Making the choice of the right content management system can prove a tad over whelming; which begins right at the step of enlisting the correct set of requirements for your website. Before you know it, given the numerous options available on and offline, you get lured and wind up spending on a complicated enterprise application, when probably a free blogging tool would have solved your problem. How do you proceed? Where do you begin? The following is a simple primer you may to want to consider before you choose a CMS-

1) Consider the basic functionality you require for your website.

2) Check how images and files are managed in the chosen CMS. Further proceed to consider how the CMS manages uploading and attaching word documents and PDF files

3) How effective is the search option in the website.

4) You will definitely need a CMS that is flexible in the way the content is retrieved and presented.

5) Feedback and user interaction is another key criterion.

Word press and Drupal 

Word press is one such web based CMS platform which anyone can use to build a website or blog. It was originally intended to serve the purpose of just setting up a blog, due to it being “open source”; the word press community has extended and improved its capabilities. Word press is a powerfully built publishing platform which requires no coding knowledge or technical expertise. It provides a host of user friendly tools which makes the most popular choice of a content management system.

In simple terms, Drupal is word press and more. Drupal is more of a CMS construction kit. It helps build complex, dynamic and highly interactive websites with growing business needs. Implementation of changes in the websites which use drupal do not require any additional add on or plug ins for carrying on modifications. This article will throw light on making the choice of a correct CMS application depending solely on the requirements of your business website. Choosing drupal

Word press Vs Drupal

Let us consider the pros and cons of both these CMS platforms in the following manner.

  • Word press and programming- in the case of to be changes to be incorporated in the website; drupal would be a better option as it is programmer-friendly. Drupal gives the longest rein to the programmer without the need of installing any external plug ins. WordPress is usually a preferred tool when you would want to set up a simple, site-owner friendly site with a few objectives in place.
  • Community based interaction- Drupal allows you to create roles for users and assign specific permissions and access to the site. As stated earlier, Word press does not have advanced functionalities; it however allows some options for creating membership sites only.
  • Built in modules and plugins- Drupal has rich content in this area, it comes with a wide array of modules and plug ins which comes in extremely handy as you build the site. Most often separate installation of these becomes the first task once your site is up using word press.
  • Display of content- Drupal allows you to format the content on your site any which you want. You may want to cut up a lengthy page and display it in multiple pages, blocks and feeds, drupal allow you to do just that.
  • Better organization- Drupal comes in with advanced taxonomy features that allow you to allocate specific tags to specific content type you have on your website. This gives you an edge over the URL (Uniform resource locator) and appends your site effectively.

In short, for a casual user or blogger who wants to put up his views on say economics or sports on a website, probably word press would suffice. If you are aiming high in the online world, and looking at a complex and interactive website which would put your business in the forefront, choosing drupal would prove to be a better option.

Migration from Word press to Drupal
Wordpress to Drupal Conversion