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When to use Wordpress and why? How Drupal isn't getting there yet...

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The majority of websites and designers are using Wordpress to create quite impressive websites out there on the internet as opposed to using Drupal. I asked the typical question - WHY? I decided to have a look at Wordpress again to see if or what makes it the choice for most developers out there - I found out that Wordpress has reached 4.x status and a lot has changed since the time when I decided to give up on Wordpress for my more custom / specialized needs.

Interesting enough, one of the reasons developers still use Wordpress is because churning out a simple site is so much easier to do with Wordpress. It just has all the basic bells and whistles with a simple admin control panel that allows you to do what you want to do - GET YOUR INFORMATION ON THE INTERNET! There is hardly any much of a learning curve because the basics are quite straight forward. 

So how is this different from Drupal? Well Drupal's strength is its modules which interact with other modules, reducing the time to develop but there's a problem. The Administration control panel isn't simple and its quite "ugly" so to speak in the sense that its default is stricly text based and not well organized. The learning curve is therefore medium to high. I still love Drupal for custom content creation and views but if you aren't going to do much complexity features, it might be best to stick with Wordpress.

Wordpress feels much more lightweight when it comes to loading times and Drupal tends to require much more resources. While Drupal has come a long way since my list complaint about performance it isn't quite fast without caching mechanisms which you have to install separately. 

What's a breath of fresh air in Wordpress and something I have complained about with Drupal a few years is having the feature to do simple core upgrades. With Drupal, its still quite difficult to do a core upgrade but it seems Wordpress has moved a notch forward and can now do core upgrades right from the interfaces. What's even more convenient is that Wordpress allows you to find plugins right from in the interface, something that Drupal current lacks and sadly makes it a little longer to install plugins.

Drupal with the right backend modifications can stay within the market as a good development choice but only when the developers see the need to ensure that simplicity should be designed in and have an option to add complexity and not the way around.

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