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Drupal vs. WordPress – Which Should You Use In 2021?

Wrestling with the idea of WordPress or Drupal for your next website build in 2021? Our web developers have the inside scoop on both of these popular content management systems.


We’ve already examined some important points about WordPress hosting, its performance and reliability and have taken a dive into what Drupal is here. You can also check out our article on when and why you should use Drupal here. Now let’s get stuck into which you should use for your next website in 2021.






Commonly thought of as a blogging platform due to its start as a blogging tool in 2003, WordPress has come a long way since and now ranks as the most popularly used content management system across the world. Infact, WordPress controls a massive 39.5% of the known content management system market and currently powers 36.5% of websites, with more than 60 million sites utilising WordPress, including 33.6% of the top 10 million websites as of April 2019, as reported by w3techs.com.


Here are 5 famous examples whose CMS of choice is WordPress:

  1. Time
  2. Techcrunch
  3. The New Yorker
  4. Mercedes Benz
  5. Sony


So what are the benefits of WordPress Websites?

1. Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)

Easily optimise your site using a variety of plugins which exist on the platform. 

We recommend using Yoast, it’s easy to configure, and one of the most popularly used SEO plugins on WordPress. SEO helps you rank higher on search engines such as google and bing, meaning your page generates more leads (clicks and traffic to your site) as well as improving your user experience, which may result in more conversions and repeat customers.


2. Control Your Own Website

Don’t wait for your web designer to make simple updates to your website. With a WordPress website, you can easily access and edit pages, and have control over nearly every aspect of your own website.


3. Easy to Use Interface

WordPress provides its users with a simple to use interface which makes adding new pages, articles, images etc. and editing existing pages a simple and quick task. Due to the simplicity and ease of use the platform offers, even the least technically skilled of us, can build their own WordPress website.


4. No HTML / CSS Skills or FTP Software Required

As we mentioned above, even if you’re not technically skilled i.e in HTML, CSS, Ruby etc. You can still build your own WordPress website. WordPress is a self-contained system, which means you can create new pages, add text, images, articles, forms etc. all without the need for additional HTML / CSS skills or FTP software.


5. WordPress Websites are Mobile Responsive

Google rankings also take into account whether a website is mobile responsive. Meaning your website needs to function and look good on any device. With the many responsive theme designs WordPress offers, users with even beginner levels of design experience, can ensure their site isn’t penalized by google for not being responsive on all devices.


6. Scalable to Suit Your Business

As your business grows, so can your WordPress website. A huge benefit of building your website with WordPress is that you can continually add new pages, theoretically infinitely, without compromising the overall performance of your website.


7. Manage Your Website From Any Computer

Because WordPress is a browser based CMS you can login from any computer connected to the internet and manage your websites, as well as connect all of your websites to one dashboard, making editing and management of multiple sites simple and seamless, all with minimal technical coding skills. Check out this article to learn more about WP-multisite.


8. WordPress is Free to Use

WordPress’ software is published under the GNU General Public License (GPL), which means it’s not only free to download and edit, but to customize and use for free as well. You can also add an unlimited number of sites to your dashboard for free, making staying on budget on your next projects, much easier.

Drupal is an open source CMS backed by an active web developer community and powers millions of web applications, mobile applications and websites. Users who benefit from using Drupal most, are those with content heavy, high traffic websites, as well as those with large resource libraries and databases, like government agencies, large corporations, non-profits etc.


Below, we’ve listed some of the benefits of choosing Drupal to power your next web based project in 2021. 


1. Reliability

Though Drupal is a continual work in progress, it has a long standing history of being stable, reliable and one of the top 3 most popularly used content management systems in the world.


2. Allows for Seamless Translation (Multilingual)

Using the user’s IP address, browser settings, URL etc. Drupal can make assumptions about your user’s “preferred language”, which allows for full translation of every part of your website, resulting in uninterrupted translation workflows, SEO improvements and higher conversion rates.


3. Advanced Security

Drupal’s strict community review process, high coding standards and ongoing maintenance input from developers worldwide – plus a team of dedicated experts  working together to address and release security fixes, means many critical security problems are prevented. Keeping your website and your data safe.


4. Marketing Automation

In the most recent versions of Drupal there are modules and tools used, which make integrating automated marketing platforms easier and more seamless.

You’re now able to assign specific marketing automations, triggered by your users interactions with designated elements (i.e downloading a file) on your site.


5. Intuitive Design and Editing

Once you’re past the initial development phase Drupal’s design and editing system will be easy to use. Very much “drag and drop” you’ll be able to see what elements you’re putting where, and as a result, avoid problematic design edits.


6. Accessibility

Gain simultaneous access for multiple users, from anywhere, with Drupal’s Browser based platform. Drupal’s accessibility makes for easy management and editing of your site, from any computer, in any location.


So, Should You Use WordPress or Drupal in 2021?

It’s a hard decision to make when choosing whether to use WordPress or Drupal for your next project. Their use cases differ slightly, with Drupal being intended for more high traffic, content heavy and high security needs sites. While WordPress is more geared towards users wanting simple (yet still stylish) and easy to manage, low cost websites.


Regardless of which Content Management System you choose for your next website build in 2021, our developers at Digital8, are skilled in both WordPress and Drupal and can help you achieve your website goals and bring your vision to online. If you are still undecided after reading this article, feel free to reach out to us to have a chat. We might even shout you a coffee.


Nicole Joy, February 12, 2021

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