A primary question that comes to our mind before stepping ahead for development is how to choose the best suited CMS for the website from a variety of available CMS?
Now, it depends on the requirements, if the website is a blog related website, you will definitely think of WordPress and if the website is E-commerce specific, then Magento will come to your mind. So the question is why to choose Drupal over available CMSs. The reasons are security, 3rd party integrations, community support, robust, SEO friendly, open source Platform, Free Module/Plugin support, etc. These are some of the features that force you to choose Drupal.
Also, Drupal Migration Services are available and it’s the easiest approach through which you can migrate your current website to Drupal. No matter how complex is the database structure.
Now, let’s take a deep dive into the scenario and compare them one by one.
Drupal vs WordPress
There is no doubt in the complexity of Drupal when it is compared to WordPress but, no one can deny about the advanced functionality that Drupal provides. Drupal’s functionality is much deeper than WordPress and it primarily uses content types, views, taxonomies, etc. So if the requirement is for multiple templates in that situation, Drupal is considered better than WordPress.
Drupal is more flexible than WordPress as it is designed for custom development by developers.
Everything in terms of functionality is freely available as modules and with the help of a developer you can customize each and everything in Drupal, but in WordPress, Plugins are available in paid versions. WordPress is basically designed for a blogging platform. So it has fewer features to handle a large amount of content and users and is the backbone of Drupal to handle thousands of data and users at the same time.
Security is the main concern for every client who invests so much in building a website and if in case their website gets hacked then, there is a big loss to everyone involved in the project. Due to the vast open source community, Drupal has enterprise level security which provides extensive security reports. Whitehouse.gov or U.S. govt’s website is on Drupal which shows the security level trust Drupal owns.
Now, that we have discussed WordPress and Drupal, let’s discuss some points about commerce section.
Drupal Commerce vs. Magento
In the online ecosystem of commerce, both Drupal Commerce and Magento have unique roles to play. Different kind of use cases and requirements forces to choose from one of the platforms as both the platforms are geared for different cases. Instead of blaming on the basis of certain architecture or features, first, analyze client specifications and select the best which can fulfill the requirements.
Select Drupal + Drupal Commerce vs Magento according to your requirements. Here are some use-cases which will help you determine which commerce platform you should consider.
Drupal: Multiple content types, taxonomies, views, relationships, etc.
Magento: Product content with basic site setup and catalogs, etc.
Drupal: Product creation with unlimited catalog options, i.e., any number of categories can be created and added or removed from products dynamically.
Magento: With a conventional approach of creating categories from root catalog and products can fall into one or more of those categories.
Drupal: Non-traditional products like subscriptions or donations with physical product offerings.
Magento: Traditional products like digital products or physical product offerings.
Drupal: Basic but customizable.
Magento: Strong and robust admin section.
Drupal: Basic PHP knowledge.
Magento: Advanced PHP knowledge.
From the above use cases, you can select the one which suits your requirements.
Drupal vs. Joomla
Joomla lies in between Drupal and WordPress in terms of usage, user friendliness, capabilities, installation, development, deployment, etc. Middle-level sites like blogs and newsletter sites can be configured with Joomla but if you are looking for complex sites with extensive data and a large number of users you should go with Drupal as Drupal has more community support with a robust structure in Drupal 8.
In conclusion, you should first understand client’s requirements and analyze them to choose which suits better according to your requirements. With Drupal 8 out now in the stable version, developers have full OOPs structure to build websites, portals, E-commerce solutions, etc.