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Timothy M.
$140/hr
  • Trophy Icon Drupal
  • WordPress
  • Ubuntu
  • Salesforce CRM
  • PayPal Integration
  • CSS
  • HTML
  • PHP
  • JavaScript
  • Apache Solr
  • MySQL
  • Ecommerce Website

I'm a web developer with extensive experience in building high quality sites. My experiences range from building responsive sites that work well cross-browser and on mobile to building sites that integrate with 3rd party systems like Salesforce. Most of my projects leverage tools like Drupal or Wordpress. I like working on projects with a team that cares about creating useful tools and usable interfaces. I am a good communicator and always strive to delight. It's important to me to build long term relationships with clients, so I'm primarily looking for long term projects. I am an excellent troubleshooter with the ability to make things...

Kimble V.
$95/hr
  • Trophy Icon Drupal
  • Content Management System
  • HTML
  • CSS
  • Sass
  • Git
  • JavaScript
  • MySQL
  • Front-End Development
  • WordPress

I have 15 years of experience working with Drupal and 20 years of experience with full stack Web development. I've worked almost exclusively with Drupal for the past 6 years. I currently manage 2 large and several small Drupal sites in versions 7, 8 and 9. I have also recently taken an intensive course to shore up my knowledge of Drupal 8. Led by a Drupal Grandmaster and former Acquia engineer, this rigorous course taught me common usages and Drupal 8 best practices for the following technae: Composer, Drush, Drupal Console, Git commands & workflows, SASS, Twig, custom module development and how to work within a remote development...

Daniel P.
$95/hr
  • Trophy Icon Drupal
  • PHP
  • Linux System Administration
  • Amazon Web Services
  • NGINX
  • jQuery
  • HTML
  • CSS
  • Git
  • Apache Solr

I consider myself a Drupal developer. I like to contribute patches to the Drupal project and engage with the community. I have done Drupal projects since 2009. I do custom modules and themes.

Misha B.
$33/hr
  • Trophy Icon Drupal
  • PHP
  • MySQL
  • HTML
  • CSS
  • JavaScript
  • jQuery

Hello, I'm narrowly specialized Drupal developer. I started working with Drupal in 2008 and with pleasure continue working with it now. My main areas of work: • develop site from scratch, • update/fix/renewal existing sites • develop custom modules for Drupal • develop Drupal theme • Drupal sites maintenance • create patch to Drupal core and contrib modules • configure/integrate external API and libraries into Drupal site • any other trivial and non trivial things related with Drupal My drupal account is drupal.org/u/myha I value myself as a responsible and honest employee. Best regards Misha

Lasha B.
$35/hr
  • Trophy Icon Drupal
  • JavaScript
  • React
  • React Native
  • PHP
  • Node.js
  • CSS 3
  • RethinkDB
  • Websockets
  • Redux
  • Ecommerce Website
  • CSS

Full stack software developer and Drupal expert, community member and contributor at Drupal.org, focused on creating code that is easy to read and maintain. Experience - Drupal/PHP: 8+ years - React: 3+ years - React Native: 1+ years - Node.js: 5+ years - Websockets: 3+ years What i offer: - Building test driven Drupal/PHP websites - Building Drupal websites that follows coding standards, with clean and documented code - Building headless Drupal websites (React as a front) - Building iOS/Android applications (React Native) - Building real-time applications (socket.io + node.js)

Tyler F.
$200/hr
  • Trophy Icon Drupal
  • React
  • PHP
  • CSS

- I am a professional software developer. - I am an Acquia Certified Drupal 8 Grandmaster, 1 of only 5 in Texas. - I have experience developing on a variety of Drupal 7 and Drupal 8 sites. - I've also written contributed modules on Drupal.org, and contributed to Drupal core development - I'm comfortable implementing contributed and custom modules in Drupal. - I believe in keeping things maintainable, cleanly written, and reliable. - I am a big fan of agile software development. - I am very comfortable with git, composer, PHP, bash, SASS, Javascript, and am a self learner and can pick up new technologies quickly. - I'm very comfortable...

Jeffrey M.
$100/hr
  • Trophy Icon Drupal
  • Bootstrap
  • WordPress
  • Gatsby.js
  • Shopify
  • Contentful
  • React
  • API Development
  • Node.js
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Conversion Rate Optimization
  • CSS 3
  • HTML5
  • JavaScript
  • Customer Relationship Management
  • PHP
  • UX & UI
  • MySQL

I am a senior web and full stack developer with over 15 years of experience. I specialize in responsive web and application development for startups and small to medium size businesses. My skill set includes wide-ranging expertise in WordPress, Drupal, Javascript frameworks such as React.js and Gatsby.js for headless CMS implementations, Node, Angular, Bootstrap, Shopify, RoR, Ruby, Django/Python and other platforms. Extensive expertise in UI/UX, digital marketing, google analytics, adwords and SEM, makes me a virtual one-stop shop -- throw in impeccable attention to detail and very conscientious communication, and you get unusually fast...

Sergio M.
$45/hr
  • Trophy Icon Drupal
  • CSS
  • PHP
  • HTML
  • PSD to HTML
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • jQuery
  • Git
  • CI/CD
  • HTML5
  • MySQL
  • SCSS
  • API
  • CSS 3
  • Web Development

Over 7 years of intense experience in drupal. My clients have ranged from ambitious startups from all around the world to top universities such as Cornell or Carnegie Mellon. I like working on projects where everyone involved cares about creating beautiful and usable interfaces. It's important to me to build long term relationships with clients, so I'm primarily looking for long term projects. My drupal services: - Drupal 6, 7, 8 and 9; - New website building from scratch using a psd design; - Creating responsive, mobile friendly themes; - Modules development, modification, and fixing; - Making a site multilingual; - Implementing third...

Rohit K.
$18/hr
  • Trophy Icon Drupal
  • WordPress
  • CodeIgniter
  • Laravel
  • HTML5
  • CSS 3

I am a professional developer and designer. I specialize in PHP Frameworks and CMS. I specialize in meeting the needs of small and large business websites. I have good experience in creating custom extensions and plugins. I possess excellent communication skills and can liaise effectively with both clients and work colleagues. Other strong points include an ability to work as part of a team or individually, multi-task, prioritize and work to deadlines under pressure. Therefore in view of all of the above, I would be highly gratified if you consider me as your developer. I'd be more than happy to offer you my services, so feel free to...

Mykola C.
$60/hr
  • Trophy Icon Drupal
  • PHP
  • MySQL
  • HTML5
  • CSS 3
  • Sass
  • jQuery
  • Git
  • Web Design
  • Ecommerce Website
  • HTML
  • API
  • Adobe XD
  • JavaScript
  • Ubercart

Full cycle web development. From Business card website to eCommerce and custom projects. Make high quality web sites. Individual design template. Convert it to drupal responsive theme. Set up the necessary functionality (make custom module if need). Experience: - since 2011 in drupal development (D6, D7, D8, D9) - working with contrib modules and creating exclusive modules - web design experience (psd templates and drupal themes) Technology: - Drupal - PHP - MySql, Oracle, MariaDB - CSS3, SCSS, Compass, Breakpoints, Gulp - HTML5 - Javascript, Ajax, jQuery - Git (Git Flow) - Linux (SSH, FTP, Apache, Nginx, MySql, Php, OpCache, Memcache,...

Ilya G.
$50/hr
  • Trophy Icon Drupal
  • PHP
  • MySQL
  • Performance Optimization
  • Ecommerce Platform Development
  • Website Analytics
  • Conversion Rate Optimization
  • Learning Management System
  • Email Marketing

Hi! My technical history with web development started 15 years ago. I am working with Drupal for 8+ years. I’ve been developing modules for Drupal 5. This was the beginning. Till this moment I’ve gained great experience with custom modules, caching, highload optimization from 5.* till current version Drupal 8. In my portfolio i have community sites, social networks, e-commerce and marketplace sites based on Drupal. Technologies: Programming Languages: PHP (10+ years) Front-end technologies: HTML, Javascript, jQuery, Bootstrap, AngularJS Databases: Mysql, PostgreSQL Fulltext search engines: Sphinx Frameworks: Drupal Web Servers: Apache,...

Charleson R.
$40/hr
  • Trophy Icon Drupal
  • jQuery
  • CSS
  • MySQL
  • Database Design
  • JavaScript
  • AJAX
  • HTML
  • Object-Oriented Design
  • PHP
  • WordPress
  • WordPress Plugin
  • WooCommerce
  • Zapier

For over 11 years, I have been in touch with different companies and clients who want to have a website built from the ground up. I have developed a wide range of websites ranging from social media related sites, websites designed specifically for mobile phones and tablets, e-commerce websites like online apparel store sites or real estate sites, websites for small businesses or startup companies. I mainly use PHP, HTML, JQUERY and MySQL when building these websites. My choice of out-of-the-box CMS to use is DRUPAL and WORDPRESS because they are very flexible and well-built CMS and can be developed in many different ways. When it comes to...

Umair A.
$30/hr
  • Trophy Icon Drupal
  • WordPress Plugin
  • Laravel
  • PHP
  • Bootstrap
  • jQuery
  • AngularJS
  • WordPress
  • CSS 3
  • Apache Solr
  • MySQL
  • Git

6+ years of experience developing complex web applications in PHP & leading a skilled team of full-stack developers Tech Stack: Backend: Laravel, Drupal & Wordpress (PHP 5/7) Frontend: React, jQuery, Bootstrap, Material, HTML/CSS Other: - Successful experience with Agile methodologies; - Design and realisation of high load projects; - Integration between e-commerce and ERP systems; - Experience developing complex RESTful API's - Experience integrating with and deploying to Amazon Ecosystem

Amit S.
$20/hr
  • Trophy Icon Drupal
  • MySQL Programming
  • PHP
  • Responsive Web Design
  • PSD to HTML
  • Front-End Development
  • jQuery
  • Bootstrap
  • Git
  • Twig

I like working on projects where everyone involved cares about creating beautiful and usable interfaces. It's important to me to build long term relationships with clients, so I'm primarily looking for long term projects. Good Understanding of Drupal and working from last 7+ years and with Drupal 9, 8, Drupal 7, Drupal 6, Drupal 5 and PHP/MYSQL. My Drupal services: - D6, D7, and D8,D9; - New website building from scratch using a PSD design; - Creating responsive, mobile friendly themes; - Modules development, modification, and fixing; - Making a site multilingual; - Implementing third party software and features; - Updating...

Victor B.
$50/hr
  • Trophy Icon Drupal
  • PHP
  • JavaScript
  • AJAX
  • Git
  • Linux System Administration
  • API Development
  • jQuery
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • MySQL
  • CSS
  • HTML
  • Elasticsearch
  • Web Development

Welcome and thanks for coming here. I'm interested in a relationship based on trust, understanding and easy of communication. I am only interested in delivering quality results and looking for clients and projects that highly value this. I've passed bachelor exams at the College of Informatics and then graduated the State University of Moldova as a Programming Engineer. I am developing websites for more than 14 years and in the past 11 years I've specialized in Drupal. Main Technical skills : Drupal, PHP, Mysql, CSS, JS, Ajax, Jquery, Photoshop. Drupal experience: custom modules, theming, multilingual, ecommerce, drush, bootstrap,...

Alex L.
$40/hr
  • Trophy Icon Drupal
  • HTML5
  • CSS 3
  • PHP
  • MySQL
  • jQuery
  • Git
  • Ecommerce Website
  • Project Management

I am an experienced developer with strong beliefs in web technologies. My main development stack is LAMP/LEMP and I am pretty comfortable with work on both backend and frontend tasks. As a team leader, I needed to be confident in each part of a project, so I have enough expertise to deal with complex full-stack tasks. I am interested in projects, with complex business and technical challenges. Also, I am a Drupal expert and I'm able to develop websites and custom modules with a high level of complexity. I believe, that hard technical skills are only 50% of success, the rest 50% are communication and self-motivation. And I can assure you...

Dong L.
$22/hr
  • Trophy Icon Drupal
  • PHP
  • SQL Programming
  • CSS
  • jQuery
  • WordPress
  • Magento

I'm a full-stack Drupal 7-9 developer with 9 years experience in the web as a front-end/back-end developer. Here is a list of technologies and platforms that I’m using on a daily basis: Drupal 7-8-9, WordPress, PHP, JavaScript, CSS3, HTML5, GIT. I’m an intelligent, disciplined and fast learner with great debugging skills. I’m able to create an application’s prototype based on new technologies really fast. In my free time, I learn new programming languages and technologies. DO NOT HESITATE TO CONTACT ME IMMEDIATELY FOR ANY DRUPAL AND WORDPRESS SUPPORT!

Artur B.
$50/hr
  • Trophy Icon Drupal
  • Front-End Development
  • HTML5
  • JavaScript
  • PHP
  • CSS 3
  • MySQL
  • Sass
  • Zurb Foundation
  • Bootstrap

5+ years in the web development using these languages (php, mysql, js, css, sass, less, html5). My services are Drupal custom module and theme development, bug fixes, site maintenance etc. Experience using Docker, lando. CI/CD Here is a complete list of the technologies I'm using every day HTML5 CSS / SASS/ LESS (Twitter Bootstrap) Javascript / jQuery and other libraries if needed php, mysql Drupal I can do all the tasks associated with Drupal. 1200+ hours worked on Upwork. I can do front-end and back-end tasks, custom module and theme development, bug fixes. I`m very trustworthy and reliable person. Ability to work at any time and...

Ivan M.
$38/hr
  • Trophy Icon Drupal
  • Machine Learning
  • Flask
  • Data Analysis
  • Website
  • Ecommerce Website
  • Web Development
  • JavaScript
  • PHP
  • Python
  • Front-End Development
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • WordPress
  • Back-End Development
  • Data Science

Hello!👋 I am a Software developer with more than 13 years of experience. My main specialty is web development, but I’m also working in Data science and Machine learning area🤖. I have rich experience in different fields: commerce websites and marketplaces, consulting companies, dating websites, food industry related startups, booking services, websites for sport companies. During my IT career I worked with more than 100 different clients from all around the world.🌍 ⭕ If you want to have a new, fast, secure and user-friendly website – I am ready develop it. ⭕ If you need help with current Drupal websites – I can help you. ⭕ If you have a...

Rifat A.
$30/hr
  • Trophy Icon Drupal
  • iOS Development
  • Objective-C
  • API Development
  • PHP
  • MySQL
  • jQuery
  • AJAX
  • HTML5
  • CSS 3
  • CodeIgniter
  • JSON

Hi, I am located in Pennsylvania, USA and have been working as a Full Stack Developer for 10 years and 8 years of mobile app (iOS & Android) development with PHP, MYSQL, JavaScript, Jquery, Wordpress, API development, CSS3, HTML5, Objective C, Swift and other web/mobile app development and testing tools. I also work with a small team of 4 which includes one creative UI/UX designer, one android app developer and a senior software/application tester.

Mikhail L.
$40/hr
  • Trophy Icon Drupal
  • HTML
  • CSS
  • JavaScript
  • PHP
  • jQuery
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • gulp
  • Bootstrap
  • Grunt

Working for more than 3 years with a team of technical addicts, high-quality Drupal developers, I have gained not only valuable experience but also a clear vision of how perfect software development should look like. My main field of expertise is development and support of heavily customized websites and applications based on Drupal 7 and Drupal 8. Skills: Experienced in working with CMS Drupal ⅞; JavaScript, Jquery; Good HTML (HTML5), CSS (CSS3), SCSS/Compass, Gulp, Grunt, Bootstrap, responsive and Mobile Design, Cross-Browser Development, Adobe Photoshop; Mailing systems such as MailChimp and Drupal integration; SMTP customization. I am...

Jatin N.
$35/hr
  • Trophy Icon Drupal
  • PHP
  • CodeIgniter
  • Joomla
  • WordPress
  • WooCommerce
  • HTML5
  • Magento
  • Zoho CRM
  • Shopify
  • Website Design
  • WordPress

Magento, Shopify and Zoho Certified Developer Plus with 10 years of experience designing and implementing Magento 1 and Magento 2 Community and Enterprise. Skillset includes front-end theming design using jQuery, CSS, LESS, SASS, Photoshop. Back-end skills include designing and developing custom Magento extensions, Shopify and MySQL database development, WordPress/Blog setup, and integration with third-party systems such as social media, inventory, and shipping systems. Experience with Zoho other eCommerce systems: Shopware, WooCommerce, Reaction Commerce, Shopify, BigCommerce, Sylius, Saleor, and VueStoreFront CMS Systems: Craft CMS,...

Ramandeep S.
$20/hr
  • Trophy Icon Drupal
  • CakePHP
  • PHP
  • AJAX
  • Knockout.js
  • SQL
  • MySQL
  • Google Maps API
  • Payment Gateway Integration
  • WordPress
  • Theme Customization
  • WooCommerce
  • Website Redesign

Over the last 13 years, I have developed a lot of CMS/MVC/E-commerce websites and plugins using Joomla, Wordpress, Zend-framework, Magento, and Cakephp for several clients, so I have very strong skills of Wordpress, Joomla, Magento, Zend-framework, Drupal, Cakephp and Codeiginter. Also my core competency contains Html, Html5, Css, Css3, Javascript, jQuery. I had implemented all Major payment gateways like Paypal, SagePay, DIBS, PayU and CCEvenue. I am always try to provide qulity of work to my clients and complete there all requirement. Always interested to learn new things also.

Stephen Marc C.
$110/hr
  • Trophy Icon Drupal
  • Perl
  • Intranet Implementation
  • React
  • CSS 3
  • Strategic Plan
  • Writing
  • Web Scraper
  • MariaDB
  • Apache HTTP Server
  • MySQL

My main technologies these days are Drupal and React, often with a focus on helping clients understand their business/nonprofit needs and find the right technology solutions. I particularly enjoy working with nonprofits, startups, and political civil-communications projects. I've been developing Drupal sites for about ten years, and been a freelance developer for nearly twenty. My largest Drupal project was for a startup called Vibio: I was the lead developer managing three other Drupal developers, coordinating with the founder, designers, a writer and community manager. We used the API from Amazon, and as a team developed a loosely Agile...

Ram S.
$60/hr
  • Trophy Icon Drupal
  • UX Design
  • Website Development
  • Apache Solr
  • Docker
  • Jenkins
  • Content Strategy
  • Campaign Management
  • Twig
  • E-Commerce Management

An Acquia certified Drupal Developer with more than 8 years of experience in Digital marketing and a proven talent for spotting opportunities for innovation. Proficient in web development using Drupal, PHP, jQuery & Ajax. Ability to build logics and always believe in re-usability of code. Love/Prefer to create admin interfaces for different settings/configurations making easy to update. Experienced in almost all Drupal based API - Cache API, Entity API, Form API, REST API etc. Specialised in responsive designs especially Bootstrap based themes and experienced in CSS/SASS/jQuery/JS. Experienced in Drupal 8 Layout builder to build landing...

Ciril S.
$30/hr
  • Trophy Icon Drupal
  • WordPress
  • Android
  • Node.js
  • Flutter
  • Magento 2
  • API
  • Golang
  • OpenCart
  • Angular
  • MEAN Stack
  • Linux System Administration
  • Windows Server
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Google Cloud Platform

Leveraging almost 15 years experience in software development, I build business-effective solutions for various industries and market segments. Sample industries I’ve worked with: digital & marketing agencies and software houses, health care, finance, real estate, e-learning, food, sport/ sport equipment, recruitment, etc. Experience: ✅ Full Software Development Life Cycle. ✅ Lead Developer, requirements gathering, system design, integration & quality assurance to deliver functional, usable & quality products. ✅ Team work on complex multi-platform applications. ✅ Team leading and management. ✅ Complex web applications, mobile applications,...

Arun V.
$60/hr
  • Trophy Icon Drupal
  • Magento
  • WordPress
  • jQuery
  • JavaScript
  • HTML5
  • CSS 3
  • ExpressionEngine
  • Ionic Framework
  • iOS Development
  • Website Migration

About Me: I have completed my MCA(Master of Computer Applications) in 2009 & then I started web development in Core/Advance PHP. Since then, based on what's Hot in the web technology/Market, i learn & add that skill to my profile. Its been 10+ years, i have been doing the web development & during this time period i have completed many challenging projects & contributed to different communities: -- Drupal: drupal.org/u/arunverma -- Magento: magentocommerce.com/magento-connect/developer/fabwebstudio -- Wordpress: profiles.wordpress.org/fabwebstudio My objective, here at Upwork is to provide potential employers with my expertise in the field...

$NaN/hr

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WordPress vs. Drupal: Which Content Management System is Right For You?

Building a website, blog, or web application with a content management system (CMS) can have big advantages: you have visibility into your site’s content, can control how often it’s updated, and basic administrative tasks typically require little to no programming experience. However, when it comes to customizing and extending a CMS-powered site, a developer’s expertise can turn a basic, out-of-the-box site into a totally unique, powerful solution.

There are lots of CMS platforms out there to choose from, all with a common theme: They’re designed to be pretty DIY once they’re up and running. There are CMS options ranging from drag-and-drop solutions like Wix or Squarespace to customizable options with more power under the hood like WordPress or Drupal—so which option is best for your project goals?

In this article, we’ll compare two top CMS platforms, WordPress and Drupal, to help you decide which one is best

An intro to Drupal

Drupal is a majorly powerful CMS, referring to itself as a “content management framework” that lets users launch, manage and scale more “ambitious” sites and applications. Think larger, enterprise-level projects. It’s powered by PHP (and the Symfony PHP framework) and also requires little to no programming experience to set up low-level functionality. Drupal’s extended functionality comes from modules that build off of its Core package (which includes basic things like blogging, forums, contact forms, and other community-style functionality). To take advantage of all those high-powered extras, however, you’ll need help from a skilled Drupal developer—it gets pretty complicated customizing the back-end of a Drupal-powered site.

Sites that are powered by Drupal include The Economist, Weather.com, NFL teams like the Cowboys and the Patriots’ sites, and some US government sites like Whitehouse.gov.

An intro to WordPress

WordPress grew in popularity  from a blogging platform to a full-blown site framework that’s powered by PHP, HTML, JavaScript, AJAX, CSS and plenty of plugins, themes, and widgets. Theme customization, installation, and more complex builds and setups require the help of skilled WordPress developers, who will also make sure your site’s maintained through software version updates, plugin updates, and more.

With WordPress, you get what you put in—and the possibilities can be endless. Learn more about how to customize a WordPress site, the Genesis framework, and WordPress plugins. The Advanced Custom Fields plugin gives admins even more control over how content and data is displayed, adding complexity where you need it to WordPress’s famously user-friendly admin panel.

Sites that are powered by WordPress include TechCrunch, Walt Disney Co., the LinkedIn blog, and BBC America’s impressive multisite WordPress install.

Similarities between Drupal and WordPress

  • Both have powerful developer APIs. Drupal’s API offers access to numerous UI components, data functions, and more. The WordPress APIs also cover everything from metadata and HTTP to databases, theme customization and plugins.
  • Both extend core functionality with add-ons. For Drupal, that’s modules—36,000+ libraries of code, APIs, and tokens that add functionality in categories like ecommerce, SEO, mobile, spam prevention, and third-party integrations. In WordPress, 37,000+ plugins and themes are how developers can customize and add functionality.
  • Both are free and open-source. With WordPress.org, you will need to arrange your own hosting and domain, but the software is free. Premium themes and plugins can cost more, too. Drupal is free, too, with similar back-end requirements.
  • Both require installation, setup, and hosting. Unlike a cloud-based site builders like Wix and Squarespace, both these require you to download the CMS, install it, and set up hosting and purchase a domain.
  • Both offer mobile responsive themes. Drupal mobile sites can perform better when run on a subdomain (which may affect your SEO) while a mobile WordPress site can be easily run on the same domain. Just an extra step to take into account.
  • Both have excellent SEO. This isn’t platform-specific; it’s more developer specific. Since we’ve mentioned Drupal can be more complex, it’s going to be easier to to miss out on SEO if it’s not handled properly, which WordPress makes a bit easier to do. Overall, WordPress’ technical SEO aspects are hard to beat. A top-rated plugin/module like Yoast SEO is available for both platforms.

Differences between Drupal and WordPress

  • Drupal has a more complex build under the hood. It can take longer to get used to and has a steeper learning curve, but it’s definitely a good option for larger projects and enterprise-grade sites. WordPress is easier to learn and use—and it doesn’t lack in options to ramp up admin capabilities if you need them.
  • Version updates are handled differently. WordPress code is upgradable, and this happens in tandem with database updates pretty seamlessly in the background. Because WordPress updates are released every few months, this is a great feature for non-developers. Plugins do need to be regularly updated, though. Drupal updates are more comprehensive overhauls and because they don’t include a code update, the process is more labor intensive. In some cases, you may have to redesign the whole site for an update.
  • Plugins present security vulnerabilities. Drupal is known for its tight security and security reporting, which are valuable for larger enterprise sites (and government sites) that have more moving parts. Certain third-party services offer WordPress security measures, but note that you’ll be more open to hacks if you’re not updating plugins regularly.
  • Mobile apps for admins. WordPress has a native app for updating your site on mobile; Drupal does not, but it has a responsive mobile admin dashboard.
  • Drupal has testing and reporting built in. This helps you see what is working on your site and where there’s room to improve. You can get similar services for WordPress through a plugin like Optimizely that allows you to run split, multivariate, and A/B testing on your site.
  • WordPress theme building is easier for DIYers. Both platforms have great starter themes you can purchase, but Drupal themes tend to require more work to get customization. There are also fewer options for free Drupal starter themes, so customization by a developer is almost a given. WordPress has tons of options.

So which platform is right for your project?

In summary, the comparison between these platforms really comes down to two things: your skill level, and the complexity of your project. WordPress has a pretty massive following, and it’s easy to see why: it’s easy to learn and not hard to find your way around. For anything from simple marketing sites to bigger multisite installs, WordPress is technically easier to use and also very well engineered. Drupal is going to ask a bit more from you to make the most of its amazing features. It can rise to the occasion of the most complex of sites, and keeps security locked down.

There are a few questions that can help guide you to which platform is best for you, including:

  • What are you building? Consider the performance of your site if you’re planning on having thousands of pages and a high volume of traffic. Drupal can support super complex sites; WordPress can too, but watch for overhead on the server.
  • What’s your budget? Depending on your site, development with Drupal can take longer than WordPress, which can get more expensive.
  • How many users, contributors, or admins are you going to have? How many different users (and user permissions) will you need to have set up? WordPress makes it very easy to add a number of users with its standard roles and permissions.
  • What are your template needs? How many types of content are you going to have, and how many require different templates? The more complex your site, the more you might want robust features that are available from Drupal.
  • What are your security requirements? Are you enterprise level, needing comprehensive security measures?
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