Migrating from WordPress to Drupal: What Are the Similarities?

You Pick WordPress or Drupal

As a business that needs some fast web development for your website, you’re probably stuck on which design options to use. Because you’re operating within a budget, you’re likely going to choose an open source community to get things moving faster. If you ultimately chose Drupal, you’re far from the only one. However, you may feel it’s time migrating from WordPress to Drupal is a better option.

How do you know if it’s the right choice, though? Is there really that much of a difference, or are some of the features you need fairly identical at both places?

One thing about both Drupal and WordPress is they have multiple large scale sites relying on them every day. Drupal, for instance, has the White House relying on their web services. WordPress has Forbes as just one of many major players.

The two do have their differences you’ve likely already heard plenty about. So what makes them similar to give you an idea that a changeover won’t drastically alter what you need?

Customization Options

One thing possibly concerning you about your website is being able to customize your site to carve out your own unique identity. Fortunately, Drupal and WordPress give you a lot of customization options, most of which aren’t hard to learn.

While you’ll hear many say WordPress is a little easier to do customizing with colors, images, layout, and sidebars, you’re still going to find much to appreciate with Drupal. Having open source available lets you take control on your own without having to always rely on a designer.

It means as your business grows, you can add what you want quickly without waiting.

They’re Both Free to Download

Open source web design has become a blessing for many businesses that don’t have big budgets for a professional designer. You don’t have to worry about paying a penny to download either Drupal or WordPress, even if you may have to spend money later.

Drupal does have premium modules and themes that cost a little more than they do with WordPress. Nevertheless, you can get something up and running quickly without having to pay anything. Keep in mind any design knowledge on your own can benefit you without needing immediate extras.

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Both Have Stable Security

No doubt you’ve heard a lot of arguments saying Drupal has better security than WordPress. It’s true WordPress had (and still has) hacking issues, though some of it had to do with users not wanting to pay for security features.

In truth, both have good security with some alternate solutions. Drupal does have superior enterprise-level security and regular security reports. WordPress can give you better security if you simply use third-party plugins on your site. The previous problem was using WordPress’s own plugins, most of which could become easily outdated and vulnerable to hacking.

Both Have SEO Built In

The greatest aspect of open source designs like Drupal and WordPress is you’re going to get automatic SEO in their templates. Since SEO likely still baffles you at times (especially in mastering Google’s algorithms), you’ll save yourself a lot of time making this automatic.

It’s not to say there aren’t some differences in the details. Since Drupal usually loads faster and can handle larger content amounts, Google sometimes prefers them. You can still amend this at WordPress where it doesn’t always handle larger content well.

Yet, using more third-party plugins on your WordPress site enhances SEO, giving you more power to rank well on Google.

As you can see, sometimes it takes a little tweaking, but Drupal and WordPress can compete on an equal playing ground with many features.

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