Is wordpress a threat to drupal


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  • I'm sick of this WP vs. Drupal vs. Joomla nonsense. Do the platforms overlap? Absolutely. Do they compete? Absolutely not. In the current marketplace both Drupal and Wordpress' biggest competition is proprietary solutions, and each one has strengths in completely different verticals. If you are a business owner that relies on one of these technologies and find yourself often competing with the other, you are probably missing the real opportunity for your business and platform of choice to succeed. To illustrate the point that proprietary solutions are each platform's real competition, check out Acquia's response to a recent attack on open source from a proprietary vendor:
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  • A threat...maybe, but WordPress would need to more of a scalable system to really compete. The issue, is that WordPress just isn't built that way. Will they change the framework to be more scalable to support complex sites and workflows? We will have to wait and see.

    Here is a good article that explains it well.
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  • 'Is WordPress a threat to Drupal?' In a word, Yes:

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Is wordpress a threat to drupal

  1. 1. Is WordPress a threat to Drupal?
  2. 2. History of Drupal <ul><li>In 2001, drupal emerged as one of the primary CMS systems. </li></ul><ul><li>With the release of Drupal version 4 in 2004, the project began its modern form in backend. </li></ul><ul><li>Major enterprise level sites began to migrate to Drupal with the release of version 5.0 in 2005. </li></ul><ul><li>The software took on a popular MVC approach in 2005, giving it a flexible layout structure and allowing for full scale development on the top of the CMS. </li></ul><ul><li>Today hundreds of well known organizations use Drupal. </li></ul>Drupal Sites:
  3. 3. History of WordPress <ul><li>WordPress emerged as a blog template system in 2001. </li></ul><ul><li>In 2004, WordPress moved into a new market, using different techniques it included codes and themes that allowed users to switch between needed applications. </li></ul><ul><li>In 2005, a release of version 1.5 introduced themes which were downloaded over 900,000 times. </li></ul><ul><li>With each new version, downloads for application grew and eventually it became the largest self hosted blogging tool in the world. </li></ul>WordPress Sites:
  4. 4. Comparison WordPress Drupal Ease of hosting and installation Excellent Excellent Ease of setting up: simple site Excellent Good Ease of setting up: complex site Excellent Good Ease of use: content editor Excellent Good Ease of use: site administrator Excellent Good Graphical flexibility Excellent Excellent
  5. 5. Comparison (Contd.) WordPress Drupal Accessibility and SEO Good Fair Structural flexibility Good Excellent User roles and workflow Fair Good Community/Web 2.0 functionality Excellent Excellent Extending and integrating Excellent Excellent Security Fair Good
  6. 6. <ul><li>Drupal was built as a CMS. </li></ul><ul><li>Powerful yet confusing. Requires technical proficiency to configure many aspects of a website. </li></ul><ul><li>For development, user needs to learn how it works. </li></ul><ul><li>As user becomes familiar with Drupal, adding new features become easy. </li></ul><ul><li>Drupal is making stride towards intuitive usability. </li></ul><ul><li>WordPress was built as a blogging engine </li></ul><ul><li>Less powerful but at the same time is simple and requires less experience and technical knowledge. </li></ul><ul><li>A great deal of customization opportunities exist in WordPress’ theme layer. </li></ul><ul><li>It becomes very difficult when additional functionality is required to be added. </li></ul><ul><li>WordPress is moving towards robust CMS applications </li></ul>
  7. 8. WordPress <ul><li>WordPress is a great choice for fairly small (a few hundred pages or less), simply arranged websites. </li></ul><ul><li>It’s the easiest system to install and understand, and is easy to maintain and update, putting site setup within reach of anyone with a sense of technical adventure. </li></ul><ul><li>However, WordPress doesn’t scale as intuitively as Drupal to support complex sites. </li></ul><ul><li>There is only limited support for differentiation of user roles, although add-ons are available to support permissions based on section or type of content. </li></ul>
  8. 9. Drupal <ul><li>Flexible and powerful, Drupal is a great choice for more complex sites. </li></ul><ul><li>It supports a wide variety of site </li></ul><ul><li>It has particularly strong support for Web 2.0 and community functionality, including user-submit­ted content. </li></ul><ul><li>It’s also easy for content administrators to find and update content. </li></ul><ul><li>But Drupal’s power comes with complexities. Under­standing what the system offers and how to configure it is more difficult than WordPress. </li></ul><ul><li>The administrative screens for configuring a site have a huge number of options and settings, making them harder to interpret. </li></ul><ul><li>Drupal 7.0, includes a new administrative interface that makes content editing and maintenance tasks more intuitive, and adds the ability to create custom content types without an add-on. </li></ul>
  9. 10. Conclusion <ul><li>Drupal is not exactly a blogging platform per se, as is </li></ul><ul><li>WordPress, but it is a CMS construction kit . </li></ul><ul><li>The user profiles are extensible and allows for easy </li></ul><ul><li>creation of membership sites and portals. </li></ul><ul><li>The categorization of content in Drupal is innovative as </li></ul><ul><li>well. </li></ul><ul><li>Drupal does a great drop of building out dynamic sites , </li></ul><ul><li>something WordPress falters at. </li></ul><ul><li>Drupal can be easier because the backend allows for themeing as well. If you want your backend to look like your front end, you have that option with Drupal. WordPress on the other hand has a set theme for its backend which cannot be changed. This can be a little confusing for the novice webmaster. </li></ul>
  10. 11. References <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  11. 12. All content in this presentation, except where noted otherwise, is Drupal Forest licensed and copyright 2011. Contact: