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Drupal vs Wordpress - what platform should you choose?

Posted 04/March/2013 by neubreed

When it comes to content management systems, two names, Drupal and Wordpress almost always come up. These two platforms have spawned numerous debates among users on which one is actually better. Both platforms have their own share of users and supporters who swear by the supremacy of one over the other. If you are still on the fence over which platform performs better, here are some more factors that you can ponder on.

Drupal is a creative resource for seasoned web designers and beginners alike, which makes it the perfect platform for building any kind of website. A major feature with Drupal is that it keeps separate the design of the site from its content, which means that users can keep updating the overall look of their website and not go to each page for the update. The Drupal platform is capable of handling multiple users. It is highly scalable and offers a good number of modules. It also has also established an involved community of developers and users helping each other out.

WordPress on the other hand is more geared towards blogging although you can still incorporate other elements of your online business into this platform. Its main advantage is ease of use but some businesses only opt to use Wordpress for their coporate blogs and use another platform for running their main site.

While Drupal doesn't have as many templates as Wordpress, it is easier to build a web site on this platform because the developer can control the entire architecture. This is ideal for companies with very specific goals or purposes that would be impossible to achieve with a set of canned templates. But Drupal does have a starter template which allows users to have their site up and running while still having the technical functionality they will need in the backend.

Since WordPress began as a blogging service, many people find it easy to build their websites on this platform. Some of its strengths include the ease of installing, updating, and managing sites, a shorter learning curve for beginners, and a superior admin section. With the launch of Drupal 7 though, users get a platform that is more scalable when it comes to complexity and tackling usability issues. It can now be easily used by beginners who know nothing about building a website.

As a whole, we can assume that WordPress is a blogging service that one can transform into a full-featured website while Drupal is a platform for building full-featured websites that has a blog function as well. Of course, the thing to bear in mind when building your site is to consult web design companies in Sydney to gain more insight on what platform suits your needs best.