When it comes to building and running a website, many companies rely on Content Management Systems (CMS). Two of the most popular are Drupal and WordPress. Making a decision between which to use is based on your specific requirements, including your desired site functionality, goals for the site and user expertise. Both CMS platforms are considered “open source,” which means they’re free to download and use, plus continuously improved and supported by a community of users.

So which content management system is the best for your website?

Factors to consider when selecting a CMS

The bottom line is complexity: is your website design simple, or complex and highly customized? The answer to this question can help drive which CMS you decide to use. In most cases, complex site needs are best addressed with Drupal, while simpler sites work just fine on WordPress.

If you’re not sure of your site’s level of complexity, consider the following:

  • Scale. A simple website, such as a blog or brochure-style site that’s simply providing information about your business, requires less scalability than sites with multiple contributors and sub-sites. If your platform needs to host multiple websites and handle the permission control of multiple publishers, its complexity increases.
  • Re-use of content. More complex sites require information to be used in multiple sub-sites or channels, possibly deployed both automatically and manually.
  • Language requirements. Businesses with global reach, such as airlines, have web content that must be translated into multiple languages. This expands the globalization of the business and increases the target market—and the site’s complexity.
  • Security requirements. Let’s say your website is that of a school system or government entity—you’ll be handling sensitive information that needs to remain secure. This increases the complexity of your site needs and the functionality you require of the CMS.
  • Content that requires more than a simple publishing process (e.g., legal review or translation) increases site complexity.

What about time and resources?

Another consideration when deciding on a CMS is the time and effort you’re willing to dedicate to learning the platform. WordPress is a user-friendly CMS with a shorter learning curve than Drupal, which requires some experience to operate.

Looking for support in managing your CMS?

If you’re not sure which platform to choose, or your needs are complex and you need guidance, you can rely on the expertise of a website support company. From design and development to upgrades and maintenance, website support is a strategic way to run a beautiful, functional and modern web page. And RightWorks can help! To learn more about the website services we provide, contact us today.