Are you planning on building a blog in the near future to help you share your thoughts and opinions with the rest of the world? You’ll need to choose a CMS, or Content Management System, to help you get your screeds to the masses. In case you’re not familiar, content management systems are computer programs that allow you to publish, edit and modify content for Internet consumption. These software platforms have been around since the late 1990s, and they are essential for anyone who wants to use the web as a platform for content. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your perspective), there are literally hundreds of CMS platforms available. However, I’m going to focus on two of the most popular platforms for purposes of comparison. For many bloggers, the choice of CMS platform comes down to Drupal vs WordPress. How do the two platforms match up?
Even if you’ve been living under a rock for the past several years, it’s likely that you’ve heard of WordPress. Simply put, WordPress sets the standard for open-source blogging software that can be used free of charge. More than 30-million sites have been built using the platform, making it the most popular CMS on the planet. Everyone from basement bloggers to corporate giants use WordPress, but there are limits to its usefulness when it comes to the needs of large, scalable corporate websites. That being said, WordPress is perfect for many users who simply want to start and maintain a great-looking blog with full, modern functionality.
Some Interesting WordPress Facts:
- Released on May 27, 2003
- WordPress has received 164 updates since its release
- Updates occur once every 17.8 days, on average
- More than 14,000 plugins/modules/extensions are available
- Nearly 1,400 themes are available
- 14.3% of the top million websites use WordPress
Like WordPress, Drupal is an open-source CMS. More than 650,000 websites run on the Drupal software, and the platform is supported by an enthusiastic team of developers. With Drupal, users can build great blogs, but they can also take advantage of its ability to craft other types of sites and applications. Web developers love Drupal because it is much more scalable than WordPress and other popular options. It shares many similarities with WordPress, such as an easy-to-use WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor and database data storage. Additionally, it also uses PHP to call up data. However, Drupal is probably better suited to developers and web designers who want to do more than simply set up a blog.
Some Interesting Drupal Facts:
- Released on January 15, 2001
- Drupal has received 77 updates since its release
- Updates have occurred once every 36 days since version 4.3 was released in 2003
- More than 8,000 plugins/modules/extensions are available
- Nearly 900 different themes are available
- 1.6% of the top million websites use Drupal
Drupal vs WordPress for Bloggers
If you’re starting a blog, you might not be thinking about your long-term plan. You may simply want to get something off your chest, and you need to find the easiest way to make that happen. That being said, you should take some time to consider what you want your web presence to look like in the future. This will be a major factor in determining whether Drupal or WordPress will be the most appropriate platform for your needs.
If you can see yourself building a sophisticated website that will require massive scalability in addition to maintaining your blog, Drupal is probably better suited to your needs. It contains everything that you will need to post and edit your blog, plus it allows you to grow your web presence significantly beyond blogging. Unfortunately, Drupal is not nearly as user-friendly as WordPress.
Since WordPress is easier to install and operate, it might be a better solution for you if you don’t have the time, energy or requirement to grow and expand your site rapidly. If blogging is your primary objective, it’s hard to recommend against WordPress because it is so popular and easy to use. Additionally, it offers more themes and plugins to help you craft your blog in a way that contains a unique, personal touch. What’s more, WordPress is terrific for the budget blogger.
The Bottom Line
When it comes to making a decision between Drupal vs WordPress, both platforms are winners. At the end of the day, you can create a terrific blog using either WordPress or Drupal. Both platforms offer tremendous functionality, and they are quite similar in terms of their basic ease of use for blogging. However, I would recommend Drupal if you have big plans for your website and your overall online presence. If you simply want to keep a great-looking space on the Internet for your blog without the need to expand rapidly, I would recommend WordPress.
What CMS do you use for blogging? Are there any important differences between Drupal and WordPress that I may have missed? Let us know what you think by dropping us a line or leaving a comment below.