Drupal and WordPress are often portrayed as web content management rivals – either you use Drupal or you use WordPress, and once your choice is made you’re stuck in a particular ecosystem for eternity.
Thankfully, life isn’t quite as black and white as that, and it is quite possible to migrate from WordPress to Drupal or vice versa should your requirements change. It’s even possible for Drupal and WordPress to coexist, through plugins available on each platform.
How easy is it to get started?
Newcomers usually find that Drupal has a steeper learning curve, while you can set up WordPress without consulting a WordPress expert. For either system, if you want to do anything more than a very simple site, you will sooner or later want to venture into the world of bespoke web development.
Both platforms are stable and based on open source technologies. Drupal was first released in 2001 compared to 2003 for WordPress. However, Drupal’s two-year head start hasn’t stopped WordPress from taking the lion’s share of the market, with around 33% of all websites using the CMS.
Both systems allow you to increase their functionality with third-party packages. In WordPress they are called plugins while Drupal calls them modules, but the idea is the same. Both platforms have extensive libraries for systems integration, or you can have your own bespoke package written to meet your requirements.
Themes are another area of similarity. Both Drupal and WordPress allow you to specify a set of formatting rules and functionality to be applied to the entire site, simplifying branding.
Drupal’s biggest selling point is its security features, while WordPress is often perceived as being less secure. As it is easier to start on WordPress, many sites are poorly configured, which reflects badly on the platform as a whole. However, both platforms offer good security when properly configured by a developer, ensuring your website cannot be hacked to steal customer credentials or to use it as a launchpad for attacks elsewhere.