Drupal or WordPress – Which One Takes The Cake?

Drupal or WordPress - Which One Takes The Cake
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After briefing you on the usage of WordPress and Drupal in the last two posts we come to the evident question of finding the winner of the CMS world. This has been very interesting reading. Both have dedicated services & market places for businesses built on top for those who are immersed  in enterprise services, because as more and more Fortune 500 companies adopt Word Press they need vendors to help them. But the core of WordPress will always be prioritized for  the user interaction. Drupal and WordPress can be both implemented in flexible open-source Content Management System. Drupal 7 gives an overall control over all aspect of your website development. WordPress is an open source PHP + MySQL blog publishing system, released under the GPL agreement, to a powerful, stable operation. The main application of the WordPress personal blog system, but the user can turn it into a personal portal, a business portal.This requires a specific plug-in support and a good appearance template. In combination with other free software projects, such as Drupal, PHPBB, etc. WordPress 3.1 gives all power to integrate the functionality and user friendlessness of web development. Drupal 7 is a huge upgrade and has a number of new features. Durpal 7 is much better than its earlier versions.  For developers there are many APIs are available in Drupal 7. Drupal 7 is fit to face any web development challenge.

Drupal is far more complex:

Drupal, on the other hand, is a powerful but difficult tool. It requires more training for even basic content creation, and it takes a lot of time to get it up and working correctly. For big sites with lots of moving parts, Drupal is a great system. But for blogs, it’s overkill. In the time it would take me to properly train everyone to use Drupal, they could already be publishing from a WordPress.


  • fast easy content creation platform
  • low training overhead
  • easy to setup and get going
  • simple to add new sites and blogs as our content needs expand


  • sophisticated CMS that can do anything
  • high training overhead
  • difficult to setup and get going
  • great for complex sites that need to do a lot of different things

If you do not need to know any of the above I would be tending towards Drupal. If a site does not need different layout on every page using blocks, I advise a client that they can save themselves a lot of cost, time and heartache by going with Word Press. I tell them they can do the same in Drupal but they should be prepared to expect hosting, maintenance, site building and customization, and debugging, will cost a LOT more time and / or money in Drupal. However going by economic trends from job search confirms that using Drupal serves an added advantage for job searches based on the study by indeed.com.

WordPress is better than Drupal at SEO blogging functionality of WordPress, coupled with good navigation structure and excellent appearance style design but Drupal excels when you have more sophisticated needs. Non-technical people tend to like WordPress better because it is easier to use. People with a formal background in engineering seem to like Drupal better because it is better to develop on/for providers. Yahoo has launched the first space complete support WordPress services as the first multi-user WordPress Free Blog space site,. Code for wordpress based on analysis.

  •  From the first few developers to a large developer community, WordPress has been kept for Bug processing.
  • Development and testing of the Beta version, and innovation, to modify and improve existing blog system.
  • If Web 2.0, the Internet has brought the opportunity to take off again, then WordPress can be said to be the vanguard of the revolution but tends to be susceptible to hacking based on CSS.
  • Developers that developed some CSS/PS skills tend to like Drupal because they don’t want to hack Drupal — they want clean code that is maintainable and upgradeable. (I know it is dangerous to generalize and I recognize that there are many exceptions.)
  • If you don’t want to deal with installing, upgrading or scaling your Drupal 7 site, take a look at http://drupalgardens.com — it is free, and allows you to build a Drupal 7 site similar like you would on WordPress.com or SquareSpace. It is designed to take additional complexity out of Drupal.
  • Drupal 7 is slower compared to WordPress but takes up the added responsibility of connecting modules using a db_querry pluggin,

In Drupal7 there is function called db_query() ;the function implementation is  to run queries. It will look like:


Google Trends: WordPress is denoted by red and Drupal by blue.

With time new hybrid WordPress based applications are popping up in different shapes and sizes, and it’s clear that the notion that WordPress is much more than a simple blogging platform or CMS, is slowly but surely getting through to the masses and will permeate through to the in- house functionality. The above figure shows that WordPress leads in SEO.

The question that should be asked is which one will be  difficult to integrate to , WordPress or Drupal with your other systems? How many  existing plugins for your preferred ad service, calendar database and search engine? Or will you have to create them from scratch?

Drupal Filters can strip off any undesired formatting – but without loosing the authors intent as this is retained in the database for future reference.

Drupal also opens up opportunities to write mySql reports using the Drupal.  Adding a  filter  in component and extract this content and place anywhere on a page or peripheral area with exposed meta- filter tags.

For sites that don’t do anything except sell stuff or display ads, WordPress is way  faster/easier.  The basic difference is that query_posts() are used  for the sole purpose of  modifying the current Loop. Simply because your “query” is basically a URL string that you pass to the function, like so:

On the other hand, wp_query is more of a general purpose tool, and is more like directly writing MySQL queries than query_posts() is used in Drupal. You can also use it anywhere (not just in the Loop) and it doesn’t interfere with any currently running post queries. To sum it up, the route is same but Drupal exceeds for the longevity of the platform with user enabled modules:

Regarding Drupal module versus PHP library Drupal also sets a  longterm goal having a separate library for the machine learning bits. Given that any project establishing a one standalone module and then abstracting out a library later is a safe bargain. This will help to ensure that the project doesn’t get bogged down in abstraction details and produces something functional by the end.


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Diksha Arora

Diksha Arora

Diksha Arora is a writer/marketer who loves to write on technologies and is working with ValueCoders, a Web/mobile development firm, through which you can hire Drupal programmers. One can hire WordPress developer here, too.
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  • http://www.gvday.com/ Nina Shaine

    If you just want to set up Drupal as a regular blog, and download an existing theme, it’s actually not all that difficult to do. But then, of course, why would you choose Drupal over WordPress? As you correctly point out, Drupal’s appeal is all in its ability to handle complex site requirements, unfortunately that’s also when the hair pulling starts.

    You’re quite right to point out that Drupal is ideally suited for engineer types, or people who have enough time to learn and understand the complex ways in which Drupal works… or people who have no choice but to figure Drupal out because they’re on a Drupal project – case in point: yours truly!