As the blogging trend phenomenon takes over the web, more and more people are questioning which blogging software would be best for them to use. On one hand, we have the tough competitor WordPress, which is arguably the most popular blogging software of the modern technology world. And then of course there is Drupal, another fierce contender, which is more than just your average blogging software.
There are factors one must take into consideration when you decide what software to use when creating blogs.
- Do you have specific plans for your blog?
- Do you have expert computer software skills?
- Are you a solitaire blogger or are you looking to run multiple blogs with various authors?
All of these questions examine the type of blogger that you set out to be, and the expectations that you are seeking. But the biggest question that remains right now is plain and simple…WordPress or Drupal?
It seems to me that there are definite benefits to each program. Let’s do a short comparison:
- Easy to install. “WordPress is arguably the most popular blogging software used today, and with good reason. It is extremely easy to install, even for newcomers,” (thesitewizard.com).
- If all you have the desire to do is blog without having to worry about programming code, WordPress makes it simple. User friendly.
- There are default themes provided for you, but if you really wanted to there are lots of third party WordPress themes that you can search for.
- Did somebody say Plug-ins?
- If you are a single blogger and you do not need the function of having separate blogs on one website where there are different users posting to multiple blogs then WordPress is optimal. Although with the latest versions, WordPress now has the built in option for multiple authors.
- Upon installation, Drupal needs to be tweaked a bit, before it can be used for prime blogging. “Drupal is more than just a blogging tool, although more and more people are using it to blog. It is a full-fledged content management system (CMS), which means that you can use it to run your whole website, set up forums, shopping carts, normal web pages, etc. As a consequence of this, it is also considerably harder to set up than WordPress,” (thesitewizard.com).
- Beneficial if you know CSS/HTML and know how to write PHP programs. Otherwise, Drupal may not be for you.
- There are default/built in themes and templates on Drupal for starters. It is up to you and your knowledge of CSS/HTML/PHP, whether or not you want to take it a step further to design your own.
- Offers built in support for multiple blogs and authors as an option. If you are in the position of supervising other bloggers, Drupal could help you with that.
*Both WordPress and Drupal are free.
Both applications have different qualities to offer users. WordPress fronts a more simplistic approach, while Drupal might be a bit more multifaceted. Each program brings its own offering to the table. I think of it as the two being much like people, as in siblings or family members. While the two may appear to look or be very alike, they each have their own personalities or qualities, making them very different at the same time. Sometimes you might get along with them and sometimes you won’t. As Mike Cohen commented on ForTheLose.org, “I actually found it easier to switch one of my sites from Drupal to WordPress than it would have been to upgrade from Drupal 5 to Drupal 6.”
Subsequently, for someone who wants to blog but is by no means a master of computers and CSS/HTML/PHP/etc., then WordPress definitely is the way to go. It is easy to install and generally user friendly. If you are a beginner or want the easy ride and to start your own blog quickly, you should probably hop on the WordPress train, and won’t be likely to hit any bumps along the way.
For the more advanced user, Drupal can be the key ingredient to creating more than just a perfect blog; it can be the source of a more complex and profound website. According to a source from Webhostingtop.com, “Drupal is an original advanced content management system [CMS] providing the user with full control over the development of a website. Different from other CMS using WYSIWYG editors and basic interfaces, Drupal is specially designed for web developers.”
So, now that you have some background on each program, which one should you choose? Well for me, I think it is just personal preference, and also personal knowledge of each product, along with your computer skills or lack thereof. There is definitely going to be positives and negatives that come along with anything. In this great debate many would agree that for beginners WordPress’s simplicity is perfect, and for advanced users Drupal would be more beneficial due to the infinite amount of freedom and control that is disposable at your fingertips. Both WordPress and Drupal can be amazing products, it just depends if you are able to use them in the correct way or not. Ultimately what it will come down to is the experience, resources, time and willingness of the user to learn, as well as what specific needs they are trying to cater to.