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Why TechShu Prefer Drupal over Wordpress?

Drupal Vs Wordpress

It is difficult to compare Drupal and Wordpress software because they target two totally different markets. Also there’s no one-size-fits-all solution here; it depends on your goals, technical expertise, budget and what you need your site to do. Wordpress targets the blogging community while Drupal targets a much broader community. The only true overlap is that Drupal can be used to run a blog as well. For a simple blog or portfolio-type site, Wordpress could be the best choice (while very friendly for non-developers). For a complex, highly customized site requiring scalability and complex content organization, Drupal might be the best choice.

 




 

Drupal

Wordpress

Homepage

www.drupal.org

www.wordpress.org

About

Drupal is a powerful, developer-friendly tool for building complex sites. Like most powerful tools, it requires some expertise and experience to operate.

Wordpress began as an innovative, easy-to-use blogging platform. With an ever-increasing repertoire of themes, plugins and widgets, this CMS is widely used for other website formats also.

Example Sites

Community Portal: 

Govt Sites

Other Famous Sites

Ease of Use

Drupal requires the most technical expertise of the two CMSs. However, it also is capable of producing the most advanced sites. With each release, it is becoming easier to use. If you’re unable to commit to learning the software or can’t hire someone who knows it, it may not be the best choice.

Technical experience is not necessary; it’s intuitive and easy to get a simple site set up quickly.

Features

Known for its powerful taxonomy and ability to tag, categorize and organize complex content.

Ease of use is a key benefit for experts and novices alike. It’s powerful enough for web developers or designers to efficiently build sites for clients; then, with minimal instruction, clients can take over the site management. Known for an extensive selection of themes. Very user-friendly with great support and tutorials, making it great for non-technical users to quickly deploy fairly simple sites.

Best Use Cases

For complex, advanced and versatile sites; for sites that require complex data organization; for community platform sites with multiple users; for online stores

Ideal for fairly simple web sites, such as everyday blogging and news sites; and anyone looking for an easy-to-manage site. Add-ons make it easy to expand the functionality of the site.

 

 

Let’s look at these platforms in more details one by one.

Wordpress

Wordpress is an open source blogging platform that has taken off in popularity with over 60,000,000 sites built on its software. It is the gold standard for free/open source blogging software. It has been embraced by companies of all shapes and sizes but most of the time there is a caveat.

Many companies specifically use Wordpress to power their corporate blogs, but not for their main websites. That is because the amount of time and money it would take to mold Wordpress to the needs of large organizations for a scalable multi-user experience, would be too great. Another reason companies use Wordpress is because they get lured into purchasing very inexpensive templates.

Wordpress is without a doubt the best CMS for basic blogs and content exchange.

 



Pros of Wordpress

Cons of Wordpress

  1. Wordpress is best for content and blogging.

  2. Wordpress installs relatively easily and presents end-users (bloggers) with a clear and familiar sense on how to create and manage blogs and blogging media.

 

  1. Wordpress is so easy that even the most technically limited users can do it since Wordpress made blogging as easy as emailing.

  1. Wordpress is extremely simplistic and provides a fast, cheap method to get a website up and running, but it is fundamentally not built or designed to scale (scalability is the ability of a system, network, or process, to handle a growing amount of work in a capable manner or its ability to be enlarged to accommodate that growth), have additional features or provide a rich user interactive experience.

  2. There are millions of plugins, but the API (Application Program Interface) is very limiting, so the plugins that add substantial features often will not work well together.

 

For example there is no “core” or standardized way to handle custom user profiles and actions associated with user accounts, or user permission management (again, there are multiple extended plugins that support this, but when you need a richer user experience, Wordpress breaks down).

 

This is why the company behind Wordpress releases new “versions” of Wordpress whenever it needs features that can’t be added to the core without significantly custom development outside of the provided API hooks; there are http://wpmu.org, http://buddypressorg, http://videopress.com and more!

 

  1. Additionally, Wordpress only supports 2 pre-built in content types (posts and pages), but in reality, people have a lot more different types of content (They have categories etc, but you can’t have separate fields and different types of data which is what you really need when you’re talking about fundamentally different types of content like shopping cart items, classes, events, etc).

 

  1. It’s a blog but now you also want a web store and a forum and X or Y or a whatever. It’s obvious that Wordpress can and has been adapted to do much more than blogging. Unfortunately, it’s not going to be super easy without hiring someone to help you.

 

Drupal

Drupal is an open source content management system with over 650,000 sites running on its software as well as a thriving community of developers. Some of Drupal's strengths are handling multiple users, scalability, number of modules, and strong community involvement. It's an outstanding platform to build websites and web applications with a team of developers or individually.

Drupal is largely the best in terms of most flexibility and as such, depending on your experience level, Drupal can be viewed as either the Worst or Best CMS out there. (Disclosure: For Us, Drupal is the best!)

 



Pros of Drupal

Cons of Drupal

 

  1. Drupal has comparatively higher learning curve than other but it's best for the long-term complex sites - Drupal may take more work initially; it’s the best CMS when you expect to have a changing game-plan of needs in the years to come. Choose Drupal when you aren’t quite sure what kind of site you need or will need.

  2. Historically Drupal has not presented that greatest first impression like Wordpress. If you eventually got over the learning curve with Drupal, then you’ll eventually see that Drupal’s initial “blank canvas” is superiority since you can build a Drupal site as a Blog and an Ecommerce store. You can build a Drupal as a Forum and User Profile. You can build Drupal as basically anything and everything since Drupal is a highly flexible CMS built for adding extensions (we call them “modules”)

  3. Scaling– Drupal scales really well, meaning it has been proven to be easily expandable in order to support thousands and even millions of visitors that add terabytes (Lots) of data. That’s one of the main reasons why Drupal is taking over the entertainment space.

  4. Media– Lots of new developments have made when it comes to dealing with media: we have HTML5 video, images, audio etc. Drupal has fantastic media handling capabilities that include full media galleries-- this means you can upload 100 images all by dragging it into the browser from your desktop. Out of all the CMSs I’ve used and even most of the custom applications, I rarely see anything as good as Drupal’s media handling capabilities.

  5. Mobile– The open source developers for Drupal have contributed some very cutting edge mobile tools to allow Drupal to be used as the base for iPhone and Android (and Windows 8) applications using a number of amazing tools like PhoneGap. Consider Drupal as a great place to start and build complicated or simple mobile apps so for example if you need or want a mobile site that can take a zip code and show results based on that information.

  6. For Developer - Drupal has a fantastic API and it has lots of feature-rich add-ons that don’t require a lot of extensive custom programming. The actual API and way they structure module development enable developers to create extensive features and additions that work together seamlessly. And when you’re ready to do custom development and integrate new services or platforms, it is extremely well-documented and has progressive tools and services that allow you to add amazing things like Google Places integration and it all works seamlessly with your existing system. Built into Drupal’s core is the ability for users to login, adjust their profile and manage unlimited content types and display filtering. This means you can have separate content types for events, shopping cart items, locations, interviews, etc and each of the content types have simple-to-adjust custom display and user permissions (also built into the core). It’s by far the most powerful open source CMS in the world and is being expanded by top notch developers.

 

 

  1. The only downside to Drupal is that it’s more extensive of a platform and will cost more for the initial build. So if you have a miniscule budget and your site only requires a simple feature set that Wordpress can handle, I would recommend not using Drupal; however, if you need a serious website that can exPlease note that this doc is created only for internal use of TechShu, it is not meant for distribution in public.pand and add features to (have user accounts, advanced integration with other platforms, classes, etc.) then Drupal is an amazing choice.

 

The reason we choose Drupal over wordpress.

Drupal 7 was released on January, 2011, which makes Drupal even more scalable in terms of complexity and attempts to tackle some usability issues as well. It is much more inviting to a non-techie user and can even be recommended for beginners. The learning curve that is said to be SO HIGH for Drupal is slowly but surely decreasing thanks to Drupal 7. It has dramatically changed the way we develop our Drupal websites and with modules such as features and migrate for quickly reusing portions or whole sites we are seeing less and less projects go the way of Wordpress.

Here are a few questions from our clients:  

  1. Can't I just buy this $50 template?

  2. Can I update the content?

  3. Does it have a blog?

  4. Can I add a job board?

  5. Can I give our client access?

  6. Can I open the site to allow for multi users?

  7. Can they each have a profile where they can upload resumes?

You see how quickly a site can progress? This site has quickly gone from a basic Wordpress blog site to a fully functional job board. The reason Drupal is our CMS of choice is because you can use Drupal to run a simple site or to run a highly complex multi user ecosystem. Once you are in the Drupal platform the sky is the limit. We challenge our clients to make the right choice for their business at the get go, because it can end up costing them more in the long run if they make the wrong choice.

Typically clients come to us in desiring to migrate to Drupal, because they want more than a blog.

TechShu Consultancy Pvt. Ltd
22-05-2013
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