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10 Reasons Why WordPress CMS is better than Drupal CMS

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As more and more websites are jumping on the WordPress wagon, it is obvious to be concerned about your Drupal website, especially if you have been struggling to keep up with it.

We are often asked this question by people looking to migrate away from Drupal – Why migrate to WordPress from Drupal?

According to W3Techs, WordPress holds a market share of 60.4% of all the websites that use a content management system, monitored by it, whereas Drupal holds a small share of 5.1%.

So in this post we decided to tell you Top 10 reasons why WordPress holds this lion’s share of the market.

Ease of Use

Drupal
Drupal is a fairly complicated and technical system. You end up spending a lot time customizing your site and should be prepared to shell out a lot of money. If you are not a trained developer, a steep learning curve is involved even for basic content management. The level of difficulty and overwhelming administration interface is one the main reason for being less popular.

WordPress
Adding new posts, pages, images and other types of content are extremely easy and the technology behind it is extremely simple and user friendly. Unlike Drupal, you don’t need any technical expertise like writing HTML or using FTP. The Administration panel of WordPress is very easy and intuitive to use requiring minimal user training.

Verdict
Let’s face it! WordPress is the easiest CMS for a non-developer. Even though Drupal 7 has improved a lot on usability but the administration interface is still very confusing and intimidating for non-developers.

Core Features

Drupal
Drupal gives you an impressive list of features in form of core modules, but you need to create custom features yourself or third-party modules. Drupal modules are not only expensive to write and difficult to integrate, but also create compatibility problems when upgrading.

If you wish to write them yourself, be warned, as the feature page itself looks so confusing to beginners, adding to it will involve a lot of work. According to Drupal’s Wikipedia page, “Drupal’s many contributed modules can have overlapping functionality and have been reported as overwhelming to new users.”

WordPress
The needs of today’s website are way beyond just adding text, images and managing comments. There are many other features that your web site might require, such as contact forms, polls, per-user blogs, customized user profiles, forums, event calendars, news feed, SEO, etc.

Some of these features come built-in while others can be easily added to WordPress by installing a plugin.

With the addition of WooCommerce, WordPress ranks higher in the list of top ecommerce platforms.

Verdict
Wordpress makes it extremely easy to use thousands of features that it offers extending its capability.

Hosting and Installation

Drupal
A moderate hosting package will run you at least 10x that of a WordPress hosting package. Even though the basic site requirement for the two is same, Drupal is a spoilt resource hog and needs maintenance that comes with more expensive hosting packages. The Drupal setup is slow and needs moderate amount of technical knowledge. Post installation, one need to add a long list of tools, like content editor and Admin tools.

WordPress
Lets start with hosting, WordPress is incredibly cost effective, because it can be hosted anywhere. It takes virtually no resource, no specific server configuration, all that it needs is PHP and MySQL. With the fool proof setup wizard, WordPress has really simplified the steps involved along with speed. If you looking for an out-of-the-box solution without plug-ins, you do not require any post installation headaches and are good to begin creating content.

Verdict
The building of the Drupal website can be time and budget consuming requiring moderate amount of technical knowledge. This makes WordPress the obvious choice for its simplicity and speed of setup.

Free Themes and Plugins Available

Drupal
Drupal has a good number of free plug-ins and themes available too. But the high complexity and difficult administration again make things difficult.

WordPress
Wordpress has over 30,000 plug-ins, giving you a chance to do just about anything on your site, right from activating SEO, contact form and social sharing. If you get them from a trusted party, you can be sure of its quality and feature enhancement it brings to your site. WordPress offers a wide range of free and premium themes. Both types of themes professionally design your website without any experience requirement.

Verdict
One of the biggest factor for WordPress’s rise to fame stems from its thousands of free plugins and themes, available for setup with much ease.

Backward Compatibility

Drupal
Drupal says, “While the upgrade path will reliably preserve your data, there is no backward compatibility with the previous Drupal code.” Drupal prides itself for its radical improvements with each new version, by ignoring backward compatibility. If you have a Drupal system, what it means is that you will be stuck with one major version unless you have the time and money to rewrite the entire site and continue to reap benefits of its developer community.

WordPress
All upgrades in WordPress are seamless and it makes sure that all major and minor releases are backward compatible.

Verdict
Do we need to say more, if you are looking for a solution that is backward compatible you only choice is WordPress.

Easier to manage source code and debug

Drupal
Drupal’s highly nested architecture with overlapping functionality makes it exhausting for the developer to loop through code and core functions before actually finding out which code is faulty and needs modification.

WordPress
Wordpress has a much simpler approach as most of its logic is stored as PHP code. With a good version control system, WordPress site’s code management, deployment and debugging are very straight forward. Often with WordPress the developer can simply set a breakpoint on a file and debug from there.

Verdict
Version control system needs to be much more strategically planned in Drupal. Debugging simplicity makes WordPress developers choicest platform.

SEO Features

Drupal
You need more experience and expertise to configure SEO features with Drupal.

WordPress
Wordpress provides technology that makes the process of optimization simple for user. Even though SEO features don’t come out of the box, quality plugins like All In One make SEO super easy, even the advanced features. WordPress allows creating tags for posts, optimizing permalink structures, and setting all the appropriate metadata for pages and posts.

Verdict
Bottom-line is search engines as well as users love WordPress. Although both platforms have powerful SEO features, you have a higher chance of screwing things up with Drupal.

Performance

Drupal
Drupal is definitely heavier in the sense that it runs more queries per page, which can makes Drupal sites slower. Drupal geeks will advise use of caching controls to get better output but the truth is that you cannot cache most items in the admin console.

WordPress
The WordPress sites have a smaller response time, right out of the box. Most sites do not need to boost their performance, but there are plugins available to go way beyond what’s already offered.

Verdict
Wordpress is a performance champion. Performance is a critical factor when choosing a platform as it is a determining factors for its page rank for Google search engine.

Support

Drupal
Drupal does conduct events, maintains active forums, mailing lists, discussion groups, online documentation, but the numbers are still significantly smaller, making response slower. Also due to lack of technical expertise, sometimes if becomes difficult to get an effective answer.

WordPress
The primary support website for WordPress is WordPress.org which hosts WordPress Codex, the online manual and a living repository for WordPress information and documentation. WordPress Forums is an active online community of WordPress users.

Verdict
Community makes a big difference when you need help. WordPress has a community much larger than Drupal. If you look at the market share of WordPress which is much larger than Drupal, it just goes to show how large the support community is for WordPress compared to Drupal.

Cost

Drupal
In order to use the high-quality modules and beautiful themes, you must be ready to pay a huge sum to the developers. The cost of maintenance and customization also escalates as the site grows. Drupal simply costs more to run, keep up-to-date, and develop for.

WordPress
Wordpress proves to be cost effective CMS due to the benefits like high number of available designers making hiring one cheaper. Average setup and customization of a basic WordPress site is much lesser. The average maintenance cost of also much lower for WordPress making it more popular.

Verdict
Wordpress gets the crown when talking about affordability. Since Drupal is a very complicated software system, it requires a lot of research and experimentation to get it right. Setting up is both expensive in terms of money and time.

Bottomline –

We understand that it is a big step to choose the new Content Management System for your site. While evaluating a system, you need to do a lot of due diligence and have to be sure about the pros and cons of the each. Based on your requirements, skills at hand and budget, you need to dig deeper to understand every small detail right from installation, cost, and features to ease of use, customer support and more.

We hope to have helped you in easing your anxiety and steer you in the right direction with our experience.

Jess Antony

by Jess Antony

Jess Antony is the digital marketing expert at cmstowp.com. She writes blogs and articles on various topics related to wordpress and love to create infographics on different subjects.

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