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Drupal 8 Comparison Guide

Content Management System

Drupal 8 Comparison Guide

Content management systems (CMS) are not only used to build attractive, easy-to-use websites. They also power some of the best custom sites on the web, enabling changes to be made without always resorting to code.

The top three CMSs in use today are Drupal, WordPress and Joomla. While all these are good, our personal favorite is Drupal 8, so let's examine a Drupal comparison with the other platforms.


Drupal 8 vs WordPress

WordPress started out as a blogging platform. Even though today it is used to power over 25% of all websites, the vast majority of its users are bloggers rather than businesses needing modern web functionality and mobile apps for Android and iOS. Many users find it easier to set up but, in comparison, Drupal 8 is far better for developing more complex sites than just blogs.

Drupal is used for more than 12% of the top websites in the world - including the White House - and has become the premier choice for government, educational and other organizations that place a premium on security.

WordPress and Drupal are both open source, so your choice will be determined by how several factors suit your needs:

  • Security. The security of Drupal is rarely compromised, giving it a reputation as a highly secure CMS. (There's a reason the White House and other US Government organizations use it!) WordPress, on the other hand, is vulnerable via its plug-ins to hacking and third party access.
  • Ease of use. This is one of WordPress’s strengths. It's quick to install and easy to integrate with multiple website hosting services. Drupal is more complex, requiring some level of technical expertise to edit anything beyond content. But that's what Drupal is built for.
  • Customizability and Scalability. Drupal 8 is much more flexible when it comes to customization. It can be used to build a straightforward one-page website or develop a complex site with thousands of pages serving millions of users.
  • Performance. WordPress performs well with lightweight websites but struggles to handle more plug-ins and content. Drupal 8 is designed to handle a huge amount of data and can accommodate multiple users simultaneously without compromising performance. Drupal 8 websites also load faster than those driven by WordPress.
  • Responsive design. Drupal 8 is designed for mobile first. It incorporates responsive web design that facilitates optimal viewing of pages on any device.

Drupal 8 vs Joomla

Image removed.Joomla is often viewed as a middle-of-the-road option. Although free to use, in a comparison with Drupal, it has limited SEO capabilities and is nowhere near as search engine friendly. Joomla's popularity as a CMS is falling. Even though it is open source, like both Drupal and WordPress, many of its plug-ins must be paid for while some are no longer supported. It is more technical than WordPress, allowing for the development of more complex sites. However, it is still not a worthwhile compromise, in our opinion.

When all is said and done, Drupal 8 should be your first choice for developing a serious website. Compared with WordPress, it allows a higher degree of customization and provides more functionality and scalability. Drupal 8 is the best choice if you want to incorporate user accounts and accommodate user-generated content.

Choose Drupal 8 if you want to develop a powerful, responsive website. For examples that don't cost you anything to view and discuss, contact experts in Drupal 8 web design and development to help you to customize a site to your needs and drive up your SEO.

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