The platform you choose for content management (CM) of your website should be heavily based on your unique business needs. WordPress and Drupal both have their own advantages and drawbacks, and you should weigh both when making your decision. It’s all dependent on the nature of your site, your available IT support (or self-experience), and the complexity of your technical needs.

Factors to consider when choosing a CM platform

Though Drupal and WordPress have a fair number of similarities, it’s their differences you’ll need to consider:

  • Functionality and design. Drupal is your platform of choice for complex projects and site needs. This could include a large user base that needs to log into and out of your site, complex content needs beyond a standard design template, the need to integrate with other web services or applications, and strict security requirements. Examples of businesses that prefer Drupal are higher education and government websites.
  • Security. Though both platforms do provide security features, Drupal helps you meet more advanced requirements. With Drupal, you can address PCI compliance and database encryption. Also, WordPress sites tend to get hacked more often, simply because the internet is full of more WordPress sites than Drupal sites, and because WordPress features an enormous catalog of plugins.
  • Customization and maintenance. Since Drupal is best utilized for complex site needs, it understandably favors those familiar with website design. In other words, a business owner with limited knowledge of platforms looking to quickly set up and maintain a page could run into usability issues with the Drupal platform. However, Drupal’s capabilities allow for much more advanced site designs and functionality – and if you don’t feel comfortable with the platform, you can hire IT support staff who are.
  • Content management. If your site needs are simpler, WordPress may be your platform of choice – it makes content management much easier and can be used with limited knowledge of development and design. WordPress offers themes and a wide variety of plugins with limited capabilities. Sites that benefit from the WordPress platform are those run by small to midsized businesses, E-commerce sites, startups and not-for-profit businesses.

What they have in common

Fortunately, both platforms offer similar features that make them both acceptable choices. These include:

  • The ability to support high website traffic without losing speed.
  • Extensive support communities.
  • Mobile-friendly optimization.
  • The opportunity to self-manage your site.

In the end, it’s best to take your time. Carefully consider your needs before choosing the right platform – it all rests in what will be best supported by your business.

And if you’re in need of IT staff for website design and maintenance, check out RightWorks. We’ll work with you to understand your support needs, whether WordPress or Drupal, and find candidates who fit. To learn more, contact us today!