Website in Drupal
When should I choose Drupal?
Drupal is similar to WordPress in the sense that it is a CMS just like WordPress. There are just like with WordPress, available plugins (Drupal calls these modules), themes and a large community (though not near the WordPress community).
However, some would argue that Drupal is more inclined to be a CMF (Content Management Framework) rather than a CMS.
This basically means that the user of Drupal adapts and builds a CMS with Drupal as a base.
Drupal has a much lower market share (around 4.6%) while WordPress has a significantly larger market share of almost 60%. Both Drupal and WordPress are “Open Source”, which means that they are completely free to download and use.
We use both WordPress and Drupal, but since Drupal is more advanced and has a much longer learning curve, it usually becomes more cost-effective to work with WordPress. If we ignore the cost of developing a tailor-made website in Drupal compared to one in WordPress, it is up to us to decide which is most relevant to work with for the specific assignment, unless the customer in question requires that we develop their product in Drupal. . Drupal is undoubtedly built to be able to scale up without losing remarkable performance or creating larger bottlenecks. WordPress’ database structure is not as structured, which means that problems can arise when we scale up.
Who uses Drupal?
One of the major users of Drupal is Nasa (Very large site …) .
From the start, Drupal has focused on high security and scalability, which WordPress lacks to some extent. The core of WordPress is relatively secure, but problems arise to a greater extent with WordPress because it is more user-friendly and easier to familiarize with, which then attracts a customer base that may lack some critical knowledge in how to secure an installation. These security holes are often opened by the user himself when they have inconsistent file permissions and with plugins they do not have the knowledge to check whether they open critical security holes or not.
So which one should I choose?
We have adapted to the limitations of WordPress in terms of scalability and worked around most problems to still be able to scale up a product, but if you are looking for a more exclusive product that already does the job from the ground up and is less dependent on plugins from a third party and you can imagine spending a little extra money on your product, so the choice is up to Drupal. A clear disadvantage, however, is that continued further development, provided that you lack the technical knowledge, will be more costly than a further development of an existing product built with WordPress as a base. In addition, we have significantly more suppliers in WordPress compared to Drupal and that the community is larger, but it is also true that there are more companies that use WordPress as a base that lacks critical knowledge in both security and more advanced programming.
Choose WordPress if you want to reduce costs and yourself lack programmatic knowledge and want a product that is easy to use. However, be sure to hire a knowledgeable web agency!
Choose Drupal if you want a scalable application and are ready to pay a little extra for both the production cost and further development. However, keep in mind that the person you hire to develop your product in Drupal probably has a broader understanding and knowledge base compared to those you hire to develop your website in WordPress (though not always true …) An advanced programmer does not necessarily possess knowledge in design / user-friendliness. If you hire a web agency that is professional at Drupal, make sure that their team consists of both skilled programmers and skilled designers.