We recently took the decision to make WordPress one of our development platforms for simpler sites.

So while we’ve already discussed the benefits of Drupal at some length, it’s time to look at the pros and cons of the world’s most popular open-source content management system.


A simple site is simpler, faster – and cheaper – to develop

The killer reason why we’ve added WordPress to our portfolio. Some clients simply don’t need the expense of a full Drupal installation. For a site that will only ever be used as ‘brochureware’ or for blogging, there’s no really need to pay for power that will never be used.


It’s easier to create a polished, beautiful site

Ease of development makes it simpler to direct resources towards design polish. It costs more to make a Drupal site look as beautiful.


It’s open source

WordPress, like Drupal, is an open source content management system, and there are even more developers out there who specialise in it. That means the investment in your site will never be lost.


It’s the most widely used CMS in the world

Ten times as many content-managed websites use WordPress as use Drupal. About 23% of all websites use the system. Sheer popularity means a burgeoning market for the development of plug-ins, which means functionality is therefore improving all the time.


It’s just as good as Drupal for SEO

Various plug-ins now facilitate good SEO practice and housekeeping.

BUT


It’s less secure

Drupal has enterprise-level security, as befits a system used by governments worldwide. WordPress relies too much on third party plug-ins for its additional functionality, which have often proven an entry point for hackers.


It’s less powerful

You hit a wall in a WordPress development much earlier than you do in Drupal. At its core, Drupal is a much more powerful system, with the ability to create multiple content types and a sophisticated hierarchy of user permissions. WordPress relies on the existence of a plug-in for everything interesting.


It’s less open to other software

If you want to build an API in your website, link it to other systems, or run an app, Drupal is the more versatile and powerful too. The web services coming in its next incarnation (Drupal 8) can only highlight this difference still further.

 


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