So i'm a Drupal lover forsure. I began working with vr6 and vr7 blew my mind...
But i'm a young guy, not a pro, and iv only been educating myself with drupal.

Now an outside web guy at the company i work for is trying to have us migrate to Wordpress. From what i remember, Wordpress was like web building for babys (sorry to offend anyone)..
Regardless of whether or not our companys website needs such advanced capabilitys that drupal holds (at this point in time), why would we downgrade. We are a business to business company and not blog driven although we have a blog. So whats up with this guy? Why would he want us to change to Wordpress?

Can i get some insight?
Drupal or Wordpress?

Thanks guys.



smbender’s picture

Computer World had a series of articles a little over a year ago about the big three CMS offerings - WordPress, Joomla and Drupal. It's a little over a year old, but they delved into three perspectives and also built a test site in all three. It's an interesting read. Here are the links: Why We Use WordPress, Why We Use Drupal, Why We Use Joomla, Site Builder's Shootout

yngens’s picture

Taiger’s picture

Your post has nothing to do with either platforms ability to provide a solution.

WorldFallz’s picture

Yes it is-- so please stop spamming it to unrelated threads.

Taiger’s picture

Wordpress is great for a quick blog but for anything else you are stretching what the platform was designed for.
Drupal takes more configuration but its extendability is simply unmatched.

People will sell you what they are most comfortable with!
Due to the popularity of Wordpress most frontend people like myself know it well. Only some are comfortable with Drupal however.

It is a more professional platform in my opinion. Wordpress security issues tend to me more serious in nature.

For most typical sites either will work though. Really, its good to know both :)

Scott44’s picture

I totally agree with you Taiger. In my opinion Wordpress is for beginners only. It has evolved from a blogging platform to a CMS but it never was a good CMS. Drupal it's far more professional. It's ok to know both but if you're a serious developer you'll never use Wordpress.

friendlymachine’s picture

But there is a tendency in the Drupal community to underestimate WordPress. It's dismissed as just a blogging platform, but WP is making big strides forward and have a truly enormous community of developers working at it. Drupal is better for sites with complex requirements, but WordPress can handle a lot more than most Drupalers think.

This post from a company that builds Drupal websites may add perspective:

John Hannah
Friendly Machine

inkovic’s picture

Especially since Wordpress 3.0, using "Wordpress-as-a-CMS" for many different types of sites and it is very popular amongst professional web developers to use for their clients websites. There are many botique agencies that love using Wordpress as the primary CMS for small to medium scale websites and it's really taken off in th DIY sector which is why it's so popular and has the stellar reputation that is has. I never personally took to it because I thought the site structure wasn't very "sound" (using placeholder pages for structural purposes etc) and you have to know solid php if you want to to get *real* creative (which, at a point why not just build on top of CodeIgnitor or CakePHP etc). Drupal is like Lego, with the existing Modules you could build wonderfully complex and structurally sound websites that are capable in both scale and function without even touching the source and only using the CMS itself to make the Drupal site essentially 'go'.

I think Dries himself put it best:

"...we never compete with WordPress. We don't see them ever. I'm sure the smaller Drupal shops run into them, but in the enterprise we never run into WordPress."

John_B’s picture

There are many threads on this. I have done Drupal for three years and know it better than the simpler Wordpress, but have found for personal sites or one-person businesses, ongoing Drupal maintenance costs can be too high, especially if as site builder you present the client with a bill for a major version upgrade. One of my clients has a Drupal site and an identical-looking blog site in Wordpress. Guess which generates most work and headaches for me as maintainer.

Wordpress plus paid plugins and theme frameworks is fantastic for simple to moderately complex sites, including multi-lingual and multiple, per-page layouts. Drupal has a hard time offering such a good deal to customers with sites of moderate size and traffic. And with Dries and other lead core developers working mainly in the enterprise market (as Dries says in the above quotation) it is not surprising that Drupal continues its trend towards that market, which is where it can excel when used well.

And yes I have migrated a Drupal customer to WP, though the WP site is not live yet. That makes me more dispensable (Wordpress jockeys are easy to find, people who know enough to work on Drupal without messing up are more expensive). That is not the only reason the move is good for my client.

Synerverse’s picture

I've been poking around WP in the last two weeks and they have taken some great stride in improving the product. If the last time you saw WP was a while ago.. better look at it again. Here's my synopsis so far:


  1. Out of the box, WP manages media and content much better than Drupal.
  2. Great admin interface
  3. Code hooks are available just like Drupal but it's limited. You can't modify core functionality as easy as Drupal but you can extend from it.
  4. Superior selection of themes. It's like pulling teeth finding a "professional" grade theme with Drupal.


  1. Poor ACL compared to Drupal. I've looked at third party plug-ins for roles and permissions and the best one out there still has a lot of limitations compared to Drupal's and third party modules.
  2. It's going to cost you $$$ if you want quality grade plug-ins. No one is giving those away for free. I find more quality modules in Drupal for free.

So far that's my observation. Still trying to dig out the rest of comparisons and reaching out to others for their point of view.

In summary, I think if you want to build a site knowing ahead of time that there won't be any special customization Wordpress is probably a better fit.

John_B’s picture

Although WP plugins are often paid, in my experience it is far more expensive in time to maintain a Drupal site. Drupal sites are more complex, are hacked less often but break more often. Also I have taken over a few Drupal sites from others, and find Drupal is more often done badly, which makes maintainability harder. Drupal major version upgrade is expensive in time. Drupal is also more expensive to host well. I have some low-budget clients but would not sell a Drupal site to a client with little or no maintenance budget, though I would sell a WP site with paid software. Drupal is the right tool for a client who wants and is prepared to pay for custom functionality.

Synerverse’s picture

I would have to agree there. A person making a living selling plug-ins will have to spend more time with quality control if he wants to stay in business. So that's an advantage for paid plug-ins

I agree with poor site builders. Expensive to maintain. WP blackbox most of their core functionality and can avoid poor best-practice. Problem with it is customization.

About Drupal major upgrades, migrating your existing site to a Drupal major upgrade is going to bite you in the ass. I'm dreading the time when V8 comes around. WP seems to have a great model for migrating existing sites to major upgrades.

itapplication’s picture

Drupal is more flexible and powerful and you can extend it almost any direction. But in term of version upgrade it's painful comparatively to WordPress one click upgrade.

Drupal developer

Drupal Theme developer.


EPO’s picture

there is a trend:
Drupal Wordpress Joomla Trend
This trend has nothing to do with quality. It may be similar like poo and flies. But there is a clear winner in the race of PHP CMS: Wordpress. Drupal, Joomla etc are doomed I guess in 3 years.

John_B’s picture

Not true. Dries has said Drupal 8 consciously looked at what big enterprise CMSs are doing when deciding where to go with it. Drupal, for whatever reason, is taking on a market where commercial solutions cost hundreds of thousands of year in license fees. Go and look for Suchanfrage for those systems and you will find them vanishingly small (the fact you have probably rarely met someone running CMS by Oracle or IBM does not mean they are not important in their particular field). Drupal will trounce Wordpress that market. If you are less interested in multi-million dollar sites, and more interested in small sites for Laundromats, plumbers, and small tennis clubs (for example), who have a few hundred to spend on a site, then in that market I am inclined to agree Drupal may doomed and that Wordpress will do well.

Jaypan’s picture

We can't forget the soon-to-be new player in the market, Backdrop. Drupal may not be for smaller businesses in the future, but Backdrop may fill that niche well. At the moment, it's an unknown. I'm quite excited for it though. While I'm really looking forward to Drupal 8, I'm also looking forward to Backdrop, as I think they will cover different areas in different ways.

ahqaf’s picture

I support Drupal. But, it is depend on the facilities between Drupal or wordpress.

duckzland’s picture

its actually simple to choose :

1. Who is your actual user? Highly skilled webmaster? noob?
2. Do you really care about beautiful code? Ramen Code is ok as long as it works?

WP plugin most good one are paid, but most of the times it is way cheaper than hiring good Drupal developer to glue multiple modules to work together.

if you can use drupal why use others?