6 Reasons Why You Should Migrate From Drupal to WordPress
A content management system (CMS) enables users to manage the creation and modification of digital content. Among the top CMS applications are WordPress and Drupal, although there are many other applications and types of CMS. In terms of quality, accessibility and support for both the admin and the CMS user, these two are the more popular systems. In her weDevs article, Elisa Abbott compares and contrasts the two CMS, and makes a recommendation. She comes to a conclusion that could benefit all CMS users, whether running an e-commerce storefront or a company website.
Benefits of a (Right) CMS
Before going into the CMS comparison, it is important to remember why people are using a CMS in the first place. Every user, business or organization is unique. Choosing the right CMS can make it a powerful enabling tool to support one’s goal, initiative, or strategy. Choose wrongly, and users can be adding more problems than solutions. The right CMS:
- Can provide users the ability to customize their website or portal completely from their dashboard.
- Allow them to control and modify their sites from multiple accounts and workstations.
- Can give users the flexibility to make simple and quick site transformations for a change of purpose or a change in audience.
- Does not require coding knowledge to be functional.
Reasons to Migrate to WordPress
At present, WordPress powers about 29 percent of all websites, and owns about 59 percent of the CMS market share. In comparison, Drupal is present in only 2.3 percent of all websites, with a 4.6 percent CMS market share. Drupal launched in 2000, while WordPress started in 2003. The author concludes that users are better off in WordPress, and states the following reasons why they should think about migrating.
1. Accessibility and Manageability
WordPress is easier to use than Drupal. Drupal was created with developers in mind, so non-technical content writers and managers can have a more difficult time using Drupal. It is also generally harder to manage by anyone without coding skills. WordPress is significantly more user-friendly.
2. Thematic Customization
Both CMS have themes for extending their aesthetics. In terms of functionality, WordPress has more than 5000 free themes, and more than 50,000 free plugins, as well as premium themes and plugins. Drupal has over 2500 themes and about 40,000 modules. Although Drupal has a more flexible custom content type, users may probably need to hire a developer just to make the site look good. And while WordPress’s interface is simple, Drupal’s interface is incomprehensible for many users, and even a few developers.
3. User-friendly SEO Optimization
In terms of search engine preference, it is said that Drupal was built to be search engine friendly. Also, its pages tend to load faster and can handle larger amounts of content. Both these factors are preferred by search engines. Also, multilingual function is built-in in version 8.x. However, because of the flexibility of WordPress, plugins now exist that can also help it excel in this area. For instance, Google Adwords and SEM Rush now offer their plugins to boost WordPress’ functionality in SEO. In addition, translation plugins can be added to enable website localization, now available in 50 languages and growing.
4. Third-party Plugins
Aside from official WordPress plugins, numerous third party extensions are available. They enable users to add or modify the core code and functionality of the WordPress CMS, and use it to a wide range of creative and business purposes. In case of the current Drupal version 8.x, only about 4000+ modules and 250 themes are compatible with it.
5. High ROI, Low Maintenance Cost
Both WordPress and Drupal are free and open source systems. WordPress as a simple and easy-to-use system is perfect for beginners and startups. Casual, non-technical users can choose to start with only its core and free plugins, and be on their way to have an online presence. Drupal is more technical, and getting hold of Drupal developers is also not easy. Moreover, the premium themes and modules of Drupal cost more.
6. Development and Community Support
The WordPress community is growing and thriving. It is not surprising, since WordPress is in more sites and has a greater CMS share. As a result, it is also easy to find forums and discussion groups for this CMS, and find out a new tip, trick, or technique. Although there is also a fair share of tutorials and helpful tips for Drupal, there also seems to be less public interest for it.
Every situation is different. Choosing the right CMS is important, as is asking the question which is better for the ‘specific website’ you are building. Choose the right tool for the right project. Having said that, Drupal can be a viable choice only if the user is a developer, or willing to hire a developer. Otherwise, WordPress is a better tool in most, not all, situations. There are even WordPress plugins if people want to migrate their CMS from Drupal.
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