Completely Custom Website: WordPress or Drupal?

When it comes to creating a website, there are countless options available to you. The most popular content management systems (CMS) – WordPress and Drupal – have become, in recent years, extremely popular, largely due to their flexibility and ease of use. This has led to wide adoption, with many businesses and brands choosing to utilize CMSs to create their online presence. But while WordPress and Drupal are both incredibly flexible, that flexibility can be a double-edged sword. This is because, ultimately, you are the one responsible for maintaining the site. Poorly designed or implemented themes, broken plugins, and infected hosting can sabotage the whole process. That is why it is essential to know what you are looking for and to be aware of the consequences of a sub-par experience.

Features And Functionality

When picking a CMS, you want to look for a system that is feature-rich and has all the necessary functions you require. WordPress has, in recent years, boasted some pretty cool features which can help you make your website stand out. It is a system that prides itself on being (extremely) feature-rich and, as a result, has many convenient tools at your disposal. This can make creating a website much easier and less of a pain compared to, say, setting up a static HTML site. The below table highlights some of the features WordPress boasts.

Feature Name | Description |

In terms of functionality, WordPress offers everything you could need when building a website. It boasts thousands of plugins, many of which are free. These can be utilized to create almost any functionality you could think of. Some examples include advanced security measures, event calendars, language translators, image galleries, video players, and more.

Design

Alongside features and functionality, you should look for a design that is easy on the eye and does not require skilled designers to implement. After all, you are the one creating the website and you want it to look as good as possible. The best designs are often those that compliment your content. For example, if you are showcasing fashion content, you might want to go for a sleek, clean look with white text on a dark background.

WordPress offers a great deal of flexibility when it comes to website design. You can utilize the well-known Elegant Themes to create a clean, professional-looking site. If you have a specific style in mind, you can utilize popular themes like Twenty Sixteen, Twenty Fifteen, or Grow With Me to create a sleek, modern-looking site. All of these themes are extremely easy to implement and do not require any prior design knowledge to do so. The result will be a professional-looking site that you can launch in no time.

CMS Integration

When building a website, it is critical to integrate your chosen CMS with other platforms and functions. This will minimize the amount of time you spend on tasks that are not related to the actual creation of the site. If you have built a website before, you will know that integrating a CMS can be time-consuming, often requiring you to learn multiple platforms and coding languages. This is where advanced features like WordPress’ SEO starter pack comes in handy. This integration simplifies everything for you and removes the need to learn new platforms and code.

User Interface

Having a user-friendly interface is important. When it comes to creating a website, you are selling something to people. This means they will be interacting with your site, which means you want to make sure that all the controls and functions are simple, intuitive, and easy to access. This goes for all functions and platforms, not just WordPress and Drupal. The below table highlights some of the most popular user interfaces for WordPress and Drupal.

Feature Name | Description |

As you can see above, both WordPress and Drupal offer simple, user-friendly interfaces. Most people know how to use WordPress, which is probably why it is the most popular option when it comes to content management systems. However, WordPress’ interface belies their popularity. While the overall experience is fantastic, it still requires a bit of learning curve. For someone who is completely new to writing blogs, creating websites, and/or using WordPress, it can be a daunting task to create a professional-looking site.

Drupal, on the other hand, is an enterprise-grade CMS. This means it is built with robust security features and is, generally, much more advanced than the average WordPress installation. This also means it can be a bit more tricky to use, especially if you are looking for something quick and simple. Still, if you are looking for a powerful platform with a solid foundation and a well-rounded feature set, Drupal is the clear choice.

Database

It is vital that your chosen content management system has an integrated database. For those unfamiliar, a database is a system where all of the information is stored, making it easier for you to retrieve relevant, up-to-date content whenever you need it. The best databases are often built on top of a well-rounded foundation, offering support for complex queries, along with features like full-text search, content revision history, and more.