Why should I use Drupal instead of WordPress?
My friend John Locke has written a great article about the differences between WordPress versus Drupal with a comparison to the difference between Microsoft Word and Excel. I agree, WordPress is a great tool for putting together a websites with rich content and information and Drupal does more of the data management side of a website and can be build to look great too.
Both Wordpress and Drupal claim to have Content management systems and as John explains, WordPress needs outside help to create a good CMS compared to Drupal which comes with systems already in place to make it a more functioning CMS choice. “There is no user interface for creating these fields in WordPress core — you either need to get one of many different (usually proprietary) add-on plugins, or have a developer write code to set up these post types.” As John puts it.
“In WordPress, your first decision is typically to pick a theme, and a lot of themes come with a bunch of extra functionality that help you actually build the site. In Drupal, your first decision is how to organize your content — the theme can be tacked on towards the end of the process, and easily changed at any point.” John says. So it is a wise choice to decide how much capabilities do you want out of your website and which tool is best for you. I design WordPress websites to function for a number of my clients and provide them with an online portfolio. If the website is going to handle more content management, check in functions, sales and data management I recommend Drupal to start with and not try to build a site in WordPress and have to go to Drupal latter.