For Web Development, Drupal is King

For web development, Drupal is King

In deciding which CMS to use as our base development tool which majority of our web projects would be built on, a lot of research was done on current CMS offerings.  I focused my search on WordPress and Drupal, and after using both for an extended period of time, I can confidently say…”Drupal is better than WordPress”.

Before the hate mail begins, here are some of my reasons.

Typically, the more you try to do with a WordPress site, the more brittle it gets. The permission system is not very sophisticated, it doesn’t scale very well, the theme system is a huge security hole, all content entered is treated in exactly the same way, database abstraction is weak, etc, etc, etc. (look it up if you’re in the mood for details)

Custom Content Types and Views
You can use the Content Construction Kit (CCK) and Views Modules to create new content types and create advanced custom views for them without writing any code. A few examples of “content types” are “blog posts”, “news stories”, “forum posts”, “tutorials”, “classified ads”, “podcasts”. The possibilities are endless.

Multiple users with custom permissions
That’s because Drupal was designed for community-based websites, and has a strong user role and access control functionality. There are no limits to the user roles and access levels you can create and customize – for example, “visitor,” “authenticated user,” “editor,” “webmaster,” “administrator”, and “moderator.”

Titles and Meta Tags
Drupal’s Page Title Module gives you custom control of your HTML

elements, while the Meta Tags Module gives you control over your pages’ individual meta description tags. This is difficult in some content management systems, but it’s easy with Drupal. Drupal gives you even more control when you use the module to embed microformats into your code.

With WordPress, there may be only one or two ways to solve a given problem. With Drupal, there could be an infinite number of possibilities, and thus, an infinite number of ways to answer the “why choose Drupal” question.

Drupal has a powerful taxonomy (category) system that allows you to organize and tag content. Each group of categories (vocabularies) can be limited to certain content types. For example, you could have blog contents that allowed free tagging (similar to WordPress categories), while your products content type might have a vocabulary that limits it to certain colors.

Code-free Templating
Typically, creating templates within most CMS’s require you to get your hands dirty in some PHP (or other coding language). Drupal gives you the ability to create templates for virtually anything within it.  You can create custom user profiles, custom blog layouts, custom home page layouts…all without touching a single line of code. Thank you Panels, thank you Display Suite.

Best of all, these built-in and add on features won’t cost you a dime! That’s right, they’re FREE.

WordPress is an excellent CMS for small blogs, but when you need to build a substantial site that needs to grow, you should seriously consider Drupal. Drupal is an award winning Content Management System, having aquired a InfoWorld Bossie Award (making it one of the most popular enterprise open source projects available). If you’re in the market for a secure, rock steady, reliable, full-featured CMS, make Drupal your choice.