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Introduction

If you haven't heard about the terms CMS, Drupal, or have heard it but do not have a clear understanding. Then this is the article to have a look at. At the end of this article, you will be clear about Drupal and the difference between Drupal and WordPress. 

Let's first move toward "What is Drupal?"

 

Definition

Drupal is a free and open-source content management system(CMS) for building flexible content publishing workflows and dynamic features around that content. Web content. It's used by billions of people and organizations looking around the globe to transform and maintain their websites.

Drupal is free and easy to download, and anyone can modify and extend the platform as per the requirements. This ensures freedom from vendor "lock-in," It empowers users worldwide(ensures flexibility) to monitor Drupal's underlying code for consent and security issues and fix them quickly.

Features of Drupal

  • The platform accommodates unlimited content types with highly customizable forms, including text and media content.
  • It dynamically retrieves 
  • Drupal adheres to modern object-oriented programming patterns
  • It controls access to features and content with its sophisticated user role classification and permissions system.

 

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Pros of Drupal

 

1). Offers systematic updates

Like most content management systems(CMS), Drupal comes up with regular software updates, fixing existing bugs to improve the user experience.

2). Drupal is an open-source platform

What do you mean by Open source? It means that Drupal is free for use. You don't need to pay anybody to use, download, and modify Drupal for your website project. You're allowed to copy and use the code as-is or customize it for your purpose. As a developer, you can even share your customized codes with the community for others to use.

3). Mobile-friendly themes

There is a bundle of responsive themes in Drupal's arsenal that can turn your site mobile-ready instantly.

4). Strong community

Drupal is a community of more than 1,000,000 members, including developers, designers, and well-wishers, who work in tandem to support every Drupal user. They voluntarily contribute to improving the platform by developing new themes and modules for your projects. Also, the communities will allow you to directly interact with the members and get all your technical doubts cleared in no time.

5). Foolproof Security

Drupal is more secure for your website than any other CMS platform. It does not depend on free third-party plugins, making the Drupal website less vulnerable to security threats.

 

Cons of Drupal

 

1). Limited modules

In comparing WordPress with Drupal, Drupal has a limited number of modules. If not optimized on time, Third-party modules can hinder your website performance.

After all these disadvantages, Drupal still powers websites like nasa.gov and websites of several Fortune 500 companies.

2). Not-so-friendly interface

To Manage Drupal is a challenge without developer assistance. A vast range of themes and modules (plugins) are indeed available at your disposal, but you need to search and find what fits your purpose. 

3). Steep learning curve

Web Development with Drupal is not as easy as it may sound. The responsible developer has to learn a lot to crack the system's basic functions. He must be proficient in HTML, CSS, and PHP codes. Implementation and customization of this framework require years of experience and expertise in it, which is one of the reasons why this platform has not been able to capture more than 4.6% of the CMS market share.

Drupal Vs. WordPress

 

1). Functionality

WordPress is ideal for small/medium businesses looking to build a straightforward website as a beginner. As WordPress offers so many plugins, themes, and options for integrations, the platform provides massive capabilities, as long as you use them as intended out of the box. If you need to customize the functionality or layout, it cannot be easy and cost you more in the long run.  

Therefore Drupal is a great option for those looking to build an enterprise-level solution or site that contains multiple forms of content, functionality, features, and integrations. The Drupal framework offers more flexibility and opportunity to build an application that mimics your business model and use cases. Drupal's ability to handle multiple roles like content, integration, and complex configuration requirements makes it perfect for a customer experience portal or application. 

 

2). End-User Experience

WordPress is very user-friendly and easy to maintain and manage for non-technical users(having no technical knowledge). With the various plugins and themes available, this functionality comes out of the box.

While Drupal doesn't have the best reputation for ease of use, it is possible to build a user-friendly backend. Drupal's framework is a kind of blank slate, i.e., admin panels and workflows need to be carried out and planned ahead of time.  

 

3). Price

WordPress is your best option for those looking to build out their sites themselves, with little help from an outside agency. It is easy to learn and use as a beginner, plus it has a wide variety of templates and modules (free of cost) for you to choose from. 

But if you are looking for a more customized solution that can grow and evolve, Drupal is the better solution, as the new solutions are often difficult to modify.  

 

4). Security

Both WordPress and Drupal are secure Content Management System solutions. However, websites are built and customized on each platform, and Drupal is more secure. The themes, user habits, and mistakes are more commonly seen with WordPress users due to how the platforms work.

The main security issue with WordPress sites stems from the vulnerability created when 3rd party plugins are uploaded. 

So we can conclude that WordPress sites are more targeted than Drupal, and WordPress themes and plugins are less secure than Drupal.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is Drupal used for?

The main reason organizations like Drupal is due to flexibility. Drupal has a wide range of digital experiences, including:

Intranets, Online Directories, Marketing Portals, etc.

2. What is WordPress?

WordPress is an open-source CMS written in PHP and connected with MySQL and MariaDB Database. It can be used to create a website, blog, and mobile applications. It is also used to create an online store using WordPress plugins. 

3. What is CMS?

A content management system(CMS) is an application used to manage content, edit, and publish on a website without technical knowledge.

Conclusion 

The conclusion can be made that Drupal shines for projects where you want to combine high-quality content with a full range of features and marketing tools. And there are many ways to prioritize content strategy when you use Drupal as a DXP.

After reading this article, what have you learned about Drupal? What is better, Drupal or WordPress? 

You are a beginner, and your website will be simple? → WordPress

WordPress will allow you the fastest creation of a website and modifications, provided you do not build anything too complex.

If you are looking for a complex and robust solution? → Drupal

If your needs are complex and your website will require advanced Security, it is worth investing in Drupal. Development may take longer, but the uniqueness and security of your website are worth it.

 

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Topics covered
1.
Introduction
2.
Definition
2.1.
Features of Drupal
3.
Pros of Drupal
4.
Cons of Drupal
5.
Drupal Vs. WordPress
5.1.
1). Functionality
5.2.
2). End-User Experience
5.3.
3). Price
5.4.
4). Security
6.
Frequently Asked Questions
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Conclusion