the pros and cons of two open source content management systems

 Drupal        VS         wordpress

iFactory is a leader in open-source content management system development and supports both Drupal and Wordpress from our office in Boston. Our technology consulting process guides our clients through the selection of the right CMS for their specific needs. Below is a Pro and Con list of two industry-leading open-source content management systems.

drupal

pros

  • Third most widely used CMS (5%)1
  • Most widely used CMS in higher education (11%)2
  • Highly customizable: nearly unlimited functionality
  • Large developer community
  • Large number of plug-ins
  • Free license and low total cost of ownership
  • Wide variety of integrations possible
  • Supports responsive design
  • Secure
  • Customizable for ease of use

 

Cons

  • Complex to deploy initially
  • Does very little "out of the box"
  • Requires sufficient hardware resources
  • Too cumbersome for very small sites

1. W3Techs, 2015.
2. The Enterprise Application Market in Higher Education, 2012

 

Wordpress

pros

  • Most widely used CMS (60%)1
  • Fourth most widely used CMS in higher education (4%)2
  • Large developer community
  • Large number of plug-ins
  • Free license and low total cost of ownership
  • Supports responsive design
  • Very easy to deploy
  • Easy to use for basic tasks

 

 

 

Cons

  • Inflexible
  • Does not scale well for large sites
  • Does not scale well for high traffic
  • Workflow and roles require customization
  • Security issues
  • Content mostly lives in pages and is difficult to repurpose for other channels
  • Maintenance is difficult: Upgrades are frequent and tend to break plug-ins
  • More difficult to apply themes

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