Drupal vs WordPress (comparison 2022) – Forbes Advisor

Creating a basic website is free on WordPress. Even so, we recommend exploring its paid plans to enjoy more features.

Starting at $5 per month, WordPress Starter offers a free custom domain for one year, the ability to collect payments, 6GB of storage, and Google Analytics integration. Meanwhile, WordPress Pro comes with all the features of WordPress starter plus 50GB storage, unlimited plugins, premium support, and WooCommerce integration among others.

Drupal is a free content management system with no license fees. However, building a website requires a higher learning curve, so it’s best suited for website owners with technical knowledge or access to professional developers. According to users, a Drupal project with minimal custom development can take around six to eight weeks of work and cost $30,000 to $40,000.

Themes and Templates

Users can create professional-looking websites on both platforms, but there are big differences in the web design process.

WordPress offers a wide variety of free or paid customizable themes and templates. Its interface is not widely considered user-friendly. However, it is possible to use a set of page builder plugins that turn its standard editor into a drag-and-drop editor. Some popular options include Builder Beaver, Elementaryand Divi.

Drupal doesn’t have a huge variety of out-of-the-box themes or third-party page builders, compared to WordPress. However, you will likely need a developer to walk you through the process of designing your website.

SEO tools

SEO is crucial to getting to the top of search engine rankings and attracting more traffic to your website. Fortunately, most blogging platforms have built-in SEO features.

WordPress has auto-generated XML sitemaps that improve your site’s visibility on search engines. However, only Business tier users can access its advanced SEO tools, take advantage of Google Analytics, or install third-party plugins.

Drupal contains modules or codes, consisting of PHP or JavaScript files, that add new functionality or modify existing functionality on a website. It’s easy to add SEO modules to your website for meta tags, site verification, XML sitemaps, page titles and Google Analytics.

E-commerce options

WordPress offers a full range of e-commerce features for all types of businesses. It’s easy to create an online store, add products, and install e-commerce plugins to boost your site’s capabilities. Collecting payments is also a breeze as you can set up subscriptions with automated payments, one-click payments, and hassle-free credit or debit card payments.

Drupal Commerce allows users to develop e-commerce sites tailored to their needs. Core features include dynamic product ranges, multiple order types, promotions with multiple offer types, robust payment API, and order management.

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