Why WordPress is Better than Drupal
There is no longer a big debate over which is better, WordPress of Drupal according to most bloggers and webmasters. Out of the top million sites using CMS (content management system) approximately 15% use WordPress. This is compared to only 1.3% who utilizes Drupal. The biggest difference (and we will discuss other differences) is the community built around the sites. It doesn’t matter what kind of cool things a website can do, if the blogger or webmaster cannot figure out how to use them. WordPress has a wide network of users and tons of free tutorials to help you figure out any issue. Drupal’s community is so much smaller that it is difficult to send up an S.O.S. and get a fast answer!
How Does WordPress Compare?
When compared to the top nine features reported to be the most important by bloggers and webmasters, WordPress rated five stars on every single feature. Drupal got five stars on two; system requirements and compatibility and ranked as low as two stars on some features such as “easy to customize.” The following features were rated.
- Easy to Install.
- Number of features.
- System Requirements.
- Easy to customize.
- Technical support.
- Search functions.
- Themes available.
- SEO Options.
In a world where almost everyone has a website, it is important to be able to design a site that is unique and original. Many large corporations offer “fill in the blank” websites for their customers and the result is boring, cookie-cutter sites. The differences are minor. Usually you can choose your color scheme, maybe some artwork, but for the most part the websites are uniform. This is the same feel bloggers have complained about with Drupal. There is not enough flexibility in the design options. Though there are more features than the corporate cookie-cutter plans mentioned, there is not enough. The webmaster does not feel he has designed and brought to life his ideas.
WordPress was created with user-friendliness as a top priority. When one needs to make a change, it is normally easy to do and a simple process to achieve your goal. Drupal in recent years has put a lot of effort into making their site more user-friendly. The problem is the Drupal system was not built around the user. There is much more focus on creating a system that could do things, than on the ease of making a system that actually does them. Trying to make the users experience easier is not a small task when the design often requires multiple steps and visiting many areas of the site to make what seems like a simple change.
The content editor of WordPress has been standardized and this makes it easier for the designer, or blogger to use no matter what version they are on. Drupal does not have a standard content editor, and the user has to choose from 13 different options. This is a big problem if you are not sure what the differences are with each option.
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Upgrades and Compatibility
Every time there is a major version, Drupal starts from that point. WordPress has backwards compatibility. This means you can get help and work with issues that were in your previous issue and most of the time, it is an easy transition. With no compatibility insurance from your last version, you can be facing big issues. If the version you are using suddenly becomes obsolete and if Drupal no longer supports your obsolete version, you could be facing a complete re-write of your website. This could be a big expense and a huge time investment. In its self that is enough to send many of us running to WordPress.
The sourcing codes are critical in a business CMS website. If one was a stay at home mom, keeping meal plans and schedules running smoothly, the basic Drupal is a good choice. Out of the box, you can make it perform some basics easy enough. But for a complex business CMS site, you need quality code, written in an easy to use format that is ready to do your bidding. The WordPress sourcing codes alone draw more users to WordPress.
WordPress is so much more popular and there are so many more professional using the system, support is readily available. As mentioned there are plenty of tutorials available. But if you find yourself in a situation where you simply need a professional, you will find that experts on WordPress charge a lower rate. The reason for this is probably because there are more of them. Regardless, they are there and they are good, and they cost less!
No matter what platform you use, you will have to debug. It is a fact of life. WordPress has some of the easiest built in debugging programs available anywhere. Drupal has a good debugging system, but it takes much longer as it loops through core functions in search of the issue. WordPress has a function where you can set a spot on the template and simply debug from that point forward. It saves hours of frustrating wait time.
Themes and Designs
Themes are such a big deal to the blogger or webmaster. It is so difficult to create a theme with Drupal that WordPress has many more themes (many free) to choose from.
There are many more reasons why WordPress is so much more liked than Drupal, speed, ease of hosting, plugins and much more. For the sake of time, we will just say, the users have let it be known with the platform they are choosing more and more every day that WordPress is the better of the two.