WordPress vs Drupal

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.

John Locke is the lead developer and founder of Freelock, LLC. In addition to being a proficient web developer, he is an experienced technical writer, network administrator, and all around problem solver.
John Locke is the lead developer and founder of Freelock, LLC. In addition to being a proficient web developer, he is an experienced technical writer, network administrator, and all around problem solver.
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