.
On the other hand, Drupal is considered to be a highly secure system. The platform has enterprise-level security and provides in-depth security reports. It’s due to that level of security that you’ll find governments like whitehouse.gov using Drupal.
Drupal vs WordPress: Search engine optimization (SEO)
Drupal comes with SEO-friendly features that WordPress lacks in the absence of external plugins like “All in One SEO Pack” and “Yoast SEO”. In addition, as I wrote in a paragraph about site speed -Page caching (in Drupal) leads to faster load times and that, obviously, is a very useful metric to boost your PageRank. So even in terms of SEO on Google and the other search engines, there is no significant advantage to any platform here – although it can be said that Drupal comes with an advantage but with the use of quality plugins in WordPress, there is absolute equality. It’s also important to remember that in the end, neither Google nor any other search engine will promote your site if you choose Drupal or WordPress, it will promote your site because of high-quality content and optimized site pages.
So Which Platform should I choose? WordPress or Drupal?
So after going through and comparing all the significant parameters on these two platforms we came to one very clear conclusion. Both platforms are of high quality and provide quite a similar user experience. But each has a few different pros and cons. If you want a more dynamic site that will make it easier for you to refurbish and adapt to your own requirements even at a relatively low cost – choose WordPress. If you want a faster, more secure site but more difficult to customize and maintain – choose Drupal. Hope I helped you in the decision, welcome to ask questions in comments to the article, wish you good luck!