Here at Hands-On Web Hosting, we make it easy for you to get your site hosted and on its way. But when it comes to actually building your site, you have a lot of choices.
One of the biggest choices you’ll have to make is choosing between WordPress and Drupal. Although you certainly don’t have to build your site off of either platform, both offer their own distinct advantages (and disadvantages) for customers running a new site.
Our hosting packages support either option, so today, we’re going to take a look at the advantages (and disadvantages) of each to help you make a choice when deciding on WordPress vs. Drupal:
- Ease of use: One of the best things about WordPress is that it’s easy to use. Its user interface is very simple, customization is made easy through plugins, and you don’t need much technical knowledge to get up-and-running with WordPress.
- Lots of free plugins: Another thing WordPress has going for it is it abundance of free plugins. These plugins can greatly enhance functionality, and you have a lot of plugins to choose from.
- Blogging: Finally, if you’re looking for a blogging platform, it’s really hard to beat WordPress. There’s a reason so many blogs use WordPress as their foundation. You can build an entire site off of it, sure, but for blogging, the platform really shines.
- Security: It’s no secret that security can be an issue with WordPress. Although many of those concerns can be alleviated with plugins and a bit of tweaking, this weakness is still worth noting if security is a big concern (as it should be).
- Lack of customization: Although plugins do make some customization possible, unless you get a developer involved, WordPress generally isn’t as customizable as WordPress. For many people, its features will be just fine, but for those who want a little more customization, WordPress probably isn’t the best choice.
- Larger scope: Drupal prides itself on being enterprise-friendly. If you’re looking for a larger-scale solution to your hosting needs, then, Drupal may be the answer.
- More customization: Drupal is highly customizable. From themes, to new features, to site-wide changes, Drupal offers a lot of ability for users to customize their sites. This kind of customization is not nearly as easy with WordPress.
- Very secure: Drupal has a very good track record with security. It’s open source, so issues and bugs are constantly identified and fixed by users, making it a fairly secure platform. You still have to put in work to keep things 100% secure, but in this regard, Drupal may be a better choice than WordPress.
- Steep learning curve: Drupal’s customization comes at a price—in many ways, it’s not as easy to use as WordPress. For the more technical-minded user, that shouldn’t be a problem, but it’s still worth mentioning for users weighing their options.
- Not as many free plugins: What are called plugins for WordPress are called modules for Drupal. They really tap into the customizability that we mentioned above, but that ability comes at a cost—literally. Many modules on Drupal aren’t free, which is something to consider if you’re on a budget.
As you can see, each platform has its own strengths and weaknesses, but you really can’t go wrong with either for your new site. No matter whether you choose WordPress or Drupal, here at Hands-On, we’re here to make sure that your entire hosting process is made easy.
If you’d like to know more about any of our hosting options here at Hands-On, let us know in the comments or on Twitter. We’re always here to answer questions, so don’t be afraid to get in touch!