Drupal or WordPress – which CMS to choose?

A lot of the beginners who want to create a website sooner or later discover the necessity of using a good CMS engine. There are millions of reasons to use CMS, and I’m not going to enlist them here, other than by saying that it makes the whole process much, much more convenient.

When you start googling CMS though, you may often see that Drupal and WordPress stand out from the rest as the most common choice of users. And so, you will naturally have a question, which one you should use, Drupal or WordPress?

As both of them are quite popular, you may be easily led to a false conclusion that they are the same. They are not, and if fact they are completely different! Ten years back in the past, these two platforms could probably compete for the top CMS engine title, but now the WordPress has become an undisputable leader.

The reasons to choose WordPress for your new website are just too many, but I’ll try to write down some of them, just to give you an idea:

  • The WordPress can be installed in a matter of 10 seconds. This is true, if your server is fast enough, it will hardly take any more processing time than that. You may need some additional tuning later, but the first time installation will take you almost no time. On contrary, the Drupal takes like 1 hour to install. It’s by no means automatic, and in order to configure it properly, you will need to go as far as editing its installation text files and copying them one by one into different folders. The options of light, medium and full installation are also very confusing.
  • The WordPress has a very high performance factor, making no unnecessary files and keeping the system clean. The CPU resources are also used very efficiently. For these who want to achieve even better speed performance, there are plenty of specialized plugins like W3-Total-Cache that can boost it further to the limits. Drupal is sluggish even on the light install option. Sometimes it takes as long as 1 minute just to open a single page.
  • WordPress has all the needed tools and widgets right out of the box, while Drupal will need to install a dozen of plugins just to make a commenting on your page possible.