Which CMS is worth using

Drupal or WordPress - which CMS is better?

It is time to introduce our two content management systems Drupal and WordPress in this blog post. Both systems have something in common, but also their very special strengths. Although we focus our main attention on our well-known favorite CMS Drupal, we look after and support well-known customers with their WordPress project. So keep your eyes peeled and concentrate fully, because this CMS comparison is positioned very objectively and with full vigor on the runway. So get away from black and white thinking and ready-steady-go for "Drupal vs WordPress!"

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In order to be able to take a closer look at the comparison of the two content management systems and to start the race, the term CMS = Content Management System should be explained in advance.

A CMS is a software, with which a website and its contents can be created, edited and organized.
No programming knowledge is required to use a CMS. So can also laypeople Control desired content independently. WordPress, Drupal, TYPO3 and Joomla are among the best-known content management systems in Germany.

In principle, a distinction is made between open source software and proprietary content management systems. While open source, also called "free software", means the free use and inspection of the source code and can be used free of charge, regardless of whether for private or commercial use, proprietary content management systems are chargeable and prohibit access to the Source code, as well as the change and copy of the software.
Did you understand everything and ready to go? Then let's start our extensive Drupal WordPress analysis.

Drupal or WordPress - two content management systems introduce themselves

Similarities

Similarities make you strong and the two CMS WordPress and Drupal also have some similarities. Both are a Open source system, they are therefore both free of charge and suitable for free use. Both systems are also based on the known one Script language PHP and use the recommended database systemsMySQL or MariaDB. This means that they are supported by all established hosting providers. But that's not all. Both systems were released relatively promptly, while Drupal was released in 2001, WordPress was released for use three years later.
Due to the high level of awareness of both content management systems, the community on both sides is large and provides websites with plugins, themes and extensions, as well as help from the community developers if problems arise.

differences

distribution

A new survey on "Market shares of the content management systems CMS worldwide" in July 2020 on Statista quickly shows that the content management system WordPress With 63.6% market shareremains the clear and competitive world market leader. The CMS Shopify (4.3%), Joomla (4.0%) and Drupal (2.7%) lag far behind in comparison. Overall, it can be said that WordPress is the largest and most recognized content management system in the world. Against such popularity, the race for Drupal doesn't get any easier.

The graph below from Google Trends shows that Course of interestthe content management systems WordPress (here: red) and Drupal (here: blue) of the last 12 months in Germany. The values ‚Äč‚Äčindicate the search interest, the value 100 stands for the highest popularity of the term. The average value for the CMS WordPress is 78.83, for Drupal it is 5.73. What is striking is the increasing interest in WordPress in March, which could well be related to the new version, which was released in March 2020.

Google Trends (source: https://trends.google.com/trends/explore?geo=DE&q=Drupal,Wordpress)

Installation &user friendliness

After installing both systems, it can be clearly seen that WordPress can be used immediately afterwards and just a few minutes Drupal offers a standard installation, but it does not cover everyone's needs immediately, which is why one or the other additional installation is required.

Ease of use for Laypeople and developers is great with WordPress. The system is easy to understand and thus a breeze to start and work with quickly. WordPress speaks for itself, especially for developers, as something can be created right from the start, even without much prior knowledge. With Drupal, on the other hand, instruction and a certain amount of expertise are required, which is why many take the easy route and it's called WordPress.

speed

When it comes to speed, Drupal has the edge. This system can serve high speed websites in no time. Drupalleast much more elegant and performantresulting in fast server communication. In addition, no matter how many pages the website has, it is easy to manage websites. With WordPress, however, an elementary component is missing to be able to keep up: the turbo boost. Thus, care must be taken that the websites do notoverloaded with plugins to maintain speed and performance.

costs

Drupal and WordPress are both licensed under the GNU General Public License Version 2.0. Since both systems are open source and at your free disposal stand, they cost nothing in principle. Designs and plugins can also be downloaded free of charge from the respective pages. However, every project requires time and effort. In contrast to a WordPress site, programming skills are required for a Drupal website.

Since WordPress is easy to use, most agencies offer WordPress services even with little programming knowledge, which drops the competition and the price for WordPress projects.
Especially with Drupalvery complex projects which have to guarantee a high level of security, the costs for Drupal websites are usually higher.

Flexibility &Functionality

Drupal consists of a core, which contains certain basic functionalities, if additional functions are required, modules must be installed. Since Drupal is so versatile, websites can be built with different intentions and target groups: be it forums, blogs, community portals, shops or classic websites.

Individual so-called "content types" can be set up for different content, such as jobs, blogs, news or press releases. Will new requests arise in the future or will the industry and the need change quick action, can be responded to quickly with Drupal.

The wide range of functions and the high flexibility at Drupal, but by no means make the CMS appear confusing, on the contrary, our experience shows that the Drupal structure is a great boon for developers.

With WordPress, on the other hand, it is sometimes difficult or impossible to change themes and templates afterwards. In the case of large WordPress projects, it is also likely that the structure is no longer clear due to a lot of content and the website becomes confusing for developers.

The winner in this round is easy to recognize and is called Drupal.

Search engine optimization

In principle, it does not matter to search engines which CMS or how a website was created. However, make it easier certain plugins and modules the search engine optimization. Metadata can be filled in by the system or, by quickly caching and loading the page, the GoogleBot can be easily usable.

The advantage of WordPress lies in the search engine friendly URL creation. Drupal also offers valuable SEO modules such as: the Pathauto module, Metatag module or hreflang module. Redircets, metatags and hreflang tags can be created automatically without entering them manually, which saves time and covers part of the SEO measures. Drupal.org has published an SEO checklist for this. With SEO, both are on par, it remains exciting!

Security & Updates

When it comes to protecting the web from hackers and viruses, Drupal is the clear winner. Many popular software solutions are prime targets for hackers. The large number of plugins developed by the Wordpress community is not the problem, but the very easy release of these plugins becomes as a security hole viewed. Drupal plugins, on the other hand, are carefully checked and approved before they can be found online. Now one or the other in front of the screen would certainly think that WordPress uses similar processes, yes and no, because the security standard of the Drupal publication is miles ahead of WordPress .

Since Drupal is considered a very secure CMS, it is particularly suitable for use in public administration and in medium-sized to large companies. The platform has enterprise-level security and provides detailed security reports. 1,000,000 websites, including those of the American government and the World Bank, are based on Drupal.

Multilingualism

Drupal supports the creation of a multilingual website through modules with which a page can be translated into a desired language effortless. Wordpress prompts users to choose the language for the administrator at the time of installation. A Wordpress website can be changed to another language both manually and with the help of plugins. There are numerous plugins with which a WordPress site can be designed in several languages, but these are among the premium plugins that are associated with costs. The winner? Here, of course, Drupal.

Drupal and WordPress - well-known examples

Both Drupal and WordPress serve well-known companies and their websites. These include the German Federal Environment Agency, the well-known car manufacturer Tesla, Walt Disney and Vogue.

Overall, one can say for Germany that WordPress is being used more and more and Drupal tends to include exceptions. However, behind these exceptions, there are extremely extensive sites from large corporations and the government that focus on security.

The Drupal showcase for years has been the White House. Government and administration sites are known to be designed predominantly with Drupal. But surprisingly, the White House has chosen WordPress as its CMS and has taken a new path.

Drupal or WordPress - who will win the race?

Both Drupal and WordPress win the race! Because the question of which CMS is better is not ideally posed; it comes up here strongly The target group at. If you look at both CMS and are looking for an ideal solution for a simple website or blog, WordPress wins. For most users who are just starting out with the website or have simple pages, the only sensible decision is to use WordPress.
Drupal, on the other hand, is ideal for creating individual website projectscomplex page structuresand for websites whose security is essential.

summary, one can say:

While WordPress, with its quick installation and great ease of use, mainly adapts to Blogger, privateUsers Drupal is the right solution for large companies and public institutions. Drupal is ideal for complex and highly customized websites with a lot of content. Drupal is ideally suited for comprehensive publishing, intra- and extranets, community solutions and multilingual websites that are hosted by Professional developers be understood. WordPress also appeals to users who value sophisticated and stylish aesthetics thanks to the large selection of free design templates. For users who have content on asimple website without much effort online, WordPress offers an intuitive software solution that can be installed quickly and is easy to use in the front and back end.

Since the decision should be well thought out and the individual aspects should always be taken into account, it often costs time and decision-making processes. If we as an experienced Drupal and WordPress agency can help, please contact us via our contact form at the end of the blog or by phone.

You can find more blog articles on Drupal in our blog overview.

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