For a little more than a year now, I’ve been running Drupal on two of my websites, this site and my solar power site. Two of my other sites run WordPress, along with my wife’s site.
What brought me to write this post was just a few of the observations I’ve made over the past year between the two platforms for delivering content. It really is an unfair comparison between them.
Is blogging software pure and simple and very easy to implement. It allows anyone with a little knowledge and skill to get it up and running very quickly. Couple this with many free templates, along with some very good paid templates, and you can have a semi-unique site up in no time at all.
Two of the paid templates I like, the first used to be called the Revolutiontheme by Brian, it is now called Studiopress. In reality both of these themes are overkill for the average wordpress blogger.
The second theme is Thesis for WordPress I’ve written about on this site. Thesis is orientated for search engine optimization, yet it is a little complicated to implement, and does take away quite some of the SEO control.
I really like the combination of Thesis and WordPress…
…I was actually thinking about converting my Solar Power website to wordpress utilizing the Thesis theme. The more I thought about it, I just could not see giving up the many features I’ve found so nice in Drupal.
WordPress, just like Drupal allows you can create pages with drop down menus etc… Many web masters are really pushing WordPress, getting it to act more like a contact management system, something which Drupal does far better in my opinion.
Drupal Is Content Management At Its Finest!
Working with Drupal for over a year, I find that I really like it far more then WordPress. One of the reason is more control. Yet, with this control, you also must place restraints on what you do with it.
With all the modules that you can easily plug in, it does not take long to have the installation bloated and slowing down. This does seem to be a major concern with some individuals.
With that in mind I’ve really begun to take a look at which modules I have installed. I then revisit the purpose of the module and determine if I really need that module? I often find that I really don’t need it and remove it, or I’ll look for an alternative that has less overhead.
What Kept Me From Switching My Solar Site To WordPress…
…it’s not what you’re probably thinking. What it came down to is, the blogging software I like to write with, and how the combination of Marsedit and Drupal works together.
Using WordPress and Marsedit, I can write blog posts and it does it very well! With Drupal and Marsedit not only can I write blog posts but also a page, story, or a book page.
The one issue I had with Drupal, and if you really think about it, it’s not that big of an issue is the SEO aspect. We already have the modules for the essential items you need, title, description, and keywords.
The only SEO issue I could see was, the metadata for the pages, such as to noindex follow etc… which would prevent the duplicate content issues, "This was actually fixed in a later module release!" Anyway, the search engines tell you to write for your visitors, not them, which makes the most sense anyway.
WordPress or Drupal which is Best?
Each has its pro’s and con’s, for a large majority of bloggers WordPress is the better choice. But, if you want more control over your website, then Drupal is a far better choice.
With Drupal come prepared to learn, the more you dig in and learn about it, the more you’ll come to appreciate all that it has to offer. It gives you the ability to later expand your site with multiple authors, forums etc… doing it all with relative ease. In my opinion Drupal is the best choice!