WordPress vs Drupal

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WordPress vs Drupal

Briteweb October 9, 2019

When we founded Briteweb in 2009, there were a lot more conversations about whether to use WordPress or Drupal. At the time Drupal was still a dominant force in the non-profit sector. Even in 2011, there were still a disproportionate amount of social sector agencies who preferred Drupal or were more familiar with the platform. Since then the trends have been dramatic and WordPress has become the dominant CMS in the world, not just in the social sector but across every sector of business world as well.

We know how hard it is to move away from what you know and to change your beliefs. While Briteweb is specifically sought out for our expertise in WordPress and the social sector, we still come across an organization once in a while that is on the fence about whether to move away from Drupal. It may seem like a quantum leap to move to WordPress, but in our opinion (and the general consensus of the interwebs) is that it’s a critical move that should absolutely be made now.

Drupal has not been able to stay competitive in the broader CMS space, and because of this they have consciously moved towards being primarily an enterprise solution. This means that they have continued to increase the complexity and weight of their codebase. This translates in to increased cost to develop and maintain your website and a level of infrastructure bloat that is unnecessary for 98% of the websites out there. Drupal is not necessarily a bad platform from a code perspective, it’s just overly complicated for most websites, which means you will spend a lot of extra money building and managing it.

We have never come across a content problem that WordPress couldn’t solve. WordPress’ domination of the market means that there are an incredible amount of integrations, plugins and APIs available to connect with your website. This means you have a much larger community developing solutions and supporting the WordPress ecosystem and virtually every CRM and email list management tool integrating with WordPress out of the box.

All that said, the number one reason we chose WordPress in the first place was ease of use for you, the website owner. Our primary decision for scrapping Drupal was how complicated it was for the content manager. While we provide training and reference materials for our sites, we find that our clients are able to get up and running far faster on WordPress and feel more at ease managing content than they ever did on their previous CMS. Most of our clients today are either existing WordPress users, or moving away from Drupal or other CMS solutions and are always extremely happy with the transition.

We’ve visualized the numbers below, which should provide you perspective on the market. Here is a quick summary:

  • WordPress owns more market share than all other CMS solutions put together
  • WP powers over 28% of the internet and over 25% of the top 10,000 websites (vs. 2.3% and 5.5%, respectively on Drupal)
  • As the web modernizes and adopts CMS systems over static websites, WordPress has captured over 60% of growth in the market since 2011 (vs Drupal with 3.5%)
  • WordPress dominates Drupal in every category of scale:
    • Top 10,000 websites: 4.5x more WP compared with Drupal
    • Top 100,00: 5x more WP vs Drupal
    • Top 1M: 9x more WP vs Drupal
    • Entire internet: 26x more WP vs Drupal
  • WP even powers more e-commerce websites than any other e-commerce platform and more than 4x Shopify and Squarespace combined
  • Google Search trend data shows that interest in Drupal has dropped by 70% since 2011

The following statistics were gathered from BuiltWith, W3Techs and Google Trends.

WordPress vs Drupal: Total Internet and CMS Market Share

Why it matters: Market share dictates how many 3rd party online services and tools will build integrations, how many agencies and specialists are available to choose from for support, and the size of the ecosystem of people and companies building plugins and add-ons for a platform. Most importantly it determines the size of the open source community contributing to innovation of the platform.

Wordpress vs Drupal vs Joomla - CMS Usage Stats

WordPress vs Drupal Trends: 2011 – 2017

Why it matters: One of the biggest concerns a lot of our clients have is whether their website architecture will be relevant and continue to drive value over time. The pace of change on the internet is unprecedented in history and it’s important to choose tools that have momentum behind them and are staying current with trends.

CMS Usage Growth & Market Captured

CMS Market Growth and the percentage captured by WordPress vs Drupal

CMS Market Share Trends

CMS Market Share Trends since 2011 - WordPress vs Drupal vs Joomla

Google Search Trends: Drupal

Why it matters: If interest is dwindling, why would you consider investing the future of your organization’s digital platform in Drupal?

The amount of people searching for Drupal on Google has dropped by 70% worldwide since 2011. WordPress has remained relatively even and beaten overall trends for the CMS space.

Google trends - Interest in Drupal since 2011 has diminished by 70%

Briteweb is your WordPress Expert

Since we began in 2009, we have specialized in WordPress, the most versatile and efficient CMS on the market. Massive sites like TechCrunch, The New Yorker and BBC America trust WordPress to deliver content to millions of users per month – it’s no wonder that WordPress powers such a large portion of the internet, with the largest market share of any CMS platform by far.

When it comes to WordPress, we’re experts in the field. We’ve been at the top of the “Best Of” lists on WordPress.org multiple times. We’ve also published a number of plugins over the last 5 years and contributed pioneering work to the WordPress API. 

Get in touch if you’d like to discuss your next web project with us.

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