Drupal vs Wordpress

As you may remember from a previous post Joomla vs Drupal vs Wordpress, I started with very little knowledge of CSM software, I picked the three famous ones, installed them on my web server and I started messing around. After a while I was quite convinced that I wanted to use either Drupal or Wordpress, so farewell Joomla!
It looks a bit like a reality show, doesn’t it?
Now let me welcome you ladies and gentlemen to our big finale, with only two candidates in the running…On my left hand: Drupal and on my right hand: Wordpress!

In the meanwhile, I have been using both CMS, and I tried to perform similar tests, but both succeeded more or less in all tests. One thing that did occur to me is that Wordpress seems to be a bit more user friendly than Drupal. It might be just me, but everything I tried went a little bit faster in Wordpress.
A second thing that I found quite annoying is that the text editor in Drupal stinks. It really does. It’s just a plain text editor which you can compare with MS Notepad. It’s not that I need something very fancy, but some basics are always welcome. When you look at the editor in Wordpress, you’ll find functionalities like lists, hyperlinks, spellchecker, etc.
Now it seems that I’m not the only one who’s annoyed by this, because there are already a lot of Rich Text Editor modules which you can implement in Drupal, for example FCKeditor and WYMeditor. Nick Lewis has written a nice comparison of a couple of these editors:

Basically, this means I’m still nowhere. Both CMS work fine for me, be it with some adjustments where necessary. So I’ll need to take things to a higher level: Have a look what the professionals think about this. Luckily the internet is full of comparisons between different CMS, and especially between Drupal and Wordpress.
The opinion of the professionals is more or less the same everywhere:

“If you want to create a website around a blog, use Wordpress. If you want a ‘real’ website, use Drupal”.

As I see things now, the blog will be the central point of my website, it’ll be updated regularly, and the articles and photo pages will be more static. So I should go for Wordpress. On the other hand, I don’t know what the future will bring, if I want more sophisticated photo galleries, I will get more possibilities in Drupal, same thing for video galleries, and maybe later I want even more stuff like a forum or a web shop. Therefore my final decision will go to Drupal. In the beginning I’ll need to do more than I should have to do with Wordpress, but in the end I hope it’ll be worth the choice.

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls! Our winner is … (drum ruffle) … Drupal!

Also nice to know: In the Open Source CMS Awards, Drupal has been overall winner in 2007 and 2008 (the winners of 2009 are selected November 9th), and Wordpress has won the award for “Best Open Source Social Networking Content Management System” in 2007 (This category didn’t exist anymore in 2008).


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