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Why Consider Drupal Over WordPress?

There are a lot of people who are looking for an easy system they can use to manage the content on their website. Two of the most popular systems are WordPress and Drupal. There are a lot of reasons why people tend to lump these programs together. Some of the reasons why include:

  • Both WordPress and Drupal are free to use
  • Both platforms have a number of modules that add to their functionality
  • WordPress and Drupal have numerous plugins that allow users to tailor the program to meet their needs
  • Drupal and WordPress are open source technologies

Even though WordPress does have more users, Drupal has been growing in popularity in recent years. There are a few reasons why people are using Drupal over WordPress.

The Security of Drupal

Drupal has enterprise-level security and provides its users with regular, in-depth security reports. For this reason, numerous websites, including, employ Drupal to meet their needs. With the power of the entire open-source community, Drupal has grown to have one of the most impressive security suites available for web development.

On the other hand, WordPress has a reputation for being vulnerable to cyberattacks. While the plugins used by WordPress are nice, they also open the door to cybercriminals.

When Drupal is combined with a powerful hosting partner, its security gets even better. Drupal simply has better security than WordPress.

The Functionality Differences

Drupal also has a much deeper level of functionality than WordPress. Drupal has a wide range of features including blocks, views, taxonomies, and content types. Even though this can make it harder for people to learn how to use Drupal, once they are comfortable with the platform, it is superior to WordPress. And, with the recent Drupal 8 release, this platform became much easier to use.

Drupal’s Flexibility

WordPress has a number of free and paid themes and plugins that make it easy for people to create a website; however, the flexibility of WordPress is a bit limited. WordPress was originally created to be a blogging platform. Therefore, it doesn’t have the same degree of flexibility as Drupal.

Drupal is able to support thousands of pages and users. While there are starter themes that can make it easier for users to get started, much of Drupal surrounds custom development. Drupal is the better platform, particularly for those who are looking for more complex web projects.

The Support of the Community

Both Drupal and WordPress were created to be open source platforms, so there are plenty of users who have made their own edits and customized the code to meet their needs. Because Drupal was created by developers for developers, the platform can have a relatively steep learning curve.

The Drupal community is active and available to provide assistance to those who need it. Therefore, if the Drupal customer support team is bogged down, users can always find support from the Drupal community. And, HighRock has a helpful Support Team that’s available by phone or email to answer any questions.

The Cost of the Platforms

Both WordPress and Drupal are free to download, install, and use. There are also paid features that accompany both software platforms. While it might be a bit harder to find a developer who specializes in Drupal, it is has gotten easier for developers to work with Drupal thanks to recent updates, which reduces the cost associated with building a website. For example, Drupal recently incorporated frameworks, such as Symfony, that are more common in the developer community.

Users Prefer Drupal Over WordPress

These are just a few of the many reasons why countless users have decided to go with Drupal over WordPress. Drupal is a flexible, powerful platform. As a result, it is possible to use Drupal to create effective, unique, customized solutions that have been designed specifically to meet your needs. While WordPress is a simple platform, Drupal has far more features that will scale with your business over time.

Alex Pritchard

by Alex Pritchard, Technology Director

Alex’s interest in web development and technology began in online gaming, where she learned the basics of HTML and CSS. She studied web design and development at Northampton Community College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, then continued her education as an intern in the HighRock University program. After joining the HighRock team full-time, she moved to Hagerstown, and in the rare moments she is offline, she enjoys watching reality tv, reading murder mystery and true crime novels, and spending time with her family.

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