Choosing a Content Management System

Choosing the right Content Management System (CMS) for your site is critical to getting the most from your business or non-profit website.

Why Use a Content Management System?

Content management systems offer numerous advantages over conventional template sites. They allow you to:

  1. Make updates and changes to your website directly via a Web console
  2. Reduce long term maintenance costs
  3. Access thousands of free plugins and modules to extend your Website

Drupal vs WordPress

Drupal

Drupal

Drupal is an excellent choice for robust Web sites requiring numerous custom content types and e-commerce functionality. Here are some advantages to using Drupal CMS:

  1. Well established developer community with thousands of free modules.
  2. Powerful custom content and views modules provide a robust framework for dynamic Web sites
  3. Excellent and FREE e-commerce tools such as Ubercart, Drupal Commerce, and more.
  4. Incredible flexibility and extensibility

Disadvantages

  1. Higher development and maintenance costs than WordPress
  2. Core updates require manual file and database upgrades

Learn more about Drupal

WordPress

Wordpress

WordPress began as a blog platform—and is one of the most popular content management systems in use today. Sites that use WordPress are highly extensible and easy to manage. Here are some advantages of using WordPress CMS:

  1. Well established developer community with thousands of free plugins
  2. Updates and maintenance are easily managed via the WordPress dashboard. This includes WordPress core updates.
  3. Lower maintenance costs than Drupal and other CMS systems.
  4. Good flexibility and extensibility

Disadvantages

  1. Some of the better e-commerce tools for WordPress are paid plugins and require a subscription
  2. Less powerful than Drupal and other CMS platforms

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And the Winner Is…

There’s really no real winner—both are excellent CMS systems. We recommend using WordPress for Blogs, and other sites where simplicity and ease of updates are important. For e-commerce applications, we recommend using Drupal with Drupal Commerce for greater power and flexibility.

Aurora develops powerful and flexible Websites using the latest CMS systems including Drupal, WordPress and Joomla. Contact us today for a free consultation