Content Management System a.k.a CMS. Something you might be hearing often whenever you thought of building a website. In fact, building and managing websites have become a lot easier than ever. There are different content management systems that allow you to create and edit web pages in surprisingly lesser time. They can publish articles online or manage products for ecommerce websites. They let you update content to your website regularly and effectively with absolutely no fuss. This and much more.
Oh yes, these features are pretty much the same for any CMS. But ever since their genesis two key players, WordPress and Drupal, have been competing to take over the main stage. Well, both pose an equal chance of becoming the protagonist. But that rests primarily in doing a SWOT analysis and understanding how they would please your business needs. Let’s put them under trial:
Factor 1: Easy Usability
Even if you have never coded anything ever, you can still work with the friendly CMS – WordPress. It is extremely easy that it nearly lets anyone to learn to use. You will be making the most of its impressive plugin library if you are exposed to the basics of HTML and CSS. This helps you even customize your content management system (CMS). The user interface is easy to understand, clearly marking each of its functions and customization options. The innumerable themes allow for better customization and help building awesome websites in seemingly no time. This means lesser time on website development and more on other aspects of your business.
Drupal, on the other hand, is a bit complex and demands you to be familiar with server operating systems, web server setup and basic PHP.
Factor 2: Themes
WordPress comes with numerous customizable free themes that are highly organized and reliable, making it your easy choice. You just have to download the themes and voila! You can change colors, depict logo, change background, and much more. All these without writing any code at all.
On the other hand, a basic Drupal installation will not let you do these that easily. If you want to get the most out of this CMS, hiring a developer becomes a must. Even if you choose not to spend on hiring someone and do all by yourself, you will still have to expend your precious time to touch Drupal’s extreme learning curve. Honestly, it requires a lot of research and experimentation to finally get it right.
Factor 3: Money Matters
The one thing everyone tells you about WordPress is the countless free plugins it offers. Of course there are also some extra WordPress security plugins worth using at a price. But with Drupal the cost certainly adds up. It does not offer any free modules and to use the high-quality modules Drupal provides you must be ready to spare from your pocket.
Well, I don’t say Drupal cannot be a CMS hero. In fact Drupal may be a preferable choice when it comes to improving your site’s ranking on the search engine results page (SERP). This is because SEO schemes are becoming more content-focused and Drupal can handle innumerable pages of content with ease. Another important aspect is Drupal’s security features that make your system impermeable to common security threats.
Remember, your website is your brain child. Breakdown every aspect of your requirement and nurture it with the right CMS.
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